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Varoufakis’ plan to change Europe

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John Cunningham

During the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, the Athenians captured the small island of Melia, considered to be friendly to their rival city state.

The Melians, powerless before the might of Athens, pleaded for mercy but to no avail. The Athenians stated that justice belonged to the strong, they would do as they pleased “and the weak suffer what they must” (note that the original quote is a statement, not a question — a subtle but important difference).

A review of And the Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yanis Varoufakis (Bodley Head, 2016).

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Removing barriers for autistic workers

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Cathy Nugent

Cathy Nugent reviews Autism Equality in the Workplace: Removing barriers and challenging discrimination by Janine Booth.
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This is not a book of advice for autistic people on how to adapt to work or how to socialise with colleagues. There are other books and resource that do that.

A review of Autism Equality in the Workplace: Removing barriers and challenging discrimination by Janine Booth.

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Women who changed the world

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Les Hearn

Women are notoriously under-represented in science, but the situation seems worse because such women scientists as there are tend to be misunderstood, misinterpreted, under-rated or ignored.

A review of Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science - and the World by Rachel Swaby (Broadway Books).

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Why socialist feminism?

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Kate Harris

Workers Liberty Women's new pamphlet, Why Socialist Feminism?, is a short but dense whistle-stop tour through contemporary Marxist-feminist theory.

Workers Liberty Women's new pamphlet, Why Socialist Feminism?, is a short but dense whistle-stop tour through contemporary Marxist-feminist theory.

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Yesterday’s Guillaume Conqueror, today’s migrants?

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Daniel Randall

The Wake is an extraordinary literary undertaking, rooting its narrative in early medieval England by writing in what its author, Paul Kingsnorth, calls a “shadow tongue”: a pastiche of Old English based on its grammar and syntax but comprehensible to modern English speakers.

A review of The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (Unbound, paperback 2015)

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The life and politics of Red Rosa

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Gemma Short

“I have no special place in my heart for the ghetto. I feel at home wherever there are clouds and birds and human tears.”

In her graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg, Kate Evans skillfully portrays not only the woman of great intellect and fighting spirit, but one of great emotion. Heavily drawing on Luxemburg’s letters as source material, Evans gives us insight into the personal thoughts and struggles that lay behind Rosa Luxemburg′s theories, books and speeches.

A review of Red Rosa by Kate Evans.

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The other gougers

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Barry Finger

I enjoyed Ira Berkovic’s review (Solidarity 390, 20 January 2016), but he may have short changed the big shortcoming of The Big Short.

The Michael Lewis source material gives too much hero status to the subjects of this movie (and book) who created a far wider crisis by creating yet another, and hitherto nonexisting, market to short the worst of the subprime securities.

The Big Short gives too much hero status to the subjects of this movie (and book) who created a far wider crisis by creating yet another, and hitherto nonexisting, market to short the worst of the subprime securities.

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This book is really about now

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Ed Strauss

Ed Strauss reviews The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism

The book is an amazing textbook. As a young student in the 1950s, I was reading some of the documents which are in the collection, I was coming in at the tail-end of some of these debates; but we had nothing like this.

The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism is not just a scholarly work about distant, long-ago arguments — it traces the development of patterns of thought and behaviour that shape how our movement thinks and works today.

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Orthodox Trotskyism reshaped Trotsky's ideas

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Ed Maltby
Ed Maltby discusses Paul Le Blanc's review of "The Two Trotskyisms".

Paul Le Blanc’s review of The Two Trotskyisms Confront Stalinism: Fate of the Russian Revolution volume 2 (Solidarity 388) is a thoughtful and detailed piece.

Le Blanc defends The Two Trotskyisms against some on the left who deride the book as pointless obsessing over long-ago spats. He is right to do it: such complaints remind one of Homer Simpson, who, warned that he’s late for English class, sneers “Pff! English, who needs that? I’m never going to England!”

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