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Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin’s race problem

David Renton reviews the latest opportunistic attempt to make sense of the resurgence of reactionary politics in the West.
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Rock Against Racism: forty years on

The 1978 Rock Against Racism carnival rallied 100,000 young people against the advancing far right. What were they fighting – and why was this particular fightback so very powerful?
What is the Football Lads Alliance

What’s next for the DFLA?

The Democratic Football Lads Alliance outnumbered antiracists at a march weekend, with a crowd that included hardened neo-Nazi activists. Where is the group going next?

What is fascism?

Dave Renton delineates the types of extreme right movement and highlights the dangers of fascism's newest form.

What chance of justice from an online court?

The government is developing plans to move many court hearings online. Dave Renton argues that that the proposals mean privatisation, job losses and exclusion...

Video: the global rise of the far right

A political discussion hosted by rs21 with David Renton and Jairus Banaji

Convergence on the right

Sometimes distinctions between conservatives, right-wing populists and fascists are easy to make. But increasingly often, argues Dave Renton, there is some overlap –...

After fascism, what?

David Renton, author of Fascism: Theory and Practice,  discusses whether previous definitions of 'fascism' fit with the world we see today. The question of whether Donald's...

Why are the Tories divided over Europe?

David Renton argues that the argument within the Tory party lies in Thatcherite politics, despite changes to the EU over the last 30 years. The...

‘Angry White People’, a review

David Renton reviews Hsiao-Hung Pai's Angry White People: coming face-to-face with the British far right. He finds an 'exemplary account' of the rise of the English Defence...

Latest articles

Review: A Planet to Win – Why We Need a Green New Deal

Pete Cannell reviews an important contribution to the discussions around the Green New Deal.

Review: A Jewish Communist in Weimar Germany

Merilyn Moos reviews a new biography of Werner Scholem, an uncompromising revolutionary to the end.

Join us at ENDGAMES

On 26 October, rs21 is hosting Endgames? Capitalism and the Climate Emergency. Harry Holmes introduces the event, and explains why you should come.

We rise again! Antiracism and industrial action at Royal Mail

Ikenna Azụbụike Ọnwụnabọnze reports on the antiracist action of Royal Mail workers in the Bootle and Seaforth Delivery Office and reflects on the necessity of collective action as the CWU announced the result of its ballot for a strike action yesterday. 

Review: A Climate Emergency – Beyond a Capitalist Solution

Mike Downham reviews Ken Ferguson's new pamphlet, A Climate Emergency – Beyond a Capitalist Solution.

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.
An empty classroom photographed from the front, in low grey light.

What a way to make a living | Teaching at the margins

A teacher in a non-mainstream secondary school gives her view on the daily life of teaching in a school which specialises in providing education for students whose needs are not met by mainstream institutions. 

Joker and the Mask of Poverty

Caliban’s Revenge asks who is behind the Joker's mask and who should be scared.
A group of people raise flags and show peace signs on a demonstration in Rojava, north-east Syria.

Solidarity against the Turkish invasion

Turkey’s invasion of north-eastern Syria (Rojava) must be opposed with practical international solidarity, not with calls for the US to continue its War on Terror.

Ecuador: Indigenous peoples fight back

Statement by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) on the revolt triggered by austerity measures demanded by the IMF.

Highlights

When is it illegal to strike?

In the UK, never. But it’s often unlawful. The climate strikes have highlighted the draconian British anti-union legislation and exposed confusion about the law and the consequences of striking unofficially.
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What a way to make a living | Aye, there’s the pub

In the first piece in the series What a way to make a living, Jozef Doyle gives an insight on the day to day experience of working in a pub.

‘System change not climate change’ – Global Climate Strike

Friday 20 September saw the biggest climate protests in world history. Reports from the UK and around the world.
Prorogue the Tories!

Fight the anti-democratic Tories and their bosses’ Brexit

In the closing weeks before the latest Brexit deadline, Boris Johnson and his Tory Party have suspended parliament in an attempt to enable them to force through a rotten Tory Brexit for which they have no mandate. The rs21 Steering Group argue to build the movement to bring down the government.

Popular uprising and the fight for independence in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's mass movement and general strike have brought a corrupt US-backed neoliberal administration to its knees