NUS CONFERENCE 2017: DAY THREE
27 April 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
A round-up of events from the final day of NUS Conference 2017.
NUS CONFERENCE 2017: DAY TWO
26 April 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
A round-up of events from the second day of NUS Conference 2017.
NUS CONFERENCE 2017: DAY ONE
25 April 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
A round-up of events from the first day of NUS Conference 2017.
NUS CONFERENCE 2017 BEGINS
25 April 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
Student delegates from all over the country have arrived in Brighton for the NUS’ annual conference. Expect daily updates from Marxist Student.
FURTHER EDUCATION POLICY INSIDER REVEALS ALL
24 April 2017, by Stephen Burr, Marxist Student Federation supporter
Capitalism has decimated the FE sector, rapidly transforming a public service into a profit-spinning enterprise. An employee from an unnamed Further Education consultancy explains how this has been allowed to take place.
REST IN POWER MASHAL KHAN: SOLIDARITY WITH CLASS FIGHTERS IN PAKISTAN
21 April 2017, by Asfandyar Shinwari, Progressive Youth Alliance
We re-publish here an article from In Defence of Marxism by the Progressive Youth Alliance in Pakistan, concerning the orchestrated assassination of Mashal Khan following a false accusation of blasphemy.
BURSARY OR BUST FOUNDER SAYS: RCN NURSES MUST STRIKE
20 April 2017, by Anthony Johnson, Marxist Student Federation Supporter
Anthony Johnson, a student nurse at King’s College London who has already voted in favour of strike action by the RCN, says student nurses need to get radical and get fighting.
GE 2017: FOUR LESSONS CORBYN CAN LEARN FROM MELENCHON
19 April 2017, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
The meteoric rise of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon across the Channel offers some crucial pointers on how to forge a radical movement for change that will boot the Tories out of Downing Street.
EXPLOITED NURSES FIGHT BACK WITH BALLOT FOR RCN STRIKE
17 April 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is canvassing its 270,000 members across the Britain on whether to take strike action.
THE BITTER REALITIES OF EASTER CHOCOLATE
14 April 2017, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
As much as I look forward to tucking into inadvisable quantities of chocolate eggs and bunnies this Easter, there is nothing more stomach-churning than the exploitative and imperialist practices of the confectionary industry. Crack the yummy surface and you’ll find a gooey core of brutality underlying the history of the sugar and cocoa trade.
CORBYN’S FREE SCHOOL MEALS A STEP FORWARD – BUT ONLY SOCIALISM WILL DO
13 April 2017, by Oliver Brotherton, KCL Marxists
No such thing as a free lunch (under capitalism). Corbyn’s free school dinners are a step forward, but we need socialism!
ACADEMICS AT MANCHESTER MET GEAR UP FOR STRIKE ACTION
11 April 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
The UCU will ballot its members at Manchester Metropolitan University for industrial action over compulsory redundancies, resulting from the closure of one of its campuses.
WHY MARXISTS FIGHT FOR NATIONALISATION
10 April 2017, by Thomas Soud, Warwick Marxists
It is incumbent upon every revolutionary to fight against the privatisation of publicly-owned services, and to agitate for further nationalisation. Thomas Soud of the Warwick Marxists explains why.
LATIN AMERICA: FROM REVOLUTION TO COUNTER-REVOLUTION?
6 April 2017, by Jorge Martin, editor of America Socialista
In this video from the LSEsu Marxist Society, Jorge Martin – editor of the Marxist magazine America Socialista and secretary of the Hands Off Venezuela campaign – discusses the political developments in Latin America over the last two decades.
FIGHTING FOR THE NHS IN LEEDS
5 April 2017, by Leeds Marxists
Comrades from the Leeds University Marxist Society attended last Saturday’s demo defending our NHS from the vicious attacks by the Tories.
YOUNG WORKERS WILL LOSE OUT OF THE TORY APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME
4 April 2017, by Ben Gliniecki, Marxist Student Federation
British capitalism has been mired in industrial decline for decades and is now in the grip of what is called stagnant productivity.
FORTNIGHTLY SOCIALIST APPEAL HITS CAMPUSES
3 April 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
The Socialist Appeal newspaper is now a fortnightly publication – a big step forward from the previous monthly setup.
THE HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION TO BREST-LITOVSK: STUDY GUIDE
28 March 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
This year, the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, it’s the responsibility of all serious Marxists to study the history and lessons of the revolution.
GLASGOW STUDENTS REJECT THE “ALT-RIGHT”
27 March 2017, by Shaun Morris, Glasgow Marxists
The Glasgow University Rector elections attracted media attention this year, with the nomination of “alt-right” personality Milo Yiannopoulos.
THE CRISIS IN KENT AND CANTERBURY HOSPITAL
24 March 2017, by Luke Houghton, Kent Marxists
As the crisis facing the NHS deepens, even apparently affluent and seemingly middle class areas such as Canterbury are now confronted with the dangerous reality of our public health service’s degradation.
STRATEGY AND TACTICS IN STUDENT POLITICS
23 March 2017, by Thomas Soud, Warwick Marxists
Student politics is forever an interesting world.
DO YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?
22 March 2017, by Newcastle Marxists
The whole world is in the mist of turbulent convulsions.
THE GREAT RENTAL RIP OFF
21 March 2017, by John Russell, UEA Marxists
The cost of renting from private landlords has been steadily rising across the UK for years.
SHOULD WE BAN THE SUN FROM UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES?
20 March 2017, by Queen Mary Marxists
Last term Queen Mary Student Union banned the university shop from selling copies of the Sun newspaper.
BUILD COUNCIL HOUSES – GIVE EVERYONE A SECURE HOME
17 March 2017, by Frankie Toynton, Newcastle Marxists
In 1991, almost four million local authority dwellings were in use in England alone.
STRONG SUPPORT FOR MARXIST CANDIDATE IN KCLSU ELECTIONS
15 March 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
A Marxist Student Federation member came a respectable second in the King’s College London student union elections, which concluded last week.
IN DEFENCE OF THE HAMMER AND SICKLE: CAMBRIDGE MARXIST DEBATES PETER HITCHENS
14 March 2017, by Keelan Kellegher, Cambridge Marxists
On Monday 13 March Keelan Kellegher from the Cambridge Marxist society debated Peter Hitchens – notorious right-winger and Daily Mail columnist at a meeting of the Kings College Cambridge politics society.
STALIN – THE BETRAYER OF THE REVOLUTION
14 March 2017, by Ed Rosier, Manchester Marxists
The Russian Revolution was the most important event in history, where for the first time the workers came to power and swept out all the landlords and capitalists.
FE LECTURERS IN SCOTLAND VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION
13 March 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
College lecturers across Scotland have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in a dispute over the non-delivery of a pay agreement that was reached almost exactly one year ago.
A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE REVOLUTION: NEW PAMPHLET FOR INTERNATIONAL WORKING WOMEN’S DAY
8 March 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
We’re delighted to announce the publication of a new pamphlet, edited by Natasha Sorrell of the Sheffield Marxist society, to celebrate International Working Women’s Day.
MARXIST STUDENT STANDS FOR KCLSU VICE-PRESIDENT POSTGRADUATE
6 March 2017, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
Voting has now begun for elections to the Kings College London Student Union (KCLSU) sabbatical positions.
MR MONOPOLY AND LENIN’S IMPERIALISM
3 March 2017, by Ravi Mistry, Central London
The board game Monopoly, which the majority of readers will have played at some point in their life, was created by Elizabeth Magie in 1903.
BEYOND POLITICAL NEUTRALITY: THE FIGHT FOR REVOLUTION IN BRAZIL
28 February 2017, by Esquerda Marxista, translated by Rui Soares Barbosa, Oxford Marxists
The article below is a translation of an article that originally appeared on the website of the Brazilian Marxists – Esquerda Marxista
WHAT’S IT LIKE TO BE A YOUNG WORKER IN BRITAIN TODAY?
24 February 2017, by Joe Attard, Natasha Sorrell and Emily Francesca
I work on a zero-hours contract in the NHS. This means that when I get sick or have to take time off for other reasons I don’t get paid or looked after by my employer.
STUDENTS FIGHTING FOR SOCIALIST REVOLUTION IN MULTAN, PAKISTAN
22 February 2017, by Progressive Youth Alliance, Pakistan
On 17 February the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) organised its city convention of Multan at the Multan Tea House hall.
CAPITALISM IS SQUEEZING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN THE UK
22 February 2016, by Peter Kwasiborski, SOAS Marxists
£24,000. This is how much you may be required to pay for one year of university education in the UK if you’re international student.
ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ZERO HOURS
21 February 2017, by Harry Fitzwilliam, London Young Labour
As is now common for so many, after spending three years at university and gaining a debt of almost £40,000, the only work I have been able to find is in a local bar on a zero-hours contract.
GRUNWICK: CLASS UNITY AND THE FIGHT FOR UNION RIGHTS
20 February 2017, by Ravi Mistry, Central London
The Grunwick strike exhibition beautifully marks the 40th anniversary of when Jayaben Desai, a middle-aged Gujarati woman who was a migrant from Tanzania, led a walk out from the Grunwick Film Processing Laboratory in Willesden in 1976.
ELECTIONS AND BOYCOTTS AT LEEDS UNIVERSITY UNION
20 February 2017, by Harvey Dodds, Leeds Marxists
The morning of February 17th 2017 saw two headlines concerning the Leeds University Union executive (LUU exec) in the local student press.
WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! – INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS TO THE MARXIST STUDENT CONFERENCE 2017
16 February 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
In advance of our conference last weekend we received messages of greeting and solidarity from all over the world.
100 MARXIST STUDENTS COMMEMMORATE 100 YEARS SINCE THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
16 February 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
Last Saturday, 11th February, around 100 students and young workers from at least 20 schools, colleges, and universities across the country gathered in London for the annual national conference of the Marxist Student Federation (MSF), hosted by the UCLU Marxist Society.
IN DEFENCE OF LENIN 2017: FINAL AGENDA
10 February 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
Below is the final, full agenda for the national conference of the Marxist Student Federation.
LENIN: HIS YOUTH AND HIS FORMATION
9 February 2017, by Ted Sprague
Much has been said about the exploits of Lenin as the leader of Bolshevik and the October Revolution. His accomplishment as an individual is of no equal in the history of human civilization.
WHAT DID WE LEARN FROM LAST TERM’S OCCUPATION AT WARWICK?
7 February 2017, by Woody Phillips-Smith, Warwick Marxists
In early December last year at Warwick University, a group of student activists cut through the winter lethargy with an occupation of the Slate, a newly-built £5.3m conference building.
