Redline’s top 10 articles for 2021

Here are the top ten most read articles this year on Redline. They reflect the culture war battles of 2021 and some classical Marxist topics that are popular every year.

1.Gender ideology – a summing up part 1

by Jordan Levi

(Contributed)

I don’t remember when I first came across the concept of gender identity, but it was definitely before Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) came out as transgender because I’m sure that would’ve confused me way more if it was my first acquaintance with the phenomenon. The concept of someone having gender dysphoria didn’t shock me. What did shock me was hearing that, after they’d been named one of Glamour magazine’s 25 Women of the Year, they non-jokingly said, “The hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear.”[1] 

2. What we know so far about Covid19

Scottish doctor Malcolm Kendrick looks at the pandemic and the responses to it

3. Class, Identity Politics and Transgender Ideology

by Deirdre O’Neill

Under Thatcher and then Blair and continuing up until our contemporary moment, the working class has seen its culture slowly and progressively destroyed. The change from an industrial society to a service society produced a marked shift in focus from the working class as the backbone of the country to the image of a feral underclass responsible for their own poverty. Correspondingly their collective struggle has been eroded and its place filled by the middle class adherence to the politics of identity –a concentration on single issues that celebrate difference and refuses to recognize or engage with the continuing injuries of class.

4.North America: new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Fight Back group organises Valentines Day protests against anti-GBL eugenics championed by trans activists

LGB Fight Back, a US-based organization that represents the interests of lesbians, gay men, and bisexual people, launched on February 14, 2021 with a Valentine’s Day-themed Week of Action. Protests took place across the US and Canada, co-sponsored by LGB Fight Back and Parents of ROGD Kids, a nationwide organization of parent support groups whose children are at risk of being medicalized and harmed by transgenderism. The protests sent a message of love to non-conforming kids everywhere: We love you just the way you are!

5.Sex denialism the new creationism

This is a transcript of a speech by developmental biologist Dr Emma Hilton delivered on 29 November 2020 for the ‘Feminist Academics Talk Back!’ meeting. This talk was originally published by womentalkback.org

6.World Rugby stands up for science and women’s sport This interview on RNZ with Ross Tucker, the scientist who headed a review of transgender athletes playing in women’s rugby, discusses the findings of the review and what it means for women in sports. The World Rugby review had a broad range of independent experts and included a dedicated multi-disciplinary transgender participation working group.

7.Lenin’s theory of imperialism

by Sam King

Almost 100 years after it was written, Lenin’s classic Marxist theory of imperialism, principally articulated in his book Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism,[1] remains the best framework to understand capitalism’s international political economy. Subsequent capitalist development shows the key aspects of Lenin’s thesis to be correct. Just as the basic ideas of Marx’s Capital have been proven correct by developments in contemporary capitalism, so too, have all the fundamentals of Lenin’s theory of imperialism. It remains an essential starting point for understanding the principal international developments today, such as“globalisation” and the “rise of China”.

8. Fidel Castro speech on death of Che Guevara

I first met Che one day in July or August 1955. And in one night — as he recalls in his account — he became one of the future Granma expeditionaries, although at that time the expedition possessed neither ship, nor arms, nor troops. That was how, together with Raúl, Che became one of the first two on the Granma list. 

9. Classic Texts: Walter Rodney’s ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’

Reviewed by Andy Higginbottom

This book is a masterpiece. Walter Rodney wrote How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (HEUA) in his late twenties while a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The book brings together in a broad narrative the history of the African continent from a perspective that is at one and the same time Pan Africanist and Marxist. Moreover, it is an original contribution to what was known as the dependency school emanating from Latin America. 

10.The definition of my sex is not hate speech

NZME (publishers of the NZ Herald newspaper, among others) has joined the de-platforming of Speak Up For Women after a few online gender identity activists complained on Twitter about an advertisement in a rival paper the Otago Daily Times. SUFW were to run advertisements in NZME papers too as part of a campaign opposing sex self ID laws being proposed by the Government. The advertisement’s text was the dictionary definition of Woman – Adult Human Female. NZME caved to a handful of vexatious Twitter complainers. NZME will now be aware how out of step they are with sane and rational people after receiving nearly a thousand emails from people angry at the actions of NZME. Here’s one letter that was sent to the company:

I am writing with regards to your message that you have reneged on your advertising for ‘Speak Up For Women’ unless they remove the word “Woman” from their ad.

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