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Soggy trains

Workers have begun a month of strike action to #KeepTheGuardOnTheTrain on South Western Railway. Mike Haynes explains the absurdities of our privatised rail network.

Mariana Mazzucato: Dragons Den or progressive State Capitalism

Mike Haynes looks at the work of prominent left-leaning economist Mariana Mazzucato
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Socialism with a bit of greenwash can’t save the planet either

In his polemic, Mike Haynes argues that if socialists of the Global North are to address the climate crisis, they must also adjust their expectations of what a world with prosperity for all will look like.

The Importance of Colin Barker

Mike Haynes offers a tribute to revolutionary socialist thinker and organiser Colin Barker

Can capitalism make the whole world rich?

Capitalism seems to be an incredibly successful system. We have seen a massive growth in incomes in many countries. People live longer and better than in the past. But can capitalism make all the countries of the world as rich as the richest states?

What exactly does a university Vice Chancellor do?

As HE workers prepare for action over pay, Mike Haynes asks: what do VCs actually do?

The sorry story of Fortress Britain and its war on refugees

Mike Haynes looks at the UK's record on receiving migrants and its relationship to that of the European Union.

Review: Economics for the Many

Mike Haynes reviews Economics for the Many, a new book of essays edited by Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

Corbyn, McDonnell and the lion that struggles to roar

The 'Financing Investment' report sets out elements of Labour's new economic thinking. But how radical is it?

Video: Mike Haynes – dreams, utopias and messy realities of Russia...

Watch Mike Haynes' humorous and enlightening talk for Leicester rs21 on the dreams, utopias and messy realities of the Russian revolution. 

Latest articles

Image shows red graffiti on the wall of a train track reading 'QMUL No Evictions!'

Queen Mary University of London – stop evicting students now!

The following is a statement from the QMUL Rent Strike Campaign from early April 2021. QMUL Rent Strike Campaign is mobilising against the eviction...
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Review | Hope Against Hope: Cyborg thinking in disaster zones

Hope Against Hope contains some of the finest work of thinkers at the intersection of abolitionism, cyborg natures, and ecological revolutionary socialism
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#KillTheBill – where it came from, where it’s going

Th Police Bill is an assault on us all and an attack on us all must be met by resistance from us all. Unity and solidarity must be the clarion call of this movement.
The High Court in London

Justice over profit – organising in the legal sector

The law is often seen as a privileged arena, but the industry has staggering wage inequality. Two founding members of Legal Sector Workers United explain their strategy.
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Alba is a dead end

None of the main pro-independence parliamentary parties are capable of delivering an independent Scotland that puts the needs of working-class people first.
Nicolás Maduro at the funeral of Hugo Chávez in 2013.

Interview | Sanctions and ‘shock doctrine’ in Venezuela

In Venezuela, US sanctions are worsening a parlous economic situation and exacerbating a social crisis. What's the way forward?

Highlights

An engraving depicting the 1871 revolt against French rule in the Kabylia region of Algeria

1871: the Commune and the Kabylia

Rosa Moussaoui recalls the uprising that swept colonised Algeria at the same moment that a Universal Republic was proclaimed in Paris

Remembering the Paris Commune

On the 150th anniversary of the instigation of the Paris Commune, rs21's Art Group presents a video project to commemorate the world's first working-class revolutionary government.
A painting of Parisian National Guard gathered in the open air during the winter of 1870

The Paris Commune: Order Reigns in Paris

A new translation of an article from Le Cri du peuple, the leading newspaper of the Paris Commune
Photo from an action against Elbit Systems showing two protesters sitting in a doorway in front of the weapons factory's graffitied door, which reads 'Shut Elbit Down'. Fake blood is poured across the steps in front of them, as well as a sign that reads 'Ouch'.

‘That’s the power of direct action’: an interview with Palestine Action

On Feb 1 2021, Palestine Action and XR North shut down the Elbit Systems factory in Oldham. rs21 spoke with Huda and Richard from Palestine Action about Elbit, Palestine and direct action tactics.
A pro-independence rally in Glasgow, January 2020.

Scotland, the left and independence

If the British state breaks up, will Scottish independence be a serious progressive change, or just a neoliberal reshuffle?

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.