MARXIST STUDENT FEDERATION STRATEGY 2017
7 February 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
The document below is being discussed, amended and voted on at this year’s Marxist Student Federation national conference.
REVOLUTIONARY MUGS NOW ON SALE!
6 February 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
To celebrate the publication of the third issue of the Revolution paper this month (February), we now have on sale these limited edition Revolution mugs.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LENIN’S APRIL THESES 1917
2 February 2017, by Darrall Cozens
As part of our preparation for the national In Defence of Lenin conference we republish here an article by Darall Cozens from 2007.
WILLY WONKA’S EXPLOITATIVE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
1 February 2017, by Alex Levy, University College School
Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory predates almost all my political knowledge, and the capitalist undertones of the novel could hardly be interpreted and analysed by a seven-year-old.
SOME FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS ON THE POLICIES OF LENIN AND TROTSKY
1 February 2017, by Ted Grant
This article was originally published in 1974, on the 57th anniversary of the Russian Revolution) in answer to a member of the Labour Party Young Socialists
LENIN IN LONDON: HIS LIFE AND IDEAS
28 January 2017, by Rob Sewell, editor of Socialist Appeal
In preparation for the In Defence of Lenin conference, and to commemorate Lenin’s life and ideas, we publish here a video of a walking tour around London
SCHOOL STUDENT STRIKE: FLASHBACK TO 1985 LIVERPOOL
27 January 2017, by Niko Tsili, North London school student
Nowadays people assume that students are unaware of what is going on outside their houses, but that is not the case and has not been the case.
LENIN’S LAST STRUGGLE
26 January 2017, by Alan Woods
In preparation for the national conference of the Marxist Student Federation, where we’ll be discussing the life and legacy of Lenin, we republish this article from 1970 by Alan Woods.
RENT STRIKES: WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?
25 January 2017, by Alex Sheehan, Reading Marxists
In the past year, the Rent Strike Collective has gained momentum and popularity across the UK, with even the NUS supporting student rent strikes, along with the Radical Housing Network.
UNISON MEMBERS VOTE UNANIMOUSLY FOR KCL STRIKE
24 January 2017, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
The Marxist Student Federation offers its solidarity with Unison comrades at King’s College London, who have just voted overwhelmingly for strike action against their private-sector employers, Servest.
IN DEFENCE OF LENIN
16 January 2017, by Rob Sewell
Ninety years ago, on 21st January 1924, Vladimir Lenin, the great Marxist and leader of the Russian Revolution, died from complications arising from an earlier assassin’s bullet.
CONFERENCE 2016: IN DEFENCE OF LENIN
9 January 2017, by Marxist Student Federation
This year the fourth national conference of the Marxist Student Federation, taking place at UCL (Cruciform Building B304 – LT1) on 11 February, will be a Bolshevik celebration of the life and ideas of Vladimir Lenin.
ROYAL HYPOCRISY AND A NEW YEAR’S REVOLUTION
4 January 2017, by Sammy Meikle, Impington Village College (Cambridge)
In her Christmas day speech, the Queen encouraged those in need of ‘strength and courage’ to ‘take a deep breath’ when ‘her country’ is broken by the austerity she advocated.
SABOTAGE, RACISM AND WALKOUTS – NUS NEEDS TO TAKE RADICAL ACTION
20 December 2016, by Ross McKendrick, Swansea NUS delegate 2016
The National Union of Students is sharply divided.
FLARES AND FIGHTING SPIRIT AT UCL DEMO AGAINST TEF
15 December 2016, by Emilie Dufwa and Jed Birch, UCL Marxists
A demo was held at UCL on Tuesday to protest the government’s impending Higher Education reforms.
DURHAM: FIGHTING THE RIGHT AFTER THE NUS DELEGATE ELECTIONS
13 December 2016, by Anna Greenall, Durham Marxists
Recent elections at Durham University resulted in a victory for Tom Harwood, a radical right-winger, as one of four delegates to NUS Conference next year.
LEEDS: FOR A SOCIALIST NUS VOTE NICK HALLSWORTH AND ROBIN HANFORD
7 December 2016, by Nick Hallsworth and Robin Hanford, Leeds Marxists
Voting is now open for Leeds delegates to the NUS national conference!
WARWICK OCCUPIED! – SOLIDARITY AND NEXT STEPS
6 December 2016, by Warwick Marxists
In the early hours of Friday morning Warwick For Free Education took control of Warwick University’s new £5.3 million Slate building in protest against further attacks on both students and staff by the University.
FUEL POVERTY: THE COLD, DARK FUTURE OF CAPITALISM
29 November 2016, by London Marxists
Four million households in Britain are so cold and damp that it damages the quality of life and standard of living of the people who live in them.
SHAME ON SERVEST! SOLIDARITY WITH KINGS COLLEGE LONDON CLEANERS!
28 November 2016, by KCL Marxists
Dozens of UNISON comrades were out in force in front of King’s College London on Friday with placards, banners to protest the abuse and exploitation of cleaning staff at the university.
KCL COLLEGE COUNCIL: NO TO TEF! NO TO FEES!
25 November 2016, by KCL Marxists
Yesterday the college council met to decide whether it will engage with the Tories’ Teaching Excellence Framework, which will allow ‘high performing’ universities to raise their fees in line with inflation.
DURHAM LIONS ROAR! – STRIKE REPORT
25 November 2016, by Yannis Koulocheris (Newcastle Marxist Society) and JaeRyong Sul (Durham Marxist Society)
This Wednesday morning, comrades from Newcastle Marxist Society made their way to County Durham to show solidarity with the striking teaching assistants.
SOLIDARITY WITH STUDENTS AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF CAIRO
24 November 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The recent actions of the administration of the American University of Cairo represent an direct assault on the student body.
DURHAM TEACHING ASSISTANTS ON STRIKE
23 November 2016, by Durham Marxists
Today and tomorrow teaching assistants involved in a dispute with Durham County Council will be on strike over the question of pay cuts.
UNITED FOR EDUCATION – REPORT, PICTURES AND VIDEO
23 November 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The Marxist Student Federation marched alongside thousands of other students and workers on 19 November to defend education.
STAFF AT ABERDEEN BALLOTING FOR STRIKE ACTION
18 November 2016, by Ross Walker, Revolution Scotland
Lecturers are being balloted for strike action at the University of Aberdeen after 15 members of staff were threatened with redundancy as part of the University’s bid to make savings.
WHY WE’RE MARCHING AS REVOLUTIONARIES ON #NOV19
17 November 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The Nation Union of Students (NUS) and University and Colleges Union (UCU) have called a demo on 19 November – we’ll be there, united for education.
A SOCIALIST SOLUTION TO THE STUDENT RENT CRISIS
14 November 2016, by Southampton Marxist Society
The Southampton Marxist society has written an article for the Wessex Scene, the local student newspaper in Southampton.
TRUMP AND THE LESSONS OF 2016
11 November 2016, by Andrew Macknight, Newcastle Marxists
There’s an old Chinese curse which roughly translates into English as “May you live in interesting times” and it certainly seems that in recent months these words do make for a particularly painful curse.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: HOW, WHY AND WHAT NEXT? [VIDEOS AND UPCOMING EVENTS]
10 November 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections has delivered the biggest political upset in history; a political earthquake that has shattered the entire global Establishment, making Brexit look like a minor tremor in comparison.
RACISM IN UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER ELECTIONS
8 November 2016, by Ed Rosier, Manchester Marxists
Racism has reared its ugly head on the University of Manchester campus in the form of disgusting, racially motivated attacks against BME students standing in Students’ Union officer election.
THE US ELECTION: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR MARXISTS?
7 November 2016, by Danielle Anderson, Socialist Appeal (USA)
Around the world, millions of people are waiting nervously for the upcoming presidential election in the United States on November 8th.
SOLIDARITY WITH SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS #FEESMUSTFALL
1 November 2016, by Piotr Kwasiborski, SOAS Marxists
In 2015 the ruling class of the Republic of South Africa promised to the Fees Must Fall movement that there would be no more rises in tuition fees.
A MANIFESTO FOR THE NATIONAL UNION OF STUDENTS
31 October 2016, by Franklin Qiao, UCLU Marxists
Franklin Qiao from the UCLU Marxist society recently ran on a Marxist platform for the position of delegate to the National Union of Students.
JOIN THE REVOLUTIONARY BLOC ON 19 NOV
28 October 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The NUS and UCU have called a demo on 19 November – we’ll be there, united for education.
CANADA: HUGE SUCCESS FOR SOCIALIST FIGHTBACK STUDENTS AT FRESHERS 2016
18 October 2016, by Fightback
Throughout the month of September, Socialist Fightback clubs at UVic, UofT, Ryerson, York U and Seneca, Trent Durham, McMaster, Waterloo, UdeM, Concordia, and McGill, engaged with hundreds of students interested in Marxist ideas during the frosh campus club days and street festivals.
DENMARK: FIGHT THE ATTACKS ON STUDENT GRANTS
13 October 2016, by IMT Denmark
The Danish government has recently presented its 2025 plan, and as expected, this plan contained a massive attack on student grants (SU).
LONDON MET STRIKES BACK: INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTINA PAINE, UCU BRANCH SECRETARY
12 October 2016, by Alex Johnson, London Marxists
Staff at London Metropolitan university have been on strike over the appalling attacks on education being carried out by university management.
SOLIDARITY WITH EXPLOITED STUDENT NURSES! BURSARY OR BUST CAMPAIGNER SAYS ‘WE’RE NOT DONE YET’
11 October 2016, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
Revolution, the youth paper of the International Marxist Tendency, met up with a representative of the Bursary or Bust campaign to discuss the terrible conditions faced by student nurses in Britain, who have lost their NHS bursary to Tory austerity measures.
THE FEDERATION IS GROWING – JOIN THE MARXISTS!
10 October 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The academic year is now well underway and the Marxist Student Federation has had its most successful freshers weeks to date.
REVOLUTION! – A THREE DAY FESTIVAL OF MARXIST IDEAS
5 October 2016, Marxist Student Federation
The Marxist Student Federation, Socialist Appeal and the International Marxist Tendency invite you to REVOLUTION! – a three day festival of Marxist ideas.
JUSTICE FOR RAVEN MORRELLO: CHARGES DROPPED
3 October 2016, by Richard Baywood, MSF
Several weeks ago we joined the campaign demanding justice for Raven Morrello, the deliveroo cyclist who was attacked by police in Manchester.
