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Film and Freedom

Ken Loach has made many memorable films, most recently My Name is Joe. An earlier Loach film, Land and Freedom, dealt with the Spanish Civil war of the late 1930s. As in all his films Loach's loyalty to the working class and its struggles is evident. The interview, by Alejandra Rîos, was for Estrategia Internacional No. 10, the journal of the Argentinian group, the PTS. This version has been abridged for reasons of space. Thanks are due to all concerned in the interview and its translation. Read more...

Copyright and intellectual property: Who owns our ideas?

An Idea. Ephemeral, elusive. They can wall us in with theirborders, deny us the material necessities of life, but the flow and travelof an idea is difficult to imprison or control. Read more...

Francis Wheen on Marx

Mark Abram reviews Karl Marx by Francis Wheen (Fourth Estate 1999) £20 Read more...

Trotsky, revolution and culture

Geraldine Drayton and Warren Gropper review "Culture and revolution in the thought of Leon Trotsky" (Porcupine Press, London 1999, part of the Revolutionary History series, £9.95) Read more...

Is racism in our genes?

A cheer went up among the largely black studio audience of The Real McCoy when comedian Felix Dexter held up a copy of The Isis Papers. The book, by Black American psychologist Dr Frances Cress Welsing, has become a talking point amongst black people looking for a coherent explanation of racism. Paul Morris reviews the arguments in The Isis Papers and asks, do they really hold “the keys to the colours”? Read more...

Schindler’s List - Ideology and the Holocaust

The transformation of a rapacious Nazi businessman into the saviour of 1200 Jews —that is the theme of Schindler’s List. It has provoked huge public debate in Germany and Austria, with millions attending the film in the first few weeks of release. This article is a translated excerpt of a longer review, by Eric Wegner, originally appearing in ArbeiterInnen Standpunkt, paper of the Austrian section of the LRCI. Read more...

The rights and wrongs of Political correctness

The debate over “Political Correctness” has hit the British headlines recently. Stories of “loony leftism” have been gleefully reprinted by the tabloids and even Tory ministers have joined in the fray. But behind the headlines, serious issues of censorship, discrimination and how to fight oppression are at stake. Lesley Day examines the issues. Read more...

Revolutionary capitalists?

Bill Jenkins reviews Merchants and Revolution: Commercial Change, Political Conflict, and London’s Overseas Traders, 1550–1653 by Robert Brenner, Cambridge University Press 1993 Read more...

Romper Stomper

Colin Lloyd reviews Romper Stomper Read more...

Malcolm X, by Spike Lee

Margaret McNair reviews Malcolm X by Spike Lee Read more...