Roderick Cobley

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revolutionary reflections | A Take on the Political Situation in France

In 2017 the sense of political crisis has deepened across much of the developed world. From the Trump presidency to Corbyn's stunning march on...

A review of Steve Silberman’s ‘Neurotribes’

  Roderick Cobley reviews Steve Silberman's Neurotribes: the Legacy of Autism and How to Think Smarter About People Who Think Differently, finding a work rich in historical...

Protesters gather in Dover to demand open borders and migrant rights

Roderick Cobley and Mitch Mitchell report on Saturday's Open Dover demo on the Kent coast (Open Dover demonstration in support of migrants – photo...

Five things you should know about what’s happening in Greece

While the Greek crisis can appear confusing, it boils down to a few fundamental points which suggest both great possibility and danger, writes Roderick...

Greek elections: report from Greece Solidarity meeting

Roderick Cobley reports from a meeting organised by the Greece Solidarity Campaign. The election briefing event organised by the Greece Solidarity Campaign covered two main...

East London bus strike: city-wide strikes to come

Roderick C and James B report from today's bus strike at Tower Transit in East London. Today's strike at Tower Transit bus company is a...

The left and Anonymous

Roderick Cobley argues that the organised left should be playing an active role in protests called by groups like Anonymous This year's Anonymous protest in...

rs21 Political Weekend: Anti-politics: responses to austerity from Russell Brand to...

  Roderick Cobley writes: The two speakers, Lois JC and Jonny Jones, came at the subject of anti-politcs from very different angles. Lois concentrated on seeking to...

Fast Food Rights meets to plan 15 February day of action

(report by Roderick Cobley) Activists met on Wednesday 8 January at the House of Commons to take the first step in a new campaign for...

The three whales of Bolshevism

The militant slogans of the Bolsheviks after 1905 were colloquially known as the “three whales of Bolshevism”. Roderick Cobley puts forward his suggestions for 2013.

Latest articles

Panthéon occupation: Fear has changed sides

On 12 July, hundreds of Gilets Noires (black vests) occupied the Panthéon building in Paris to demand an end to the persecution, deportations and exploitation of migrants.

‘Soldier F’: the far right’s new rallying cry

As Jeremy Hunt pledges to block prosecution of British soldiers, Max L explores the role of the far right in a growing street campaign for immunity for soldiers who committed war crimes in the North of Ireland.

revolutionary reflections | Theatre of the Oppressed as a political method

Sophie Coudray introduces the work of the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal and the potential of its method for revolutionary praxis.

SOAS in crisis: a year of struggles

Seth Uzman looks back over the struggles on campus at SOAS in the past academic year, and draws lessons for the higher education sector as a whole.
Tories in crisis: what comes next? Neil Davidson

Video: Tories in crisis – what comes next?

Watch Marxist historian and author Neil Davidson discuss the establishment's triple crisis of strategy, party and state - and its potential outcomes.

Years and Years: An Inquiry into the Human Prospect

Russell T Davies' new BBC drama Years and Years picks up on important themes, but struggles to fully develop them, writes Escee.

Revolt in Hong Kong

Charlie Hore provides some background on the magnificent protest movement in Hong Kong, and discusses the strategic dilemmas ahead.

Motion: Solidarity with the revolution in Sudan

Take this motion to your local union branch to build solidarity with the revolutionary movement in Sudan. This motion was initiated by members of The Sudanese Workers' Alliance for the Restoration of Trades Unions.

Video: How to strike for climate in your workplace

Youth strikers who will be out again on Friday 21 June have asked adults to join them in a global general strike for the climate on 27 September. What can you do to take part?
George Gore at Colloids picket with #ReinstateGeorge

Reinstate George Gore

Workers at Colloids in Kirkby have been on indefinite strike since 20 May for the reinstatement of their Unite shop steward. Watch a video interview and find out how to support them.

Highlights

revolutionary reflections | Theatre of the Oppressed as a political method

Sophie Coudray introduces the work of the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal and the potential of its method for revolutionary praxis.

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part 3

In the third and final part of his essay on violence and capitalist social relations, Colin Barker insists that capitalist states cannot be theorised without recognising their multiplicity.

Between Sartre and Cliff: Ian Birchall, a heterodox Marxist’s trajectory

Selim Nadi conducts a wide-ranging interview with long-standing revolutionary socialist Ian Birchall.

Review: What’s Wrong With Rights?

Radha D'Souza's investigation into the international liberal rights regime is a welcome intervention that should make us question the framework of 'rights'.

revolutionary reflections | ‘Green capitalism’: a critical review: part 1

Today, hundreds of thousands of young people around the world have been taking part in climate strikes. Stephen Graham dissects the discourses of sustainability, Green capitalism and the Green economy.