YOUTH AND THE FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM
30 September 2016, by Andrew Macknight
It becomes increasingly clear that capitalism is not and never will provide a future for young people today.
REVOLUTIONARY ROUND-UP OF LAST WEEK’S FRESHERS FAIRS
26 September 2016, by Marxist Students
Marxist students have been hard at work all over the country signing people up to Marxist societies at the university freshers fairs. Here are a few reports of what we’ve been up to.
CAMBRIDGE COLLEGE STUDENTS FLOCK TO MARXIST SOCIETY
20 September 2016, by Cambridge Marxists
We went to the Freshers Fair at Hills Road on Wednesday where there were three of us on the stall.
JOIN THE NEW MARXIST SOCIETY AT UWE
19 September 2016, by UWE Marxists
At UWE last week we managed to sign up over 100 people, run out of the 600 leaflets we’d printed, and sell out of the 30+ Revolution papers we had.
QUEEN MARGARET MARXISTS MAKE A SPLASH
13 September 2016, by Queen Margaret Marxists
Really good response to our freshers fair stall at Queen Margaret University
STUDENTS AND PIZZA HUT/DOMINO’S WORKERS UNITE AT NAPIER FRESHERS FAIR
9 September 2016, by Edinburgh Revolutionaries
Many students at Edinburgh Napier freshers fair showed an interest in the ideas of Marxism yesterday.
MARXISM HATCHES AT HERIOT WATT UNIVERSITY
8 September 2016, by Edinburgh Revolutionaries
We had our first Freshers activity today at Heriot Watt University, a campus uni on the outskirts of Edinburgh.
MARXISTS TO TAKE UNIVERSITIES BY STORM
7 September 2016, by Marxist Students
As the start of the new university academic year gets closer Marxists all over the country are preparing all sorts of activities, from meetings to campaigns, on campus this term.
TORIES LASH OUT AT APPRENTICES – WE NEED A NATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICE
6 September 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The Tories are planning to cut funding for colleges that train apprentices by up to 50% next year, with the bulk of the cuts falling in the most deprived areas.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE BRAZILIAN WORKERS AND YOUTH FIGHTING THE TEMER GOVERNMENT
5 September 2016, by Liberdade e Luta, Brazil
We publish here a translation of a statement (the original is republished below) by our comrades in Brazil – Liberdade e Luta
NO CONFIDENCE IN LEICESTER UNI VICE-CHANCELLOR
23 August 2016, by Jonathan Lees, Leicester Marxists
As many of you will know this last week it was A-level results day, the day of the year when prospective students get results that determine in many ways their futures.
ARMED POLICE ATTACK STUDENTS IN BRAZIL
22 August 2016, by Kit MacDougall, Glasgow Marxists
Earlier this month student protests in Sao Paulo were interrupted by armed police. The Police opened fire on the marching students with rubber bullets and tear gas.
MARXISM, TROTSKYISM AND THE LABOUR PARTY HAVE FAR MORE IN COMMON THAN YOU MIGHT THINK
18 August 2016, by Ed Maynard, Southampton Marxists
Having secured for him his victory as Deputy Leader, Tom Watson has now warned everybody about the arm-twisting Trotskyist entryists in the Labour Party.
JUSTICE FOR RAVEN MORRELLO
15 August 2016, by Richard Baywood, MSF
In August a teenage Deliveroo cyclist, Raven Morrello, was dragged off his bike, roughed-up and thrown in the back of a van by police in Manchester.
REVOLUTION IS COMING
5 August 2016, by Cal Hope, Brighton Marxists
Revolution promises the possibility to achieve real change and a future that is shared and enjoyed by the many, whereas the politics of the establishment is only interested in maintaining the assets and position of the few.
THE KISS OF DEBT: CAPITALISM KILLING OUR FUTURE
3 August 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Grants for students from poor backgrounds have now been replaced by loans. Sorana Vieru, National Union of Students vice president, pointed out that this“basically punishes poorer students simply for being poor”.
LIVE UPDATES FROM UNITE POLICY CONFERENCE 2016
10 July 2016, by Ben Gliniecki and Lee Singh Gill, Young Observers at Unite Policy Conference
The conference of Britain’s largest trade union comes at a critical time for developments in the Labour party and defending Jeremy Corbyn against the Blairite coup attempt should be top of delegates’ agenda.
LABOUR WARDS, BRANCHES AND CLPs COME OUT FOR CORBYN
1 July 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Labour groups all over the country are coming out in defence of Jeremy Corbyn. See below for a selection of motions and statements that have been passed in the last few days.
REPORT FROM THE UCU PICKET LINE
30 June 2016, by Joe Attard, KCL UCU (personal capacity)
I’ve just returned from the picket at King’s College London where we had a very respectable turnout of ten striking staff.
SHEFFIELD MOMENTUM DEFEND CORBYN
30 June 2016, by Sheffield Marxists
There was a Momentum meeting in Sheffield yesterday to discuss the best way to defend Corbyn against those Labour MPs who are trying to remove him.
UCU STRIKES CONTINUE – MARXIST STUDENT SOLIDARITY
29 June 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
This week is seeing staff at 44 universities across the UK go on strike as part of their campaign for a decent pay increase, an end to zero-hour contracts and a closing of the gender pay gap.
BRITAIN IN TURMOIL: BREXIT AND THE LABOUR COUP – LIVE UPDATES
27 June 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Events are moving at lightning speed. Decisive action is required and socialist ideas can be a powerful rallying point.
A LEVEL STUDENTS LET DOWN BY PRIVATISATION
23 June 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Two students at Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke are furious about an Edexcel Biology A Level exam.
END REPRESSION OF TEACHERS’ MOVEMENT IN MEXICO!
22 June 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Three days ago, six people were killed and dozens wounded outside Oaxaca when the Mexican police opened fire on unarmed protestors defending state education.
GOVERNMENT IGNORES STUDENT LOAN PETITION
21 June 2016, by Frankie Toynton, Newcastle Marxists
A petition opposing the retrospective alteration to student loan repayments, begun by Durham University student Alex True, has been rejected by parliament.
AN EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF THE STRUGGLE IN FRANCE
16 June 2016, by Helen Fortescue, UCLU Marxists
We publish below an eyewitness account of the Nuit Debout movement that has, along with massive strike action, been sweeping France.
SOLIDARITY WITH SUSSEX STAFF ON STRIKE
15 June 2016, by Sussex Marxists
The dispute over pay between universities and the UCU continues today with a strike at the University of Sussex.
MARXISM GATHERS MOMENTUM AT YOUTH AND STUDENTS CONFERENCE
9 June 2016, by Jack Halinski-Fitzpatrick, Youth Office, Harrow West CLP (personal capacity)
On Sunday 5 June, Momentum Youth and Students held its founding conference. The mood was very positive thanks in part to the large attendance of almost 200 young people.
LONDON METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY STAFF PREPARE TO FIGHT CUTS
7 June 2016, by Sylvia Courtnage, London Metropolitan University
Following the announcement by the Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University (LMU) that there are to be almost 400 more job cuts, staff are organising a fightback with an initial public meeting tonight.
COLLEGE CUTS IN BRISTOL LEAD TO LOST WORK, SHAMBOLIC TEACHING AND A BLEAK FUTURE
6 June 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
City of Bristol College, rated “inadequate” by Ofsted earlier this year, has been revealed to have lost students’ work thereby costing them their qualifications.
UNI FEES TO INCREASE – THE VULTURES ARE CIRCLING
1 June 2016, by Ben Gliniecki, MSF Executive
The pace of privatisation in education is accelerating and those who would use it as a means to get rich quick are circling ever closer.
UNDER ORDERS FROM THE GOVERNMENT, MY SCHOOL IS SPYING ON ME BECAUSE I’M A SOCIALIST
29 May 2016, by an anonymous sixth-form college student
Though there had been hints for a while, I first found out for certain that my college was gathering information on me because one of my teachers told me so: he kept me after class to ask what he should write in my ‘Prevent’ file.
MARXIST STUDENT FEDERATION STATEMENT ON THE EXPULSION OF OWEN WALSH FROM THE LABOUR PARTY
27 May 2016, by Leeds University Marxist Society
Recently we have become aware of the news that one of our members, Owen Walsh, has been expelled from the Labour Party. The reason cited in his letter of expulsion was membership of Leeds University Marxist Society.
VICTORY FOR KING’S COLLEGE LONDON GTAs!
27 May 2016, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxist Society
The Marxist Student-led Fair Pay for GTAs campaign has won a 20% pay increase for student teachers at King’s College London following an 18-month struggle with university bosses.
UCU STRIKE: MOOD IN UNIVERSITIES FOR LONG STRUGGLE
26 May 2016, by Daniel Morley, KCL Marxist Society
The strikers at the picket line at King’s College London are striking about far more than the measly 1.1% pay offer from UCEA and the government
UNI STAFF ON STRIKE: A MARXIST GUIDE TO SOLIDARITY
26 May 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
WHY ARE UNIVERSITY STAFF ON STRIKE THIS WEEK? AN OPEN LETTER FROM UCU MEMBERS TO STUDENTS
25 May 2016, by Queen Mary UCU
The letter below is being distributed to students at Queen Mary, University of London by local UCU members who are taking strike action.
BRAZILIAN STUDENTS OCCUPY SCHOOLS TO FIGHT THE GOVERNMENT
11 May 2016, by Ariele Efting, Esquerda Marxista (Brazil)
High school students in São Paulo have been occupying schools since 2015. Today there are more than 72 occupied schools.
MARXIST STUDENT STATEMENT ON NUS DISAFFILIATION
10 May 2016, by Newcastle Marxist Society
In the light of the disaffiliation of the University of Lincoln Student Union from the National Union of Students (NUS) we publish below a statement from the Newcastle Marxist Society on the upcoming referendum at that university.
YOUNG PEOPLE FAILED BY CAPITALISM TURN TO PARENTS FOR HELP
3 May 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
With the crisis of capitalism hitting young people the hardest in terms of employment and wages, it is not surprising that new data from Legal & General shows that 25% of all mortgage transactions made this year will only be possible thanks to parental help.
SMEARS AND LOATHING IN THE NUS AND LABOUR
28 April 2016, by Ben Gliniecki, MSF Executive
The NUS president-elect, Malia Bouattia, has recently suffered an intense smear campaign accusing her of anti-Semitism.
KENT, CUT THE RENT!
27 April 2016, by Kent Marxists
At a recent meeting of the Kent, Cut the Rent! campaign we revised our demands which are below. We strongly look forward to the coming year as we move towards direct action to deal with the issues facing this campus.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT UNIVERSITIES REQUIRE REVOLUTIONARY RESOLUTION
25 April 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
According to the Complete University Guide several universities at which the Marxist Student Federation has a presence are in the top ten for institutions with the most unresolved student complaints.
