Karl Marx

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Hanns Eisler chose to live in the German Democratic Republic after the second World War and even wrote that country’s national anthem. In exile in the(...)

Theresa May: “She only really gets animated these days in order to deny that there is actually anything called Mayism.” Photograph: PA Wire

There is widespread acceptance that the election of Donald Trump, the vote for Brexit and the rise of populism everywhere else have roots in large swa(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May being applauded at a general election campaign event in Harrow, London, on Monday. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/EPA

Theresa May has sought to turn Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France to her own electoral advantage, telling supporters that she needs a big mandate to (...)

An Uber driver during a strike against withdrawal of driver incentives in New Delhi, India, earlier this year. Photograph: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Workers in the gig economy have more autonomy to determine when, where and how they work than at any other period in industrial history. That’s not t(...)

The gradual demise of the mentality in which Ireland was merely the opposite of England has done us nothing but good. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Karl Marx famously wrote that everything in history happens twice: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce. But in Ireland’s current predicamen(...)

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron: illusory hope? Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

The French presidential election in April and May will have profound repercussions for the future of the French left and the very concept of social d(...)

People stand in front of a billboard to Cuba’s late president Fidel Castro in Santa Clara, Cuba. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

As a left-wing student in rebel Cork in the early 1970s I was an enthusiastic Fidelista. It was de rigueur to have that iconic poster of Che in one’s(...)

A file   file photo  showing   Cuban president Fidel Castro in September 1999.  Fidel Castro died last night   in Havana, his brother, President Raul Castro, announced. Photograph: AFP

No street bears his name and there is not a single statue in his honour but Fidel Castro did not want or need that type of recognition. From tip to(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond: The person on £20,000 has a strong claim on his marginal pound; the person who dreams of earning that much has a stronger one. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Reuters

If only the left understood class as Alfred Kinsey understood sex. The American scientist posited a spectrum where others assumed binary states of gay(...)

The cast of ‘Friends’: Aristotle says older people often pursue the friendship of usefulness, young people most frequently the friendship of pleasure. Photograph: Reuters

“Who is the greatest thinker of all time?” is the sort of pub question guaranteed to produce a lack of consensus. BBC Radio 4 ran a survey on the matt(...)

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