Joe Sabatini

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‘I was, I am, I will be’ – 100 years after...

The deaths of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht have haunted the imagination of the left for a century.
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On productivity, living standards and the British economic model – thoughts...

In the wake of the Budget Statement, Joe Sabatini ponders Britain's productivity puzzle.

#GE2017: How radical are Labour’s economic policies?

The limitations of the manifesto are those we would expect to find facing any reformist government operating in the capitalist system today.

revolutionary reflections | Critical Theory in the Age of Trump Part...

The election of Trump has raised the stakes in terms of how the left should respond to the growing crises of economics, politics, ecology and...

Austria: The rise of respectable fascism?

Joe Sabatini reflects on the social, demographic and ideological issues behind the Austrian Presidential Election, and considers strategies to oppose the far right. On 22...

The Panama Papers – From revelations to revolt and beyond

Joe Sabatini discusses how the Panama Papers have confirmed what we knew about the ruling class and looks at how they provide an opportunity to...

Save the Lukács Archive

The Hungarian government is threatening to close the Georg Lukács Archive. Anyone with an interest in the role that intellectuals have played in left-wing...

COP21 – climate and capitalism

Joe Sabatini dissects the neoliberal mindset behind the Paris talks in December and what the COP21 Agreement means for saving the planet.

Eyewitness: Carlisle floods mean learning what it is like to be...

Joe Sabatini reports from Carlisle, where floods devastated the town. He discusses what it means to be on the front line of climate change. Climate change...
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HM2015: Where is Britain going?

Joe Sabatini summarises three sessions about Britain at Historical Materialism conference. He concludes that there are opportunities for revolutionaries in the rest of Britain to...

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Covid on campus: rent strike at Bristol university

Universities have brought students back to expensive accommodation and subjected them to inhumane living conditions, with Covid-19 still a risk on campus. rs21 spoke to Connor Nicol, a first-year student involved in organising the Bristol University rent strike.

Understanding Nigeria’s #EndSARS movement

Nigeria has been rocked by massive protests against state repression. The movement has brought a whole new generation into political struggle.
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Review | Fascism: History and Theory

Luigi Hay reviews a timely analysis of the origins of fascist organisation, which looks critically at different strategies adopted by the left to fight fascism.
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After the election

On the eve of an election where neither candidate offers anything to people struggling against oppression, US socialists need to continue supporting the wave of protests, strikes and rebellions that began this summer

Solidarity with the democratic movement in Thailand

Dozens of socialist parties and worker organisations declare their support for the mass movement against Thailand's right-wing authoritarian regime.
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Zero covid is possible

Through serious nationwide action that puts public health above profits, the infection rate can be brought down to zero. So why is demand for a Zero Covid strategy so low?

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.