The democratic wager: why the Left must support the Syrian Revolution

Nick Evans Reviews Jules Alford and Andy Wilson (eds.) Khiyana. Daesh, the Left and the Unmaking of the Syrian Revolution. Essays by Muhhamad Idrees Ahmad, Javaad Alipoor,...

IS in the 60s: Building a revolutionary group from the ground...

Colin Barker describes how IS grew from tiny beginnings at Oxford University, and what drew people to the group.

The battle of Grosvenor Square

Continuing our series of refections from different types of activism over the years, Mitch Mitchell discusses the battle of Grosvenor Square in 1968, which...

revolutionary reflections | Venezuela: for sale to the highest bidder?

The theory of state capitalism has played a critical role in the International Socialist tradition's critique of regimes claiming to be socialist. In the...

What can the British left learn from Podemos?

Adria Porta Caballe asks how a change in language and approach took the fledgling Spanish party Podemos to be a surprise of the European elections In the...

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

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

EU debate: 38 points on Brexit and the Left

Ian Allinson examines what points the radical left can agree on, and what points remain contentious, concluding that we should not lose sight of the...

rs21 political weekend: Revolutionary organisation and the working class

Charlie Hore writes: Just over 80 people made it to the final session of the rs21 political weekend, a session that was as much about...

James Connolly: ‘Socialism and Irish Nationalism’

Connolly's 1897 article from an issue of L'Irlande Libre addresses socialism versus the chauvinist conception of Irish nationalism. Marking the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, we...

Fighting for socialism today

Author and socialist, David McNally, reflects on the tasks of socialist organising in dangerous times.

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It was Corbyn who brought down May

Anindya Bhattacharya reminds us where it all started to go wrong for Theresa May...

‘We will bring about change!’ #YouthStrike4Climate No.4

Young people have been striking again around the world for the climate. Year 11 student Junayd Islam reports on the climate strike in Cambridge.

revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part 2

In the second part of his essay on how violence and coercion are written into the core of capitalist social relations, Colin Barker explores how states modify the law of value.

May’s last dance

Theresa May has announced that she will finally be leaving on 7 June. She has epitomised the 'nasty party' she once criticised.

Letter to Edith

Parenthood is full of uncertainties; of hopes and fears. The climate crisis amplifies all of this, and brings into focus the harsh realities and stark choices we face - as individuals and as a society. A poem by Rick Lighten.

Six flavours of milkshake for the European elections

With far right candidates standing in the upcoming European elections, here are some counter-arguments to help you persuade people to vote against Tommy Robinson and the far right.

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.

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revolutionary reflections | Value, force, many states and other problems: part 2

In the second part of his essay on how violence and coercion are written into the core of capitalist social relations, Colin Barker explores how states modify the law of value.

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.

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.