Josh White / 25 Apr 2022

Ex-Social Democrats

Today’s New Statesman

Getting off the tube at Blackfriars, you could walk through the backstreets of Fleet Street without seeing the office of the oldest progressive magazine in Britain. It’s easily done.(...)

John Foster / 17 Sep 2021

Out of the Red

The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy, by Chris Miller

The end of communism was meant to be a return to the “civilised” world of individualism and consumerism. It didn’t quite happen that way.(...)

Redux / 16 Jul 2021

History at a Standstill

Germany and the Roma

One of The Battleground's strongest areas of coverage is Germany. Not just any German topic, but that of the country's continuing problems with racism.(...)
John Foster / 30 Oct 2020

No Alternative to Capitalism

Foretelling the End of Capitalism, by Francesco Boldizzoni

Whoever said it’s easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism (Slavoj Žižek and Frederic Jameson are both blamed,) it’s a quote that has legs because it’s true.(...)

Joel Schalit / 03 Jun 2020

Dinner is Ruined

Döner After Lockdown

When the government finally announced restaurants could serve takeout, it was like a rainbow appeared over Berlin. As long as we picked up dinner by six, we were safe.(...)
Neoliberalism is everywhere. Alexanderplatz, Berlin
John Foster / 11 May 2020

Poor and Poorer

Coronavirus and the EU

The term “crisis” is applied all too freely in politics and journalism. It has become a common designation for the Coronavirus outbreak as well. (...)

Tories are bad for your health. London, December 2019.
Josh White / 16 Dec 2019

Lost the Battle, Not the War

Lessons From Labour

They failed to stop Brexit and lost Britain to the far-right. Few defeats could be as humiliating as that suffered by the Labour Party and its leader, Jeremy Corbyn.(...)
John Foster / 03 May 2019

Democracy in the Era of Populism

Chantal Mouffe and the Spanish Election

With the results of the snap elections held in Spain on Sunday still in the headlines, new questions have been raised about the so-called “populist moment” about which so much ink has been spilt of late.(...)