November 2020


Should the left care about blockchain technology?

30 November 2020 Despite its utopian promises of digital democracy, Thomas Redshaw argues socialists should be wary of embracing blockchain technology

Review – Regicide or Revolution? What petitioners wanted, September 1648 – February 1649 by Nora Carlin

29 November 2020 Norah Carlin's analysis of the Levellers' petitions reaffirms the radical nature of the English revolution, argues John Rees.

50 years of gay liberation

27 November 2020 Sam Stroud looks back at the UK’s first ever LGBTQ+ demonstration and explains its significance for liberation struggles today

Red Pepper interviews Momentum’s NCG

26 November 2020 Join us on Friday 27 November from 5pm as we talk to Momentum NCG members Sonali Bhattacharyya and Deborah Hermanns about what's next for the left

2010 Student Protests

The crisis in higher education: hindsight and 2020

25 November 2020 Gargi Bhattacharyya reflects on the state of UK universities a decade on from the student uprisings in 2010

Frontline workers and Covid-19: support staff and the neoliberal university

24 November 2020 Max O’Donnell-Savage explains how university support staff are forced to risk their lives – while ensuring campuses are 'Covid-19 secure' for students

The marketisation of truth

23 November 2020 As Trump continues to contest the validity of the US election, it’s time we look deeper at the causes of our post-truth malaise, argues Marcus Gilroy-Ware

Review – I Want to Believe: Posadism, UFOs and apocalypse communism by A M Gittlitz

22 November 2020 Despite its outlandish reputation, A M Gittlitz's analysis of Posadism shows there is value in occasionally indulging in fanciful thinking, writes Dawn Foster.

Review – Terraformed: Young Black Lives in the Inner City by Joy White

21 November 2020 White's book is both deeply personal and political, examining the other side of violence often left out of the mainstream conversation writes Angelica Udueni

Review – Skint Estate by Cash Carraway

20 November 2020 Cash Carraway's memoir is a powerful recollection of working class struggle. Her story is a quiet call to arms, writes Jessica Andrews

Review – No Platform by Evan Smith

19 November 2020 Smith's book demonstrates that the far-right has always played the victim card when it comes to free-speech, writes Houman Barekat

Review – Azadi: Freedom. Fascism. Fiction.

18 November 2020 Roy's latest book helps us imagine the pandemic as a portal to another world, writes Sophie Hemery

Review – Why You Should Be A Trade Unionist by Len McCluskey

17 November 2020 Best look elsewhere if you want to truly understand the need for trade unionism in the 21st century, warn a collective of Unite members

Review – This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

16 November 2020 The final instalment in Dangarembga's trilogy is a provocative exploration of identity and race in modern Zimbabwe, writes Johanna Russell.

Frontline workers and Covid-19: the view from till two

15 November 2020 Retail worker Tillie describes her experiences of the pandemic – and explains why the retail workers’ union is campaigning against abuse

A thousand more Millbanks

14 November 2020 Ten years after students raged at the Conservative Party HQ, protester Tanzil Chowdhury explains why he has no regrets – just hope for the future

A tale of two blockades

13 November 2020 Harry Holmes explores the relationship between environmentalism, the British press and a rising new-right

Northern Independence Party

The case for Northern independence

12 November 2020 The newly-launched Northern Independence Party makes the case for Northumbrian secession

Exceptional measures

11 November 2020 Narzanin Massoumi argues that the ‘war on terror’ should serve as a warning against increased state powers in response to the Covid-19 crisis

Food for thought

7 November 2020 Leander Jones looks at the role of community supported agriculture as a 21st-century antidote to the destructive and increasingly fragile corporate agricultural model

Killing the Northern Ireland peace process

5 November 2020 Forget Brexit, argues Odrán Waldron, the British and Irish governments are undermining the peace process by trying to ignore their legacies in the North.

Lynne Segal

Being Jewish in North Islington Labour Party

3 November 2020 Calling for Jeremy Corbyn's reinstatement, Lynne Segal looks back on her experience of 40 years as a party member in his constituency

Will the beat go on?

1 November 2020 Gerry Hart reports on lockdown, gentrification and the face of Newcastle's live music