Hilary Wainwright


Hilary Wainwright
Hilary Wainwright is a member of Red Pepper's editorial collective and a fellow of the Transnational Institute. @hilarypepper


We need to challenge the myths that poison attempts at progressive change

16 April 2013 Hilary Wainwright introduces the first in a series of mythbusters produced by Class, in collaboration with Red Pepper.

Essay: Political organisation in transition

3 January 2013 Hilary Wainwright opens the new year ambitiously! She discusses how to transform the state and why radical politicians find it so difficult to maintain their radical momentum once in parliament or the council chamber. How could this change?

Unleashing the creativity of labour

16 October 2012 Hilary Wainwright calls for policies that release workers’ creative potential, not just in waged work but beyond

Peer-to-peer production and the coming of the commons

19 July 2012 Michel Bauwens examines how collaborative, commons-based production is emerging to challenge capitalism. Below, Hilary Wainwright responds

Co-operatise the state?

14 May 2012 Can the co-op movement be one source of alternatives to marketisation? Hilary Wainwright explores

An ‘excess of democracy’: what two generations of radicals can learn from each other

11 February 2012 Hilary Wainwright examines the possibility of forging a new kind of political economy by learning from the best of both today's radical movements and those of the 60s and 70s

Resistance takes root in Barcelona

16 October 2011 Hilary Wainwright explores the deepening organisation of the Indignados movement

Refounding the politics of labour

29 September 2011 Ed Miliband's speech had little to say on the unions. Hilary Wainwright urges the Labour leader to embrace a newly political trade unionism

Feeling our way forward

29 August 2011 Hilary Wainwright maps structures of feeling and resistance

Kenny Bell: From loss to living legacy

28 August 2011 Kenny Bell stood for a distinctive, strategic and effective kind of trade unionism writes Hilary Wainwright

Crack capitalism or reclaim the state?

15 April 2011 John Holloway and Hilary Wainwright debate strategy and tactics for social change

AV: Yes or no?

14 April 2011 Hilary Wainwright and Kevin Blowe debate the alternative vote

The resistible rise of corporate power

1 October 2010 Corporate power has grown as regulation has receded - and the outsourcing of public services has played a major part in this growth of unaccountable economic power, writes Hilary Wainwright

Our favourite Miliband

5 August 2010 Hilary Wainwright reveals which Miliband caught her fancy

A distinctive purpose

16 June 2010 Labour's leadership debate could end up like a competition to be chief executive of an ailing company. But activists are intent on taking it somewhere more interesting. Laurie Penny and Hilary Wainwright did the round of post-election think-ins to find out more

A Brighton shade of Green

29 May 2010 What is the wider significance of the Greens' success in Brighton and how can they build on it? Hilary Wainwright caught up with the party's new MP Caroline Lucas as she set up office in Westminster

Beyond the casino state

28 March 2010 Watch Question Time – or any TV programme where politicians are on display – and it’s clear that our cover theme, turning David Cameron’s ‘we can’t go on like this’ back on him and all the main parties, sums up a popular mood. Disillusionment with politicians has fed into a deepening anger at the way […]

Rocking the system

23 February 2010 A campaign is mounting over Northern Rock, the bank whose collapse heralded the financial crisis. Hilary Wainwright reports on the effort to create a community-owned bank serving wider social needs, not private profits

A real green deal

7 October 2009 35 years ago, workers at the Lucas Aerospace company formulated an 'alternative corporate plan' to convert military production to socially useful and environmentally desirable purposes. Hilary Wainwright and Andy Bowman consider what lessons it holds for the greening of the world economy today

Now to complete the democratic revolution

24 May 2009 Hilary Wainwright's editorial in our upcoming June/July issue argues that the issue of public control over public money could be the basis of a movement to complete the unfinished struggle for popular sovereignty

Public service reform … but not as we know it!

3 April 2009 How do you save money, improve services, involve the unions and strengthen democratic control at the same time? In Newcastle, they have come up with an alternative to privatisation that achieves all these objectives, as Hilary Wainwright reports

Beyond the usual fragments

29 March 2009 Red Pepper has always been about more than radical journalism. Our origins lie in the extraordinary movement that converged across parties, movements, identities and geography to support the mining communities. The Chesterfield Socialist Conferences, and then the Socialist Movement, attempted to realise the potential of this convergence. As its limits became apparent, we created Red […]

Art, truth and politics

23 March 2009 Hilary Wainwright and Ian Rickson pay tribute to the politics, plays and life of Harold Pinter, who died on Christmas Eve 2008

We are woman, we are strong …

19 March 2009 Hilary Wainwright on the vital role women played in the miners' struggle

Editorial: Parallel worlds

1 February 2009 These days of putting together this issue of Red Pepper have been the days of the Gaza massacre. They have also been a time of two distinct political worlds. On the one hand, demonstrations that grew from one week to the next, bringing together Muslims and Jews to a unique extent; dissenting Jews across Israel, […]

Crisis for Christmas

3 January 2009 With so much of this, Red Pepper’s Christmas issue, examining the financial crisis, it doesn’t look like we are exactly bringing yuletide good cheer. But the holiday is also a time to reflect, recharge and prepare for the New Year. So we’re unashamedly adding to your seasonal menu some tough food for thought! We want […]

Thank you, Harold

26 December 2008 Hilary Wainwright wrote the following note about Harold Pinter's involvement with Red Pepper for a collection published by Faber to celebrate his 70th birthday

