Theory & Struggle 2022 (No. 123)

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This issue includes the usual combination of articles focusing on political, economic and environmental debates, trade union issues and struggles, news and views from the Marx Memorial Library & Workers' School and partner organisations, followed by a reviews section. In addition, this issue includes a new feature which invites contributors to reflect on a book that has influenced their thinking in critical ways. The first article in this series, by the Liberation General Secretary Roger McKenzie, reflects on Angela Davis's autobiography and its significance for equalities struggles.


1 Editorial Political, economic and environmental debates

2 The ending of an order: Andrew Murray

14 Coming out of Covid: Michael Roberts

26 Industrial and regional strategies for economic renewal: Jonathan Michie

34 Climate COP-up, COP-out and HyCOPrisy: Richard Clarke

46 The national question and progressive federalism: Roundtable discussions with Pauline Bryan, Jamie Driscoll, Katy Clark, Sean Griffin, Andrew Murray, Kevan Nelson and Beth Winter

72 Prettiness algorithms: smartphones and the manipulation of taste: Leonardo Impett Trade union issues and struggles

80 Reflections on the 50th anniversary of the freeing of the Pentonville dockers: John Hendy

96 Reflections on Saltley Gate: Arthur Scargill

104 State suppression of trade unions: Overt and covert, old and new: Dave Smith

110 Resisting fire and rehire: Roundtable discussion with Laura Smith, Ben Sellers, Marjorie Mayo, Jonathan White Marx Memorial Library

122 Treasures past and present: Meirian Jump

124 Can we dare to imagine the future?: Vijay Prashad

128 Marxist and socialist perspectives on food, farming and the future: Richard Clarke

Critical texts

132 Roger McKenzie on Angela Davis’s autobiography

Reviews China’s Great Road: Lessons for Marxist Theory and Socialist Practices by John Ross (Praxis Press, 2021) Jenny Clegg Extraordinary Threat: The US Empire, the Media, and 20 Years of Coup Attempts in Venezuela by Joe Emersberger and Justin Podur (Monthly Review Press, 2021) John Green The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology by John Bellamy Foster (Monthly Review Press, 2021) Richard Clarke Arise: Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence by Jane Holgate (Pluto Press, 2021) Mary Davis Undoing Privilege: Unearned Advantage and Systematic Injustice in an Unequal World by Bob Pease (ZED Books/ Bloomsbury, 2nd edn, 2021) John Green Workers of the Empire, Unite: Radical and Popular Challenges to British Imperialism, 1910s-1960s edited by Yann Béliard and Neville Kirk (Liverpool University Press, 2021) Mary Davis Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle: Strategies, Tactics, Objectives edited by Robert Ovetz (Pluto Press, 2020) Roger Seifert Sylvia Pankhurst: Natural Born Rebel by Rachel Holmes (Bloomsbury, 2020) Mary Davis