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INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL ISSUE 129

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CONTENTS:

Analysis
The student revolt and the crisis

Mad as hatters? The Tea Party movement in the US
Megan Trudell

Police killings and the law
Simon Behrman

Labourism and socialism: Ralph Miliband’s Marxism
Paul Blackledge

True crime stories: some New Labour memoirs
John Newsinger

Marxism and disability
Roddy Slorach

Decoding capitalism
Joseph Choonara

What’s wrong with school history?
Andrew Stone

Why we should be sceptical of climate sceptics
Suzanne Jeffery

Tony Cliff’s Lenin and the Russian Revolution
John Rose

Feedback

Sex work: a rejoinder
Gareth Dale and Xanthe Whittaker

Discussing the alternatives
Grace Lally

Book reviews

A tangled tale
Yuri Prasad

Revolution rewritten
Jack Farmer

Analysing honour
Mark Harvey

Globalising Gramsci
Adrian Budd

Intellectual weapons
Alex Callinicos

Pick of the quarter

This quarter’s selection

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Books

NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM BOOKMARKS – SUMMER 2010

The Red in the Rainbow: Sexuality, Socialism and LGBT Liberation, by Hannah Dee. £7.99 SPECIAL OFFER £7 www.tinyurl.com/getrainbow 
This inspiring story of the fight for LGBT liberation travels across continents and centuries uncovering the radical struggle for sexual freedom. It should be read by every activist who aspires to live in a world where we can all be free to love and live as we choose, free from oppression and persecution.

Chris Harman – Selected Writings. £16.99 SPECIAL OFFER £15 www.tinyurl.com/selectedwritings 
As well as writing a whole number of important books and pamphlets, including A People’s History of the World (Verso 2008) and Zombie Capitalism (Bookmarks 2009), Chris Harman produced a steady flow of commentary, journalism and major articles on a very wide range of topics – from economics to philosophy, from the contemporary state of the class struggle to cultural theory, from the history of world development to the history of the workers’ movement in many parts of the world, from women’s liberation and Islam to the defence and development of revolutionary strategy. Here we reproduce just a selection of his articles. Read, and learn.

Breaking their Chains: Mary Macarthur and the Chainmakers’ Strike of 1910 by Tony Barnsley. £6.99 SPECIAL OFFER £5 www.tinyurl.com/chainmakers
For two months in the autumn of 1910 hundreds of women chainmakers in the Black Country struck for a minimum wage that would double their incomes – and won. Tony Barnsley tells the largely forgotten story of the strike, a prelude to the Great Unrest which would sweep the country in 1911.

Redwords Revolutionary Portraits Shostakovich: Socialism, Stalin and Symphonies by Simon Behrman. £9.99 SPECIAL OFFER £8 www.tinyurl.com/portraitshostakovich
The life and career of Dmitri Shostakovich, more than any other classical composer of the 20th century, has provided the most hotly debated meeting point between politics and art. Simon Behrman recounts his struggle to maintain artistic integrity as the Revolution was replaced by a cruel dictatorship, making Shostakovich a tragic figure, but also a hero to his contemporaries, fellow musicians and audience alike.

Back in print:

The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx by Alex Callinicos. £9.99 SPECIAL OFFER £8 www.tinyurl.com/revideas
The classic introduction to Marx’s life and politics – a crucial reference for any student of revolutionary Marxism.

Lenin: Building the Party, 1893-1914 by Tony Cliff. £16.99 SPECIAL OFFER £15 www.tinyurl.com/leninvol1
Lenin’s fight to build a revolutionary organisation capable of leading the struggles to come is analysed by Cliff, who shows both the historical specifics of Russia in the death throws of Tsarism and the lessons we can learn as revolutionaries today.

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Recession 2

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM 127

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This issue leads with an article on “Marxism and feminism today”. Neoliberal capitalism promised women genuine equality and personal fulfilment. But the realities of women’s oppression persist, reinforced by a debased culture of lap-dancing and cosmetic surgery that has taken the transformation of women into objects to new extremes. This has provoked a new wave of feminism in reaction.

Judith Orr gives the new feminism a critical welcome, arguing for a materialist analysis of the relationship between women’s oppression and class exploitation. Genuine liberation, she concludes, is inseparable from the struggle against capitalism.

The issue also includes interviews with Shlomo Sand (author of The Invention of the Jewish People) and Richard Wilkinson (co-author of The Spirit Level). John Newsinger looks at the great wave of sit-down strikes in the mid-1930s that broke bosses’ resistance to the unionisation of basic industry in the United States. Gonzalo Pozo looks at the theory of the permanent arms economy developed by Tony Cliff, Mike Kidron, and Chris Harman. The late French Marxist philosopher Daniel Bensaïd is remembered in an article by Sebastian Budgen. Plus analysis, feedback, reviews and pick of the quarter

Issue 127

Analysis
The mould cracks

Marxism and feminism today
Judith Orr

Interview: Zionism, socialism and nationalism
Shlomo Sand & John Rose

Interview: Reviving the spirit of equality
Richard G Wilkinson & Iain Ferguson

1937: the year of the sitdown
John Newsinger

Reassessing the permanent arms economy
Gonzalo Pozo

The Red Hussar: Daniel Bensaïd, 1946-2010
Sebastian Budgen

Empire and literature
Gareth Jenkins

Feedback

Another side of anarchism
Ian Birchall

A response to the sex work debate
Gareth Dale and Xanthe Whittaker

Book reviews

Economic development
Joseph Choonara

Sharing history
Penny McCall Howard

Gramsci rendered whole
Chris Bambery

Driving American decline
G Francis Hodge

Philosophy on the barricades
Stacey Whittle

Drama in three acts
Louis Bayman

Dispelling “the Malthus myth”
Martin Empson

Poles apart?
Adam Fabry

Irrational records
Paul Blackledge

Contesting the revolutionary tradition
Leo Zeilig

Pick of the quarter

This quarter’s selection

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