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Contending for the living

William Frend: A radical to remember August 2014

Frend's founding texts of the British anti-war movement deserve to be better-known, writes Mike Marqusee – and that was just the beginning of his work

Uneven playing fields June 2014

Enjoyment of mega-sporting events such as the World Cup and critique of their context can and should go hand in hand, writes Mike Marqusee

Past visions, future dreams March 2014

While art is always the product of a particular social and historical context, it cannot be reduced to that context, writes Mike Marqusee – not if it is of any lasting value

Conscience little stirred February 2014

It took many decades and much bitter argument before the British left embraced the Palestinian cause, writes Mike Marqusee

A party to dream of September 2013

When the left alternative goes unvoiced, the real choices unposed, democracy is drained of content, writes Mike Marqusee. That's why we need a new party of the left

Us and them: how the far right feed off the racism of the mainstream September 2013

Contrary to right-wing myth, Britain’s imperial past goes largely unexamined, so its assumptions remain active in forming our views, writes Mike Marqusee

Thinking beyond boundaries March 2013

Mike Marqusee on the importance of C L R James' Beyond a Boundary - beyond cricket

Dare to fail, dare to win December 2012

Only by accepting that we may fail will we take the risks that may lead to a better world, argues Mike Marqusee

The second revolution: 1792 December 2012

The year 1792 saw demands for social democracy and equality create a revolutionary impulse felt far beyond France, writes Mike Marqusee

Politics, our missing link September 2012

A movement without an electoral intervention is doomed to lose out, argues Mike Marqusee

Olympics: The Games turned upside down July 2012

The famous clenched-fists image of Tommie Smith and John Carlos protesting against black oppression at the 1968 Olympics is worth revisiting as London 2012 presents us with a regime of licensed private dictatorship, writes Mike Marqusee

Streets of the imagination October 2011

At the front of the crowd in the ‘Gordon riots’ of 1780, William Blake would have seen much that he recognised in the events of this summer, writes Mike Marqusee

The bedrock of autonomy August 2011

A life beyond illness rests on a delicate and complex web, writes Mike Marqusee

Let’s talk utopia July 2011

It’s utopian thinking, not grim pragmatism, that best informs and inspires the struggle for a better society, argues Mike Marqusee

Palestine’s wandering poet April 2011

Mike Marqusee on Mahmoud Darwish, the poet of the Palestinian people

Biblical justice February 2011

The bible’s social vision isn’t as simple as many think – this contradictory book can be as radical as it is repressive, writes Mike Marqusee

Spreading the pain November 2010

Patients need health workers to take action on their behalf, says Mike Marqusee

An idealist and a sceptic September 2010

In his best work, director John Ford depicted a complex world through the lens of an understated but powerful critique says Mike Marqusee

No turning back August 2010

To respond effectively to the coming onslaught, we will have to engage with a deep crisis of working class confidence. To do so requires not only vigorous, unapologetic counter-propaganda, but collective action

Fighting a protean force June 2010

Pretending that it's not racism that motivates the BNP vote, or that we can defeat the BNP simply by proposing a left alternative, is to misunderstand the nature of racism in Britain today

The left lacuna May 2010

Before even a vote is cast, the left's failure in the coming election is an established fact. Elections aren't everything, but they do matter and we should start working now to ensure that there is a meaningful left alternative at the one after next, writes Mike Marqusee

Anything but background music January 2010

It's often said that flamenco is not political because it dwells exclusively on the individual. That seems to imply a narrow definition of both the political and the personal, writes Mike Marqusee

Busting the straitjacket January 2010

Rolling back the new 'common sense' of spending cuts may seem like a difficult job, but it's not impossible, says Mike Marqusee

The politics of cancer November 2009

Mike Marqusee argues that the 'war on cancer' is a misplaced metaphor for what is as much a political as a medical issue

Tom Paine, restless democrat June 2009

This June marks the bicentenary of the death of a man who was buried in obscurity but whose ideas are today claimed by everyone from anarchists to neoliberals. Mike Marqusee celebrates the life, work and ideas of the great revolutionary who declared that 'my country is the world and my religion is to do good'

Contending for the living May 2009

In the first of a new regular column for Red Pepper, Mike Marqusee finds hope for a new internationalism in the actions of South African dockworkers and their allies






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