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Summer 2020

Table of Contents

Ronan Burtenshaw

Threads of Progress

In the 2010s, a Left that named capitalism as the enemy became a social force for the first time in a generation — but it ultimately lost, and we have to learn the lessons.

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Opinion

Jeremy Corbyn

We Didn’t Go Far Enough, We Didn’t Go Fast Enough

Jeremy Corbyn speaks to Tribune about his tenure as leader of the Labour Party and how he ‘loved every minute of it,’ despite the challenges.

Briahna Joy Gray

The Rise and Fall of Bernie Sanders

Briahna Joy Gray, national press secretary for Bernie 2020, sheds light on the campaign’s highs and lows — and gives her view on where the American left should go next.

Costas Isychos

Syriza’s Road to Ruin

Costas Isychos, a minister in the first Syriza government, on the lessons the Left can learn from its dashed hopes.

Juan Carlos Monedero

Can We Still?

Podemos co-founder Juan Carlos Monedero discusses his party’s path from the Indignados movement to government.

Ellen Clifford

The War on Britain’s Disabled People

In 2016, the UN said austerity had created a ‘human catastrophe’ for Britain’s disabled — but the last decade has seen unprecedented organising to fight back.

Olivia Arigho-Stiles

Evo’s Legacy

Bolivia’s socialist government delivered real change for the country’s working class and indigenous population — before a right-wing coup deposed President Evo Morales.

The Coming Crisis

Zarah Sultana

You Can’t Fight Racism Without Fighting Capitalism

In the era of Black Lives Matter, corporations are keen to distance themselves from racism — but only a socialist analysis explains the system that breeds it.

Bryan Simpson

How Hospitality Workers Are Organising In a Pandemic

In Scotland, Covid-19 saw a wave of redundancies for hospitality workers. But rather than accept their fate, workers organised — and pushed their bosses back.

Costas Lapavitsas

When Capitalism Met Covid

A global pandemic has exposed the frailties and myths of capitalism. Its only hope for recovery lies in a revitalised state that takes a far more active role in the economy.

Rebecca Long-Bailey

The Green New Deal is Our Way Out

Between a historic Covid recession and a worsening climate crisis, the future looks bleak — but there is an alternative worth fighting for.

David Harvey

The Spatial Fix

David Harvey on the confrontation between the United States and China, the capitalist dynamics driving it and why the risks of war should worry us all.

Grace Blakeley

The Second Great Recession

Evidence from the first six months of the global pandemic suggests a deep economic decline — and the worst of it may be yet to come.

Hinterland

Maurice J. Casey

Tribune’s First Women’s Columnist

The radical life of Irish writer Margaret Barrington took her from Irish republicanism through the Spanish Civil War, via London and the earliest editions of this magazine.

David Broder

Hammer and Salsiccia

Kept out of power in the Cold War, the Italian Communist Party popularised their cause by turning to culture — and organising working-class festivals.

Chris McLaughlin

As I Please
Assessing Starmer

Labour’s new leader can point to progress in the polls — but with little substance on policy, the party will struggle to shape the political landscape.

Nadia Jama

Why You Should Vote Left for the NEC

Nadia Jama explains why she’s running for Labour’s national executive — and why anyone who supports member democracy and socialist policies should back the Grassroots Voice slate.

Ronnie Kasrils

The Freedom Struggle

From rock and roll riots to debates over Marxism and existentialism, veteran anti-apartheid leader Ronnie Kasrils speaks to Tribune about the influences that shaped him.

Harry Taylor

Victor Grayson: Britain’s Lost Revolutionary

September marks 100 years since the disappearance of Victor Grayson — one of the most enigmatic figures of the 20th century labour movement.

Culture

Scott Anthony

A Letter from Jakarta

Indonesia’s sprawling capital is slated to be replaced by a new capital on Borneo. But for former supporters of president and former mayor Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, his rule increasingly resembles an authoritarian recent past.

Rhian E. Jones

Across the Tracks

A republished anthology of accounts by British volunteers of a railway construction project in post-war Bosnia is a window onto a forgotten internationalist experiment.

Juliet Jacques

Inventing the Future

Shola von Reinhold’s LOTE is an experimental novel that rewrites the history of modernist literature from a black and queer perspective.

Hannah Proctor

Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

Between 1957 and its dissolution in 1972, the Situationist International, a collective of revolutionary artists and writers, sought to theorise consumer capitalism in order to overthrow it. A new collection of essays explores their legacy.

Robert Barry

Tub-Thumping

Rock stars have repeatedly tried to stop right-wing politicians from using their songs in campaigns, but macho, self-important politics and music have more affinity than they’d like to admit.

Carl Neville

Last Exit to Hollywood

Disclosure, a documentary about trans representation in mainstream cinema, mixes some radical politics with conservative aesthetics.

Charlotte Lydia Riley

Red Right Hand

Defacing and destroying statues is a part of history, not its destruction — as symbolised by a permanently bloodied statue of William Gladstone in the East End of London.

Douglas Murphy

Business Park Parliaments

The Greater London Authority is being forced to move out of its purpose-built, but rented headquarters, to a useless docklands shed which it unaccountably owns. Few things could better symbolise the relationship between local government and developers.

Owen Hatherley

Red Library: China

As its confrontation with the West intensifies, China is a daily presence in newspaper headlines — but media coverage offers more heat than light.