Tag: history

Hope and tragedy in April 1919

The Limerick Soviet (13 - 27 April 1919) was one manifestation of a wave of revolutionary crises that confronted British imperialism in the aftermath of WWI.
Bloody Sunday cover-up

Bloody Sunday prosecution: no justice, no peace

Not just one soldier, but the entire British state must be held to justice for its murderous record in the North of Ireland

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).

A brief history of the Teddy Boys

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

How we beat them last time

How can anti-fascists find a cultural politics to fit the current moment? David Renton speaks to Colin Revolting about Rock Against Racism, the Anti Nazi League and his new book, Never Again.

Favourites of 2018: rs21 reviewers recommend…

Our reviewers recommend the music, films, books, exhibitions and TV they discovered in 2018.

A homosexual Christmas in 1905 Berlin

Colin Wilson presents an account of a “uranian” Christmas, written by a leading campaigner over a hundred years ago.

Soon (In 48 Years’ Time)

Story written by Alexandra Kollontai in 1922, imagining a communist future

Pétain, Franco and chemical warfare in the Rif

French President Emanuel Macron has recently courted controversy through his valorisation of Marshal Pétain - leader of Nazi collaborationist Vichy France - as a...

Obituary: Jean Dorothy Parkin, 1921-2018

Brian Parkin looks back at the life of his mother, Jean Dorothy Parkin, who passed away on 14th November.

Latest articles

‘We’re living in an unfair society’

The youth strikers for climate take to the streets again today (Friday 19 July), at the end of a week of action by Extinction Rebellion. rs21 members report from around the UK.

Panthéon occupation: Fear has changed sides

On 12 July, hundreds of Gilets Noires (black vests) occupied the Panthéon building in Paris to demand an end to the persecution, deportations and exploitation of migrants.

‘Soldier F’: the far right’s new rallying cry

As Jeremy Hunt pledges to block prosecution of British soldiers, Max L explores the role of the far right in a growing street campaign for immunity for soldiers who committed war crimes in the North of Ireland.

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.

SOAS in crisis: a year of struggles

Seth Uzman looks back over the struggles on campus at SOAS in the past academic year, and draws lessons for the higher education sector as a whole.
Tories in crisis: what comes next? Neil Davidson

Video: Tories in crisis – what comes next?

Watch Marxist historian and author Neil Davidson discuss the establishment's triple crisis of strategy, party and state - and its potential outcomes.

Years and Years: An Inquiry into the Human Prospect

Russell T Davies' new BBC drama Years and Years picks up on important themes, but struggles to fully develop them, writes Escee.

Revolt in Hong Kong

Charlie Hore provides some background on the magnificent protest movement in Hong Kong, and discusses the strategic dilemmas ahead.

Motion: Solidarity with the revolution in Sudan

Take this motion to your local union branch to build solidarity with the revolutionary movement in Sudan. This motion was initiated by members of The Sudanese Workers' Alliance for the Restoration of Trades Unions.

Video: How to strike for climate in your workplace

Youth strikers who will be out again on Friday 21 June have asked adults to join them in a global general strike for the climate on 27 September. What can you do to take part?

Highlights

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.

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.