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The Good Lord Bird: John Brown’s militant abolitionism

Bill Crane looks at the life of militant US abolitionist John Brown and his portrayal in a recent TV adaptation of James McBride’s novel The Good Lord Bird.

Review: The Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism by Achin Vanaik

  Bill Crane reviews The Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism, written by Achin Vanaik as a critical response to the political developments in India following the election...

Review: The Politics of Everybody

Bill Crane reviews Holly Lewis' standout book on the relationship between capitalism and oppression. One of the most promising trends on the intellectual left in...

US Election: Why Clinton lost and Trump won

Writing from the US, Bill Crane examines the reasons behind Trump's victory in the US elections and what the future could hold.  "Do not weep,...

Occupy Poughkeepsie: “mass politics will never be limited to New York...

Five years ago, in autumn 2011, Occupy camps sprung up across the US and internationally. American socialist Bill Crane took part in Occupy Poughkeepsie...

The Rise of Donald Trump, ‘Anti-Politics’ and the Left

Bill Crane argues that while Trump is a clear threat, this must be understood within the history of American politics.   Donald Trump's race for President of...

From Slaveholders to Sanders: A Brief History of the US Democratic...

American socialist Bill Crane provides a brief history of the Democratic Party from its inception to the present, and asks how revolutionaries might relate...
Woodcut of Woman Spinning

HM 2015: How the West Came to Rule

Marxist scholars have long debated the origins of capitalism. Bill Crane reports on a fruitful debate at this year's Historical Materialism conference about the...

Israel after the Knesset elections: What hasn’t changed

Bill Crane analyses the results of the Israeli Knesset elections  In a result to the 2015 Israeli Knesset elections that has surprised very few, Benjamin...

The roots of American racism 4: state racism and the new...

In the last of four articles, Bill Crane looks at "colourblind" racism and mass incarceration since the Civil Rights movement – and how...

Latest articles

The Nakba never ended. Victory to the Intifada

For 73 years Palestinians have not only mourned the Nakba but refused to accept its continuation.
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Berlin Rent Cap overturned, but housing movement has bigger plans

The Rent Cap in Berlin has been overturned by the Federal Constitutional Court. But the policy was created by centre left politicians to undermine a renter led movement to expropriate the cities’ largest landlords. How did this policy come to be? What did it attempt to do? And what does it’s defeat mean for renters and radical housing struggle in Berlin?
graffiti in Holyrood Park, near the Scottish Parliament showing a heart transgender symbol

No more ‘delays’ to trans rights: reform the GRA now!

Scotland-based rs21 member Leslie Cunningham argues we should all be fighting in the struggle for trans rights, and asks: why the delays to reforming the Gender Recognition Act?

Palestine: never give up the struggle

What is happening to the Palestinians right now is not new, not some anomaly, not some break with the past.
Relatives carry a woman who fainted after seeing the body of her husband at a hospital in Ahmedabad, India

Turning a profit from death: Modi’s pandemic response in neoliberal India

The recent upsurge of Covid across India has laid bare the Indian state's utter failure to protect its population.
Demonstrators in the nationwide protests against tax reforms

Colombia: ‘the hegemony of the right is cracking up’

The mass movement has forced the withdrawal of President Iván Duque's tax reform proposal and has shed light on a much broader situation of discontent.

Highlights

The Nakba never ended. Victory to the Intifada

For 73 years Palestinians have not only mourned the Nakba but refused to accept its continuation.
March with banners reading 'end fire & rehire' and 'Unite Queen's Road branch'

Ongoing Manchester bus strike defeats fire and rehire

The longest bus strike in British history is poised to win after a campaign involving an indefinite strike, community solidarity and a leverage strategy.
View from the city walls as Loyalists prepare a bonfire in the Fountain estate in Derry

What’s behind the riots in the North of Ireland?

The riots in the North of Ireland must be understood in the context of continued sectarian division and state repression.
Image of Kill the Bill protesters in Parliament Square

#KillTheBill – where it came from, where it’s going

Th Police Bill is an assault on us all and an attack on us all must be met by resistance from us all. Unity and solidarity must be the clarion call of this movement.
An engraving depicting the 1871 revolt against French rule in the Kabylia region of Algeria

1871: the Commune and the Kabylia

Rosa Moussaoui recalls the uprising that swept colonised Algeria at the same moment that a Universal Republic was proclaimed in Paris

Remembering the Paris Commune

On the 150th anniversary of the instigation of the Paris Commune, rs21's Art Group presents a video project to commemorate the world's first working-class revolutionary government.