Jonas Liston

15 POSTS 0 COMMENTS

An error of proximity: Labour’s repositioning misstep

Jonas Liston explores the shift of Corbyn's Labour away from social-democratic policies in the wake of Brexit, here reproduced with permission from his own site. 

#GE2017: Why does Labour make concessions to the right when it...

Jonas Liston reflects on Angela Rayner's recent appearance on Question Time. How can she be awful on immigration whilst savaging the Tories on everything else?

Revolutionaries and Labourism

Jonas Liston discusse the relationship between revolutionaries and the Labour Party.

12 thoughts on racism and anti-racism after the referendum

The racism evident on both sides of the recent EU referendum campaigns, as well as the huge rise in racist attacks following the result,...

‘Movin’ on up?’ – extended review of Richard Seymour’s ‘Corbyn: the...

Jonas Liston reviews Richard Seymour's latest book, Corbyn: the Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics, and gives his own thoughts on the movement around the Labour...

More radical than reality: A letter to a comrade of an...

Jonas Liston writes about becoming a young revolutionary in the 21st century.   Dear comrade, You asked me to talk you through how my generation of...

Extract: Order reigns in Berlin

On the 97 anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's murder, Jonas Liston introduces an extract from her final article "Order Reigns in Berlin".   In November 1918, a...

Not doing a Jay-Z

Jonas Liston is delighted by Jeremy Corbyn's victory. But he's not going to join the Labour Party. Whilst on the one hand today, I became...

#BBCdebate: win for the Nationalists and Greens, demolition for Miliband

Jonas Liston shares his thoughts coming out of tonight's leader's debate 1) Farage was isolated and snowed under by the dominance of the left in...

A critical engagement with the young Bensaïd

This piece was first presented by Jonas Liston at the recent Historical Materialism Conference in London. On first reading Daniel Bensaïd's memoirs, An Impatient Life, two things...

Latest articles

Eileen Cook, 1950-2021, pictured here at Athens Social Forum.

Obituary: Eileen Cook, 1950-2021

Eileen Cook, who died on 6 October 2021, was a life-long trade unionist, feminist campaigner, and revolutionary socialist. She is much missed by many, including her comrades in Edinburgh rs21, who remember her in this obituary.

Review | Let the record show

Let The Record Show is a pathbreaking history of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) founded to fight the AIDS/HIV crisis in New York in the late 1980s. A major contribution to the history of LGBT+ struggles, it is reviewed here by Sherry Wolf.
COP26 climate protests. Join a union/worker bloc. Sat 6 Nov: everywhere. www.wemaketomorrow/action

Unite Policy Conference backs climate action

Unite the Union's Policy Conference has backed the COP26 protests, workplace action and climate strikes, but remains attached to technical fixes being promoted by employers.
Refuse workers on strike picket their depot in Brighton with GMB flags - the Brighton refuse workers strike 2021

Brighton bin workers out on strike

rs21 member Luigi Hay reports on the ongoing Brighton refuse workers strike.
Metabolic rift - photo shows monoculture timber forest in background with freshly cut tree trunks in foreground.

What do we mean by metabolic rift?

rs21 member Greg Peakin explains the concept of metabolic rift, and why it is an important tool for climate organising today. 
Image from Liang Village, a woman pulls a trolley next to brick.

Review | China in One Village

Charlie Hore reviews China in One Village by Liang Hong, finding an informative and personal account of the contradictions of rapid urbanisation and societal...

Highlights

Metabolic rift - photo shows monoculture timber forest in background with freshly cut tree trunks in foreground.

What do we mean by metabolic rift?

rs21 member Greg Peakin explains the concept of metabolic rift, and why it is an important tool for climate organising today. 
Image of Sharon Graham with text 'let's get back to the workplace'

Sharon Graham wins stunning Unite victory

rs21 members in Unite respond to Sharon Graham's victory in the Unite General Secretary election. She recognises the need to focus on rebuilding workplace power to reverse union decline.

Kill The Bill: the day of action

rs21 members took part in a social media campaign as part of the #KillTheBill day of action against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Saturday 21 August 2021,

Afghanistan: the end of the occupation

Nancy Lindisfarne and Jonathan Neale write about the Taliban's defeat of the United States, challenge Islamophobic myths about Afghanistan and urge solidarity with refugees.

Remembering Utøya

We cannot allow the memory of the Utøya massacre ten years ago to be co-opted and depoliticised. Breivik's murderous Islamophobia and his hatred of the Left display affinities with far more mainstream political ideology.

Marx, the Paris Commune & socialism’s two souls: What liberation are we fighting for?

At the heart of the Communist Manifesto of 1848, recalled Engels, was the idea that “the emancipation of the workers must be the act of the working class itself.”