Pop-ups through history – the NASD

Brian Parkin looks at the history of the dockworkers’ NASD union and its rivalry with the TGWU – and considers the lessons for revolutionaries...
Chicago teachers' rally 1 April 2016, banners read "Strike 4 Justice, Fight For Funding" and "Rock Beats Scissors, Solidarity Beats Cuts"

On strikes, generally speaking

Luke Evans has written a piece looking at the different ways Marxists and non-Marxists have understood the notion of a general strike.

#M2013: Kevin Doogan on the nature of work today

Dan Swain and Robin Burrett write: Kevin Doogan introduced an important session on Satuday afternoon titled “Has the crisis changed the nature of work?” Kevin’s...

The Sussex university Pop-Up Union: a myth buster

The Pop-Up Union is not a “red union”, does not divide workers, and is not a short cut born of frustration.

#M2013: Judith Orr on the definition of class

Judith argued that capitalism is always in flux, constantly revolutionising the means of production, but that exploitation of the majority by the minority remains the core of the system.

Workers’ inquiries and the working class

Workers' inquiries could fill gaps in our knowledge, as well as being a political project in their own right

Mark Bergfeld responds on the Pop-Up Union

Mark Bergfeld argues for a positive approach to the pop-up union

Notes on the balance of class forces

Ian Allinson and others have written a briefing document analysing the working class in Britain, the balance of class forces, the union bureaucracy and...

Postgraduates v marketisation

Graduate students often work as adjuncts, what is their role in struggles within the university?

Some notes on the British working class

A major part of the grassroots activity of socialists who accept the centrality of workers self-organization must be to recapitulate – in new ways – basic ‘from the bottom up’ tactics

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A brief history of the Teddy Boys

The post war youth subculture that became the subject of a moral panic.

Labour split: meet the gang of seven

At long last, the new centrist party is here. Meet the seven Blairite relics promising to #ChangePolitics.

‘We are not going to let our world be ruined’

Laura Di Chiara and her school-friends joined the climate strike today and it was much bigger than they expected.

The story of the LA teachers’ strike

Jesse Hagopian talks to LA teacher Gillian Russom about how the teachers in Los Angeles organised, what they won, and what it means for wider education struggles in the USA.

LGBT History in 21 pieces of music

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

Rape culture and the neoliberal university

Warwick University's response to sexism, racism and rape culture on campus has been appalling but sadly predictable, writes Warwick graduate Rachel Jones.

Obituary: Colin Barker

Ian Birchall remembers the life of revolutionary socialist Colin Barker.

revolutionary reflections | Notes on Capital and the State: part 2

In the second of a three part series Colin Barker continues his investigation into the relationship between capital and the state.

Breakthrough for striking rail guards

Striking rail guards have forced a major climb-down from the Northern rail franchise, but questions remain over what will happen next.

Anti-imperialist resistance against the coup

"From our many different countries, we will join in united anti-imperialist actions to condemn this attempted coup in Venezuela."

Highlights

revolutionary reflections | Notes on Capital and the State: part 2

In the second of a three part series Colin Barker continues his investigation into the relationship between capital and the state.

I Bring Her a Flower

On the 100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg, we republish a poetic tribute to her written by Sylvia Townsend Warner.

Yellow vests: Macron’s fuel tax was no solution to climate chaos

Why Macron's 'eco-tax' on fuel was never a fair or effective way to tackle climate change

Bolsonaro elected president of Brazil: how did we get to this point?

Following the recent election of Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, Marcelo Badaró Mattos asks how we got here.

Care, consent and coercion under capitalism

Alan Sears, a socialist activist based in Toronto, spoke to Hazel Croft about sexuality, sexual coercion and consent, and the possibilities for sexual liberation today.