Capitalism and its States against the Working Class, once again on the Front Line just as in the World Wars

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(Article from Bilan et Perspectives #19 ( magazine of our French comrades.) · The Covid pandemic has revealed the nefarious and deadly role played by capitalism and capitalist states against the workers of the world and, through the destruction of the ecosystem, against all life on the planet. Capitalism has clearly shown its bankruptcy.

Poland: The Assault on Reproductive Rights Continues

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On 22 October 2020, the Constitutional Tribunal (Trybunał Konstytucyjny, TK) of Poland, stacked by justices from the conservative ruling party Law and Justice (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS), ruled that termination of pregnancies is unconstitutional even when prenatal testing or other medical rationales show a large likelihood of severe and irreversible foetal impairment or an incurable...

1944: War or Revolution

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We’ve recently published an article on the failed attempt of revolutionaries in occupied Poland to form a new communist party that could have intervened in a potential revolutionary outbreak in the aftermath of the Second World War (see 1943: An Independent Communist Party in Occupied Poland? ( As we saw there, the ideological draw of national liberation and popular frontism proved too strong,...

France isn't a Special Case in the General Crisis of Capitalism

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(The editorial from Bilan et Perspectives #19 ( magazine of our French comrades.) · Whichever way you look at it, the global situation is catastrophic. On the programme for the start of the 2020 school year, we had: · The disastrous economic crisis, which predated the pandemic and was intensified by it, mass lay-offs, an exponential rise in unemployment and the attacks of the ruling class aimed at...

1943: An Independent Communist Party in Occupied Poland?

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In 1938 the Communist Party of Poland (Komunistyczna Partia Polski, KPP) was dissolved on Stalin’s orders. Around this time a number of Polish revolutionaries broke with Stalinism and came to the conclusion that a new communist party had to be created in its place. In 1943 they made the initial steps towards creating that party – although they failed, and never developed a coherent political...

Nagorno-Karabakh War: For Workers the Real Enemy Lies at Home

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A Hundred Year Old Conflict · War between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh is nothing new. However, the displacement in a few days of something like a hundred thousand people plus the deaths of hundreds of others indicate the desperate situation that not only consumes both states but also an increasingly fractured global capitalist system.

In Times of Lockdown: How to Contact and Work Towards Joining the CWO

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The Covid lockdowns and restrictions have produced a very unusual situation for the ICT. We’ve almost stopped face-to-face meetings, though we have managed to attend and address some demonstrations and had a small number of suitably socially-distanced meetings in various places. We’ve cut back on our physical publications, because we don’t have as many opportunities at the moment to distribute...

Gramscism or Marxism?

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(The following is our foreword (with additional footnotes) to the book Gramsci between Marxism and Idealism by Onorato Damen, which we translated and published last year. The book is still available to order, but you can now download the PDF of it for free HERE. ( · Myths about Antonio Gramsci are endless.

Their Democracy and Ours

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"Proletarian democracy is a million times more democratic than any bourgeois democracy; Soviet power is a million times more democratic than the most democratic bourgeois republic." (Lenin) · Marxists, including the ICT, have written volumes on the topic of democracy. Some may ask if it is worth revisiting what could be seen as a settled question, but given that current events (be it elections or...

On the Forty-Fifth Anniversary of the Founding of the CWO

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The Communist Workers’ Organisation (CWO) was formed in September 1975 in Liverpool. We have not made a habit of writing our own history (indeed the last time we did it was at a time of crisis in the organisation in 1977 in a document entitled “Two Years of the CWO”!) and 45 years is perhaps an odd anniversary to acknowledge.

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...

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