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Russian imperialism under Putin

After almost six weeks of war in Ukraine, there is still a great deal of confusion about Putin’s motives. In an article first published by Red Flag, Australian socialist Tom Bramble argues that the invasion can best be understood as a product of Russia’s position as a lesser imperialist power inside an increasingly unstable world system of competing…

Stop the war! No to Nato!

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to widespread outrage, but also debates on the left about how best to respond to the wider political issues that the war raises. rs21 member Colin Wilson argues for an opposition to the war that avoids siding with the West’s rulers. Anti-war protest, central London 6th March 2022. Photo by Steve Eason. In the…

‘He never gave up the fight’ – remembering Alain Krivine

Alain Krivine (1941-2022) was a life long revolutionary socialist known for his activism since the May 1968 student revolt and general strike in France. Manus McGrogan, who interviewed him, recounts Krivine’s life and activism. Illustration of Alain Krivine (1941-2022) by Manus McGrogan. The French revolutionary left has lost one of its most prominent…

Cops out of schools!

At only 24 hours’ notice following the news about the outrageous police strip search of Child Q in her school, Hackney Cop Watch called a protest outside Stoke Newington police station which was attended by almost a thousand people over four hours. The crowd blocked the road outside the station responsible for the entire time, chanting ‘Under attack…

Seize the ships!

Rs21 member Danny Shultz reports on protests in Kent over the mass sacking of ferry workers by operators P&O. Protesters in Dover ‘Wake up, we’ve all just been sacked.’ This is how the mother of a seafarer described her son losing his job this week at P&O Ferries. He had been asleep in his cabin and missed the extraordinary pre-recorded video…

How the West made Putin

Writer and rs21 member Anindya Bhattacharyya charts a recent history of links between Putin and key figures in Western ruling classes – some of whom are now in the vanguard of warmongering against Russia. Solidarity with Ukrainians in their fight against Russian aggression means resisting our rulers everywhere through a new internationalism. This…

Russia’s invasion and world imperialism

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sparked much discussion about imperialism on the left. rs21 member Pete Cannell looks at some of the issues raised, and argues for understanding imperialism as a world system. The invasion of Iraq in March 2003 was met by huge protests around the world.  The mobilisations didn’t stop the war but, in many countries…

Historic independent schools pension strike at the crossroads

In January, teachers at 23 private schools in the Girls Day School Trust voted massively in favour of strike action, and have been striking intermittently throughout February. Members will decide this week whether to accept a deal or return to the pickets. NEU and rs21 member Luigi Brindisi reports. NEU members and supporters at a strike rally in Parliament…

Moving past the graveyard of Green New Deals

A People’s Green New Deal, from Max Ajl, constitutes a short and effective intervention into the wider conversations surrounding climate politics globally. Gus Woody finds an insightful critique of existing Green New Deal proposals, highlighting important directions of travel for ecosocialists. Max Ajl, A People’s Green New Deal, (London: Pluto…

NATO: the West’s war machine

In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, many have rightly condemned Russia’s imperialist aggression. In doing so, however, many have fallen in behind the instruments of Western imperialism, supporting and calling for sanctions and other actions by NATO powers that only escalate the conflict. rs21 member Andy Gammon argues that solidarity…

On the invasion of Ukraine

A statement from the rs21 Steering Group on the inter-imperialist war currently being waged in Ukraine. Ukrainian soldiers training in Donbas with javelin missile systems, arms supplied to Ukraine by NATO. Russia has invaded Ukraine. The imperialist rivalry between the key NATO powers and the Russian state has spilled over into war and a deepening crisis…

Cost of living crisis – strike, mobilise, occupy!