LEFT STUDENTS TAKE OVER AT NUS CONFERENCE
22 April 2016, by Joe Attard, KCLSU NUS delegate
The 2016 National Union of Students (NUS) Conference was the most militant in years, reflecting the waves of radicalisation sweeping the student and youth movement.
SOAS, YOU HAVE RUN OUT OF EXCUSES
21 April 2016, by Ravi Mistry, SOAS Marxists
The Justice for Cleaners movement held a militant and determined protest on Monday 18th April at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) University of London, which was well attended by approximately 200 people.
NUS CONFERENCE 2016: MARXIST STUDENT LIVE BLOG
19-21 April 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
We’ll be updating this blog regularly with Marxist analysis of events at conference. Don’t forget to follow us on here and on Twitter (@MarxistStudent).
THE REVOLUTIONARY GENERATION
19 April 2016, by Thomas Soud, Sussex Marxists
For decades there was one mantra went it came to the youth and politics; they don’t mix. Time and time again the belief of politicians, members of the public and young people themselves was that 21st century politics was an old man’s game.
PRESS RELEASE: MARXIST STUDENTS PUSH NUS TO BACK CORBYN
18 April 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
At the National Union of Students (NUS) conference in Brighton on 19-21 April 2016 a group of students affiliated to the Marxist Student Federation will move a motion demanding that the NUS support the mandatory re-selection of Labour MPs.
EDINBURGH SCHOOLS CRISIS – THE DANGEROUS EFFECT OF PRIVATISATION
18 April 2016, by Ellen Morton, Glasgow Marxists
Since the Easter holidays 7,000 children have been denied their education due to the discovery that 10 primary, 5 secondary and 2 additional support schools, built on a PFI scheme are unsafe for the children and young people to be in.
JUSTICE FOR CLEANERS: CAPITALISM MEANS CASUALISATION – FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM
13 April 2016, by Ravi Mistry, SOAS Marxist Society
The Justice for Cleaners (J4C) movement, which began in 2006, has been a decade long struggle against exploitation and outsourcing by a multinational business, and a fight against being treated as second class workers at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.
EU – IN OR OUT?
11 April 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The European Union referendum has generated much debate among the British left. Over the decades of evolution of the EU institutions, the majority opinion among left-wingers has shifted from opposition to support. We must clarify our understanding of the EU and the related issues ahead of this referendum to provide a clear perspective.
UCL RENT STRIKE MAKES MANAGEMENT SWEAT
8 April 2016, by Chima Itabor and Jed Birch, UCLU Marxists
The demonstration and march organised by UCL Cut the Rent on Thursday 17th March was an overall success. In the quad, Max Rayne residents united with students from other halls of residence in order to protest against high student rents.
MARXIST STUDENTS TAKE PART IN PARIS DEMONSTRATIONS
8 April 2016, translated by Lizzie Ford, Hills Road Marxist society
We arrived in Paris last week, to take part in a movement against the changes to labour legislation. This law, called the ‘El-Khomri’ law (the name of the Minister for Labour) aims to make bad contracts, along the lines of temporary staff or zero-hours contracts, the norm for all new workers.
SUPPORT THE DOCTORS ON APRIL 6TH!
4 April 2016, by Ed Rosier, Manchester Marxists
The 48 hour walkout by junior doctors on April the 6th will mark the fourth junior doctors’ strike in the UK. This unprecedented action being taken by junior doctors is a direct result of the attempts by the Conservative government to implement new contracts that would increase the hours of junior doctors without a proportional increase in wages. This is part of a privatisation of the NHS that has been being carried out for over a decade. These strikes are a much needed defence of the rights of workers and everyone’s right to health care.
SUPPORT THE NUT STRIKES – TEACHERS AND DOCTORS, UNITE AND FIGHT!
27 March 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
As more workers fall victim to austerity under this bankrupt system, there is a sense of anger rising through workplaces, and this frustration must be channelled into a powerful social movement, whether that be in hospitals, schools, factories or universities. As with the recent examples of the junior doctors and steelworkers, the Marxist Student Federation will stand shoulder to shoulder with teachers every step of the way.
NO TO RACISM – FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM!
20 March 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
This Saturday the Marxist Student Federation marched alongside 20,000 people in London, Glasgow and Cardiff, to show the British and European governments that we reject their appalling handling of the refugee crisis. Below is the text from a leaflet our comrades distributed on the demonstrations.
WHY AND HOW TO FIGHT OSBORNE’S PLAN TO TURN EVERY SCHOOL INTO AN ACADEMY
16 March 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
In today’s (16 March) budget George Osborne has promised that all schools in England will become independent of local authority control by 2022.
KENT STUDENTS AGAINST RENT INCREASES
14 March 2016, by Kent Marxists
The statement below was passed through the Kent Marxist society last week. It marks the first step in a campaign against rent increases at the University of Kent.
DON’T DEPORT LUQMAN – SUPPORT THE OCCUPATION
11 March 2016, by Sussex Marxist Society
Bramber House is being occupied by Sussex students to protest the treatment of Luqman Onikosi, a Nigerian MA student, by the University and the Home Office. Luqman’s visa to study has been revoked by the Home Office, meaning he is being threatened with deportation.
THE FACTS AND THE FUTURE OF THE JUNIOR DOCTORS’ FIGHT
9 March 2016, by Ana Alavi and Dan Hudson, UEA Socialists
The changes to junior doctors contracts is the result of the crisis of capitalism that came dramatically to the surface in 2008 and has not be resolved since.
POOR PRICED OUT OF LEGAL PROFESSION BY EXTRAORDINARY COST OF STUDIES
9 March 2016, by Scott Leonard, Sheffield Marxist Society
According to the Guardian, the new chair of the Bar Council (the regulatory body for barristers) has suggested that the cost of becoming a barrister is up to £127,000 in various student fees. This extraordinary amount of money is not the only problem facing future barristers, since the poor job prospects at the end of training mean that despite this investment they may still fail to achieve their ambitions.
KCL MARXISTS SEND BLACKLISTING MOTION TO NUS CONFERENCE
4 March 2016, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
Delegates from King’s College London will debate a motion opposing the practice of ‘blacklisting’ (denying work to unionists, activists and other ‘troublemakers’) by construction firms at the upcoming NUS conference.
YOUNG LABOUR MOVES LEFT – NOW PUSH FOR REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS
3 March 2016, by Emily Cosentino, West Ham CLP
This year’s Young Labour conference comes in the wake of the transformation in the Labour party that began last summer with the election of Jeremy Corbyn.
OVER 500 STUDENTS PLEDGE TO JOIN UCL RENT STRIKE
3 March 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Over 500 students have pledged to join the indefinite rent strike declared last month by 150 students at University College London (UCL), reflecting campus-wide concerns over soaring accommodation costs and students’ dissatisfaction with management’s response.
REPORT: ANTI TRIDENT DEMONSTRATION IN LONDON – DOWN WITH TRIDENT, DOWN WITH CAPITALISM!
29 February 2016, by Lizzie Cassidy, Hill’s Road Sixth Form College Marxist Society
On Saturday 27th February, tens of thousands of trade unionists, youth, and local activists gathered in London for Britain’s largest anti-nuclear demonstration in a generation, organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. The Marxist Student Federation was present with a lively bloc near the front of the demo, alongside Socialist Appeal supporters selling the latest issue.
WHAT WOULD SOCIALIST POLICIES LOOK LIKE?
29 February 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
In these talks from the Marxist Student Federation National Conference 2016 “The Road to Revolution”, revolutionaries look at what demands Marxists should be raising in the Corbyn movement and beyond
SCHOOL CUTS: CHILDREN FORCED TO LEARN IN ‘DEPLORABLE CONDITIONS’ A SYMPTOM OF CAPITALISM’S DEAD END
26 February 2016, by Lizzie Cassidy, Hill’s Road Sixth Form College Marxist Society
A generation of school buildings are falling into disrepair, but due to government cuts most will not be restored. The result is that an increasing number of children are forced to learn in disgusting and often dangerous conditions. This is a symptom of the insoluble crisis of capitalism, and yet more proof that this system is unfit to rule.
STOP TRIDENT – START A REVOLUTION! [LEAFLET]
26 February 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Join the Marxist Student Federation on Saturday 27 February when we will be part of the youth and student bloc on the CND demo to stop Trident.
STUDENT ‘SUGAR BABIES’: CORPORATE PIMPS AND THE SWEET SICKNESS OF CAPITALISM
21 February 2016, by Barbara O’Sullivan, Cambridge Marxist Society
In the past year, a quarter of a million students in the UK are said to have signed up to become “sugar babies”, a marketing euphemism referring to those who are paid for their company by rich “sugar mummies and daddies”. This phenomenon is yet another small piece of proof that capitalism is completely unable to provide a future for the youth.
UNIVERSITY VICE CHANCELLORS’ PAY SCANDAL: FOR DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED MANAGEMENT ON A WORKERS’ WAGE!
18 February 2016, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxist Society, and Frankie Toynton, Newcastle Marxist Society
University vice-chancellors’ average salaries ballooned to £272,000 last year, a £12,000 increase on 2014. Students and lecturers must unite to kick out these fat cats!
SOLIDARITY STATEMENT TO THE STUDENT AT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY
18 February 2016, by SOAS Marxist Society
The recent events in New Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University are an assault on the autonomy of the student body from both the government and the university administration as a whole.
CUT THE RENT AND HOMES FOR ALL
18 February 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The resolution below, supporting the rent strike taking place at UCL, was passed unanimously by the Marxist Student Federation conference last weekend. In addition we publish below a policy motion on housing that has been submitted to the Young Labour national conference by a group of Marxists.
STOP TRIDENT, START A REVOLUTION
18 February 2016. by Marxist Student Federation
Join the Marxist Student Federation on Saturday 27 February when we will be part of the youth and student bloc on the CND demo to stop Trident.
FOR ANTI-WAR, SOCIALIST LABOUR MPS
17 February 2016, by Leeds Marxist society
Last week comrades in the Marxist Society and supporters of the Socialist Appeal newspaper proposed a motion to the Hyde Park and Woodhouse Labour Party ward in Leeds Central CLP (Hilary Benn’s constituency) strongly condemning the bombing of Syria
THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION: MOST SUCCESSFUL CONFERENCE YET!
