Ian Birchall

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Lenin: Yes! Leninism: No?

A discussion article by Ian Birchall, historian and author of Tony Cliff: a Marxist for his time It is currently a commonplace on the left and...

Tony Benn (1925–2014)

Ian Birchall looks back at the life of a genuine socialist who fought to the end: Tony Benn, who died today.

Ian Birchall replies to his critics

Ian Birchall has written a comprehensive reply to the criticisms of his article “What does it mean to be a Leninist?” that appear in the current issue of Socialist Review.

What does it mean to be a Leninist?

Ian Birchall surveys the history of Leninism and critically assesses the SWP’s current approach to questions of democracy and struggle.

Latest articles

The exception as the rule: Toronto’s social reproduction organising

In Toronto, community organisers are battling Covid in the shadow of colonial racial capitalism. Mutual aid, rent strikes and community organising have emerged as crucial initiatives for survival and solidarity.

Tactics of resistance: occupations and sit-ins

In part one of a series looking at differing tactics for winning battles in the workplace, Bob Carter explains workplace occupations and how to make them successful.
A worker walks along the Brooklyn bridge with the Manhattan skyline on the horizon.

Assessing the 2020 US elections

Aaron Amaral and Phil Gasper offer analysis and perspectives coming out of the 2020 U.S. elections. This piece was originally published by Tempest Magazine.

Poland’s feminist uprising

Women in Poland are making their own cause for hope by taking the streets. rs21 spoke with several feminist activists in Polish union Inicjatywa Pracownicza about the recent wave of feminist strikes and protests.

‘When you have a hammer’: state repression and the pandemic

Facing a fraying of its ideological hegemony, the government increasingly relies on state repression. But this intensified violence could yet backfire.
ACORN members protesting outside the Manchester Civil Justice Centre

The power of tenants’ organising

There is a renewed surge of tenants' organising, but opinions are split on the best way to build power. What kind of organisation can hit back against landlords?

Highlights

A squad of riot police march past the National Gallery in London.

What does abolition mean in modern Britain?

The Black Lives Matter movement has sown seeds of hope worldwide for the abolition of police. But policing in the UK goes far beyond the bodies of armed men in uniform.

Fortress Europe after Moria

After Moria burned to the ground, a new camp was quickly built to replace it. We interviewed Chloe Haralambous and Michalis Poulimas about events on the ground and what they mean for the EU border regime.
Wildfires in California in 2015

Global fever

The Covid-19 pandemic is a foretaste of the approaching climate catastrophe. Andreas Malm's electrifying new book looks at both these crises and asks what we'll need to do to face them down.
Protests in Minsk

Interview: Organised and disorganised labour in the Belarus uprising

Siarhei Biareishyk speaks to rs21 about the uprising in Belarus following the falsified re-election of Aliaksandr Lukashenka on 9 August 2020.
Beirut port destroyed

Interview: Beirut blast exposed a global system

Rima Majed spoke to rs21 about the blast that devastated Beirut in the context of an existing political and economic crisis.

Review: Fortunes of Feminism

Leslie Cunningham reviews Fortunes of Feminism by Nancy Fraser, a critical account of changes in feminist thought in the era of neo-liberalism.