On Minneapolis: Police Brutality & Class Struggle

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(Flyer distributed by comrades and sympathisers at protests over the murder of George Floyd.) · 1. Watts in 1965, LA in 1992, Ferguson in 2014. Rodney King, Mike Brown, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice. · The events in Minneapolis are yet another addition to a historical and systemic problem. In addition to suffering unemployment at twice the rate of their white counterparts (a consistent number since the...

50 Years of Equal Exploitation?

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29 May marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Equal Pay Act 1970, precipitated by the Ford sewing machinists’ strike in 1968 which started in Dagenham. Since the famed strike, and despite the legislation that followed, women in the UK continue to earn 17.3%(1) less than men on average to this day, while the working class as a whole remains enslaved by the capitalist mode of production, as a class...

For the International Party of the Proletariat

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(In the previous translation ( from our Italian comrades we dealt with what the International Party of the Proletariat is not, here we explain what it is. Once again for a more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between party and class ( we refer everyone to the documents already on our website.

War, Famine and Disease

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The short article which follows is our latest translation from Kommunist (No. 3) of 16 May 1918. Details about its author, Afanasi Lomov, can be found in our earlier article ( but the article is mainly of interest for its recognition of the effects of the First World War, “the global imperialist massacre”, on the economic life of capitalism.

We Are Against All Institutional Parties

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(The ICT considers itself to be one core of the future international party of the working class. But the word “party” often triggers an allergic reaction, even amongst elements otherwise sympathetic to our politics – after all, there is already no shortage of parties both of the left and the right which attempt to rule the capitalist state, be it through electoral or military means.

Domestic Violence: The Hidden Pandemic

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Recent Facts of Abuse · When lockdown was announced in the UK on 23 March, immediate concerns were raised about domestic violence. Now that sufferers would be locked up with their abusers, how could they keep themselves safe? How could they escape? What help would they get? · Lockdown, as predicted, created the perfect conditions for unchecked brutality behind closed doors, and cases have soared...

Kritsman on the Economic Policy of Soviet Russia in 1918

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The contributors to Kommunist are often treated as more homogenous than they really were. The name “Left Communists” was affixed to them by Lenin (rather than their own title of “proletarian communists”) but they had different individual concerns and emphases. The later abandonment of the “left” of Bolshevism by the likes of Bukharin and Radek (something Lenin later boasted about in his Left Wing...

State Control is not Socialism

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According to Tom Harris in The Daily Telegraph on 17 March, “we are all socialists now”. This was before the UK government’s announcement of a £330bn package to help the economy through the coronavirus ‘lockdown’, but after Virgin Airlines requested a £7.5bn bailout. Other airlines worldwide have also requested aid from their governments.

Marxism and Sexuality

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Contradictions at the heart of the capitalist mode of production affect human relations at the level of the superstructure. The ideological, cultural, linguistic, and organisational forms prevalent in contemporary society are not independent of the social and economic structure of our society, and are bequeathed to us from previous modes of production.

Austerity for the Essential: The Struggle of Personal Support Workers

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Mainstream news sources, for the last decade, have been reporting on the increased frequency of the “hallway healthcare” phenomena in Ontario hospitals. Over this time the problem has grown into a norm, rather than an alarming exception. Recent studies have indicated that an average of 1,000 patients are being treated in the hallways of Ontario hospitals every day.

April 1945: Perspectives and Directives of the Internationalist Communist Party

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CWO Introduction · Wander round any town in Italy and you’ll not be long in spotting some plaque or monument to some fallen “partisan”. Significantly they are always victims of “Nazi-fascism”, never just good old homespun Italian fascism. This is all chimes in with a national and nationalist mythology of Italy as “victim of war” which began on the date referred to in the document which follows.

Reflections on the Coronavirus and Economic Crises

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(A much expanded update to the article we previously published here: · For now we’ll leave aside questions — such as how much about the virus is fake news or the conspiracy theories that are circulating in the ether about its origins in genetic engineering, or the possibility that American or Chinese laboratories, by mistake or on purpose, released the "royal crown" and all the consequences that...

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