The Hobgoblin , published since 1999, is now an online journal.
ISSN 2040-0047

BCM 3514, London WC1N 3XX

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ARCHIVE 1999-2010




VIETNAM : Dissent, Repression and the Emergence of an Independent Workers’ Movement

The Oslo Massacre and the ‘Reasoning’ of the Far Right

‘No Justice, No Peace’ and Blood and Flames on England’s Streets:
1981, 1985 and 2011

Huge Mobilization in London Against Cutbacks Shows Both Promise and Contradictions



Discussion: The Long March of Human Liberation: 21st Century Socialism

Review: Quailing Before the Real - Terry Eagleton on Ethics

Bangladesh: The People Who Make Your Clothes Demand a Living Wage

(or What Gillian Rose Tells Us About Sohn-Rethel, Adorno, Capitalism and Ancient Greece)

We Are All Palestinians Now

DEBATE: Marx and the Christian Logic of the Secular State

Notes Towards a Definition of Resistance (a speculative reading of colonialism in the global context

David Harvey's Economics - a comment

Announcing a new formation: The International Marxist-Humanist Organization

Support the People of Afghanistan and Pakistan in the Face of Imperialist War and Fundamentalist Retrogression!

Sudan: the Year of Peace or Renewed Civil War?

BA Stewards Strike - a Comment

Ritwik Ghatak’s A River Called Titas

DUBAI: in a playground of the super-rich, workers confront a bonded labour system

VIETNAM : Dissent, Repression and the Emergence of an Independent Workers’ Movement

Rwanda — From the Horrors of Genocide to Democracy


Ian MacDonald: 1957-2009

Passivity and Stoicism of Organised Labour by Ian MacDonald

Dialogue: Karl Korsch's Marxism and Philosophy

Philosophy and Revolution

The 2009 Upheaval in Iran

Vestas Sit-in

The TEXT: My 'Awakening'

The Crisis in Childrens Services

Abolish Money?

BBC Panorama on Baby Peter

Why Philosophy? Why Now? Dunayevskaya, CLR James and Pannekoek

Rome: Mode of Production or Empire of Plunder?

British Oil Refinery Wildcats

Israeli offensive against Gaza


Bill Gates' plan to Fix Capitalism'

How Red Was Plato?

Abolish Money?

Review: John Gray's Black Mass Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia

Can Social Work change anything?

Crisis in News and Letters Committees

Split in News and Letters Committees

Cyril Smith 1929-2008

Review: Paul Mason Live Working or Die Fighting

Unpopular Capitalism?

Reification in the 21st C: Lukacs' Dialectic – the First 100 Years

Iranian Regime Arrests Socialist Students

Review: Anselm Jappe and the 'automatic subject

Talk to the Anarchists

Darfur: ”This is not a clash of civilizations”

The Limits of Stoicism in the crisis

UNISON The Impasse of Partnership

Stoning in Kurdistan

Review: The Trap: Adam Curtis' BBC documentary

Guinea: Fall of Another Dictator?

The Realm of Freedom and the World of Work: Marx, Hegel and Aristotle

In Defence of the Luddites

Building Fighting Unions in the Public Sector - a Marxist-Humanist View

Euston (Manifesto): We Have a Problem

Hobgoblin World Cup

Freedom Fries Cold Capitalism -- a View on the French Riots

The British Trade Unions – Slow Death or Radical Rebirth?

Africa After the G8

Cultural Diversity Or Cultural Oppression?

Review: Oppenheimer's Out of Eden, The Peopling of the World

Review: The Lord of War

London Bombings of 7/7

G8 Summit

Neocons, Political islam and the Alleged Death of Class Politics.

Obituary: Maurice Brinton

Murder of Deyda Hydara

Global Trading of Libraries and Intellectual Property Rights

* Marx's Capital in the the Struggle for a New Human Society by Andrew Kliman

Harry McShane on Raya Dunayevskaya on Marx's Capital.

Raya Dunayeskaya on Roman Rosdolsky and 'Capital'

'The Limits the Working Day; and The Voracious Appetite for Surplus Labour by Karl Marx

Labour and Value from the Greek Polis to Globalised State-Capitalism by David Black

Antigone in Victorian England - on Helen Macfarlane

Operation Human Freedom, by Valerie Scatamburlo-D'Annibale and Peter McLaren

New Forms of Appearance of State-capitalism by Andrew Kliman

Anti-Globalisation in Critical Perspective by Werner Bonefeld

Dunayevskaya's Humanism, by Cyril Smith

Harry McShane on Philosophy and Revolution

Review of John Holloways'

'Change the World Without Taking Power'

*Art, Reification and Class Consciousness in the Situationist International

Bombing History - reflections on 911

Dunayevskaya and Dialectical Materialism by Cyril Smith

In Defence of Toni Negri: an Open Letter to Chris Harman

Staying Out of the Swamp - For a 'Socialist United States of Europe'.

Solidarity and the Dialectics of Defeat - past and present

The Debt and the Law of Value by Andrew Kliman

Marxism and the 'Party' by Raya Dunayevskaya.

Review of Adam Hochschild's King Leopold's Ghost

Review of 'Rethinking Fanon'

Beyond Social Partnership

Review of James Young's

The World of CLR James - the Unfragmented Vision'

Kosova as the achilles heel of the Left

Letter from Jacques Camatte


Review of Janet Afary's Iranian Constitutional Revolution

Review of Jacques Camatte's This World We Must Leave. and Loren Goldner's 'Amadeo Bordiga Today'.

*Editorial founding statement




David Cameron’s Attack on Health and Safety


By Richard Abernethy

January 15, 2012 -- “So one of the Coalition’s New Year resolutions is this: kill off the health and safety culture for good”. So declares British prime minister, David Cameron, in an article in the London Evening Standard (5 January 2012). Cameron boasts of “waging war against the excessive health and safety culture that has become an albatross around the neck of British businesses”. READ IN FULL

The Elusive “Threads of Historical Progress”: The Early Chartists and the Young Marx and Engels


By David Black

The Chartist movement of the 1830s and 1840s went beyond 18th century popular radicalism toward socialism. Leaders like George Julian Harney not only called for social revolution but also published Helen Macfarlane’s first English translation of the Communist Manifesto. This article was first published in Platypus Review No. 42 (Dec. 2011-Jan. 2012).

On Hegel, Rosa Luxemburg and Marxist-Humanism


By David Black

On Hegel’s Dialectic of the “Beautiful Soul” in the French Revolution and the question of “ethical reality” in the political philosophies of Rosa Luxemburg, Raya Dunayevskaya and Gillian Rose; originally presented at a panel on “Marxism Beyond the Boundaries,” sponsored by The Hobgoblin Online Journal and the International Marxist-Humanist Organization, London, November 11, 2010 – Editors READ IN FULL

By Richard Abernethy

The revolutionary movements of the year 2011, above all in the Arab countries, and the life and thought of Rosa Luxemburg, are connected. Presented at the Anarchist Book Fair, London READ IN FULL