Mike Marqusee


Mike Marqusee
Mike Marqusee 1953–2015, wrote a regular column for Red Pepper, 'Contending for the Living', and books on topics ranging from cricket to Bob Dylan. More at mikemarqusee.co.uk


From the archives: A victim of America—Muhammad Ali and the war against terrorism

28 November 2014 When Hollywood bosses were asked by the Bush administration to do their bit in the 'war on terrorism', they signed up eagerly – and they came up with the notion of getting much-loved former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali to promote US policy. Mike Marqusee tells the story (first published March 2002)

William Frend: A radical to remember

1 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

Macmillan Cancer Support gets it wrong, big-time

5 July 2014 The charity tries not to be 'political' – but it is embracing a highly ideological privatisation initiative, writes Mike Marqusee

Uneven playing fields

19 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

Anyone but Ingerland?

18 June 2014 From the archives: Mark Perryman puts the case for flying the St George cross at the World Cup, while Mike Marqusee explains why he'll be rooting for any other country to win it (Published in issue 142, June 2006)

The price of experience

1 June 2014 The personal is political in this extract from Mike Marqusee's new book of writings on living with cancer

Past visions, future dreams

31 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

Why I am an unrepentant Bennite

14 March 2014 Mike Marqusee remembers one of the great modern communicators of the socialist cause

The British anti-war movement should be standing with anti-war protesters in Russia

5 March 2014 The argument against Western imperialism can only be strengthened by a firm opposition to other imperialisms, argues Mike Marqusee

Fifty years ago, Cassius Clay ‘shook up the world’ by winning the heavyweight title – and embracing the Nation of Islam

24 February 2014 Mike Marqusee remembers the victory of the underdog who became Muhammad Ali – and how it wasn't just sport's hierarchies that were rocked by it

Conscience little stirred

17 February 2014 It took many decades and much bitter argument before the British left embraced the Palestinian cause, writes Mike Marqusee

‘If not now, when?’ On BDS and ‘singling out’ Israel…

4 January 2014 It's not possible to campaign against any injustice anywhere without 'singling it out', argues Mike Marqusee

Held hostage by Big Pharma: a personal experience

26 November 2013 Mike Marqusee looks at how drug firms can make huge profits from their state-enforced monopoly on an essential good

A party to dream of

25 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

World’s longest running industrial dispute sets example for us all

13 September 2013 A group of council workers in South Africa have been fighting for 19 years, writes Mike Marqusee

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

6 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

NHS financial squeeze is a contrived crisis

30 July 2013 Mike Marqusee says the problems at Barts health trust are caused by attempts to make impossible levels of cuts – while handing billions to private firms

‘An hereditary crown! A transmissible throne! What a notion!’

24 July 2013 Mike Marqusee notes Thomas Paine’s views on the ‘master-fraud’ of monarchy

We could have won!

4 July 2013 Mike Marqusee looks back at the rate-capping revolt of the 1980s, and how close it came to victory

The People’s Assembly – an absentee contribution

21 June 2013 Mike Marqusee looks at the choices and debates this Saturday's People's Assembly will face

Brushing history against the grain

31 May 2013 We can’t decipher the present without examining its foundations in the battles of the past, writes Mike Marqusee

Thinking beyond boundaries

24 March 2013 Mike Marqusee on the importance of C L R James' Beyond a Boundary - beyond cricket

Dare to fail, dare to win

30 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

1 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

17 September 2012 A movement without an electoral intervention is doomed to lose out, argues Mike Marqusee

A critical perspective on the Olympic enterprise

10 August 2012 Mike Marqusee argues that the ceaseless injunction to consume, cheer and celebrate the Olympics has made the enjoyment of competitive sport something it is not and never should be – mandatory

Olympics: The Games turned upside down

27 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

Beyond church and state

26 April 2012 ‘Religion’ and ‘secularism’ are not mutually exclusive categories, writes Mike Marqusee. Secularists need to focus more on the shared, public realm that has been eviscerated by neoliberalism

Broader horizons

11 April 2012 Mike Marqusee asks: are the emerging forms of resistance up to the challenge?

Streets of the imagination

13 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

This is what Swazi democracy looks like

7 September 2011 Protest is escalating in Africa's last absolute monarchy reports Mike Marqusee

The bedrock of autonomy

15 August 2011 A life beyond illness rests on a delicate and complex web, writes Mike Marqusee

Let’s talk utopia

17 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

26 April 2011 Mike Marqusee on Mahmoud Darwish, the poet of the Palestinian people

A vicarious potency

3 April 2011 In the case of Libya, liberal interventionists ignore the history of imperialism and the realities of power, writes Mike Marqusee

Biblical justice

4 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

30 November 2010 Patients need health workers to take action on their behalf, says Mike Marqusee

An idealist and a sceptic

27 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

Small country, big struggle

26 August 2010 Mike Marqusee has just returned from a visit with trade unionists and democracy activists in Swaziland

No turning back

24 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

A living gallery of resistance

25 July 2010 Against the Wall: The Art of Resistance in Palestine by William Parry (Pluto), reviewed by Mike Marqusee

Fighting a protean force

16 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

7 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

31 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

4 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

15 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

The other India

21 October 2009 Mike Marqusee reviews Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy by Arundhati Roy

Tom Paine, restless democrat

8 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

7 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

No redemption

5 March 2009 Mike Marqusee talks to 'Red Riding' quartet author David Peace about 'GB84', his dark novel on the 1984 miners' strike



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