In words and silences

26 December 2008 Hilary Wainwright reflects on Harold Pinter and Red Pepper

The ‘f’ word: from ’68 to ’08

1 December 2008 {'68-'78-'88: from women's liberation to feminism}, edited by Amanda Sebestyen, was published at a moment 'when feminism became uncool'. Ten years on, it became a key text on women's studies courses - its tales from feminists of various backgrounds documenting the many layers and differences woven into the women's liberation movement. Fast forward to 2008, and some of the contributors met at Housmans bookshop in London. We present edited extracts from that discussion to open a debate on feminism today, introduced by Hilary Wainwright and with a summary of current feminist activity by Andrea D'Cruz

The Beijing Declaration: Another Economic World is Possible

24 October 2008 'Another World is Possible', the familiar slogan of the World Social Forum, is now being put to the test, writes Hilary Wainwright from Beijing. Can the activists and intellectuals of the movements for global justice propose convincing alternatives, drawing on the struggles and experiments of recent years and on interesting historical experiences?

Editorial: A place for the left

20 September 2008 Hilary Wainwright says that the pull of national and local identities away from Westminster is a vital clue to understanding and preparing for the unravelling of New Labour

New limbs for the left

4 June 2008 New Labour is dead. The New Tories are in the ascendancy. The left needs to look beyond its existing, inbred networks, writes Hilary Wainwright

Reaping what they’ve sown

5 May 2008 Hilary Wainwright says while the radical left are in no position to say 'I told you so', reviving public service values and practices is the only way to renew the Labour Party

A red guide to Italian politics

3 April 2008 Italians have often led the way in creating a European left but now they face a crisis in the return of Silvio Berlusconi. Hilary Wainwright talked to a range of left activists as they prepared for the elections

Rethinking political parties

5 February 2008 The membership and influence of political parties is declining throughout the western world, and most quickly in Britain. Hilary Wainwright examines the role of the party in transformative politics and asks how the left might reimagine this crucial instrument of political change

The commons, the state and transformative politics

17 December 2007 Hilary Wainwright examines how new technology and new forms of organisation are coming together to transform the left and labour movements, political representation and democracy

Democracy diary

10 December 2007 Hilary Wainwright reports from Caracas on Venezuela's referendum - and the next steps towards reform

Any Respect left?

18 November 2007 With the implosion of Respect, Hilary Wainwright asks can anything be learnt for the future or is it a moment simply of despair?

Much argument, many opinions

21 September 2007 Welcome to the new-look Red Pepper magazine and website. Let me put it in context. By Hilary Wainwright

Reclaiming our past

1 August 2007 Newsnight correspondent Paul Mason's Live Working or Die Fighting sets the experience of modern factory workers in the global South alongside some of the classic narratives of labour history. He spoke to Hilary Wainwright about the insights he gained in examining a neglected part of our heritage

Fresh Spice: Red Pepper old and new

1 August 2007 In October 2007 Red Pepper moves to a bigger, new-look bi-monthly format, at the same time as greatly expanding its web presence. Here co-editor Hilary Wainwright reviews its role in providing a platform and a voice for all those whose hopes of change in 1997 have been deflated by the Blatcherism that followed, but who still share a real sense of possibility for the future

The Blairafter

1 June 2007 There was a time when democratic debate in the Labour Party was held up as compensation for the lack of constitutional control over a powerful executive.

Politics outside the box

1 May 2007 Red Pepper's first issue came out 13 years ago this month, shortly before Tony Blair became Labour leader. As we celebrate outlasting him, and prepare for a new phase in our development (more of which later), Hilary Wainwright sets the wider scene for the independent left.

Aiding the blockade

1 February 2007 From academic seminars to birthday parties, there are no end of ways to blockade Faslane, writes Hilary Wainwright

Tropical Blair or Axis of Hope?

1 December 2006 Hilary Wainwright returns from Sao Paulo to report on how social movements are preparing for President Lula's second term

OurSpace: the new frontier

1 November 2006 The left needs to do much more than simply oppose the marketisation of public services - it must promote a positive alternative. In a series of articles, Red Pepper authors consider how that might be done. Hilary Wainwright sets the scene

A different kind of leader

1 October 2006 Left-wing MP John McDonnell says that he wants to 'reclaim the Labour Party' and is standing as leader under the campaign slogan 'Another world is possible'. Why does he think it's worth the effort and what's the 'new politics' he's talking about? Interview by Hilary Wainwright

Imagine there’s no leaders. It’s easy if you try…

1 October 2006 But is it? The problem of leadership runs right through this issue of Red Pepper. Three leaders representing parties of different shades of the left - Tony Blair, Tommy Sheridan and President Lula - have each arguably all but destroyed the parties they were elected to represent. Such leadership crises are part and parcel of the left tradition. So what is it about the left and its leaders? What kind of leadership do we want - or need?

Venezuela’s new model army

1 April 2006 It was all very mysterious; but indicative of the seemingly random way things can happen in Venezuela. I had only a few days left in Caracas after the 2006 World Social Forum.

Who will speak for us?

1 March 2006 There is a deepening crisis of political representation in the UK. As the main parties narrow the electoral contest to a diminishing patch of ‘centre-ground’, who will give voice to those whose views are unrepresented? Hilary Wainwright considers the political challenge facing the left



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