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“A centenary for Socialism – Britain’s Communist Party 1920-2020” Book Launch

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Editorial

  • Conquer your future: join the YCL today! - We are approaching the halfway mark in the Young Communist League’s September Recruitment Month. Already significant numbers of young workers and students from across Britain are answering the call to join the Communists.

News

Culture & Sports

  • David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet - Peter Stoddart reviews David Attenborough's latest Netflix special which, while poignant, fails to deliver answers.
  • Poetry Corner: Full Moon at Tierz – Before The Storming of Huesca by John Cornford - Full Moon at Tierz: Before The Storming of Huesca by John Cornford. John Cornford from a relatively privileged families and attended Cambridge University. It was at Cambridge that he met and fell in love with Margot Heinemann and where they both joined the Communist Party. John’s mother, Frances Crofts Cornford, was a poet, and he himself was already writing poems at school. After gaining a BA first-class honours in History, he became the first Englishman to enlist against Franco in the Spanish Civil War and was killed in battle on the Andujar and Cordoba Front on 27 or 28 December 1936. Cornford wrote just a few poems in Spain, including A Letter from Aragon and the poem featured here Full Moon at Tierz: Before The Storming of Huesca.
  • Da 5 Bloods: Black Lives Matter meets Rambo? - Dennis Broe reviews Spike Lee's recent and celebrated film which attempts to tackle the experience of African-American US soldiers during and after the Vietnam War.

Contributions

  • Why internationalism is at the heart of working-class solidarity - Chair of the Communist Party, Liz Payne, shines a light on communist attitudes to global class struggle.
  • Big tech and monopolies - Julian Jones examines what the record gains of big tech companies during the COVID-19 pandemic mean for the Marxist understanding of capitalism, monopolisation and crisis in 2020.
  • Vladimir Lenin in modern social theory and practice - Robert Griffiths, General Secretary of the Communist Party, was invited to speak at the (COVID-19 delayed!) International Scientific and Practical Conference in honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, hosted by the Leningrad Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation, last Saturday (17 October 2020). Challenge carries a transcript of the speech delivered by the CP General Secretary.

Back2Basics

  • Introduction - Back2Basics is the Young Communist League’s series on Marxist concepts made easy. Its aim is to provide a starting point for those interested in learning about communist theory and a foundation for further reading and study.
  • 1. Materialism - The philosophical underpinning of Marxism-Leninism is often referred to as "dialectical materialism". Parts 1 and 2 of this series set out what that actually means; materialism in this issue and dialectics in the next issue.

Digital

  • YCL USA on George Floyd protests - Maicol Lynch of the YCL USA Organising Committee talks to Johnnie Hunter about the protests in the United States surrounding the murder of George Floyd for ChallengeTV.