15 February 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Over 100 young revolutionaries gathered at SOAS in London on 13 February for the largest ever national conference of the Marxist Student Federation 2016.
INTERNATIONAL GREETINGS TO THE MARXIST STUDENT FEDERATION: WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE!
15 February 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The messages below were sent to the Marxist Student Federation from our comrades around the world. International solidarity is one of our greatest strengths and sources of inspiration. Workers of the world unite!
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT UNDER FIRE FROM MARKETISATION OF EDUCATION
14 February 2016, by Scott Robert, Sheffield Marxist Society
A number of British universities, including the whole of the Russell Group, have demanded that they should be exempt from the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act. The proposed death of the FoI in the university sector shows the continuing march of marketisation in education which will continue unabated until the market and capitalism are thrown in the dust bin of history.
THE MERITOCRACY MYTH – OXBRIDGE OFF LIMITS TO LOCAL YOUTH
5 February 2016, by Alex Moore, Cambridge Marxist Society
A recent report found that no children eligible for free school meals in Cambridge and Oxford gained entrance to those universities in 2014 and 2013 respectively. These figures are a vindication of the sheer incompatibility between capitalism and meritocracy.
BRAZILIAN REVOLUTIONARY CAMP 2016 – NEW YOUTH ORGANISATION FOUNDED: ‘FREEDOM AND STRUGGLE’
2 February 2016, by Ariele Efting, Esquerda Marxista
Between 28-31 January, at the occupied Flaskô factory in Sumaré, the second annual Revolutionary Camp took place. It was organised by the ‘Free and Accessible For All’ campaign with the aim of educating young political activists and founding a new youth organisation.
SCHOOL COURSE CUTS A SYMPTOM OF CRISIS – REVOLUTION NEEDED
31 January 2016, by Keelan Kellegher, St Thomas More Academy Political Discussion Group
Austerity policies have left the private exam boards with budget deficits. This has prompted them to consider the hiking of fees to maintain their high profits. This is the reality of the crisis of capitalism: The rich stay rich and the students lose courses.
CASUALISATION KILLING HIGHER EDUCATION – CAPITALISM TO BLAME
29 January 2016, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxist Society
In the United Kingdom, higher education is the most-casualised sector outside of medicine. The foundations for the present crisis in higher education are long-standing. This untenable situation is beginning to come to a head.
CONFERENCE 2016: WHAT WOULD A SOCIALIST FOREIGN POLICY LOOK LIKE?
28 January 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
At the MSF conference 2016 one of the sessions will be a discussion on the question of socialist foreign policy.
PUBLIC EDUCATION, CAPITALISM, AND THE SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE
27 January 2016, by Mordecai Levi, Cambridge Marxist Society
Capitalism has reached its limits and has now entered into a phase of terminal decline. Lurching from crisis to crisis, it cannot afford the reforms of the past. All the fat must be trimmed. This puts the future of quality public education under serious threat.
FIGHTING FOR THE NHS: RESOLUTION FOR THE BMA MEDICAL STUDENTS CONFERENCE
22 January 2016, by Anahita Alavi, UEA Socialist Society
The resolution below was submitted by a medical student and socialist society member at the University of East Anglia for discussion at the BMA Medical Students conference in April.
CAMPUS ‘CENSORSHIP’ AND LIBERATION STRUGGLES: A MARXIST PERSPECTIVE
20 January 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
Right-liberal publications have recently expressed outrage at the attempts of Student Unions to restrict expressions of fascism, racism, sexism and LGBT-phobia. Clearly the hysteria of the media tycoons about ‘free speech’ is hysterical – but is simply banning hate speech the way to a better society?
MAINTENANCE GRANT CUTS: FOR A SOCIALIST HIGHER EDUCATION SYSTEM
19 January 2016, by Ross McKendrick, Swansea Marxist Society
The scrapping of maintenance grants represents the latest step of capitalist austerity undoing the reforms of the past which aimed to make education more accessible, and the further commodification of education. Our demand is for free education, regardless of class, gender, or nationality, with maintenance grants for all students – education is a right for all, not a privilege for those that can afford it.
THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION: MARXIST STUDENT FEDERATION NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2016
14 January 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
The national conference of the Marxist Student Federation conference will take place this year on Saturday 13 February 2016 in London at SOAS. (Facebook event here)
FOR A YOUNG LABOUR REVOLUTION: WHAT WOULD A SOCIALIST FOREIGN POLICY LOOK LIKE?
12 January 2016, by Beatrice Papapietro, Romsey and Southampton CLP and Southampton Marxists
As Labour Students and Young Labour prepare for conferences in February, at which policy will be decided and elections held (including for the position of International Officer), it is a good time to consider what kind of policies a Corbyn-led Labour party should be putting forward.
TORIES VS STUDENT NURSES: WE MUST FIGHT FOR THE NHS
8 January 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
After a petition against the Tories’ plans to cut bursaries for student nurses and force them to pay high tuition fees reached 100,000 signatures in just two days, MPs will be debating the issue in Parliament on Monday 11 January.
THE ROAD TO REVOLUTION: THE WORK OF THE MARXIST STUDENT FEDERATION IN 2016
6 January 2016, by Marxist Student Federation
This document is a brief outline of the ideas and tasks of the Marxist Student Federation (MSF), to be discussed, amended and voted on in Marxist societies around the country and at the national conference of the MSF in February 2016.
STUDENT LIFE UNDER CAPITALISM
18 December 2015, by Dan Hudson, UEA Socialists
The class struggle resonates through every fibre of modern civilisation. Education is not exempt from this. We have witnessed the devastating effects of this bourgeois government on education as a result of the capitalist crisis.
FOR A SOCIALIST HOUSING POLICY
14 December 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
The motion below has been submitted to the London Young Labour conference in January by a group of Marxists who are young members of the Labour party in London.
OPEN UNIVERSITY STAFF STRIKE
7 December 2015, by Jack Ashworth, Manchester Marxists
Last week, Open University staff in Cambridge took to the streets in reaction to government plans to close down several regional centres.
UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT GET BONUSES WHILE STAFF FACE CUTS
24 November 2015, by Dave Hopkins, Leeds Marxists
“We’re all middle class now” proclaimed John Prescott in 1997 to the agreement of a great many. Of course, this statement glossed over issues such as homelessness, low pay in an age before the minimum wage, and the shattered communities unable to rebuild after Thatcher’s savage deindustrialisation.
BRAZIL: STUDENTS OCCUPY SCHOOLS TO STOP “EDUCATIONAL REORGANISATION”
23 November 2015, by Arthur Penna, Sao Paulo
On November 9th at 7:00 pm, several students gathered and decided to occupy the state school of Diadema. The students of the Fernão Dias school, which is also run by the São Paulo state government, did the same the following day.
TORIES AREN’T SCUM. BUT THEIR DESPICABLE PARTY DEFENDS AN APPALLING SYSTEM.
20 November 2015, by Owen Walsh, Leeds Marxists
This article by Jake Leigh-Howarth, a student at the University of Leeds, was published yesterday by The Tab. In it he complains that “self-styled Marxists” are out to demonize him for being a Tory. Owen Walsh, a Marxist student at the same university, responds to Jake’s complaints.
40% OF COLLEGES AT RISK OF CLOSURE: THE CRISIS OF CAPITALISM CONTINUES
18 November 2015, by Keelan Kellegher, St Thomas More Academy political discussion group
The Conservatives’ ‘Long Term Economic Plan’ grinds into its sixth year and the crisis of capitalism remains. With the UK Government looking to close the black hole in its finances, blown open by the 2008 crash, vital services are facing closure.
USA: #MILLIONSTUDENTMARCH AGAINST STUDENT DEBT
16 November 2015, by Danielle Anderson, KCL Marxists
115 Colleges across the United States demonstrated for free education on 12 November. The demonstrations were organized over social media using #MilllionStudentMarch.
PARIS ATTACKS: THE BARBARISM OF A SICK CAPITALIST SYSTEM
15 November 2015, by Jorge Martin and Nina Christou
Below we publish two short comments on the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday (13 November). For a full analysis of the events see here
FIGHT THE TORY GREEN PAPER: NO TO FEES AND MARKETISATION
15 November 2015, by Scott Shaw, Sheffield Marxists and MSF Executive
The Tory government has recently released it’s future plans for Universities in a ironically titled paper, ‘Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice’
GREECE: STUDENTS AS A BAROMETER OF SOCIETY
13 November 2015, by Stella Christou in Athens, MSF Executive
This September, only days after the re-election of SYRIZA in power, the schools in the country opened. The shortages the schools faced were severe right away ; extending from books, to staff, to regular cleaning and writing supplies.
MARXISTS SUPPORT FISHER AT LABOUR YOUNG SOCIALISTS RALLY
12 November 2015, by Joe Attard, LYS steering committee
Labour Young Socialists held a London-wide rally yesterday evening, November 11, at which around 100 students and young workers assembled to discuss what left-wing youth should do now that Jeremy Corbyn is leader of the Labour Party.
WE DEMAND FREE EDUCATION FUNDED BY EXPROPRIATION
6 November 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
Marxist students were out in force as part of the demonstration on Wednesday 4th November against tuition fees, against the scrapping of maintenance grants, and for free education.
MANCHESTER STAFF BALLOT FOR STRIKE ACTION
6 November 2015, by Ed Rosier, Manchester Marxists
Staff at the University of Manchester will be balloted for strike action by the University and College Union (UCU) after bosses at the university disregarded employment procedure.
MARXIST ELECTED AS NUS DELEGATE FOR SWANSEA
3 November 2015, by Ross McKendrick, Swansea Marxists
Ross McKendrick from the Marxist Student Federation has been elected as a delegate to the national conference of the National Union of Students from the University of Swansea.
GENERATION Y – A GENERATION ‘LOST’ TO AUSTERITY?
30 October 2015, by Jack Ashworth, Manchester Marxists
The Equality and Human Rights Commision (EHRC), a non-governmental public body established in 2006 with the aim of promoting and enforcing equality legislation in the UK, has released a report claiming that over the past five years, the economic prospects of Britain’s youth population have reached an all-time low.
THE SOCIALIST FIGHT FOR FREE EDUCATION: JOIN US ON #NOV4
30 October 2015, by Ben Gliniecki, MSF Executive
It seems obvious to say that education is a social good. In a rational society, in which the interests of the vast majority are met, school and university investment would be planned and free education delivered to all who want it.
#FEESMUSTFALL VICTORY – MARXIST SOLIDARITY
26 October 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
Below is a resolution of the Marxist Student Federation which is being discussed in Marxist societies all over the country this week.
