Author: Hilary Wainwright

Hilary Wainwright is a British sociologist, political activist and socialist feminist who edits Red Pepper magazine. Publications include Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism and Reclaim the State: Experiments in Popular Democracy.

  • New Democracy Against Democracy

    There’s only one country in the world where the decade long crisis of neoliberal global capitalism swept a radical left party into government: Greece. But in 2019, the capacity of its left to successfully confront the far right’s continuing political ascent will be severely tested. There was a very rapid passage from euphoria to disappointment … Keep reading »

  • Participatory Socialist Economics

    British Labour Party’s shadow chancellor and close Corbyn ally, John McDonnell, sets out a vision that breaks with the old bureaucratic state model. Keep reading »

  • Impasses: Beyond Social Democracy

    Transcending Pessimism, Reimagining Democracy – Session 2 This conference is in honour of Professor Emeritus Leo Panitch (York University). The conference was held October 6-7 at York University. More information here. Session 2 was moderated and introduced by Colin Leys (Queen’s Unversity). Presentations by: Frances Fox Piven – CUNY Graduate Centre Hilary Wainwright – Red Pepper … Watch video »

  • There is no ‘Cult of Corbyn’ – This is a Movement Preparing for Power

    Everyone sensed the new energy at Labour Party conference this year. More cynical pundits referred to it as “giddy with optimism” (the Guardian’s editorial), or “support bordering on hysteria” (Simon Jenkins), conveying the idea of something irrational. Others referred to it as Corbyn’s “evangelical church” (Philip Collins) or even ‘the cult of Corbyn’ (the Times, … Keep reading »

  • British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking at a rally.

    A Question of Leadership

    The ‘new politics’ Jeremy Corbyn proclaims must be an explicit agenda of institutional change, not simply a change of style at the dispatch box. ‘He’s a decent man, with great integrity – but he’s not a real leader’ is the constant refrain from Jeremy Corbyn’s critics, questioning his electability. At the same time, half of … Keep reading »

  • “What We’ve Achieved So Far”

    An interview with Jeremy Corbyn Hilary Wainwright and Leo Panitch in conversation with Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the UK Labour Party. They talk about the meaning of ‘new politics’, Tony Benn’s legacy, and opening up Labour’s policymaking to the people. Hilary Wainwright is a member of Red Pepper‘s editorial collective and a fellow of … Keep reading »

  • Greece: Syriza Shines a Light

    Like a swan moving forward with relaxed confidence while paddling furiously beneath the surface, Syriza, the radical left coalition that could become the next government of Greece, is facing enormous challenges calmly but with intensified activity. In the palatial setting of the Greek parliament, Alexis Tsipras, the president of the radical left coalition Syriza’s parliamentary … Keep reading »

  • An ‘Excess of Democracy’?

    What Two Generations of Radicals Can Learn From Each Other The ability of the Occupy movement to create platforms outside our closed political system to force open a debate on inequality, the taboo at the heart of the financial crisis, is impressive. It is a new source of political creativity from which we all have much … Keep reading »

  • Resistance Takes Root in Barcelona

    The Catalans have a phrase: em planto. It has a double meaning: ‘I plant,’ or ‘I’ve had enough.’ At end of the huge 15 October demonstration of Indignados (‘outraged’) in Barcelona – the papers put it at around 250,000 – we were greeted with an impromptu garden under the Arc de Triomf, the end point … Keep reading »

  • A New Trade Unionism in the Making?

    As the financial crisis has mutated in its latest phase into a crisis of public sector finances and debt, a fundamental attack on public services and public sector unions has been evolving across the advanced capitalist countries. Such attacks have been characteristic features of neoliberalism. But in this new more authoritarian phase of neoliberalism the … Keep reading »

  • A Real Green Deal

    Thirty-five years ago, workers at the Lucas Aerospace company formulated an “alternative corporate plan” to convert military production to socially useful and environmentally desirable purposes. Hilary Wainwright and Andy Bowman consider what lessons it holds for the greening of the world economy today. There are moments when a radical idea quickly goes mainstream. A cause … Keep reading »