Karl Marx

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Karl Marx: Sometimes Mason’s need to frame his arguments in terms of what the German philosopher wrote or thought becomes a drag on his overall message. Illustration: Hulton Archive/Getty

The demonstrations against the introduction of water charges in 2014 were a clear example, whether you agreed with them or not, of how mass public pro(...)

Paul Mason: ‘I want us to reclaim the word snowflake. Unique, fragile, beautiful: that describes human beings to me.’ Photograph: juergen-bauer.com

Paul Mason is a snowflake and proud of it. Not just that but a Marxist, antifascist snowflake. “As a journalist I have always been trained to speak a(...)

A highly educated young generation has little hope of being as well off as its parents. Photograph: Alan Betson

Can conservative politics hold together when the conservative lifestyle is crumbling? That is the big question for Ireland. Irish politics has been ex(...)

Radical right: Deporah Lipstadt sees little new in the chants in Charlottesville  in 2017. Photograph: Edu Bayer/NYT

Tomorrow, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we are invited to reflect on the fact that, within living memory in some of the most sophisticat(...)

What the ardent Leavers  say about a no-deal Brexit is not that they are really convinced it is a good thing, but that the English will endure the suffering and get through it because that is what they have always done. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Today is supposed to be historic, one of the most epic moments in the long life of the Westminster parliament. So why does it not feel like that? The (...)

When done well, a cocktail menu becomes a statement of intent through which an establishment can express its identity. Photograph: iStock

There’s a drink listed at Lemuel’s Bar in Dublin’s Conrad Hotel that is the perfect excuse for procrastination, even if it presents itself as a cure f(...)

France’s president Macron is deeply unpopular, and his efforts to placate the national protests through the narrow gauge lens of economics have thus far made things worse. Why? Photograph:  Getty Images

Two huge rivers, the Rhone and the Soane which converge in Lyon, have been ferrying goods, people and ideas into this majestic city for centuries. The(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping spent seven years in Liangjiahe living in primitive conditions. Photograph: Mark R. Cristino/EPA

In the cave in Liangjiahe where the 15-year-old Xi Jinping was sent in 1969 during the ravages of the Cultural Revolution, there is a felt mattress on(...)

Amazon’s decision to up the pay of some of its warehouse employees (to $15 an hour) has  rung alarm bells. Photograph: Lindsey Wasson/Reuters

Unlike US president Donald Trump, President Michael D Higgins doesn’t have a Council of Economic Advisers. Given the powers available to the Irish hea(...)

John Connors: “I went home to my mother and said, ‘What’s a knacker?’ And I could just see the dread in her face.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When John Connors was a seriously depressed young man he ended up in an acting class. He had recently admitted that he was suicidal to his brother who(...)

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