Left Perspectives: Navigating Capitalism, Conflict and Authoritarianism in 2023

This collection of articles published on the Anti*Capitalist Resistance website over the past year offers crucial analysis and debates on confronting threats from capitalism, imperialism, occupation, and creeping authoritarianism through principled anti-war stands, solidarity, and building progressive political alternatives.


As the year draws to a close, we present a collection of our most read articles published over the course of 2023 covering diverse topics, from critiques of capitalism and imperialism to perspectives on conflict zones and authoritarian threats to prospects for building a viable progressive political alternative.

We begin in January with Ian Parker’s extensive analysis of the symbiotic and destructive relationship between global capitalism and “Stalinist realism.” In February, Brian Grogan scrutinised the political positions underlying the Stop the War Coalition’s upcoming London demonstration, arguing they align with pro-Putin interests. An excerpt from Ian Parker’s reading of Lenin’s interpretations of Hegel follows in March.

Several articles explore leftist positions regarding conflict. In April, Liu Xiang contends Taiwan should resist CCP rule while avoiding war if possible. Simon Pearson then warns of creeping authoritarianism and threats to dissent in the UK. Elizabeth Lawrence summarises contentious debates over Ukraine policy within the UCU Union Congress. Fred Leplat argues for restricting certain arms supplies to Ukraine.

Looking outward, Adeeb Shaheen draws parallels between the Israeli occupation of Gaza and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine from a Palestinian viewpoint. Gilbert Achcar closely analyses the strategic implications of Hamas’ October counteroffensive. Later, Achcar attributes Hamas’ devastating miscalculations leading to the Al-Aqsa Flood assault on Gaza to flawed assumptions.

Finally, we look at building the left. Joseph Healy presents a case for launching a new progressive party in Britain, while Ian Parker provides theoretical grounding to develop a materialist framework for neurodiversity.

This collection offers crucial insights and debates to guide leftist thought and action in incredibly challenging times.

Thank you for reading and thinking with us in 2023. We look forward to continuing the conversation in the year ahead.

January 2023

February 2023

March 2023

April 2023

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June 2023

July 2023

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October 2023

November 2023

December 2023

Elizabeth Lawrence is Secretary of the UCU Yorkshire and Humberside Regional Committee, Chair of UCU Retired Members’ Committee, Secretary of UCU Yorkshire and Humberside Retired Members’ Branch. She was National President of UCU from 2014-16. The article is written in a personal capacity.

Gilbert Achcar’s newest book is The New Cold War: The United States, Russia and Ukraine, from Kosovo to Ukraine (2023).

Ian Parker is a Manchester-based psychoanalyst and a member of Anti*Capitalist Resistance.

Joseph Healy is a member of Anti*Capitalist Resistance.

Liu Xiang is a Mainland Chinese socialist.

Simon Pearson is on the Editorial Board of the Anti*Capitalist Resistance and is a Midlands-based political activist.

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