Durham Teaching Assistants – Conned by the Labour Movement

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The solidarity against injustice and the self-organisation of the Durham Teaching Assistants was, as we wrote in July, an inspiration to other workers throughout the North East and beyond (see Their refusal to allow 25% of their colleagues to be sacrificed for the sake of a sordid deal with Durham County Council has deservedly earned the TAs (or Lions of Durham as they were labelled) the...

Neither Chavismo Nor Anti-Chavismo: For the Autonomous Struggle of the Working Class

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Contrary to the cries of the Venezuelan government and its hypocritical Opposition, Venezuela remains, as before, a state-capitalist economy based on the extraction of oil rents. The Chavista government, which calls itself “socialist”, has fed on the surplus-value generated by the working class in Venezuela for nearly two decades.

Catalonia: Competing Nationalisms against the Working Class

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The conflict between the factions defending the existing Spanish state and those seeking a separate Catalonian state continues to accelerate. Whatever the outcome or the detailed twists and turns it is clear that class-conscious workers need to be equally independent from those arguing for either a separate Catalan state or the preservation of the existing state order – both represent the façade...

The Significance of the Russian Revolution for Today

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Our rulers want us to think there was little good in the Russian Revolution. After all it ended up in a monstrous tyranny under Stalin in which millions were murdered or died in labour camps in the 1930s and after. · But the horrors of Stalinism cannot wipe out the fact that in 1917, for the first and only time, the working class rose up to overthrow the ruling class in a major imperialist power.

Against the [AfD] Alternative für Deutschland — but not just against them!

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Nearly all commentators agree that the outcome of the German election is a “political earthquake”. Chancellor Merkel has come off badly, the Grand Coalition project has been punished. This underlines the declining credibility of the political establishment and the numerous crises that the previous government has kept under wraps, at least after a fashion.

Ten Years Since the Financial Crash: What Price Education?

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“Interest bearing capital has always been the mother of every insane form … “(Karl Marx)[1] · Graduates in England have the highest student debt in the developed world. So what?! The government line is that “A university degree boosts lifetime income by between £170,000 and £250,000”. Tell that to the mounting number of graduates in the UK who are doing jobs that do not require a degree.

Germany: The 2017 Election Spectacle: Nationalism and False Alternatives

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Superficial political observers think the election campaign is boring. The race was over long ago, only the fight for third place is open, is the common opinion. Whether this is so remains to be seen. The entertainment value of this year's electoral spectacle may be limited, but one thing is striking: the rapid shift to the right in political discourse.

N. Ossinsky’s Critique of State Capitalism in Russia

(from Kommunist No 1 April 1918) · Introduction · This is our third translation from Kommunist No 1 the journal of the “left Communists” which appeared briefly in the spring of 1918 to register the concerns of its supporters about certain developments in the Russian revolution which they saw as dangerous to its future.

Autonomism – cutting the ground from under Marxism

Introduction · Over the years we have had contact with a number of groups who have been influenced by the ideas of Italian Autonomists in their various forms. Whilst we have points of agreement with them and sometimes find they produce good analyses we have often found it difficult to engage with them especially since attempts to discuss political issues are dismissed as irrelevant because they...

Setup in Charlottesville

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In Charlottesville, Virginia 32 year old anti-racist Heather Heyer was run down with a car at an anti-fascist protest on August 12. This murder by a white supremacist touched off a fury of democratic rhetoric by the very political forces that have cultivated this political violence for decades. Prior to the protest the local authorities allowed neo-Nazi militiamen to take over the site of the...

Hamburg G20 Summit – Beyond Broken Glass and Protest

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“What presents itself to us as bourgeois legality is nothing but the violence of the ruling class, a violence raised to an obligatory norm from the outset.” (Rosa Luxemburg, “Yet a Third Time on the Belgian Experiment”, 1902) · 1) The results of the G20 summit in Hamburg, which cost €130 million, have been, as expected, modest.

Syria – The Final Chapter?

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The Demise of the Islamic State · Previously we wrote that the period of the Islamic State’s survival would be inversely proportional to the interests of the very imperialist states that had facilitated its birth (if not actually inventing it). We added that the development of IS, based as it is on the territorial conquests of parts of Syria and Iraq containing oil wells, would become a minor...

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