“I’m going to kill a cow.”

by Anindya Bhattacharyya "I'm going to kill a cow," he declared, scrutinising my face. I stared back blankly. There was a short awkward silence. "So are you offended...

PREVENT: protecting the vulnerable?

Emily Cousens looks at what's behind the language of 'vulnerability' in the government's PREVENT strategy. Spying and suspicion are now legally required as public sector...
Protester holds placard reading "don't give in to racist fear, refugees are welcome here"

American protests challenge anti-migrant racism

Many politicians have been using the attacks in Paris to whip up prejudice against migrants – in Europe and also the...

‘Refugees Welcome Here: Racism out of the Referendum’ rally report

While some of the pro-remain arguments about the EU itself are naive, the rally showed the importance and the possibility of uniting around a...

revolutionary reflections | From the War on Drugs to Black Lives...

 The war on drugs has played a significant part in the creation of the prison-industrial complex that has condemned the lives of millions of...

‘There are no foreigners here except the bosses’: Precarious workers strike...

Leo Zeilig, author of An Ounce of Practice (Hoperoad, 2017), describes recent precarious workers' strikes at the University of London. By eight in the morning...

Welcome to The Jungle

Colin Revolting and his son were moved to tears by the new play The Jungle, currently showing at the Playhouse Theatre in London's West End.

Thousands rally in Belfast and Derry to protest against rising tide...

(report by Matt Williamson, picture by Aisling Gallagher) Some 4,000 people gathered in Belfast city centre last Saturday to protest at escalating levels of hate...

London protesters show solidarity with Ferguson, bringing traffic to a halt

Amy Gilligan reports from last night's #LondonToFerguson rally Around 2,000 protesters –  young, black and white, people of all genders, lead by women – raced...

Doing politics differently: Beyond UKIP

In a country pub in Kent, "an occasion of pure love" celebrating diversity and unity sent a message to Nigel Farage that we will...

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Battling for the education we need

An open letter about the state of education from concerned grandmother Kes Grant of the anti-academisation campaign John Roan Resists.

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part 1

The first part of Colin Barker's essay looking at how violence and coercion are written into the core of capitalist social relations

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'.

Goodbye and good riddance to Gavin Williamson

It's worth re-visiting some of Gavin Williamson’s most unpleasant politics, just so we can briefly celebrate his political demise.

Interview: Ukraine’s crisis of representation

Yuliya Yurchenko discusses the landslide victory of the comedian Vladimir Zelensky over the incumbent Petro Poroshenko in the Ukrainian presidential election.

On the dissolution of the ISO

The US-based International Socialist Organization (ISO) has recently voted to dissolve itself. The rs21 Steering Group has collectively compiled the following piece in response.

We have to overthrow the system that is eating the planet

Mark Winter was present at the climate change protests in London on 19 April and reports on the sentiments and strategies of Extinction Rebellion (XR) as the group seeks to keep concerns about climate change at the forefront of public discourse.

NEU battles ahead – report from NEU conference

The first NEU conference set an ambitious course for boycotts and strikes over primary school testing, funding and pay, report rs21 delegates.

revolutionary reflections | Popular struggle in Indonesia: the spirit of Bandung

Following the recent Indonesian elections, in which the incumbent Jokowi defeated a descendent of the dictator Suharto, Frans Ari Prasetyo discusses the contradictions of the Jokowi government’s dependence on the World Bank and local capitalists.

Sudan’s revolutionary crisis

The revolution in Sudan gathers pace. Magdi el Gizouli analyses the contradictions at heart of the revolutionary crisis and what institutions and the social forces that will be necessary to resolve them.

Highlights

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part 1

The first part of Colin Barker's essay looking at how violence and coercion are written into the core of capitalist social relations

revolutionary reflections | ‘Green capitalism’: a critical review (Part I)

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.

The Communist Women’s Movement

As we mark International Women's Day (8 March), Estelle Cooch talks Darya Dyakonova and Mike Taber about the history of the Communist Women's Movement (1920-22).

revolutionary reflections | Notes on Capital and the State: part 3

In the concluding part of our serialisation of his 1978 essay on the state in capitalist society, Colin Barker considers the theory of the Permanent Arms Economy.

LGBT History in 21 pieces of music

For LGBT History Month, Colin Wilson presents a history of queer music in 21 tracks.