social movements

Who were the Luddites?

Illustration of a Luddite

A brief overview of the Luddite movement: militant textile workers in the UK who fought against job losses and deskilling brought about by the industrialisation of the industry.

Paternalism and rural protest: the Rebecca riots - Lowri Ann Rees

Contemporary illustration of the Rebecca rioters

A detailed analysis and account of the Rebecca riots in south-west Wales, 1839-1843, examining the interests of different classes at the time.

The Rebecca riots, 1839-43 - Jon Bauckham

Contemporary cartoon of the Rebecca riots

A short account of the successful protest movement in Wales against excessive road tolls, when locals would wear dresses and blacken their faces in disguise and destroy toll gates.

A brief history of the Spanish anarchist refugees and immigrants in Australia

An illustrated account of Spanish anarchist exiles in Australia, including their productive collaborations with Australian - and other exiled - anarchists.

The Gay Liberation Front: Come Out Interview

An interview with some early members of the Gay Liberation Front about what the potential for Gay Liberation, its challenges and its relations to the other struggles in America at the time.

Thoughts on the movement, or why we still don't even Corbyn - Joseph Kay and Ed Goddard

Registering to vote in the 2016 Labour leadership election raised £4,588,525.

It’s a lonely world these days for an anti-parliamentary socialist with all politics seeming to have taken a back seat to the current Labour Party shenanigans. While the deluge of establishment groupthink currently arrayed on Corbyn is as disgusting as it is cynical, we're still not pinning any hopes on him in the (now quite likely) event he comes out on top in the next leadership election.

The Provos: Amsterdam's anarchist revolt - Richard Kempton

A book written by Richard Kempton on the 1960s Dutch Provo movement.

Black Lives Matter and The Race Question

An outline for my blog on the BLM movement, it's rise to prominence, and the race question. I give a detailed idea of where I think the BLM current should possibly go from here.

More than a seat on the bus - Danielle McGuire

Women in the Montgomery bus Boycott

Excellent account of the Montgomery bus boycott, a key moment in the civil rights movement. In particular it demolishes the popular myth narrative of the events, and points out the importance of women's resistance to sexual violence to the boycott. Trigger warning for mention of sexual violence.