The Fall of the Berlin Wall and “The End of History”

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Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (which did not quite make its own thirtieth anniversary). It will be accompanied by the usual capitalist paeans to the wonders of democracy and the capitalist way of doing things. The following article from Communist Review 8 (later Internationalist Communist) appeared in January 1990 but has never been reproduced digitally...

The Shadow of September 2008 Continues to Lengthen

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The nightmare of a crisis that far from improving is, in reality, worsening · A quick glance at the calendar tells us that it is now 11 years since the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers (2008). Since then the picture of the world economy has only become gloomier. The crisis in the real economy, instead of fading from memory, has become a fixture.

The Real Cause of the Beginning and End of WWI

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Explanations of the cause of WW1 and its ending are always carefully avoided every year as regularly as the commemoration itself. · Last year we were treated to a host of state sponsored celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. And this year, like every other year since the war ended, celebrations of the memories of those who died will once again take place.

Precarity and the 'Gig Economy'

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Introduction · The translation of the Theses on Precarity and the ‘Gig Economy’ that follows, appeared in Mutiny/Mutinerie, the bilingual agitation sheet of our comrades in Klasbatalo, the Canadian affiliate of the Internationalist Communist Tendency. Here we just want to make a few observations to add to Klasbatalo’s correct summary of the situation of the workforce in this sector, as a...

Global Protests: The Relentless Capitalist Crisis Demands the Overthrow of the System

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"The "atrocities" of capitalism are not attributable to this or that form of administration of capitalist production relations, but to the relations themselves. The economic crisis, the ensuing attacks on wages and working conditions, the dismantling of welfare benefits, the ever-widening social divide, the permanent wars that imperialist powers fight for the time being by proxy, are not...

Losing Momentum: Corbynism in the Rear-View Mirror

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The authors of this text are three young people who have been, at various times and various degrees, supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party under his leadership, and, having broken completely with the capital-L Labour movement, wish to share our critique thereof, in the hopes that some of our comrades and friends will follow us.

Stukov on the Military Capability of Soviet Russia in 1918

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Introduction · With the publication of this critical report by Innokenti Nicolayevich Stukov on the military condition of the Bolshevik forces in the Ukraine, we reach the end of our serialisation of the articles in the second issue of the journal Kommunist (April 1918). Stukov joined the Bolsheviks in 1905 and in 1917 was a member of the Bolshevik Military Organisation which went along with the...

Forty Years Since the Death of Onorato Damen

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(The document which follows comes from a speech at a public meeting held by the Internationalist Communist Party (Battaglia Comunista) on 16 October 1979, two days after the death of Onorato Damen. Neither we nor our Italian comrades have ever made a fetish of Damen, despite his stature as a revolutionary, and the enormous contribution he made to the foundation of what today is our...

Once More on the Brexit Diversion

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Ever since the Cameron government called the 2016 referendum, we have argued that neither Brexit nor Remain offer a way forward against the ongoing attacks that the working class is enduring.(1) It has been no consolation that the referendum marked the start of unresolved chaos in the bosses’ political superstructure.

The Turkish Invasion of Syria

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It was obvious from the beginning of the war against Bashar el Assad (2011) that Turkey intended to invade north-east Syria alongside its border (an area of some 30 kilometres deep and 420 long). Turkey only participated in the war against Isis/Daesh after a long delay, and never with much conviction.

Zimbabwe: Still a Capitalist Hell

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Rosa Luxemburg argued before World War One that in the epoch of imperialism national liberation stands opposed to working class liberation. The recent death of Zimbabwe’s national liberation hero, Robert Mugabe, the conditions of the Zimbabwe working class, and the hellish state of the country as a whole, is yet another wretched demonstration of how true this is.

Capitalism under the Red Banner: Seventy Years of the People's Republic of China

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(Seventy years ago, on 1 October 1949, the People's Republic of China was proclaimed by Mao. Here we reproduce an article which originally appeared in Communist Review 8 (January 1990), published by the ICT (or IBRP as it was then) in the aftermath of the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests.

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