Austerity in Sheffield - Labour Council rips into Council Housing

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On 14th January the Labour Council in Sheffield announced another year of cuts. For the 12 months from April 2015, the plan is to make £63 million pounds worth of cuts with a further 200 jobs being lost (Source - BBC). · As the Council Leader, Councillor Julie Dore was quoted on the BBC website, she believed it was "the toughest budget anyone in this council has had to set in recent history".

Notes on the Transitional Phase (Part 2)

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But the historical development of the antagonisms immanent in a given form of production is the only way in which that form of production can be dissolved and a new form established. K.Marx , Capital, Volume I, Chap. XV p.458 (Lawrence and Wishart 1954) · · Following publication of the first of these "notes" a certain confrontation/debate began about some aspects of the transition to communism.

The Crisis is Not Going Away

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Second Editorial for Revolutionary Perspectives 05 · Our previous issue in June 2014 appeared as the bubble in world commodity prices peaked. When 2014 closed that bubble had well and truly burst. As we suggest in our article on oil and imperialism in this issue, the consequences will be more than economic.

The Aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo Murders

First Editorial from Revolutionary Perspectives 05 · As we go to press the dust following the terrorist outrages in Paris has still not settled. The ramifications are likely to be felt for a long time to come although we think we have identified in our statement (reproduced in this issue) the main political games the various capitalist factions will be playing out over the next few months.

Lenin's Legacy

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Today (January 21) is the anniversary of Lenin’s death in 1924. He had wanted no monuments (“statues are for pigeons to shit on” he once said) and he wished to be buried alongside his family. However Stalin as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union turned his funeral into a semi-religious occasion which not only desecrated the memory of the dead man but set the tone for the...

Housing Crisis UK – the Death of the “Property-owning Democracy”

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Government policy for the last 35 years has largely been aimed at making us a nation of homeowners. The capitalist logic behind this was that if everyone had their own house they would have property and thus a stake in the system. The theory goes that property holders don’t go on strike or take to the streets. So the floodgates to buying your own home were opened.

The Charlie Hebdo Massacre

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Another Signal of Capitalism’s Decline into Barbarism · After the French anti-terrorist squad’s blitz there is no doubt that the shocking and barbarous murders of 12 people at the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, and 4 more at a kosher supermarket, was the work of jihadist militants. The already rising racist and small-minded nationalist movements across Europe and the world have been gifted...

City Link: A Story of Our Time

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The way City Link workers (2,356 delivery drivers and 371 admin staff) heard that their jobs had gone speaks volumes for the precarious situation of workers today. For Jon Moulton, a ‘private equity investor’ who has made around £100m over the past three decades, mainly from buying up bankrupt companies and attempting to ‘turn them around’, the collapse of City Link is just one venture that...

Will SYRIZA save us from the clutches of “European” capitalism?

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As expected, on 29 December, the Athens Stock Exchange greeted the prospect of a January 25 general election with a drop of 4%, to add to 9 December’s fall, when it lost 12.7 %, dragging down other European exchanges with it. · This was due to the failure of the Greek government to get its candidate elected to the presidency of the Republic in the dying days of 2014.

Towards Socialism - Notes on the Transitional Phase

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But the historical development of the antagonisms immanent in a given form of production is the only way in which that form of production can be dissolved and a new form established. K.Marx , Capital, Volume I, Chap. XV p.458 (Lawrence and Wishart 1954) · The need for a higher social formation · The manifestation of the current economic crisis that began in the early 1970s and grew worse from...

The Price of Oil Collapses Whilst Imperialist Competition Rises

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In an economic crisis that shows no sign of ending as well as in the tragic grip of an imperialist barbarism that never ceases · According to the classical analysis of neo-liberalism nothing unusual is happening. Indeed, all theories trying to explain what is behind the price fall are doomed to failure or, at best, are useless suggestions that do not belong to the real world but take refuge in the...

The Guayaquil General Strike 1922

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This is a translation of a leaflet originally written by the Ecuadorian group Proletarios Revolucionarios. We are not publishing it because we necessarily agree with everything expressed, for example, anarchist terminology and the wording regarding parties may be interpreted as a criticism of our axiomatic position that a revolutionary organisation, centralised and globalised, is a necessity for...

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