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The Absurd Consequences of a "Right to Privacy"
Knapp, Thomas
Article
2017
British MP David Davis’s text messages poking fun at the appearance of a female colleague make him the latest whipping boy for those determined to root out sexism and misogyny in public life, the Dail...
Alternative Press Annual 1983, The
Case, Patricia (ed)
Book
1984
Beyond the brexit debate
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
Whatever the result of the Brexit referendum, of one thing we can be sure: Britain will neither be invaded by marauding Turks, as anti-EU campaigners suggest might happen if the country votes 'Yes', n...
A Blow for Peace and Democracy: Why the British Said No to Europe
Pilger, John
Article
2016
The majority vote by Britons to leave the European Union was an act of raw democracy. Millions of ordinary people refused to be bullied, intimidated and dismissed with open contempt by their presumed ...
Blueprint for a Green Economy
Pearce, David; Markandya, Anil; Barbier, Edward B.
Book
1989
A set of practical proposals for financing a sustainable environment.
Book Review: The Condition of the Working Classes in England
Fitzsimmons, Freddy
Article
2013
Reveiw of Nicholas Comfort, Surrender: How British Industry Gave Up the Ghost, 1952–2012 (2012) and Owen Jones, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class (2011).
Bound By Power: Intended Consequences
Klaehn, Jeffery (ed.)
Book
These essays focus on how power and ideology work within society. Interviews are with Noam Chomsky, Linda McQuaig, Robert Bertuzzi and others. They speak to the issues of the understanding of power an...
Breadking the Grid, Making Our Class
Yang, Mauel
Article
2014
Yang provides a reading of E.P. Thompson's "The Making of the English Working Class" through the lens of contemporary and historical working-class revolutions and struggles.
Brexit and the Diseased Liberal Mind
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
The enraged liberal reaction to the Brexit vote is in full flood. The anger is pathological -- and helps to shed light on why a majority of Britons voted for leaving the European Union, just as earlie...
Brexit: Establishment Freak Out
Hahnel, Robin
Article
2016
The "masters of the universe" are shocked and displeased. Increasing numbers of voters are registering their anger, most recently by voting for Brexit in Great Britain. But many who voted for Bernie S...
Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2016
The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that -- for once- their failures have become a prominent...
Building a progressive majority: Left strategy after the Brexit vote
Todd, Joseph
Article
2016
After the EU referendum we are seeing both horror at anti-migrant sentiment and pandering to it -- but only a radical economic offer can carve a way through.
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
Cities and the Wealth of Nations: Principles of Economic Life
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1984
Jacobs argues that virtually all economic life, no matter how geographically remote from cities, depends on cities to maintain it or change it.
Connexions Library: Europe Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on Europe.
Cooperation at Work: The Mondragon Experience
Bradley, Keith; Gelb, Alan
Book
1983
A guide to work co-operatives, based on the experience of the Mondragon group of co-operatives in Spain.
Corporate Power and Canadian Capitalism
Carroll, William K.
Book
1986
Carroll looks at the accumulation of capital in Canada since the Second World War. Most of the book is devoted to tracing actual patterns of corporate ownership and intercorporate relationships.
Decline of the English Murder: And Other Essays
Orwell, George
Book
1950
A collection of essays by George Orwell.
Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe
Loewenstein, Anthony
Book
2015
Journalist Antony Loewenstein travels across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism.
The Earthscan Action Handbook
Litvinoff, Miles
Book
1990
A compendium of the world's major ills with suggestions for remedial action.
Electing for Democracy: Proportional Representation and the Left
Kuper, Richard
Book
1990
An argument for proportional representation in the United Kingdom.
Exploited Earth: Britain's Aid and the Environment
Hayter, Teresa
Book
1990
Hayter's book examines British aid policy and practice and how it effects the world's forests.
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
Fake News Inquiry: Old Wine in New Bottles
Kampmark, Binoy
Article
2017
A criticism of a recent investigation by the UK's Culture, Media and Sports committee into 'fake news' and public persuasion by false propaganda, describing the challenges of identifying or preventing...
Fascism and anti-fascism in 1930s Manchester
Wolf, Michael; Wise, Yaakov
Article
2017
An account of the growth of fascism in Manchester in the early 1930s, and working class resistance to it.
For Reasons of State
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1973
Essays in which Chomsky analyzes the role of the American state and discusses some of the ways in which individuals can respond to its growing power.
Gandhi's Truth: On the origins of militant nonviolence
Erikson, Erik H.
Book
1969
An examination of the life, vision, and actions of Mohandas Gandhi.
