“You can’t organise a riot”: racism, riots and arrests in 1981

  In memory of John "Brad" Bradbury of the Specials who topped the charts with Ghost Town whilst Britain burst into flames of riots and racism in 1981 - Colin Revolting remembers how anti -...

“Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released”

Michael Rosen  reports  on an  "Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released". "We can drop bombs through the eye of a needle. We can't always find the needle. But we drop the bombs anyway. And...
Diego Rivera mural

Ten radical poems for National Poetry Day

Like the song says, socialism is about bread, but also roses. With the help of rs21 members we've gathered ten poems about the fight against capitalism, racism and women's oppression, and our dreams for a better...

“You can’t organise a riot”: racism, riots and arrests in 1981

In memory of John "Brad" Bradbury of the Specials who topped the charts with Ghost Town whilst Britain burst into flames of riots and racism in 1981 - Colin Revolting remembers how anti -...

Je Suis Charlie Chaplin

Colin Revolting looks at the politics of Charlie Chaplin When millions of people held "Je Suis Charlie" signs in memory of the cartoonists killed in Paris last month, a different Charlie came to mind. Charlie...

William Blake: Apprentice and Master

William Blake was a revolutionary in poetry, engraving and politics. John Walker reviews a new exhibition of his artwork in Oxford. William Blake was a revolutionary. One of the funniest things, for those in the...

March and rally against privatisation at the National Gallery

Bettina Trabant joined gallery staff and supporters braving the wind and cold for a demonstration against privatisation at the National Gallery. A group of around 200 angry gallery staff, trade unionists and regular gallery visitors...

Mike Marqusee (1953-2015)

Talha Ahsan, poet and former political prisoner, pays tribute to Mike Marqusee, who died on January 13, 2015. Today at around 4.30pm I received a phone call that left me feeling numb all day. Someone...
Poppy field

Condemning the slaughter of the ‘Great War’

2014 marks the 100th centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Britain's rulers want us to commemorate it as a 'just war'. Matthew Cookson argues that cultural representations of the war, often from...

The Babadook – a film about life’s real horrors

Where does fear come from? Jen Izaakson, PhD student and revolutionary socialist, examines this question through a psychoanalytic review of new horror film, The Babadook. Jen tweets at @izaakson. If we accept the psychoanalytic stance...