Rs21 member Rachel Eborall reports on demonstrations across Britain against the cost of living crisis, encouraging us to continue the fightback against the companies and institutions that have caused it. A view from the stage in Parliament Square. London,12 Feb On Saturday 12 February, thousands of people joined the first day of action against the cost…

The Cost of Living Crisis

OFGEM have announced a 54% rise in household energy bills. This will come into effect in April, at the same time that National Insurance goes up. RPI inflation is already 7.5%. Inflation and rising prices are squeezing wages with barely a pay rise in sight. This new rise is happening in April when National Insurance goes up too. MPs’ pay will be going…

Huge vote to strike for teachers’ pensions in the private sector

Teachers at 23 private schools in the Girls Day School Trust have voted massively in favour of strike action. NEU and rs21 member Luigi Brindisi reports. There is likely to be the first ever strike at the Girls Day School Trust in 149 years. Teachers from 23 of the schools have voted in favour of strike action by a huge margin. Management have been…

The actuality of the revolution: exploitation and oppressions

Understanding the relationship between exploitation and different forms of oppression has long been a contentious issue for Marxists. In this extract from the concluding chapter of Revolutionary rehearsals in the neoliberal age, Neil Davidson uses the Hungarian Marxist György Lukács’ concept of ‘the actuality of the revolution’ to suggest more…

The double shift: talking childcare and gender in the pandemic

As many nations re-enter lockdown, Kate Bradley interviews Rachel Eborall and Sara Bennett on their experiences with childcare, work and gender during Covid lockdowns – as well as wider reflections on what Covid has taught us about the modern capitalist economy, schooling and feminism. I spoke to Rachel Eborall and Sara Bennett, who each have a child…

Reimagining the relationship between care and power

Abolition. Feminism. Now. is a landmark book co-authored by four of America’s foremost abolitionist and feminist writers. It puts forward an argument for why feminism and the struggle to abolish prisons & police are indivisible, and how they are both linked to the struggle against racial capitalism. rs21 member and community organiser Zad El Bacha…

Today’s #KilltheBill protests show that the fight against increased police powers will continue

Protests on the eve of the final House of Lords vote on the Police Crime and Sentencing bill are not a last-ditch effort but a warmup for the fight to come, writes Charlotte Powell. Tens of thousands protested around Britain today in Kill the Bill demonstrations ahead of the final House of Lords vote on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC)…

The cost-of-living crisis

Inflation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI) is now at 7.1 percent and is not expected to fall quickly. Energy prices are expected to rise dramatically in April, just when National Insurance goes up. Price rises have often been the trigger for unrest and even revolutions. They recently brought down the Kazakh government. Ian Allinson argues…

Capitalism, debt and feminism

Kate Bradley reviews A Feminist Reading of Debt, finding an insightful account of the relationship between debt, gender, and capitalism, as well as examples of how to fight back against debt. Original image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. A Feminist Reading of Debt (2021) is the latest book in Tithi Bhattacharya and Susan Ferguson’s ‘Mapping Social…

The Kellogg’s deal: not so grrrreat!

1,400 workers from Kellogg’s cereal plants in the US struck for eleven weeks for better wages and to end two-tier contracts.  The strike attracted widespread support, including the successful shutdown of a website Kellogg’s tried to use to recruit replacement workers after strikers overwhelmingly rejected management’s first offer.  Workers have…

Revolutionary Reads – What books got us through 2021?

We asked rs21 members what they’ve been reading in 2021, whether new works of revolutionary theory, fiction, or old classics. These were some of the examples our members had. James B – Psychoanalysis and Revolution (2021) Pyschoanalysis and Revolution argues for the relevancy of psychoanalysis as a tool for those of us involved in liberatory politics…

The Downing Street parties

The impact of the Downing Street parties scandal on public opinion seems profound after a historic defeat for the Tories in the recent North Shropshire by-election. rs21’s Graham Checkley argues that now it’s time to turn up the pressure outside parliamentary politics.  ‘Working in government is an immense privilege. I tried to do right by you…

Omicron – circuit breaker now!

Covid cases are skyrocketing every day as the Omicron variant takes hold. Taisie Tsikas argues that this is the predictable outcome of the ‘Freedom Day’ policies and global vaccine apartheid. Boris Johnson holds Covid-19 press conference. Image via Number 10 Flickr. It is hard to overstate the scale of the Omicron crisis. Reported cases are hitting…

Private sector teachers fight back against fire & rehire

Teachers at 23 private schools across Britain are threatened with fire and rehire in a move to cut their pensions, but they plan to fight back. Members of the National Education Union (NEU) in the Girls’ Day School Trust have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action in an indicative ballot. rs21 and NEU member Luigi Brindisi, who works at…


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