July 2008


Michael Kustow’s Booktopia

31 July 2008 Michael Kustow picks the eight books he'd take to the ends of the earth with him

French anarchist song

31 July 2008 ‘Lady Dynamite, let’s dance quickly, Let’s dance and sing and dynamite everything!’ French anarchist song of the 1880s.

Three poems on peace and war

30 July 2008 Poems by Adrian Mitchell

Emma Goldman

30 July 2008 ‘Direct action … is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism.’ Emma Goldman

Jo Brand’s Booktopia

29 July 2008 Jo Brand picks the eight books she'd take to the ends of the earth with her

Lock ’em up!

29 July 2008 Mark Thomas explains why he is campaigning for the Department of Public Prosecutions to investigate Gordon Brown and other MPs for breaking their own law

Ezra Pound

29 July 2008 WOT IZZA COMIN’? I’ll tell you wot izza comin’ Sochy-lism is a-comin’ Ezra Pound

5 August

28 July 2008 'Why is it that no African in the history of this country has ever had the honour of being tried by his own kith and kin, by his own flesh and blood?' _ Nelson Mandela

George Bush’s joint

28 July 2008 In this extract from her new book, Commie Girl in the OC, Rebecca Schoenkopf, the 'queen bee/black widow of alternative journalism', goes inside the federal propaganda machine against marijuana

José Antonio Viera Gallo

28 July 2008 ‘Socialism can only arrive by bicycle.’ José Antonio Viera Gallo

Win a Commie Girl t-shirt

27 July 2008 Red Pepper/Verso competition Win a Commie Girl t-shirt We have three Commie Girl t-shirts to win Just answer the simple question below and email your answer to website at redpepper.org.uk When Red Pepper interviewed Rebecca Schoenkopf, which American politician had she dreamed about? Entries close 31 August 2008. No purchase necessary to enter. Winners will […]

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

27 July 2008 ‘If Socialism can only be realized when the intellectual development of all the people permits it, then we shall not see Socialism for at least five hundred years.’ -Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Alice Walker

26 July 2008 ‘The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men.’ Alice Walker

Ian McEwan

25 July 2008 ‘By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage.’ Ian McEwan

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24 July 2008

Schopenhauer

24 July 2008 ‘The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity.’ Schopenhauer

Colombia’s Uribe: riding for a fall?

22 July 2008 After his dramatic successes against the FARC guerrillas, Colombia's president, Alvaro Uribe, is riding high in popularity and looking towards a possible third term. But beneath the surface, things are not as they seem and troubles face George Bush's best ally in the Americas

Mahatma Gandhi

22 July 2008 ‘I abhor vivisection with my whole soul. All the scientific discoveries stained with innocent blood I count as of no consequence.’ Mahatma Gandhi

George Bernard Shaw

21 July 2008 ‘Cruelty must be whitewashed by a moral excuse, and pretense of reluctance. ‘ George Bernard Shaw

Peter Singer

20 July 2008 ‘Just as we have progressed beyond the blatantly racist ethic of the era of slavery and colonialism, so we must now progress beyond the speciesist ethic ‘ Pete Singer

Jeremy Bentham

19 July 2008 The question is not, “Can they reason?” nor ‘Can they talk?’ but rather, ‘Can they suffer?’ Jeremy Bentham

Joan Baez

17 July 2008 ‘You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die, or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live now.’ Joan Baez

Smoking the celestial dream

12 July 2008 Steve Platt looks back at the role of cannabis in the 'counter culture' of the 1960s and 1970s and how people on both sides of the political and cultural divide believed that a hardy psychoactive plant could change the world. He wonders how it could ever have aroused such passions - both for and against its use - and asks why it's still illegal

Legalising barbarism

12 July 2008 From Bolivia to Bangladesh, the new EU return directive - which allows for the imprisonment of 'illegal' migrants for up to 18 months prior to their expulsion - has met with global condemnation. But it forms only one strand of a broader 'Fortress Europe' approach to control all migrants, writes Ben Hayes

No workers’ paradise

11 July 2008 Cuba's not my idea of socialism, says Dave Osler in his retort to Diana Raby

Suzanne Vega

9 July 2008 ‘To me, a feminist belongs in the same category as a humanist or an advocate for human rights. I don’t see why someone who’s a feminist should be thought of differently.’ Suzanne Vega

Lydia Lunch

7 July 2008 ‘I am a humanist not a feminist. There’s a big difference.’ Lydia Lunch

God is not great

6 July 2008 Matthew Gray reviews Christopher Hitchens' audiobook version of God is Not Great

Slavoj Zizek

6 July 2008 Zizek waits Clare Woodford reviews Violence by Slavoj Zizek (London, Profile Books 2009) ‘The exemplary figures of evil today are not ordinary consumers who pollute the environment and live in a violent world of disintegrating social links, but those who, while fully engaged in creating conditions for such universal devastation and pollution, buy their way […]

Commie Girl in the OC

6 July 2008 Laurie Penny interviews Rebecca Schoenkopf about politics, life, feminism and getting 'finger-fucked' by Hillary Clinton

Gloria Steinem

6 July 2008 ‘If you say, I’m for equal pay, that’s a reform. But if you say. I’m a feminist, that’s a transformation of society.’ Gloria Steinem

Curb your catastrophism

5 July 2008 How are we getting the message about climate change across? The use of apocalyptic language prophesying imminent ecological catastrophe and social meltdown is something that unites activists, journalists and, increasingly, politicians. But it is uncertain whether this generates action or defeatism among the public, argues Stefan Skrimshire

The legacy of the Nakba

5 July 2008 Academic institutions pride themselves on fostering freedom of expression and thought. But Israeli universities are accused of complicity in the silencing of Arab voices by British academics. Jaimie Kaffash reports

A grim alternative to detaining children

5 July 2008 Haslar Visitors Group coordinator Laura Del Nevo explains how the Home Office is piloting its 'Alternatives to Detention' project with asylum- seeking families from the Portsmouth area

When the bucks stop

5 July 2008 The current financial crisis highlights fundamental failings in a global economy run for private profit rather than broader social opportunity. Jim Stanford explains how risky financial speculation created a bubble that has now burst, and argues that we need to refocus attention on a real economy founded on the production of actual goods and services

Another politics is possible

5 July 2008 The mayoral elections were last month's London story but there's another kind of politics growing in the communities, schools and workplaces of the capital - one that's shown itself to have the power to achieve practical results from business and government alike. Deborah Littman reports

Judith Butler

5 July 2008 ‘I would say that I’m a feminist theorist before I’m a queer theorist or a gay and lesbian theorist.’ Judith Butler

Julie Burchill

4 July 2008 ‘A good part – and definitely the most fun part – of being a feminist is about frightening men.’ Julie Burchill