Syria: The Real Significance of the US Bombardment

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Some Premises · 1. The missile and bombing attack started at 3 am on April 14, 2018. Trump's threats appear to have materialised. The "animal" Assad has been punished. His chemical weapons which killed the people of Douma were destroyed. Mission accomplished, with precision, and in good time, with practically no civilian victims, according to Pentagon reports. · 2.

Universal Basic Income

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The modern labourer, on the contrary, instead of rising with the process of industry, sinks deeper and deeper below the conditions of existence of his own class. He becomes a pauper, and pauperism develops more rapidly than population and wealth. And here it becomes evident, that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon...

Back to the Future: Rebranding Social Democracy

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Written by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams and released in 2015, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work made big waves in “left wing circles”. Self styled as a 'manifesto for the end of capitalism' on the surface the book envisions a post-scarcity society, where wage labour is a thing of the past and the liberation of humanity is made viable by technological advances.

Anti-Semitism – rooting out oppression or ruling class hypocrisy?

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With a Conservative Party in disarray over Brexit and the British state clearly incapable of solving a whole host of social and economic problems there remains a serious possibility that “Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition”, aka the Labour Party, forms the next government. As we have written many times [1] Labour under Corbyn represents no threat to the system and no hope for the working class.

Tragic events in Russia

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Beyond the Kemerovo Tragedy · Exactly a week after Putin’s “landslide” victory in the Russian Presidential election (March 18) a terrible fire broke out in the “Winter Cherry” shopping and a entertainment centre of the Siberian city of Kemerovo. It killed more than 80 people, at least 40 of whom are children. Some are still missing.

Newcastle Public Meeting: Education Strikes from West Virginia and Kenya to the UK

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On Sunday March 25 the CWO held a meeting in Newcastle focussing on the recent educational strikes across the world. It was attended by students, academics and other university workers (some in the CWO, some not) who had participated in the recent pickets of Newcastle, York and Durham universities. A CWO comrade gave the following introduction.

Why is Gibraltar a focus of European Conflict?

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The Irish-UK stand-off is not the only dispute over borders following Brexit. As we wrote in Revolutionary Perspectives 11 “the British state machine is confronted by a whole series of knotty problems – including the status of Gibraltar and the “Overseas Territories” in the Caribbean”. In Gibraltar, “home” to much of Britain’s insurance industry and other financial institutions, the majority...

The working class doesn’t need borders in Ireland – or anywhere else

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The ruling class in Britain is mired in problems of its own making. Ditching its own long-embedded choices, it stumbles towards Brexit and is abandoning half a century of its preferred strategy. [1] · Predictably, an exceptionally intractable problem has developed about the national border in Ireland. The political factions that arranged and delivered the Brexit decision blithely ignored the fact...

Italian Elections: there’s nothing more depressing in a desert of ideas and perspectives

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Given the current programmatic poverty of the bourgeoisie, not voting is a duty. However, today, that isn’t enough. · The circus is over. On a technical level, there is little to say. The winners are the Five Star Movement and Salvini’s Northern League. The heaviest loser was Renzi’s Democratic Party, which took a real beating.

West Virginia School Employees Strike Sold Out?

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The action by teachers and other public school staff who went on strike last week has been called off by the teachers unions via a robocall and a promise of a 5% pay increase. The unions, failed first attempt to get the public school employees to go back to work required that they come out with another offer from their backroom negotiations with the state government.

Feminist Strike?

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CWO Introduction · Last year we commemorated International Women’s Day by celebrating the role women played in the vanguard of the Russian Revolution exactly 100 years before (see Celebrating International Women’s Day 100 Years On at Even there we found that; · working class women not only played a major part in the revolution but did so in class terms – something opposed by Russian middle class...

Rosa Luxemburg’s The Russian Revolution

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To mark the anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth 147 years ago we offer this translation of Onorato Damen's introduction to the Italian translation to her famous work on the Russian Revolution. · An introduction by Onorato Damen · It is fashionable these days to quote Luxemburg’s ideas and positions, especially in her polemics with Lenin.

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