The Growth Illusion: How economic growth has enriched the few, impoverished the many and endangered the planet
Douthwaite, Richard
Book
1992
Douthwaite argues that strategies used by governments to raise national income often increase poverty and unemployment. Moreover, in the USA, Britiain, Germany and Australia, each increase in national...
Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance
Chomsky, Noam
Book
2003
Chomsky documents how, for more than half a century, the United States has been pursuing a grand imperial strategy with the aim of dominating the globe.
Here to stay, here to fight: How Asians transformed the British working class
Prasad, Yuri
Article
2016
During the blisteringly hot summer of 1976 a group of Asian workers, predominantly women, walked out on strike at a small factory in north west London. Most were recently arrived migrants from Uganda,...
The History of the German Resistance 1933-1945: Widerstand, Staatsstreich, Attentat
Hoffman, Peter
Book
1969
A thorough portrayal of the plans, hesitations, frustrations, and failures of the opposition to Hitler.
Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change
Lucas, Caroline
Book
2015
From the NHS to corporate tax evasion, from climate change to immigration, Honourable Friends? tells the story of 5 years in Westminster and offers bold and practical suggestions for a fairer British ...
How many British MPs are working for Israel?
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2017
Investigating the revelations that UK embassy staff in Israel are cooperating with Israeli political parties to influence UK policy making.
How the left should deal with the referendum results
German, Lindsey
Article
2016
With many of the old political certainties breaking up, the left have to rise to the challenge.
In Defence of Diversity
Malik, Kenan
Article
2013
An essay on immigration.
The internationalist case against the European Union
Callinicos, Alex
Article
2015
For the first time in a generation Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union. How to vote in that referendum is a difficult choice for anyone on the left. Since the 1990s the anti-EU c...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
Book
1977
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
Land of Impunity
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
If the police can get away with killing Ian Tomlinson, there's no justice in Britain.
The Lobby: Young Friends of Israel
Film/Video
2017
In the first of a four-part series, Al Jazeera goes undercover inside the Israel Lobby in Britain. We expose a campaign to infiltrate and influence youth groups, including the National Union of Studen...
Moral Poverty and the Riots
Malik, Kenan
Article
2011
Because the right has appropriated the arguments about moral failure, many on the left have rejected moral arguments altogether. The left talks much about the social and economic impact of neoliberal ...
New Bank Leak Shows How Rich Exploit Tax Haven Loopholes
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Article
2014
The identities of thousands of wealthy offshore clients of a major Jersey, Channel Isles private bank have been leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The data leaks rev...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Class, Caste & Hierarchies
Seabrook, Jeremy
Book
2002
Concentrates mainly on the history of social hierarchy in Western civilization, and particularly the struggles of the working class.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Global Media
Steven, Peter
Book
2004
Peter Steven aims to make readers realize the power and influence of dominant media but, at the same time, also understand that they are not "omnipotent" and that there are alternative forms available...
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
Galeano, Eduardo
Book
1971
A political economy, a social and cultural narrative, and a powerful description of primitive capital accumulation.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016: Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
Our 10 pledges to rebuild and transform Britain
Article
2016
Jeremy Corbyn - 10 Pledges to Rebuild and Transforme Britain: Full employment and an economy that works for all; A secure homes guarantee; Security at work; Secure our NHS and social care; A national ...
Parliamentary Socialism: A Study in the Politics of Labour
Miliband, Ralph
Book
1961
The leadership of the British Labour Party has always been determined that the Labour Party should not stray from the narrow path of parliamentary politics. Miliband sets out the analyse the consequen...
Pensions Under Attack: What's behind the push to privatize public pensions
Townson, Monica
Book
2001
Townson discusses the forces behind the drive to privatize public pensions and its impact on the financial security of seniors. In doing so, she traces a history from Pinochet's Chile to Thatcher's Gr...
A People's History of the United States: 1492 - Present
Zinn, Howard
Book
1995
Zinn's history includes those most ignored by typical American textbook history, including Indians, blacks, women and workers.
Pocket History of the British Working Class
Postgate, Raymond
Book
1942
A brief history of the British working class.
Polemics and Prophecies 1967-1970
Stone, I.F.
Book
1972
An anthology of I.F. Stone's articles from 1967 - 1970.
The Privatization Putsch
Hardin, Herschel
Book
1989
According to Hardin, privatization is the expression of the ideology of a right wing, corporate agenda: business wants to gets its hands on public funds and politicians are more than willing to hand o...
Profit over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1999
Chomsky confronts neoliberalsim: the pro-corporate system of economic and political policies presently waging a form of class war worldwide.
