Robert Blatchford, the Clarion and Socialism as a Way of Life

    STEVE THOMPSON sketches a brief profile of Robert Blatchford, the founding editor of The Clarion newspaper, who campaigned for socialism as a way of life.

    “Make socialists and you will get socialism,” said Robert Blatchford. He identified two socialisms – ideal socialism and practical socialism – arguing that making socialists, socialising the nation, is very different to campaigning for votes. He asked, is the object to socialise the nation or to gain socialist representation in Parliament?


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‘The revolution is dead, long live the revolution’ is the theme of an afternoon seminar in London on Saturday 21 October to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in 1917.


Unlocking Gramsci for Challenging Times

In this introduction to a new pamphlet on Antonio Gramsci, BARRY WINTER argues that the Italian thinker’s political insights offer a way forward for the left, and can help it tackle the dominance of ideas and practices that divide and disempower us.


The Lessons of 1917 … And All That!

IAN BULLOCK marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution by arguing that the profoundly anti-political stance that took root among Leninists had dire and lasting consequences for socialism in the west.