24 September

'Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.' Dr Seuss, the American writer and cartoonist died on this day in 1991.

September 24, 2009 · 1 min read

Most famous for his children’s books, of which The Cat in the Hat is probably the best known, he has often been claimed as an anarchist.

One of his most overtly political books, The Butter Battle Book, was published in 1984 at the height of the nuclear arms race between the US and the USSR. It tells the story of the Yooks and the Zooks, who couldn’t agree on whether bread should be eaten butter-side up or butter-side down. The story ends with a blank page, indicating where the author thought nuclear weapons might lead us.

‘Today you are You

That is truer than true.

There is no one alive

Who is Youer than You.’


The Socialist Olympics of 1936

Radical workers’ sporting organisations and the 1936 People’s Olympiad illustrate the role of sport in fighting oppression, writes Uma Arruga i López.

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Lying through their legacy-speak

Olympic ‘legacy’ has greased the path for enormous, upward transfer of wealth to the global propertied classes, writes Jules Boykoff


SWexit: What are exit schemes for sex workers missing?

If earning money is a fundamental reason for entering the sex industry, it is also essential to leaving it, writes Marin Scarlett.

Failure to deliver

Major financial institutions have cited Deliveroo’s employment practices for its disastrous public share launch. Alice Martin and Tom Powdrill look at what went wrong and what it might mean for workers’ rights

Power on the picket line: remembering the Burnsall Strike

Almost 30 years on, Sarbjit Johal recalls supporting the strike, which consisted of mostly Punjabi women workers

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