Cafiero and Marx: "Capital" in a Nutshell?

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(Review: Compendium of Karl Marx’s Capital by Carlo Cafiero. Published by the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG).) · We welcome the ACG’s printing of this brief 100 page summary of Volume 1 of Marx’s Capital written by Carlo Cafiero partly while he was in prison in 1877 and 1878 and partly after his release in 1879. It was intended to simplify Marx’s work and make it available to a wider readership.

A Class Compass in the Covid Crisis

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(The crisis, which has been developing since the start of 2020, opens up new and unprecedented scenarios in class confrontations. For revolutionaries it is essential to clarify some basic points about the current period which are as original in form as they are classical in substance.) · The crisis cannot be overcome without costs for the capitalism that generated it · This crisis long predates...

On the Anniversary of the US Bombing of Bosnia

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(The demise of the USSR in 1990-1 was quickly followed by the splintering of Yugoslavia as rival imperialisms sought to draw different parts of it in their orbit. The Internationalist Workers’ Group article which follows reminds us of one particular horror of the war that followed.) · August 30th marked the 25th anniversary of the US bombing of Bosnia under the name of "Operation Deliberate Force".

The Revolutionary Contribution of Paul Mattick

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(Review of Marxism in a Lost Century: A Biography of Paul Mattick ( by Garry Roth (Haymarket Books/Historical Materialism Series).) · Summary of the book · This biography of Paul Mattick, which was published in 2015, describes itself on the back cover as a history of the “Radical Left” during the 20th century, a century which it sees as lost to Marxism.

Against Police Reform - For the Abolition of Capitalism

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(Just as this piece was ready to go online, yet another blatant police shooting of a black US citizen in full sight has triggered angry protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jacob Blake has been left paralysed from the waist down. Added to the re-run of nightime curfews, tooled-up police and National Guard lining up against protesters came a follower of "Blue Lives Matter": 17 year old Kyle...

Domski on the Polish-Soviet War (1920)

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As an appendix to our recent article on the Polish-Soviet War(1), which sees its centenary this year, we present here for the first time in English a “controversial” article by Domski, originally published in Die Rote Fahne (No. 136, 22 July 1920), the paper of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD). To understand its significance a brief note on the context is required.

The Disappointed of 1968: Seeking Refuge in Utopia

Communisation theory has attracted many from the fringes of left-communism and anarchism and its positions have even been taken up by groups within the left-communist milieu itself.(1) There is no single platform or manifesto of this school; instead a number of organisations, groups or isolated theoreticians have developed elements of the theory and, of course, there are disagreements between the...

Belarus: Between Imperialist Feuds and Class Movements

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(The following is a translation of a piece by our Italian comrades, a follow-up to the two articles we have recently published about the situation in Belarus.(1) Since it was written, a number of developments have occurred. The body of yet another young man was found, 28-year-old Mikita Kraucou from Zhodzina, whose corpse was discovered with marks of beatings in a forest near Minsk after over a...

Bukharin on State Capitalism and Imperialism

CWO Introduction · The latest in our series of translations from the journal Kommunist of 1918 goes under the unpromisingly dry title of “Some Fundamental Concepts of Modern Economics”. This though belies its importance and interest. · As we have noted previously, the contributors to Kommunist came together largely over two issues.

The Lebanon Disaster: A Metaphor for Modern Capitalism

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There is now “a state of emergency” in Beirut. No, not to deal with the devastating explosion in its port which left 200 people dead or missing, over 6,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. The “state of emergency” is to protect the political and economic elite from the anger of the Lebanese population who were already on their knees before the explosion on 4 August.

The Battle of Warsaw and the Defeat of the Revolutionary Wave in Europe

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August 2020 marks the centenary of the Battle of Warsaw, a turning point in the Polish–Soviet War. The failure of the Red Army to spur on revolution among the Polish and European working class corresponded with the gradual closure of one chapter in the development of the revolutionary wave in Europe, and the opening of another: that of the reintegration of Soviet Russia into the imperialist world...

Workers' Strikes in Iran: A New Wave of Struggle

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In December 2018 we wrote an an article entitled Workers' Strikes in Iran: This Time it is Different ( (1) about the end of the magnificent strikes and demonstrations of the Haft Tapeh(2) sugarcane factory workers. The promises which were made to the workers then were once again broken, and when they had not been paid since March 2020 they resumed their strike on 15 June.

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