From Marx and Engels to the present day, socialists have been deeply engaged with the world of science. With the provision of lifesaving vaccines held hostage by corporate profiteering, the story of this relationship is more important than ever.
Helena Sheehan is emeritus professor at Dublin City University. She is the author of Marxism and the Philosophy of Science and Navigating the Zeitgeist.
The first season of The Wire began 20 years ago this month. It remains one of this century’s great television shows — both stylish and smart, with unforgettable characters woven into a striking portrait of the depredations of capitalism in one US city.
J. D. Bernal was one of the twentieth century’s great scientific minds, whose work nurtured the imagination of science-fiction writers. In a world where capitalist priorities distort scientific research, Bernal’s Marxist perspective on science is more relevant than ever.
Before 1968, we felt confident in everything. Afterwards, we knew everything had to change.
A decade ago, The Wire series finale aired. The show was a Marxist’s idea of what TV drama should be.
Yanis Varoufakis presents himself as a heroic Prometheus in his new memoir, but he comes off looking more like a Narcissus.