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Weekly podcast offering a Marxist approach to the big issues we face in a world of capitalist crisis. Fighting for jobs, homes and public services for all. From strikes and mass movements through to community campaigns, history and theory. We shine a light on the struggles of workers and young people, and discuss the strategy for a socialist fightback.

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Weekly podcast offering a Marxist approach to the big issues we face in a world of capitalist crisis. Fighting for jobs, homes and public services for all. From strikes and mass movements through to community campaigns, history and theory. We shine a light on the struggles of workers and young people, and discuss the strategy for a socialist fightback.

    76. Trotsky's revolutionary ideas

    76. Trotsky's revolutionary ideas

    80 years on from Trotsky’s assassination: can they kill his ideas?

    Lev Davidovich Bronstein, better known as Leon Trotsky, was killed on 21 August 1940. What was Stalin so afraid of? And why do capitalist commentators still try to bury Trotsky’s ideas today?

    This month, Socialism the Podcast will be answering those questions in a series on Trotsky and Trotskyism. What was his role in Russia’s revolutions? What is the theory of ‘permanent revolution’? How did Stalinism betray it? What is a ‘transitional programme’? And what can workers and socialists today learn from it all?

    We begin our series with a general introduction. In the months before his death, Trotsky wrote: “If I had to begin all over again, I would of course try to avoid this or that mistake, but the main course of my life would remain unchanged…

    “My faith in the communist future of mankind is not less ardent, indeed it is firmer today, than it was in the days of my youth…

    “Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full.”

    This episode of Socialism looks at Leon Trotsky: an introduction to his revolutionary life and ideas.

    Further reading

    Leon Trotsky: A revolutionary's life: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/15106/29-08-2012/leon-trotsky-a-revolutionarys-life

    Russia 1905: When workers gained a glimpse of power: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/4250/22-01-2005/russia-1905-when-workers-gained-a-glimpse-of-power

    The striking relevance of Leon Trotsky's Theory of Permanent Revolution: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/29022/24-04-2019/the-striking-relevance-of-leon-trotskys-theory-of-permanent-revolution

    Russia, October 1917: When workers took power: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/26314/18-10-2017/russia-october-1917-when-workers-took-power

    Leon Trotsky's struggle against Stalinism: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/28804/06-03-2019/leon-trotskys-struggle-against-stalinism

    My Life: An Attempt at an Autobiography (Leon Trotsky): http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/950002679/Products/TROT0025

    • 59 min
    Re-run: 18. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

    Re-run: 18. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

    What is scientific socialism, and what can it teach us about the fight for socialist change today?

    Labour’s left leadership failed to fight for the urgent political and democratic reforms needed in the party - a missed opportunity for working-class political representation.

    In politics, mistakes in tactics begin with mistakes in ideas. That’s why Marxists take ideas so seriously. As Karl Marx himself said: “Practice without theory is blind, theory without practice is sterile.”

    In fact, the original name for Marxism was ‘scientific socialism’. In 1880, Marx’s collaborator Friedrich Engels produced ‘Socialism: Utopian and Scientific’, explaining the difference between those two trends in socialist thought.

    It was an introduction to some key scientific socialist ideas, from dialectical materialism to Marxist economics. Socialist struggle today could learn much from the mistakes of utopian socialism, old and new, and the rigour of scientific socialism.

    The Socialist Party’s publishing house, Socialist Books, republished this classic last year, available from socialistbooks.co.uk.

    This episode of Socialism, one of our most popular from 2019, is a re-run of episode 18 - Socialism: Utopian and Scientific.

    Further reading

    The renewed relevance of Engels' classic, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/28107/17-10-2018/the-renewed-relevance-of-engels-classic-socialism-utopian-and-scientific

    Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (Friedrich Engels): http://www.socialistbooks.co.uk/socialist-books-presents-socialism-utopian-and-scientific/

    'Socialism: Utopian and Scientific' questions and resources: http://www.socialistbooks.co.uk/socialism-utopian-and-scientific-resources/

    The Masses Arise: The Great French Revolution 1789-1815 (Peter Taaffe): http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectID=2017204

    Value, Price and Profit (Karl Marx): http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/950002679/Products/MARX0004

    An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism (George Novack): http://leftbooks.co.uk/epages/950002679.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/950002679/Products/NOVA0001

    • 28 min
    75. Britain's revolts after WW1

    75. Britain's revolts after WW1

    How will Covid-19’s political consequences compare to the aftermath of World War One?

    The pandemic crisis is frequently compared to a war. Marxists agree there are parallels for many reasons - not least the political revolts that follow.

    After the Great War, British capitalism entered a period of fast-changing economic and political crisis. Slump and mass unemployment; heroic strikes and mutinies; rapid advances for the new workers’ parties - Labour and the Communists.

    What can we learn from Britain’s economic strife and political ructions after the First World War? How can these help prepare the workers’ movement for struggles in the era of coronavirus and a new depression?

