Marxism

As the left surges back, Marxism’s bloody legacy is covered up

23 September 2017 9:00 am

As the left surges back, its bloody legacy is covered up

Why we need ideology in politics

5 August 2017 9:00 am

‘Studying history at Balliol,’ writes Chris Patten, ‘I knew that the one thing which made me uneasy was a grand…

A must for Auster devotees; a mustn’t for the rest: Mark Edel-Hunt as Daniel Quinn and Jack Tarlton as Stillman in ‘City of Glass’

The ultimate gap-year video diary: Paul Mason's Divine Chaos of Starry Things reviewed

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Left-wing groupie Paul Mason has written a costume drama about the suppression of the Paris commune in 1871. We meet…

Lenin centre stage — as the great self-promoter

How Lenin manipulated the Russian Revolution to his own ends

25 March 2017 9:00 am

With the old order rotten to the core, Russia was more than ripe for revolution in 1917.  But Lenin thought the revolution was all about him, says Roland Elliott Brown

The library photographed in 1958

The north London library that helped create the Russian Revolution

12 November 2016 9:00 am

There’s a small corner of Clerkenwell where the communist dream never died. The Marx Memorial Library has been in its…

Airbnb has gone Marxist

12 November 2016 9:00 am

A wonderful email has arrived from Airbnb entitled ‘Discrimination and Belonging — What It Means For You’. Having tried to…

Published in France during the Siege of Paris, a caricature shows Wilhelm I carving up Europe with a knife inscribed ‘Bismarck’

A century of violence — from Waterloo to the Great War

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The Penguin History of Europe reaches its seventh volume (out of nine) with Richard J. Evans’s thorough and wide-ranging work…

Don't be too cool for Sarah Perry's The Essex Serpent

18 June 2016 9:00 am

I suspect some readers might be too cool for this lovely book, partly because, despite its gothic horror set-up, it…

We’re all going on a summer holiday: the cast of ‘Sunset at the Villa Thalia’

Brecht’s work won’t survive the 21st century: The Threepenny Opera reviewed

11 June 2016 9:00 am

Bertolt Brecht took The Threepenny Opera  from an 18th-century script by John Gay and relocated it to Victorian London. This…

Martin Neely as Jeremy Corbyn and Natasha Lewis as Diane Abbott

The time when Putin seduced Corbyn in an East Berlin nightclub

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Corbyn the Musical feels like it comes from the heart. Did the writers live through the 1970s when the hard-left…

T.E. Lawrence: from young romantic to shame-shattered veteran

16 April 2016 9:00 am

T.E. Lawrence is seen as a ‘metaphor for imperialism, violence and betrayal’ in the Middle East. But woeful Arab leadership has also been to blame for the region’s problems, says Justin Marozzi

Here’s what’s wrong with the ‘public sector ethos’

14 November 2015 9:00 am

An infuriating benefit of readers’ online comments beneath the efforts of a columnist like me is that as you read…

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron (Photo: Getty)

What Jeremy Corbyn, like David Cameron, understands about the cold, dark heart of the British public

3 October 2015 9:00 am

There’s a hard, hard mood out there among the public and I don’t think our newspapers get it at all.…

Why I’ve finally given up on the left

19 September 2015 9:00 am

I cannot be part of a movement run by half-educated fanatics

Another ‘big book’ — with big problems — from Jonathan Franzen

29 August 2015 9:00 am

Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Purity, comes with great expectations. Its author’s awareness of this fact is signalled by a series…

Taki’s recipe for the survival of the Greek nation

7 February 2015 9:00 am

The good news is that a Greek suppository is about to relieve the EU’s economic constipation. The bad is that…

Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx with Jenny, Eleanor and Laura Marx, 1864

Caught between Marx and a monster

5 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Curious to see Mrs Aveling addressing the enormous crowd, curious to see the eyes of the women fixed upon her…

Piketty’s decaff Marxism would be just as oppressive and intrusive as the old variety

24 May 2014 9:00 am

If a title works once, the chances are it will work again. Half the punch of Marx’s masterwork is in…