Rob Owen

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Stop the War protest against US intervention in Syria, 2015 /credit: Steve Eason Flickr

A united front against US aggression: difficult but necessary

Rob Owen argues that revolutionaries need to engage with the anti-war movement that exists to build the one we need On Tuesday 4 April two U.S....

Fighting for the NHS, a moment for Corbynism

Rob Owen reflects on the largest demonstration for the NHS in recent memory.

revolutionary reflections | Rank and File Organising – Lessons from America...

The International Socialist tradition has always believed in socialism from below – which means that socialism can only come about by the self-activity...

After Brexit: Keeping our heads when all around are losing theirs

By Rob Owen June 24th was a dark morning. Colleagues at school arrived shell shocked at a result no one expected. Friend after friend asked...

Reclaiming the future – new rs21 magazine out on Saturday

The Spring 2016 issue of the rs21 magazine will be out on Saturday. Order your copy or subscribe here*. Below, Rob Owen gives an overview of...

EU referendum: A crisis of the right, not an opportunity for...

Rob Owen continues our debate on the EU referendum by arguing the left can abstain from the vote without abstaining from the politics. How to respond...

The secret life of the NHS – new rs21 magazine out...

The January 2016 issue of the rs21 magazine will be out on Saturday. Order your copy or subscribe here. Below, Rob Owen gives an overview...

Corbyn: What Next? Issue 5 of rs21 magazine

Rob Owen writes on the political context around the launch of our new magazine. Issue 5 will be available on the demonstration outside the...

ACAB from Warwick to NYC

Whether it's killing black people in America or London, or attacking peaceful student protesters at Warwick University with CS spray, cops worldwide are racist...

The changing face of imperialism

Ukraine and Syria have put imperialism back at the top of the political agenda. Rob Owen traces the theory of imperialism and charts the...

Latest articles

Review: A Planet to Win – Why We Need a Green New Deal

Pete Cannell reviews an important contribution to the discussions around the Green New Deal.

Review: A Jewish Communist in Weimar Germany

Merilyn Moos reviews a new biography of Werner Scholem, an uncompromising revolutionary to the end.

Join us at ENDGAMES

On 26 October, rs21 is hosting Endgames? Capitalism and the Climate Emergency. Harry Holmes introduces the event, and explains why you should come.

We rise again! Antiracism and industrial action at Royal Mail

Ikenna Azụbụike Ọnwụnabọnze reports on the antiracist action of Royal Mail workers in the Bootle and Seaforth Delivery Office and reflects on the necessity of collective action as the CWU announced the result of its ballot for a strike action yesterday. 

Review: A Climate Emergency – Beyond a Capitalist Solution

Mike Downham reviews Ken Ferguson's new pamphlet, A Climate Emergency – Beyond a Capitalist Solution.

Raising the rate of resistance

Educators in the sixth form sector prepare for 3 days of strike action over funding and pay beginning Thursday 17 October.
An empty classroom photographed from the front, in low grey light.

What a way to make a living | Teaching at the margins

A teacher in a non-mainstream secondary school gives her view on the daily life of teaching in a school which specialises in providing education for students whose needs are not met by mainstream institutions. 

Joker and the Mask of Poverty

Caliban’s Revenge asks who is behind the Joker's mask and who should be scared.
A group of people raise flags and show peace signs on a demonstration in Rojava, north-east Syria.

Solidarity against the Turkish invasion

Turkey’s invasion of north-eastern Syria (Rojava) must be opposed with practical international solidarity, not with calls for the US to continue its War on Terror.

Ecuador: Indigenous peoples fight back

Statement by the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) on the revolt triggered by austerity measures demanded by the IMF.

Highlights

When is it illegal to strike?

In the UK, never. But it’s often unlawful. The climate strikes have highlighted the draconian British anti-union legislation and exposed confusion about the law and the consequences of striking unofficially.
An empty bar with brown wooden furniture

What a way to make a living | Aye, there’s the pub

In the first piece in the series What a way to make a living, Jozef Doyle gives an insight on the day to day experience of working in a pub.

‘System change not climate change’ – Global Climate Strike

Friday 20 September saw the biggest climate protests in world history. Reports from the UK and around the world.
Prorogue the Tories!

Fight the anti-democratic Tories and their bosses’ Brexit

In the closing weeks before the latest Brexit deadline, Boris Johnson and his Tory Party have suspended parliament in an attempt to enable them to force through a rotten Tory Brexit for which they have no mandate. The rs21 Steering Group argue to build the movement to bring down the government.

Popular uprising and the fight for independence in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's mass movement and general strike have brought a corrupt US-backed neoliberal administration to its knees