BIG BUSINESS BUYS TORIES, STUDENTS PAY THE BILL
20 October 2015, by Youth Against Blacklisting
Earlier this year an organisation called Select Property Group gave a massive £50,000 donation to the Conservative Party.
SOLIDARITY WITH JOHANNESBURG STUDENTS ON STRIKE AGAINST TUITION FEES
16 October 2015, by Beatrice Papapietro, on behalf of the Marxist Student Federation
Students at Witswatersrand University, also known as Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, have taken strike action in response to the announcement that tuition fees will be increased by 10.5%, accommodation costs by 9%, and upfront registration fees by 6%.
VOTE JOE ATTARD FOR KCL NUS DELEGATE
15 October 2015, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
Higher education is facing a period of unprecedented crisis and capitalism is to blame. It is the duty of the NUS, as the collective voice of students at a national level, to fight for the liberation of its members from the economic bottom line.
BUILD THE LABOUR YOUNG SOCIALISTS! BUILD THE FORCES OF MARXISM!
13 October 2015, by Emily Cosentino and Joe Attard, LYS steering committee
The election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party has transformed the face of politics in Britain. The question of socialism is no longer an abstract discussion.
JOIN THE #NOV4 DEMO FOR FREE EDUCATION AND LIVING GRANTS FOR ALL
12 October 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
The unprecedented assault on education in Britain over the last five years, from increasing tuition fees to scrapping maintenance grants, constitutes the Tories forcing young people to pay for the deepest crisis of capitalism in history.
MARXISTS TAKE CAMPUSES BY STORM
12 October 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
The Marxist Student Federation (MSF) has kicked off the academic year by signing up hundreds of new students to Marxist societies around the country.
MARXIST STUDENTS TAKE THE FIGHT TO THE TORIES
8 October 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
On Sunday 4th October, dozens of Marxist students from all over the country joined the TUC’s No to Austerity! Yes to Workers’ Rights! demonstration, with over 60,000 marching to give the Tory Party conference a welcome it won’t soon forget!
MARXIST STUDENTS @ PROTEST AGAINST TORY PARTY CONFERENCE
30 September 2015, by Manchester Marxists
From the 4th – 7th October the Conservative Party will be holding their annual conference in Manchester.
HANDS OFF CORBYN!
30 September 2015, by Defend Corbyn, Fight for Socialism campaign
A recent petition that is part of the Defend Corbyn, Fight for Socialism campaign has been gathering support online and in public meetings.
LABOUR YOUNG SOCIALISTS LAUNCHED – MARXIST STUDENTS ELECTED
29 September 2015, by Emily Cosentino and Joe Attard, LYS steering committee members
On Sunday 20th September, around 140 young activists and Corbyn supporters from across the country assembled at UCL university in London for the launching of the Labour Young Socialists, a new organisation that aims to mobilse youth on the Labour left in defence of Corbyn and the fight for socialism.
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
29 September 2015, by Sheffield Marxists
The letter below is a response from the Sheffield Marxist society to this article written by the vice-chancellor of the University of Sheffield, in which he refers to Marxists as “dopey” and claims that Marxism “doesn’t work”.
UEA SOCIALISTS INTERVIEW CLIVE LEWIS MP
23 September 2015, by UEA Socialist Society
During freshers week, at the University of East Anglia’s (UEA) social action day, the UEA Socialist Society had a chat with Clive Lewis, MP for Norwich South and shadow minister in Labour’s energy and climate team.
GREAT GAINS IN GLASGOW
22 September 2015, by Rachel Gibbs, Glasgow Marxists
Rachel from the Glasgow Marxists reports on the freshers’ fair and the society’s first meeting of the term
SOLIDARITY FROM MEXICO
19 September 2015, by CLEP-UER
Below, in both English and Spanish, is a statement sent to the Marxist Student Federation by our comrades in Mexico.
RELAUNCHING THE YOUNG LABOUR LEFT
19 September 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
Marxist students are looking forward to Sunday’s (20 Sept) meeting, called by the Labour Campaign for Free Education, to relaunch the Young Labour Left using the momentum of Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning election victory.
SUCCESS IN SUSSEX
17 September 2015, by Dan Elbro, Sussex Marxists
Sussex Marxist society had a stall at the university freshers fair and a meeting on the subject of ‘Defend Corbyn, Fight for Socialism’ on Wednesday 16 September.
CORBYN’S VICTORY AND THE TASKS OF YOUNG LABOUR
14 September 2015, by Ben Gliniecki, London Young Labour, Islington North CLP
“Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning victory in the Labour leadership election has dealt a decisive blow to the right-wing of the party. It has exposed as false the empty Blairite rhetoric about the importance of the “middle ground” and is a denunciation of the abandonment of Labour’s socialist policies in the New Labour years.”
THE MARXIST VIEW OF THE MONARCHY
14 September 2015, by Beatrice Papapietro, Southampton Marxists
“On 9 September 2015 Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch in British history. As this date approached, newspapers and programmes on the telly joyously compared Elizabeth’s reign to the reign of Queen Victoria.”
THEIR EDUCATION AND OURS: FIGHTING CAPITALIST CUTS WITH SOCIALIST REVOLUTION
9 September 2015, by Ben Gliniecki, MSF Executive
“On a global scale young people and workers are under attack by the rich and the establishment, who are keen to protect their profits and their position at the top of society.”
REFUGEE CRISIS: CAMERON’S POLICY FUDGE WILL BE FATAL FOR THOUSANDS
8 September 2015, by Owen Walsh, Leeds Marxists
“Yesterday afternoon David Cameron announced – after weeks of participating in the despicable, racist bile being thrown at the thousands of desperate Asian and African refugees making their way to Europe – that he would allow 20,000 people to find refuge in Britain over the next five years.”
RED OCTOBER: #JOINTHEREVOLUTION
7 September 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“The world economy is on the verge of another deep slump, with China now joining the global crisis of capitalism; the crisis in Europe continues, with Greece in political turmoil and an unprecedented number of refugees coming to Europe in the hope of escaping war and poverty…”
CUT THE COSTS – CUT CAPITALISM
7 September 2015, by Ed Taylor, Sheffield Marxists
“#CutTheCosts is the latest political campaign set up by NUS, the aim of which is to force the government to u-turn on its planned scrapping of maintenance grants.”
BURSTON SCHOOL STRIKE: THE LONGEST STRIKE IN HISTORY
6 September 2015, by John Pickard, Mid-Essex NUT
“This weekend, on Sunday 6th September, the labour movement celebrates the centenary of the longest strike in British history, the Burston School strike, which ran from 1914 to 1939 in Norfolk.”
POLICE USING ANTI-TERROR STRATEGY TO TARGET POLITICAL GROUPS
4 September 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“The notorious Prevent scheme will, as of October, legally oblige universities, colleges and schools to spy and report on students who may be considered at risk of ‘violent extremism’.”
SOLIDARITY WITH THE YOUTH AND WORKERS OF TURKEY
3 September 2015, by Soton Marxists
“Following the turn of events in Turkey with the AKP party openly attacking Kurdish fighters and left wing forces in Turkey, Iraq and Syria, we call on all students at schools and universities to organize solidarity with the Kurdish working class and the Left in Turkey.”
LABOUR DEPUTY LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE BACKED BY DODGY ACADEMY
3 September 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“Following revelations that Caroline Flint, Blairite candidate for deputy leader of the Labour Party, has the backing of the corporate lobbyist group Sovereign Strategy (which counts among its clients the company responsible for judging disabled people fit for work) the news that she is also being backed in her bid for election by Simply Alliance Ltd., the shady company behind the Docklands Academy should come as no surprise.”
POLAND: NEW LEFT MOVEMENT NEEDS YOUR HELP
1 September 2015, by Ross Walker Edinburgh North SSP and UCU (personal capacity)
“POLAND: Partia Razem was formed earlier this year by activists from varying backgrounds, including the Young Socialists, Green Party, trade unions, cooperatives as well as prominent academics and journalists with the aim of standing for the parliamentary elections this year.”
BACK TO SCHOOL: 5 WAYS TO DEFEND CORBYN AND FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM THIS TERM
1 September 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“The school and college term has begun again with less than two weeks to go before the result of the Labour Party leadership is announced.”
VOTE CORBYN FOR FREE EDUCATION!
17 July 2015, by Harry Bark, Leeds Marxists
“Jeremy Corbyn has proposed the abolition of student fees and the reintroduction of maintenance grants for all students. Striking back hard at the Tory plans to remove grants for the poorest students at university, the Labour leadership candidate has defended the rights of all to education.”
APPRENTICE MURDERED BY CAPITALISM
15 July 2015, by Ben Gliniecki, MSF Executive
“This week the boss of Huntley Mount Engineering Ltd was jailed after a sixteen year-old apprentice, Cameron Minshull, was killed while working for him in January 2013.”
83,000 HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE; 610,000 EMPTY HOMES
13 July 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“According to a study released on Monday 6 July, 83,000 16-25 year olds have been forced to sleep rough over the last year. This figure is more than three times higher than the official government figure of 26,852.”
SURVEY FINDS FINANCIAL SQUEEZE ON STUDENTS
12 July 2015, by Ben Gliniecki, MSF Executive
“A survey conducted last month by Save the Student found that maintenance loans for students, which are supposed to cover rent and other living costs for students at university, fall well short of what it really costs young people to maintain a decent standard of living while studying.”
SAM MILLER: COMRADE AND FRIEND
10 July 2015, by Mordecai Paechter, Cambridge Marxists
“Sam Miller, a first year student at the University of Cambridge and a member of the Cambridge Marxist society, tragically passed away recently. We publish here Sam’s obituary, written by his friend and fellow Marxist, Mo Paechter.”
“OXI TO AUSTERITY” SAY DEMONSTRATORS IN WESTMINSTER
9 July 2015, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
“The Tories’ newly-announced summer budget, delivered with typical smug hauteur by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne yesterday, constitutes a dramatic intensification of the war being waged on the working-class youth of Britain.”
TORY BUDGET DECIMATES OUR FUTURE
8 July 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“The savage plans announced by George Osborne in today’s budget will force young people to pay for the crisis of capitalism so that the rich can keep their mansions and their millions…”
THE GREEK REFERENDUM: SAY NO TO AUSTERITY, BREAK WITH CAPITALISM
3 July 2015, by International Marxist Tendency
“As tension in Europe mounts in the run up to the Greek referendum on Sunday we publish below a statement by the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) whose section in Greece is the Communist Tendency of Syriza.”
