Where does peaceful protest get us?

On 26th March, the Trades Union Congress are calling a march in London against the government’s austerity measures. This has reignited one of the longest-running debates in activist politics: that of peaceful protest versus direct action. In particular, the line is drawn between those worried that a violent minority will hijack the event and distract … Continue reading

Gunpowder, treason, and plot

The conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1705. Unlike his fellows, Guy Fawkes has passed into legend and now stands as a potent symbol of rebellion and revolution

Four hundred and four years ago today, a band of provincial English Catholics attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and, with them, King James I and the aristocracy. Of course, the attempt failed, the conspirators were arrested, tortured, and executed, and the Gunpowder Plot passed into infamy; Remember, remember the fifth of November, … Continue reading