Building from the Ruins
2020 brought political defeat for the Left just as the pandemic caused a profound social crisis. In 2021, we must rebuild.
The battles of recent weeks aren’t really about Jeremy Corbyn — they are about purging the Labour Party of the socialist politics he represents.
The newly-elected chair of Young Labour writes about her vision for a campaigning organisation that fights for the radical policies young people demand.
The structures of the British state are designed to suffocate movements that aim for real democratic change. If we want to see it in our lifetimes, they will have to be transformed.
DSA’s Carlos Ramirez-Rosa speaks to Tribune about the future of the socialist movement in the United States after the defeat of Donald Trump.
Capitalism’s greatest myth is that it is a democratic system, but real democracy cannot survive in a society run by and for the rich.
As many post-industrial heartlands drifted rightward, Liverpool remained red. The reason is clear: working-class community organising.
The resurgence of the political centre has one benefit for the Left: it will prove definitively that there are no moderate solutions to the climate crisis.
This year’s Black Lives Matter protests produced a tenuous alliance between street radicals and multinational corporations. The defeat of Donald Trump marked the end of that road.
The Tory government failed frontline workers from the beginning of the pandemic — but in the North West, thousands of them organised to fight back.
The commodification and marketisation of care in Britain — and its unloading onto the underpaid and unpaid — has been brutally exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
For almost two decades at the start of the 20th century, Austria’s Social Democrats pursued a radical agenda in the country’s capital — even as dark clouds gathered around it.
In the interwar years, the Labour Party under Herbert Morrison used London as an example to the country of what a socialist government could provide.
An anonymously published ‘secret diary’ provides a rare glimpse into the spiteful, self-pitying psyche of Britain’s landlords.
Robert Tressell, author of The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists, was born 150 years ago. His writing left an indelible mark on the socialist movement — but the man himself was almost forgotten by history.
125 years ago, rugby league was formed in a split with union. The dividing lines were based on class and shaped both codes for decades to come.
Almost 400 years ago, a band of English Civil War radicals set out to imagine a world turned upside down — but until recently their ecological politics were largely ignored.
While the pandemic complicates the lives of Palestinians living under brutal occupation even further, world leaders look the other way.
As the government regards the cultural industries — and cultural workers — with open contempt, the importance of local centres and activist cultures may be the only way for cultural spaces to survive after the pandemic.
A book of the famous Soviet Visuals Twitter account reveals how social media turns even the most loaded political imagery into vacuous fluff — but in turn, produces a nostalgia for the era when images had meaning.
Composers and politicians both have often seen ‘listening’ as a passive activity — but there’s a way of listening democratically, where the public is active rather than quiet.
Trevor Griffiths’ play Comedians, shown on the BBC in 1979, took a serious look at what makes us laugh, and why. What can we learn from it in a political era where comedians, journalists, and politicians are often the same people?
At its creation, the virtues of the new National Health Service were promoted via public information films; witty and clever examples of progressive propaganda that still repay viewing today.
Patrick Keiller’s classic 1994 film of English queer socialist melancholia, London, has just been published as an illustrated book. How has it withstood the test of time?
Britain is a country coming down from its trip. Four new books try to work out why such a gulf emerged between the country’s self-image, and its shabby, privatised and shrill reality.