What was the USSR? - Aufheben

Excellent four-part analysis of the economic system of the Soviet Union examining the most common theories of its nature and pointing out their strengths and flaws.

- What was the USSR? Part I: Trotsky and State Capitalism
- What was the USSR? Part II: Russia as a Non-mode of Production

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Copies of Aufheben can be bulk purchased here. The current issue (20) costs £3.75 including postage.

Back issues cost £2.50 each (UK/ Europe) and, for the rest of the world, £5 air mail or £4 surface.
Issues 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 are still available.

Croissants and roses - New Labour, communalism, and the rise of muslim Britain

An account and analysis of the rise of communalism, multiculturalism and the creation of the British "Muslim community" under New Labour.

In1 1997 New Labour came to power with the promise of sweeping away the last vestiges of the old British establishment, with all the class ridden and racist attitudes it had entailed, and create a new diverse, meritocratic and multicultural Britain.

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Capitalism and spectacle Review article: The Retort Collectives Afflicted Powers

Aufheben review of The Retort Collective’s Afflicted Powers

The Retort collective's book Afflicted Powers – Capital and Spectacle in a New Age of War was first published in 2005, after having started life as a broadsheet (entitled Neither Their War Nor Their Peace) produced for distribution at the anti-war demonstrations of 2003.

Direct action: A bloke’s eye view - Review of Birds, booze and bulldozers

Aufheben Review of Birds, booze and bulldozers by Peter Styles (Small World, 2007)

Al-Sadr and the Mahdi army: Sectarianism and resistance in Iraq

Muqtada al-Sadr

Aufheben's excellent analysis and history of Muqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi army in Iraq.


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Class conflicts in the transformation of China

Aufheben's excellent account of the development and transformation of China and the Chinese working class from the time of Mao until today.