REVOLUTION 2015: THE RISE OF CLASS SOCIETY
25 June 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggle. But what is class and where did it come from? Why do Marxists place so much emphasis on class? What is required to overthrow class society? And what would a society without classes look like?”
REVOLUTION 2015: MARXISM AND ANARCHISM
24 June 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“As a wave of radicalisation is sweeping the world people are looking for different ideas to explain capitalism’s crisis and to provide a solution. Can anarchism play this role? What is its relationship to Marxism? Are the two compatible?”
REVOLUTION 2015: CLIMATE CHANGE, CAPITALISM AND CRISIS
23 June 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“Join us at Revolution 2015 to discuss questions of climate change, capitalism and crisis. Adam Booth, PhD in environmental engineering and Shahrar Ali, deputy leader of the Green Party will introduce the session, which will include plenty of time for debate and discussion from the floor…”
REVOLUTION 2015: WHAT IS MONEY?
22 June 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“What actually is money? Where did the concept of money come from and why did it arise? What role does money play in today’s capitalist economy? Can monetary policies solve the crisis of capitalism? What is the future of money? Will there be money under socialism?”
REVOLUTION 2015: FULL AGENDA
22nd June 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“Socialist Appeal and the Marxist Student Federation invite our activists, supporters, and readers to Revolution 2015 – a weekend of talks, discussions, and debates about revolutionary ideas and socialist alternatives…”
END AUSTERITY; END CAPITALISM – WHY WE ARE MARCHING
17th June 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“Marxist students will be at the End Austerity Now demonstration on Saturday 20 June marching under the banner “The system is broken: fight for revolution“. In our own words, here’s why we’ll be joining tens of thousands of others on Saturday’s protest…”
THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN: FIGHT FOR REVOLUTION!
16th June 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“The Tories are still in government and no one is in any doubt about just how vicious their austerity will be. They have already outlined their plans to cut the living standards of the working class while the rich pile up all of society’s wealth for themselves…”
“THE ONLY ROAD AHEAD IS TO FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM THE SYSTEM”
1st June 2015, by Kevin, Cambridge Marxists
“We publish here a speech by Kevin of the Cambridge Marxist Society at the anti-austerity demonstration called by the Cambridge Marxists on Saturday 30 May…”
REVOLUTIONARY STUDENTS AND YOUTH AT END AUSTERITY NOW DEMO – SIGN UP HERE
1st June 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“The Tories are still in government. Less than 50% of their planned cuts were carried out during the last Parliament. Now they plan to make more than double the cuts they have already, and these ones will be much more painful…”
SOLIDARITY WITH TEACHING ASSISTANTS AT KCL
14th May 2015, by Joe Attard, KCL Marxists
“Marxist Students have lent their support and solidarity to a campaign at King’s College London (KCL) fighting to achieve fair pay and reasonable working conditions for part-time student staff…”
CAPITALISM, REVOLUTION AND THE NEED FOR SOCIALISM
5th May 2015, by Sam Miller, Cambridge Marxists
“Working people all over the world are realising, in greater and greater numbers, that they are exploited. In Britain, Russell Brand and UKIP offer radically different explanations for the situation people have found themselves in since the onset of the global capitalist crisis…”
THE SIEGE OF SIDNEY STREET
8th April 2015, by Nelson Wan, Queen Mary Marxist Society
“January 3rd 1911 was the date that the full force of the British state was pitted against two Latvian anarchists, or former Latvarian Social Democrats to be precise, taking refuge in an East End property…”
INVEST IN EDUCATION – STOP FUNDING EXPLOITATION
7th April 2015, by Amber Donovan, Durham Marxist Society
“After being informed that a third of accommodation fees, which have risen by more than 20% in the last three years, will go into “capital and borrowing”, students at Durham demanded to know what exactly the University is investing in…”
MARXISM AND ANARCHISM
2nd April 2015, by Archie Marshall, LSEsu Marxist Society
“To mark the publication of Marxism and Anarchism, we publish below a review of this text by Archie Marshall, President of the LSEsu Marxist Society and member of the MSF Executive Committee…”
EINSTEIN’S SOLIDARITY WITH STUDENTS FIGHTING FOR SOCIALISM
26th March 2015, by Arturo Rodriguez, MSF Executive
“136 years ago this month, in March 1879, Albert Einstein was born. His contribution to science is unquestionable, but lesser known are his political views. Einstein was a convinced socialist and wrote an essay in defence of socialism…”
SOLIDARITY FROM MEXICO WITH THE LSE OCCUPATION
24th March 2015, by CLEP-UER
“The students organised in the Polytechnic Students Committee of Struggle-Revolutionary Student Union (CLEP-UER) send revolutionary greetings from Mexico to the students at LSE…”
SOLIDARITY FROM VENEZUELA WITH THE LSE OCCUPATION AND THE MSF
20th March 2015, by Juventud Marxista de Venezuela
“The Marxist Youth of Venezuela, the youth wing of Class Struggle, expresses its support for the students of the London School of Economics (LSE) who on 18 March bravely occupied the main meeting room of the university…”
ITALIAN SCHOOL STUDENTS FIGHT FOR THEIR EDUCATION
19th March 2015, by Claudia Falsetti, Glasgow Marxists
“On 12th March 2015 Italian students demonstrated all across the country against the decree-law “good school” (Buona Scuola) presented the very same day to the Cabinet…”
OCCUPY LSE – FREE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
18th March 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“Students at LSE have occupied the Vera Anstey Suite, the central meeting room of the university administration, to fight for an end to profit-driven education and the marketisation of the university…”
MASS ANTI-AUSTERITY MOVEMENT BREWING IN QUEBEC
16th March 2015, by Jack Rising
“Twenty-four student organizations, representing over 30,000 students, have voted to go on strike in Québec on March 21, with 100,000 students yet to vote…”
WOMEN IN THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION: INTERVIEW WITH SARAH NAGATY AND ASMAA BASHIR
9th March 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“In celebration of International (Working) Women’s Day, Marxist Student interviewed two women who were among the millions involved in the Egyptian Revolution of the last four years…”
A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN THE REVOLUTION
8th March 2015, by Natasha Sorrell, Sheffield Marxist Society
“To celebrate International Working Women’s Day 2015 Natasha Sorrell from the Sheffield Marxists discusses women in revolution throughout history. Below we reproduce several quotations from Lenin, Kollontai and others on the same subject…”
GREECE: NO SURRENDER
6th March 2015, by Jaki Michele, UCLU Marxist Society
“On Thursday, 26th February, the UCLU Marxists held a public meeting to discuss the recent political situation in Greece. Titled “Greece: No Surrender,” the discussion featured a lead-off by Fred Weston, the editor of www.marxist.com…”
UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM STUDENTS FIGHT PRIVATISATION
3rd March 2015, by Danielle Anderson, KCL Marxist Society
“On Friday, 13 February, students occupied the Bungehuis at the University van Amsterdam (UvA). By the end of the first day of the occupation the movement grew in support with around 200 people participating in the occupation…”
NEWCASTLE UNITES AS PEGIDA STUMBLE
2nd March 2015, by Newcastle Marxist Society
“PEGIDA’s debut on British soil fell flat on Saturday 28 February, with the counter-demonstration led by Newcastle Unites outnumbering the right-wing protest group over fifteen-to-one…”
MARXIST STUDENT SOLIDARITY WITH STRIKING POLISH MINERS (POLISH TRANSLATION HERE)
27th February 2015, by Ross Walker, Edinburgh UCU (Personal Capacity)
“This is a response on behalf of the Marxist Student Federation to attacks by the state against protesting workers in the Polish city of Jastrzebie on the 2nd and 9th of February, where tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets were fired at unarmed protesters, injuring twenty people…”
CAPITALIST CRISIS AND NATIONAL PREJUDICE – LANGUAGE STUDENTS CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE
27th February 2015, by Ben Gliniecki, MSF Executive
“In the latest move aimed at using the territory of Gibraltar to bolster political support, the Spanish foreign minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, has announced the closure of the Cervantes Institute, a Spanish language school in Gibraltar…”
PAY OR PRINCIPLES – WHY RUN AS A STUDENT UNION REPRESENTATIVE?
25th February 2015, by Queen Mary Marxist Society
“With the student elections at QMUL fast approaching, adverts have begun appearing around campus encouraging people to run for a position as a student representative…”
NEWCASTLE MARXIST SOCIETY AGAINST THE PEGIDA DEMONSTRATION: FOR WORKING CLASS UNITY, FOR SOCIALISM!
23rd February 2015, by Newcastle Marxist Society
“On the 28th of February 2015 far right group PEGIDA will be holding their first demonstration in the UK in Newcastle’s city centre…”
PATRIOTISM AND SOCIALISM
20th February 2015, by the National Committee of the Workers’ Party of France (translation by the Marxist Student Federation)
“The article below was written over 120 years ago by the French Workers’ Party and deals with the question of internationalism in the workers’ movement…”
NEW MARXIST SOCIETIES AT THE MSF CONFERENCE
18th February 2015, by Nathan Taylor (Kent Marxists), Amber Donovan (Durham Marxists) and Ross McKendrick (Swansea Marxists)
“We publish here three reports from members of some of the MSF’s newest societies in Kent, Durham and Swansea. These comrades give their personal impressions of the conference and of the MSF as a whole…”
RESOLUTIONS AND CAMPAIGNS IN 2015
17th February 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“Below are three resolutions which will form the basis of the MSF’s campaigning work in 2015. These were discussed and voted on at the MSF conference in February 2015…”
WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE! – SUCCESSFUL MSF CONFERENCE
17th February 2015, by Gareth Lynn Montes (Swansea Marxists) and Scott Leonard (Sheffield Marxists)
“Last weekend our comrades from SOAS hosted the 2nd Marxist Student Federation conference, which was attended by delegations from different Marxist Societies from all across the country…”
CLASS STRUGGLE AND THE ROLE OF MARXIST STUDENTS IN 2015
17th February 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“Below is the document that is guiding the work of the MSF in 2015. It was discussed, amended and passed by the MSF conference in February 2015…”
CLASS STRUGGLE IN ROMANIA: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
16th February 2015, by Seb Trifa, Bristol Marxists
“Below is an article by Seb Trifa of the Bristol Marxist Society about the political situation in Romania in its historical context and the future of the class struggle and revolution in that country…”
SAVE MARX! CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS FIGHT FOR RADICAL IDEAS
16th February 2015, by Thomas P. Muntz, Cambridge Marxists
“With talk of the Philosophy department drastically cutting the teaching on Marx and other radical thinkers around political philosophy, a student-run campaign and petition has sprung up at Cambridge University in response…”
MSF CONFERENCE: SEMPRE IN LOTTA (ITALY) SPEAKER CONFIRMED
13th February 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“We are pleased to confirm the attendance of Cecilia Bellotti from Sempre in Lotta…”
MSF CONFERENCE: MEXICAN SPEAKERS CONFIRMED
12th February 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“We are pleased to confirm the attendance of Ricardo Che from La Izquierda Socialista and CLEP (Polytechnic Students Struggle Committee) and Claudio Garcia from the Mexico Solidarity Campaign in London…”
BRISTOL MARXISTS: THE MOST INNOVATIVE, INTERESTING AND LIVELY STUDENT SOCIETY IN BRISTOL
12th February 2015, by Bristol Marxists
“According to this article on the Her Campus magazine website, the Bristol Marxist Society is one of the best up-and-coming societies at the university…”
LE PEN, FASCISM, AND COMMUNISM: A REPLY TO JAN NEDVIDEK
11th February 2015, by Oxford Marxists
“In last week’s Oxford Student, in the midst of the polemic over Le Pen’s visit to the Union, some Jan Nedvidek published an opinion column where he had the courtesy of mentioning the Oxford Marxist Society…”
MSF CONFERENCE: SYRIZA SPEAKER CONFIRMED
11th February 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“We are pleased to confirmed the attendance of Nina Christou…”
MSF CONFERENCE: PODEMOS SPEAKER CONFIRMED
9th February 2015, by Marxist Student Federation
“We are pleased to confirm the attendance of Arturo Zoffmann Rodriguez…”
CAMBRIDGE STUDENTS PREFER MARXISTS TO TORIES
3rd February 2015, by Cambridge Marxists
“In a recent report by Cambridge student newspaper Varsity, the Cambridge Marxist Discussion group is found to be far more popular among students at the university than the Cambridge University Conservative Association (CUCA)…”
“FRENCH UNIVERSITIES ARE HOTBEDS OF MARXISM”!
