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The Land Of The Not-So-Free: Modern U.S.A.

January 26, 2016 3:00 pm0 comments
The Land Of The Not-So-Free: Modern U.S.A.

‘The Land of the Free’ is no more. This statement should no longer even be associated with America. It has come into light, the ‘Land of Opportunity’ has sunk yet another level in its economic freedom index: the ‘Great American Nanny State’ is 20th in the Overall Freedom Ranking.   […]

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Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (VI): The Art of Self-Defence

November 18, 2013 1:11 pm0 comments
Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (VI): The Art of Self-Defence

In Part Five of ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ with no political party willing to seriously oppose Thatcher’s poll tax, millions of ordinary people begin to organise themselves at grassroots level, often inspired by the historic revolutionary events in the former Stalinist countries of Eastern Europe. The town of Northwich was typical of […]

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Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (V): The Wall Comes Tumbling Down

November 13, 2013 4:48 pm0 comments
Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (V): The Wall Comes Tumbling Down

Part Five in a series of ten articles on the history of the  ‘Anti-Poll Tax Campaign’. CHRIS ROBINSON looks at how the campaign developed at the local level in his own area of Northwich, Cheshire – reflected up and down the country as millions prepared to fight back against the […]

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Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (IV): Revolution Down Below

November 6, 2013 12:06 pm0 comments
Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (IV): Revolution Down Below

Part Four of ten articles exploring the history of the grass-roots movement against Thatcher’s infamous poll tax. CHRIS ROBINSON looks at the beginning of the fight back. Thatcher’s Tory government introduced the poll tax a year earlier in Scotland following their rejection of ‘Thatcherism’ in the 1987 elections. An acknowledged ‘Labour stronghold’, yet […]

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Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (III): Get Militant

November 5, 2013 11:35 am0 comments
Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay (III): Get Militant

Continuing with his series on the historic ‘Anti-Poll Tax Campaign’ that brought down Margaret Thatcher, CHRIS ROBINSON looks at how the political left were on the defensive in the face of the 1980s Tory government onslaught to end the post-war social consensus. With the Labour Party moving to the right, only the […]

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What May Day Means

May 13, 2013 10:44 am0 comments
What May Day Means

In America, the biggest beast of capitalism, they call May 1st ‘Labor Day’. In South Africa, it’s ‘Workers Day’. The Germans call it ‘Arbeiterstag’. While here in Britain it’s known, blandly, as ‘May Day Bank Holiday’. It wasn’t that long ago that an earlier Tory government – it could have […]

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A Socialist World is Probable (IV): Barbarism or Socialism?

March 18, 2013 12:00 pm0 comments
A Socialist World is Probable (IV): Barbarism or Socialism?

Next year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.  David Cameron recently called on people to remember that it was a war fought in ‘defence of democracy’. Indeed, tragically, it was called ‘the War to End all Wars’. Standing where we are today, we know this to […]

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A Socialist World is Probable (III): A River of Blood

March 11, 2013 9:30 pm2 comments
A Socialist World is Probable (III): A River of Blood

Launch a discussion or debate about ‘socialism’ and, before you can say ‘religion is the opium of the masses’, some cynical bright spark will pipe up with the usual string of cliches. ‘Ah,’ they’ll say. ‘Socialism doesn’t work. Look at Stalin. He had more people murdered than Hitler ever did. Revolutions always  […]

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