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International Socialism, December 1996




From International Socialism 2:73, December 1996.
Copyright © International Socialism.
Copied with thanks from the International Socialism Archive.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


‘GLOBALISATION’ HAS become the new orthodoxy of establishment economics – as much for the supporters of Tony Blair’s New Labour as for free market conservatives. Chris Harman examines the claim that the world market is now such a powerful force that neither states nor organised labour can withstand its pressures. He debunks the assertions of globalisation theorists and gives a careful account of the inter-relationship between multinational capital, the state and the modern working class.

SPORT IS played and watched by millions of working class people – and big business makes millions out of them as they do so. Chris Bambery looks at the links between capitalism and sport, at why people enjoy sport and at the argument that physical recreation and the modern form of sport are by no means the same thing.

A DEBATE about materialism, evolution and intelligence has been sparked by Alex Callinicos’s review of Daniel Dennett’s Darwin’s Dangerous Idea in issue 71 of International Socialism. John Parrington and Joe Faith put forward their positions in this issue.

AMERICA’S REVOLUTION is the subject of Megan Trudell’s critique of Theodore Draper’s controversial The Struggle for Power. She looks at Draper’s materialist account and the objections raised against it by Draper’s critics. Other reviews include Mark O’Brien’s look at the first three books in the Socialist History of Britain series produced under the direction of the Northern Marxist Historians group.

THE FIRST of our new Review article feature, which will alternate with our established Bookwatch series, is Charlie Kimber’s timely examination of the descent into barbarism in Rwanda and Burundi.

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