Colin Barker

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part...

In the third and final part of his essay on violence and capitalist social relations, Colin Barker insists that capitalist states cannot be theorised without recognising their multiplicity.

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part...

In the second part of his essay on how violence and coercion are written into the core of capitalist social relations, Colin Barker explores how states modify the law of value.

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part...

The first part of Colin Barker's essay looking at how violence and coercion are written into the core of capitalist social relations

revolutionary reflections | Notes on Capital and the State: part 3

In the concluding part of our serialisation of his 1978 essay on the state in capitalist society, Colin Barker considers the theory of the Permanent Arms Economy.

revolutionary reflections | Notes on Capital and the State: part 2

In the second of a three part series Colin Barker continues his investigation into the relationship between capital and the state.

revolutionary reflections | Notes on Capital and the State: part 1

The relationship between the state and capital is a major problem in Marxist theory. In the first of a three part series Colin Barker investigates how Marxists have addressed this question.

‘It was like a rocket: a fantastic display’: Reflections on May...

In a speech to Manchester rs21, Colin Barker reflects on the “madness of May ‘68”, when, for a brief moment, everything seemed possible.
Stockport trade union history

revolutionary reflections | The Roberts-Arundel strike

A never-before-seen pamphlet dating from 1968 tells the fascinating true story of the Stockport Roberts-Arundel textile strike.

Social Reproduction Theory: going beyond Marx’s Capital

Colin Barker of Manchester rs21 spoke on 'Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression' at the recent Historical Materialism conference in London.

revolutionary reflections | ‘The movement as a whole’ – Waves and...

Colin Barker provides a framework for revolutionaries to think about their engagement in the politics of social movements.

Latest articles

Reject the Ten Pledges

Sai Englert argues that the ten pledges represent a continuation of an attack on the left and the Palestine solidarity movement, rather than a serious attempt to tackle antisemitism in Britain.
Photos of Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness and Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn and the IRA smears

Claims that Jeremy Corbyn was a supporter or even a member of the IRA were a prominent part of how he was demonised. But there was little discussion of the context for the IRA campaign or the left’s attitude.

What a way to make a living | Minicabbing since 1979

In the latest instalment of our What a way to make a living series, Mitch Mitchell reports on his experiences driving minicabs over the decades

France on the march: Macron vs. the unions

The movement against Macron’s pensions reform is at the crossroads,. Public support remains high, but it will have to spread to other basic services and key industries to defeat Macron.

Motion: Solidarity with strikers in France

A show of international solidarity and concrete financial solidarity is vital at this point in the mobilisation where the strike is becoming a significant strain on strikers themselves.

British Steel: workers’ rights disregarded

The return of a Tory MP from Redcar, whose steel plant closed in 2017, is a symptom of a feeling of abandonment in many former industrial communities. Brian Parkin looks at the prospect for resistance in what remains of the British steel industry

Toxic neoliberalism and charity – Australians demand sufficient response to the wildfires

Tens of thousands of Australians demonstrate to demand adequate response to the fires raging across the country.
A field, with a caravan camp in the distance on the left side, in front of hills

Whose land? Resisting the Tories’ anti-traveller policy plans

Hanna Gál writes on why the Tories' plan to increase police powers against illegal encampments must be resisted.
Film still from The Gentlemen

Guns, gangs and imperialism

Guy Ritichie's film The Gentlemen is a violent fantasy about ongoing Anglo-American global dominance, writes Kate Bradley.
Redcar blast furnace

The Brexit election – from revenge to resistance

Both sides of the establishment want to bury the legacies of struggle in the communities that abandoned Labour in the 2019 General Election. The left cannot afford to do the same.

Highlights

Anti-Boris demo in Uxbridge

How we fight back

A devastating electoral defeat for Labour brings with it an inevitable battle for interpretation. It also sharply illustrates the need for our side to build power beyond parliament.
25 April 1983

revolutionary reflections | Portugal’s revolution portrayed

Raquel Varela’s new history of the Portuguese revolution is essential reading for revolutionary socialists, argues Brian Parkin.
A group of artworkers stand with a banner outdoors on the Southbank in London

What a way to make a living | An art worker in the climate...

Katherine Hearst, art worker and climate activist reflects on the links between precarity and the climate crisis.
Kick Boris Out

The long Conservative decline

Labour still has a long way to go to win this election. But the Tory crisis won't go away either, regardless of who wins on 12 December, argues Duncan Thomas.

Striking together for Higher Education

The whys, whats and what nexts of the upcoming higher education strikes, which begin on 25 November.