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Review | The world turned upside down

In Leo Zeilig's recent novel, the global elite are targeted for murder amid a growing social upheaval that sweeps the central character around the world. Andrew Stone reviews this focused and 'righteously angry' book.
Three police officers in riot gear stand infront of a burning building on 31st of March 1990

Revolutionary reflections | The Anti-Poll Tax Federation: ‘Mob rules’

Debates about the use of confrontational collective action in the Anti-Poll Tax Movement remain relevant for struggles today.
Police on horses facing poll tax protesters, March 1990.

Revolutionary reflections | The moral economy of the anti-poll tax movement

The anti-poll tax movement took on and defeated a Tory government at the height of its powers. Andrew Stone explores the ways that protestors developed political justifications for resistance. 

Failing system

When it comes to delivering an education system without exams the government has flunked the test.

Review: Can’t Pay Won’t Pay

The 30th anniversary of the Trafalgar Square riot is a good time to reflect on Simon Hannah’s engaging account of the movement that scuppered Thatcher’s poll tax, writes Andrew Stone
Poll Tax Riot 31 March 1990

revolutionary reflections | The Anti-Poll Tax Federation: Organisation and spontaneity

The anti-poll tax movement was arguably the most successful social movement in Great Britain since the 1970s. In advance of the 30th anniversary of the poll tax riot (31 March 1990), Andrew Stone explores how political organisations and grassroots initiative interacted.
NEU members taking part in the 6th form colleges strike on 20th November 2019

Tough lessons to learn

The struggle against worsening conditions and cuts in education continues. Andrew Stone, 6th form college teacher and District Secretary of Wandsworth NEU, writes in a personal capacity about an upcoming strike and a ballot in Tower Hamlets.

Raising the rate of resistance

Educators in the sixth form sector prepare for 3 days of strike action over funding and pay beginning Thursday 17 October.

Review: We Need To Talk About Putin

Mark Galeotti's alternate perspective on Putin, as presented in his recent book We Need to Talk About Putin, provides an interesting read.

Happy NEU year?

The newly formed National Education Union is currently balloting for action. What are the prospects for the new union and the left within it?

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COP26 climate protests. Join a union/worker bloc. Sat 6 Nov: everywhere. www.wemaketomorrow/action

Unite Policy Conference backs climate action

Unite the Union's Policy Conference has backed the COP26 protests, workplace action and climate strikes, but remains attached to technical fixes being promoted by employers.
Refuse workers on strike picket their depot in Brighton with GMB flags - the Brighton refuse workers strike 2021

Brighton bin workers out on strike

rs21 member Luigi Hay reports on the ongoing Brighton refuse workers strike.
Metabolic rift - photo shows monoculture timber forest in background with freshly cut tree trunks in foreground.

What do we mean by metabolic rift?

rs21 member Greg Peakin explains the concept of metabolic rift, and why it is an important tool for climate organising today. 
Image from Liang Village, a woman pulls a trolley next to brick.

Review | China in One Village

Charlie Hore reviews China in One Village by Liang Hong, finding an informative and personal account of the contradictions of rapid urbanisation and societal...
Protestors in support of Paul Holmes. Banner reads 'We stand with Paul'

An injury to Paul is an injury to us all

UNISON President Paul Holmes, a prominent left-winger, was been suspended by his employer during a strike two years ago on secret charges. UNISON has suspended Holmes and his branch. Sam O'Brien reports from a solidarity protest.
Cover image of Revolutionary Rehearsals

Extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age

On the possibility of socialist revolution and the tragedy of the Egyptian revolution.

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Metabolic rift - photo shows monoculture timber forest in background with freshly cut tree trunks in foreground.

What do we mean by metabolic rift?

rs21 member Greg Peakin explains the concept of metabolic rift, and why it is an important tool for climate organising today. 
Image of Sharon Graham with text 'let's get back to the workplace'

Sharon Graham wins stunning Unite victory

rs21 members in Unite respond to Sharon Graham's victory in the Unite General Secretary election. She recognises the need to focus on rebuilding workplace power to reverse union decline.

Kill The Bill: the day of action

rs21 members took part in a social media campaign as part of the #KillTheBill day of action against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Saturday 21 August 2021,

Afghanistan: the end of the occupation

Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale write about the Taliban's defeat of the United States, challenge Islamophobic myths about Afghanistan and urge solidarity with refugees.

Remembering Utøya

We cannot allow the memory of the Utøya massacre ten years ago to be co-opted and depoliticised. Breivik's murderous Islamophobia and his hatred of the Left display affinities with far more mainstream political ideology.

Marx, the Paris Commune & socialism’s two souls: What liberation are we fighting for?

At the heart of the Communist Manifesto of 1848, recalled Engels, was the idea that “the emancipation of the workers must be the act of the working class itself.”