Red cap terror at the moussaka line: West London ready-meal workers' report and leaflet
AngryWorkersWorld
Article
2017
Workplace report for WorkersWildWest no.5 and leaflet for future distribution. Main challenge will be the migrant status of workers - there have been various police raids in the plant - and the langua...
Reflections of a Siamese Twin: Canada at the End of the Twentieth Century
Saul, John Ralston
Book
1997
The tension in Canada between the model of an inclusive more egalitarian community vs. bureaucratic closed structures of government. According to Saul, Canada is a complex original which does not fit ...
The Revolt of the Fragments
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
It was, without question, a bloody nose for the political establishment, the biggest it has received for decades. And many have read the unexpected success of the Leave camp in the British EU referend...
Selling the Silver: The Enclosure of the UK's Fisheries
Cardwell, Emma
Article
2014
Fishing quotas were meant to conserve stocks and support fishing communities. But they have achieved the reverse - rewarding the most rapacious fishing enterprises and leaving small scale fisherfolk w...
'Shooting to Kill:' Operation Get Corbyn
Tickell, Oliver
Article
2015
As David Cameron talks tough on shooting terrorists on Britain's streets, bombing Syria, shooting off nuclear weapons at unnamed enemies, over half of the Labour Party's MPs in the House of Commons ga...
Sick Sophistry: BBC News On Afghan Hospital "Mistakenly" Bombed by United States
Media Lens
Article
2015
One of the defining features of the corporate media is that Western crimes are ignored or downplayed. The US bombing of a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on the night of Octo...
'68: The Year of the Barricades
Caute, David
Book
1988
Caute's book looks at the explosive year 1968 (while situating it in the context of what had led up to it). One of the great strengths of this excellent book is that it looks at what was happening aro...
The Slave Trade: The Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade 1440 - 1870
Thomas, Hugh
Book
1997
A comprehensive history of the Atlantic slave trade in which approximiately eleven million black slaves were carried from Africa to the Americas to work on plantations, in mines, or as servants in hou...
The Socialist Register 1969: Volume6: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1969
The Socialist Register 1970: Volume7: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Socialist Register 1972: Volume 9: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
The Socialist Register 1979: Volume 16: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
A series of essays on the state of the global economy.
The Socialist Register 1980: Volume 17: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
The Socialist Register 1983: Volume 20: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1983
Socialist Register 1984: Volume 21: The Uses of Anti-Communism
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1984
Socialist Register 1989: Volume 25: Revolution Today. Aspirations and Realities
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
Stop the War: The Story of Britain's Biggest Mass Movement
Murray, Andrew and German, Lindsey
Book
2005
Studies in the Development of Capitalism
Dobb, Maurice M.A.
Book
1947
A Marxist interpretation of economic development in the period of modern capitalism. Starting with the decline of serfdom, the book deals with the beginnings of the bourgeoisie in the rising urban com...
This vote was about far more than immigration
Stephens, Alastair
Article
2016
The vote to leave the EU was fuelled by class divisions, argues Alastair Stephens.
Towards a New Cold War: Essays on the Current Crisis and How We Got There
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1982
A sobering assessment of American foreign policy from the end of the Vietnam era to Ronald Reagan.
Towns for People
Worpole, Ken
Book
1992
Examines the pressures, lifestyle changes, and social factors that contributed to the decline in urban public life in the late 20th century.
The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism: A Symposium
Sweezy, P.M; Dobb,M; Takahashi H.K; Hilton,R; Hill,C.
Book
1967
UK after the rain
Lakha, Shabbir
Article
2016
Shabbir Lakha looks beyond the media blizzard surrounding last week's referendum result and identifies anti-racist work as a campaigning imperative.
UK exporting 67% of plastic waste amid 'illegal practices' warnings
The Ecologist
Article
2017
Britain's trade in waste plastic to the Far East is booming. The exported plastic is meant to be recycled under UK conditions and standards, but often is not, undermining bona fide UK recycling firms ...
The UK Is Among the World's Largest Suppliers of Weapons -- and Is Making Arms Boycotts Illegal: Despite human rights abuses, the UK continues to sell arms to Israel and crack down on dissent.
Schkolne, Maya
Article
2017
Through 'open' trade conventions such as the Security & Policing (S&P) exhibition and closed events such as the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair, the UK allows local and intern...
United Kingdom: Students Fight the Fees: Against The Current vol. 151
Kumar, Ashok
Article
Nick Limbeck interviews Ashok Kumar of the Student Union of the London School of Economics. Until recently, the LSE was under occupation in protest to the cuts.
The Welsh Revolution
Monbiot, George
Article
2010
Why are radical politics electable in Wales but not in England?
William Morris: From Romantic to Revolutionary
Thompson, E. P.
