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Marx and Manifesto: A Beginner's Review by Phillip Sutcliffe-Mott

I didn’t finish The Communist Manifesto when I first read it. Despite its short length, I knew within ten pages that I was too immature. Something stuck with me though. An observation which hardened, some years later, when I started university. It was how in awe with capitalism Marx was. How complementary and excitable his tone. There are pages of passages that marvel at capitalism’s capacity as an all-consuming global force.

This goes some way to explaining how odd a text Manifesto is. The whole thing is delivered by two voices at once, each oppositional to the other. The critic and the fan. This, as we’ll see, is fitting indeed.

To pull sense from Manifesto, you have to read it with at least two other works: Das Kapital and Marx’s Contribution to Hegel’s Critique of Right. For this reason, it is necessary to flounce indeterminately between discussing Marx the scholar and discussing Marx and Engels, Communist co-conspirators...

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Ode to a Rotten Morning - Editorial Commentary Article by Dragoon Babic

Shiver-me-limber. It’s morning again and I’m cold. This blanket is tucked around me like the skin they wrap around sausage meat. My arms are clenched tight to my chest and I am all of a sudden conscious of the lack of warmth in my right ear. It’s cold. It’s dark-winter-morning cold. My exposed extremities are desperate for the warming embrace of a sympathetic soul. A parent or a lover who might provide a less traumatic transition from dreams into reality. Someone who could rub my blood warm. Instead I wake up to the morning felicitations of this dank and dreary room; coughing with a suffocation brought on by the primordial patches of damp that have enveloped the walls. The smell of it fills my nostrils and leaves a dry itchy sensation at the back of my throat...

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Nationalism and Identity - Editorial Commentary Article by Zack Breslin

Recently, the people of Venice and its surrounding areas voted overwhelmingly in favour of separation from the rest of Italy. The referendum, although non-binding and not recognised by the Italian Government, saw 89 per cent of Venetian voters back the establishment of a new nation—the Republic of Veneto. Centuries ago, the city of Venice and its environs did indeed constitute an independent state and only ceased to do so when Napoleon conquered the Republic of Venice in 1797. Venetia is not the only region to seek a breakaway from its government in recent weeks. On the 16th of March the people of Crimea voted in favour of leaving Ukraine and re-joining Russia. That dubious referendum passed, and with Russian troops occupying the region, there wasn’t much the Ukrainian...

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Waving not Drowing: Ganja in Eire - Editorial Commentary Article by Kaceol

Celebration and excessive binges have been part of the human experience since Adam first gave Eve a sip of that sweet apple-infused home brew.

In Ireland today, drink companies sponsor most major music events and seduce the youth with alcopops and the government tax the lot while simultaneously spending kazillions of euros on drink awareness campaigns and rehabilitative programmes for those who swim through life in a drunken stupor.

I live in Galway. Many people visit here for stag or hen festivities. The pre-nuptial blow out unites friends who get pissed to spend the night screaming and dancing then follow up with a feast of fast food...

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