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...

The War in Syria and Shifting Imperialist Positions

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Introduction · The following article is translated from the latest edition of Prometeo, theoretical journal of our Italian comrades of Battaglia Comunista. It should be read in conjunction with the article on Qatar we published on this site in July. The overall argument of both documents confirms the outlines of the analysis we published in Revolutionary Perspectives 09 entitled “Russia, China and...

Russo-phobic Propaganda and US War Aims: the Bourgeois Left Takes Sides

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Russia has taken measures to cut US Embassy staff in Russia in parity with the cuts of Russian Embassy staff in the US made by the previous US President. More immediately it was a direct response to the inevitable economic sanctions passed by the US Congress. Russian imperialism, having dispensed with the "wait and see" approach is now resigned to an inevitable conflict with American imperialism.

Corbynism – Leftists Illusions about Labour

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The Impact of Corbyn · The capitalist media expressed astonishment at the rise of a left-leaning Labour Party which appeals more to the young than anything since Blairism when it first appeared. In reality, the Corbynite phenomenon is not hard to understand. After decades where wages as a share of national income have continuously fallen and after almost a decade of austerity in which the rich...

Durham Teaching Assistants Fight On – Against Labour and their Unions

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There is much to admire in the resistance that the Teaching Assistants (TAs) of County Durham have put up over the last 20 months. Their resilience and solidarity was once again confirmed by their vote to reject the latest “offer” agreed by their unions and Durham County Council. · Background · For those who have not been following this saga, Durham TAs [1] are already amongst the lowest paid in...

A Crisis of the Entire System

The UK once had a deserved reputation for pragmatic and stable politics. That will not survive the spectacular mess it is making of Brexit. … In an unnecessary referendum, a small majority chose an option they could not understand, because it had not been worked out. Thereupon, a new prime minister, with no knowledge of the complexities, adopted the hardest possible interpretation of the outcome.

Grzech and Domski at the Fourth Congress of the Communist International (1922)

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In 1922, at the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, Władysław Kowalski (pseudonym Grzech) and Henryk Stein (pseudonym Domski) openly clashed with the leadership of both the Communist Workers’ Party of Poland and the Communist International. This article documents their contribution to the proceedings of the Congress to shed some more light on the Polish Communist Left.

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