    This episode of Socialism looks at lessons from history: Britain’s revolts after World War One.

    Further reading and listening

    1920s Britain: A "country nearer Bolshevism than at any time since": https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30818/27-05-2020/1920s-britain-a-country-nearer-bolshevism-than-at-any-time-since

    Building the shop stewards' movement (2008): https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/3632/17-01-2008/feature-building-the-shop-stewards-movement

    73. Globalisation and deglobalisation: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/73-globalisation-and-deglobalisation

    64. World economic crisis: a Marxist analysis of the coronavirus crunch: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/64-world-economic-crisis-a-marxist-analysis-of-the-coronavirus-crunch

    66. US imperialism in decline: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/66-us-imperialism-in-decline-coronavirus-trump-sanders-and-socialism

    70. China's new role: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/70-chinas-new-role

    • 48 min
    74. How the unions need to fight now

    74. How the unions need to fight now

    We need to fight for every job. But is such a fight possible?

    Thousands of new members are flooding into Britain’s trade unions. But thousands more are losing their jobs every day.

    Black Lives Matter and coronavirus inequalities have thrown racism into the spotlight too. Precarious work in the gig economy, and even sweatshop conditions in some areas, are pressing issues for more and more of the working class. How can the unions lead a fightback here?

    Meanwhile, as major sections of the union leadership tried to partner up with the government, rank-and-file union members with no choice but to fight have led heroic struggles themselves. What does this mean for how workers need to organise?

    This episode of Socialism looks at working-class organisation in the new stage of the pandemic crisis: how the unions need to fight now.

    Further listening and reading

    Episode 72. You can't have capitalism without racism: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/72-you-cant-have-capitalism-without-racism

    Fight for every job: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31025/08-07-2020/fight-for-every-job-fight-for-socialism

    NSSN conference: "Fight for our lives and livelihoods": https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31039/08-07-2020/fantastic-virtual-nssn-conference-fight-for-our-lives-and-livelihoods

    Southampton UCU - election victory for combative rank and file: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/31036/08-07-2020/southampton-ucu-election-victory-for-combative-rank-and-file

    • 25 min
    73. Globalisation and deglobalisation

    73. Globalisation and deglobalisation

    Why are the world's economies pulling apart?

    World capitalism in recent decades underwent a process often called ‘globalisation’. Competing national economies became more and more integrated and dependent on each other.

    Now, the wheels have come off. Trade wars, political disputes, even rumblings of armed conflict - already happening, but exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic - have marked a process of ‘deglobalisation’.

    What is behind these two epoch-defining waves of change? Why are both responsible for worsening conditions for workers, young people and the poor? And is there a way to achieve global economic and political harmony?

    This episode of Socialism looks at high and low tides for world capitalism: globalisation and deglobalisation.

    Further listening and reading

    Socialism 66. US imperialism in decline: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/66-us-imperialism-in-decline-coronavirus-trump-sanders-and-socialism

    Socialism 70. China's new role: https://soundcloud.com/socialismpodcast/70-chinas-new-role

    World Economy - the new crisis and its consequences: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/03/19/world-economy-the-new-crisis-and-its-consequences/

    New era of capitalist turmoil and social upheaval opens: https://www.socialistworld.net/2020/05/15/new-era-of-capitalist-turmoil-and-social-upheaval-opens-only-a-socialist-alternative-offers-a-way-forward/

    What lies behind the US-China trade war? https://www.socialistworld.net/2019/05/24/what-lies-behind-the-us-china-trade-war/

    • 22 min
    72. You can't have capitalism without racism

    72. You can't have capitalism without racism

    Malcolm X said: “You can’t have capitalism without racism.” Why - and what can we learn from that?

    Heroic Black Lives Matter protests have swept the US, Britain and the world. Rivers of working-class young people, black and white, have taken up the struggle against racism and police violence.

    Sadly, police murder of black people is nothing new. Why has this movement exploded in this way right now? And why do socialists argue that racism is integral to the capitalist system - so that ending racism means overturning capitalism and fighting for socialism?

    This episode of Socialism looks at Black Lives Matter: you can’t have capitalism without racism.

    Further viewing and reading

    Socialist Party Facebook Live broadcast: Lessons from the Black Panthers: https://www.facebook.com/CWISocialistParty/videos/963326150788884

    Which way forward for Black Lives Matter protests? https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30917/17-06-2020/which-way-forward-for-black-lives-matter-protests

    Lessons from the Black Panthers: http://socialismtoday.org/archive/104/panthers.html

    Where was Malcolm X going? http://socialismtoday.org/archive/156/malcolm.html

    Oppose racist symbols and the racist system: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30918/17-06-2020/oppose-racist-symbols-and-the-racist-system

    Reform or revolt? How was the slave trade abolished? https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/30936/17-06-2020/reform-or-revolt-how-was-the-slave-trade-abolished

    Martin Luther King: Fighting for a promised land: http://socialismtoday.org/archive/118/king.html

    • 39 min

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