Book
1955
A biography of the nineteenth-century socialist, designer, artist, and intellectual William Morris.
Workmates: direct action workplace organising on the London Underground
Kay, Joseph
Article
2011
An online pamphlet detailing resistance in the late 1990s by London Underground employees to outsourcing via a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme. Workers organized outside the Rail, Maritime and...
World Orders Old and New
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1994
Chomsky surveys the international scene since 1945.
Your EU vote is crucial because it won't count
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2016
Here is a prediction about the outcome of today’s UK referendum on leaving the European Union. Even in the unlikely event that the remain camp loses, the UK will still not Brexit. Europe's neoliberal ...

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English Defence League: new wave of extremists plotting summer of unrest
Growth of anti-Muslim group raises fears of street violence
Taylor, Matthew
2010
A profile of the supporters and the protests of the English Defence League, a right wing anti-Islam group of mostly white, young British men, many of them mobilized through their soccer clubs.
5 of the worst atrocities carried out by British Empire, after 'historical amnesia' claims
Osborne, Samuel
2017
A YouGov poll found 43 per cent of Brits thought the British Empire was a good thing, while 44 per cent were proud of Britain's history of colonialism. The Independent looks at five of the worst atroc...
Free Speech Protection Act could slow 'libel tourism'
Mahoney, Robert
2009
Free press advocates in Britain are looking to a bill stuck in the U.S. Congress for moral support in the fight to reform England#s draconian defamation laws. The U.S. bill, the Free Speech Protection...
Guardian gagged from reporting parliament
2009
Today's published Commons order papers contain a question to be answered by a minister later this week. The Guardian is prevented from identifying the MP who has asked the question, what the question ...
How the Trafigura story came to be told
2009
Gag defeated by press, web users and MPs.
IFJ Condemns New Attack on Journalists' Sources in UK
Sources News Release
2009
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its European group, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today joined their affiliate, the National Union of Journalists in the UK and Ire...
Jamie Oliver: 'Tell me Mr Gove, Mr Lansley. How can we stop Britain being the most unhealthy country in Europe?'
In the 10 years since opening his Fifteen restaurant, Jamie Oliver's campaigns have gone global. But his passion to improve British schools
Adams, Tim
2012
Jaime Oliver continues in his challenge to the educate people on healthy eating, with or without the British government's aid.
Lockdown London
The Olympics will see the UK's biggest mobilisation of security forces since the second world war
Graham, Stephen
2012
The projected expense of security at the upcoming London Olympic Games is $867m -- part of the booming 'security industry'.
Met police face legal action for 'kettling' of protest teenagers
Townsend, Mark
2010
Police in the UK are being sued for using violence against students during a tuition fees protest by three minors who suffered injuries. They claim they were falsely detained and denied medical assist...
Police log 'domestic extremists' and keep database on activists
Forces survey and file details of peaceful protests and political activities
Lewis, Paul; Evans, Rob; Taylor, Matthew
2009
'Domestic Extremists' are persons involved in political meetings and protests who are photographed and added to a national database by the UK police. This surveillance falls under the purview of "ter...
Questing Marilyn
In Search Of My Holy Grail, Personal Growth Through Travel
Barnicke Belleghem, Marilyn M.Ed.
2003
Chronicles the experiences of author and therapist Marilyn Barnicke Belleghem M.Ed., as she tours historical and sacred sites in Britain and Ireland.
Rendition ordeal raises new questions about secret trials
Fatima Bouchar's story reveals involvement of the British government
Cobain, Ian
2012
Investigative reporting on the rendition (initiated by British intelligence officers) of Libyian Islamist militants who sought to oust Muammar Gaddafi.
Save the feature before it explodes
Several films directed by Alfred Hitchcock in the 1920s are being fully restored
Miller, Henry K.
2011
Nine films Hitchcock directed during the 1920s will be restored by archivists at the British Film Institute before the volatile nitrate reels combust. The film archivists' work and the hirstory of the...
Scandal forces Cameron to give details on Tory donor dinners
Watt, Nicholas
2012
Information has come to light that the British Prime Minister hosted private dinners in his official residences for wealthy donors.
Trafigura gag attempt unites house in protest
2009
Efforts by the law firm Carter-Ruck to stop reporting of a Commons question about Trafigura have outraged MPs on all sides.
Uk needs modern mosques
The third generation of British Muslims still don't have mosques that teach compassion and citizenship
Baig, Anila
2011
An Islamic woman's opinion column mourns the lack of modern mosques in England. She discusses her search for a place where her children could learn Arabic and how to read the Qu'ran without facing vio...

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