3rd February 2015, by ‘Revolution’
“Below is a report from the French newspaper Revolution detailing the work of Marxists in France in spreading the ideas of Marxism among students across the country…”
POLTICS, CLASS AND THE LEFT IN LUXEMBOURG
25th January 2015, by Jean-Francois Delaporte
“Below is an article sent to the Marxist Student Federation by Jean-Francois Delaporte of Jonk Lenk (Young Left) in Luxembourg. It outlines, for British and other readers, the political situation in Luxembourg at the present time, with reference to the student movement…”
UCLU General Assembly: What is to be Done?
21st January 2015, by Nina Christou
“The Last General Assembly that was held before the Christmas break was attended by almost 600 students, one of the biggest attendances for years for such an event…”
PUBLIC, FREE AND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL – THE REVOLUTIONARY CAMPAIGN OF THE BRAZILIAN MARXISTS
20th January 2015, by Ben Gliniecki
“In the wake of the mass demonstrations that swept Brazil in 2013, a campaign called Publico, Gratuito e Para Todos: Transporte, Saude, Educacao! Abaixo a Repressao! (Public, Free and For All: Transport, Health and Education! Down with Repression!) was founded by Esquerda Marxista (Marxist Left), the Brazilian section of the International Marxist Tendency. From 15 to 18 January the campaign held its first revolutionary camp in the occupied Flasko factory just outside Sao Paulo…”
UCLU MARXISTS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE STRUGGLE IN MEXICO
18th December 2014, by Stella Christou, UCLU Marxists
“The UCLU Marxists hosted the Marxist Winter School this year, where Mexican Solidarity Campaign supporters came to speak on the Ayotzinapa movement in Mexico. Out of this came a postering campaign across our university, raising awareness over the issue among the students…”
LONDON YOUNG LABOUR IN SOLIDARITY WITH AYOTZINAPA
16th December 2014, by Guy Howie, UCLU Marxists
“This motion of solidarity with the protests over the 43 disappeared student teachers of Ayotzinapa Teaching School was proposed on 14th December at the AGM of London Young Labour by members of the Marxist Student Federation…”
YOU CAN’T HAVE CAPITALISM WITHOUT RACISM – SOLIDARITY WITH MICHAEL BROWN AND ERIC GARNER
15th December 2014, by Archie Marshall, LSEsu Marxists and Nelson Wan, QMUL Marxists
“The murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have reverberated loudly worldwide. From New York to Palestine to Mexico, young people are fed up with this racist system that sanctions the death penalty for stealing a piece of candy…”
THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS PROTEST AGAINST FEES: FIGHTING LEADERSHIP NEEDED!
24th November 2014, by Ed Rosier, Manchester Marxists
“On Wednesday 19th November, thousands of students took to the streets in London to protest extortionate tuition fee rises, to demand free education for students in the UK, and to show solidarity with students everywhere who want a fairer society…”
NUS LEADERS FAIL TO SUPPORT FREE EDUCATION DEMO
19th November 2014, by Beatrice Papapietro, Southampton Marxists
“Today (Nov 19th) there will be a demonstration by students in central London for free education. Marxist students wholeheartedly support this demonstration and will be participating in it energetically…”
UNPAID INTERNSHIPS AND THE HYPOCRISY OF CAPITALISM
18th November 2014, by Jack Ashworth, Manchester Marxists
“According to research conducted by the Sutton Trust, an educational charity based in the UK, almost a third of University graduate interns are being forced to work without pay, as a means of ‘getting their foot in the door’ of their respective careers…”
WE NEED REVOLUTIONARY CHANGE TO STOP CLIMATE CHANGE
17th November 2014, by Nat Arkwright, Sussex Marxists
“This week sees the return of the NUS’ ‘Blackout’ initiative, encouraging students across different universities to take part in an attempt to reduce energy wastage…”
TO FIGHT FOR PEACE IS TO STRUGGLE FOR SOCIALISM
10th November 2014, by Owen Walsh, Leeds Marxists
“For a while now I’ve held a lot of reservations about the Poppy Appeal and have been dissatisfied with Remembrance Day. The fact that something is ostensibly a good cause doesn’t exempt it from responsibilities of a political and historical nature…”
RED ED ELECTED AT SHEFFIELD HALLAM
6th November 2014, by Sheffield Marxists
“Marxist student Ed Taylor has been elected as NUS delegate from Sheffield Hallam university. Ed’s manifesto, published below, demands socialist policies for the student movement. We can be confident that the ideas of Marxism will be fought for at the NUS conference this year…”
MARXIST STUDENTS SUPPORT THE MARKING BOYCOTT
6th November 2014, by Marxist Student Federation
“Today is the beginning of an indefinite marking boycott by UCU members in a dispute over pensions. This action will be taking place in 69 universities around Britain…”
THE FIGHT FOR FREE EDUCATION: REFORM OR REVOLUTION?
4th November 2014, by Ben Gliniecki
“Education is the cornerstone of economic and social development. This is why Marxists argue in favour of free, decent education for everyone – so that individuals and society as a whole can maximise the potential for improving our lives through innovation, efficiency and imagination…”
WORKERS AND STUDENTS UNITE AND FIGHT: MARXIST STUDENTS ON THE TUC DEMO
21st October 2014, by Natasha Sorrell
“With banners, fists and voices raised high, the Marxist Student Federation rallied the largest number of student Marxists yet to join our voices with those of increasingly disgruntled workers at the national TUC demonstration ‘Britain Needs a Pay Rise’ this weekend…”
“IT’S TIME WE CAME OUT IN OUR MILLIONS” – INTERVIEW WITH STRIKING NHS WORKER
16th October 2014, by UCLU Marxists
“At the NHS picket line on Monday morning (13/10/14) the UCLU Marxists went down to join the workers on strike…”
PLANTING THE RED FLAG ON CAMPUS – PART THREE
13th October 2014, by Marxist Student Federation
“This final set of reports from Marxist societies around the country brings the total number of universities where the MSF has been meeting people and spreading the ideas of Marxism to 29…”
PLANTING THE RED FLAG ON CAMPUS – PART TWO
2nd October 2014, by Marxist Student Federation
“As the new academic term gets underway in many universities, Marxist students have been at yet more freshers fairs signing up hundreds of students who are interested in building an organisation capable of fighting for socialist policies within the student movement…”
PLANTING THE RED FLAG ON CAMPUS – PART ONE
24th September 2014, by Marxist Student Federation
“Over the past couple of weeks Marxist students all over the country have been attending university freshers fairs and holding their first meetings of the term with hundreds of students who are eager to learn about the ideas of Marxism and their relevance to today’s world…”
CLASSES NOT COSTS!
22nd August 2014, by Ben Gliniecki, Marxist Student Federation
“This month the pawnbroker Albemarle has been targeting its advertising at cash-strapped parents who are struggling to cover back-to-school costs…”
OXBRIDGE MARXISTS AGAINST £16K TUITION FEES
6th August 2014, by Oxford Marxist Society and Cambridge Marxist Discussion Group
“The Oxford Marxist Society and the Cambridge Marxist Discussion Group are sickened at the suggestion by former Universities Minister David Willets that tuition fees at Oxbridge may rise up to £16k a year…”
DECLINING STANDARDS OF LIVING: PROFESSOR BLAMES IMMIGRATION; MARXISTS BLAME CAPITALISM
6th August 2014, by Cambridge Marxists
“According to Robert Rowthorn, economics professor at Kings’ College, Cambridge, large-scale immigration will be bad for Britain’s economy. In a report published by the right-wing think tank Civitas, Rowthorn argues that immigration causes a decline in standards of living…”
SUSSEX STUDENTS ASKED TO SHAKE HANDS WITH CHAIR OF STUDENT LOANS COMPANY
10th July 2014, by Sussex Marxist Society
“The Chair of the Board of Directors of the Student Loans Company (SLC), Chris Brodie, was selected to preside over the first four University of Sussex graduation ceremonies on 8-11 July…”
HUNDREDS JOIN RALLY AT STRIKE OF LAMBETH COLLEGE WORKERS
11th June 2014, by Daniel Morley, KCL Marxists
“As we reported earlier, the staff at Lambeth College in South London are waging a determined struggle against cuts to conditions and jobs…”
RISING INEQUALITY: THOMAS PIKETTY AND THE RELEVANCE OF MARX’S CAPITAL TODAY
4th June 2014, by Archie Marshall, LSE Marxists
“On June 3 the LSE Marxists had the first meeting of the LSE Marxist Society. This also marked the last event of the London Marxist Societies this academic year…”
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY PENSION CUTS: UNIONS MUST FIGHT BACK
29th May 2014, by James Baird, Aberystwyth Marxists