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.

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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.
Workers at a call centre in Poland.

Introduction: What a way to make a living

Meet our new article series, What a Way to Make a Living, which will explore the lived realities of work and exploitation under modern capitalism

Strike for the climate! 20.09.2019

The TUC has voted unanimously to support the global climate strike on 20 September. Here are some examples of what people are already planning.

Hong Kong – Protests continue after concessions

In his latest update, Colin Sparks reflects on the continuing protest movement in Hong Kong following the withdrawal of the extradition bill that initially sparked the resistance.

VIDEO: What democracy looks like

In this video report from 31 August, 2019, Tony Aldis with OpenEye Film provides a first-hand account of the anti-prorogation street movement.

Mugabe is dead: remember Chiadzwa

Robert Mugabe's rule was a disaster for Zimbabwe's poor. The massacre at Chiadzwa deserves to stand as his testament, writes Leo Zeilig.

Hong Kong: first concessions to mass pressure

Carrie Lam has made a first small concession to the Hong Kong protest movement. Colin Sparks reports that, so far, this attempt to split 'radicals' and 'moderates' has not succeeded.
An empty carriage of the Hong Kong metro, filled with a thick fog of pepper spray.

Arrests fail to slow the movement

In his latest update, Colin Sparks reports on the escalating resistance in Hong Kong in the face of unrelenting police brutality.

Double or nothing

Boris Johnson's manoeuvre to shut down parliament is a step towards establishing a right-wing populist hegemony in Britain
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.

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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

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.