Mark Bergfeld

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Flooding in Germany is a man-made disaster

Trade unionist and climate organiser Mark Bergfeld discusses the economics and politics of the floods in Germany since mid-July which have killed over 180 people.

A turning point in Polish politics: the #czarnyprotest and Monday’s women’s...

Large protests have taken place in Poland against a proposed ban on abortion in all cases. On Monday (3 October) Polish women are taking...

Refugee crisis: Merkel’s double game

The media has shown refugees being welcomed to Germany, and Cameron's response has been so inadequate he's made even Angela Merkel look good. But, as...

The Premier League’s crackdown on social media is about policing access...

The corporate interests that run football are trying to stamp out social media and illegal livestreaming. But this will come with a higher price...

A view from Rio: “The World Cup now pervades every serious...

The World Cup kicks off in Brazil next week. Last year's Confederations Cup saw huge protests and confrontations with the Police, directed at the...

25 de Abril, Sempre! Portugal 40 years after the Revolution

Mark Bergfeld speaks on the legacy of Portugal's revolution of 1974, and its relevance to today's struggles against austerity.

“Our necks have the rope around them but we remain firm”

Mark Bergfeld reports on unofficial strike action hitting healthcare call centres in Portugal.

2013 in YouTube videos

Mark Bergfeld collects videos showing episodes of resistance from across the world in 2013.

Review of Luis Suarez-Villa’s Technocapitalism

Mark Bergfeld examines the arguments put forward by Luis Suarez-Villa’s book Technocapitalism.

Some thoughts on social media and organisation

Revolutionary socialists need to deepen their understanding of social media and how these technologies relate to problems of organisation, argues Mark Bergfeld.

Latest articles

Photo shows burning hobs on a gas stove, as gas prices are set to rise dramatically in 2022.

The cost-of-living crisis

With high inflation and a sharp rise in energy prices on the way, Ian Allinson argues that the cost-of-living crisis will shape British politics over the coming months.

Capitalism, debt and feminism

Kate Bradley reviews A Feminist Reading of Debt, finding an insightful account of the relationship between debt, gender, and capitalism, as well as examples of how to fight back against debt.
Photo shows placard reading 'shame on kellogs for using scabs' with a stencil of a rat

The Kellogg’s deal: not so grrrreat!

Joe Allen assesses the recent settlement of the eleven-week Kellogg's strike in the US.
Lenin reading a book

Revolutionary Reads – What books got us through 2021?

We asked rs21 members what they've been reading in 2021, whether new works of revolutionary theory, fiction, or old classics. These were some of...

The Downing Street parties

rs21's Graham Checkley argues that the fallout from the parties scandal is an opportunity for the left to turn up the pressure outside parliamentary politics. 

Omicron – circuit breaker now!

Johnson and Javid must stop prevaricating and introduce an urgent set of measures to dramatically reduce contacts. Every day of delay in introducing a circuit breaker to cut transmission is magnifying the crisis ahead of us.

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. 
Cover image of Revolutionary Rehearsals

Extracts from Revolutionary Rehearsals in the Neoliberal Age

On the possibility of socialist revolution and the tragedy of the Egyptian revolution.
Arise: Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence by Jane Holgate is available from Pluto Press from 20 August 2021.

How can unions rebuild power?

Ian Allinson reviews Jane Holgate’s new book, Arise! Power, Strategy and Union Resurgence, an exploration of why unions have failed to revitalise themselves.
Image of Sharon Graham with text 'let's get back to the workplace'

Sharon Graham wins stunning Unite victory

Graham 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,
Ethiopian dried river bed

Lessons from the IPCC report for socialists

Gus Woody looks at the new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and discusses just how thoroughly it vindicates the basic principles revolutionary socialists have been arguing for years.