The Formation of the Red Army 1918

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The production of the few issues of Kommunist in the spring of 1918 signalled a turning point in the revolution in Russia (although even its editors only dimly foresaw it). Everyone knew that without a world revolution the prospects for socialism in a country like Russia were poor. But, whilst waiting for the rest of the world to respond to the beacon of revolution lit in Russia, the question...

Humanitarian Aid... for War

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US humanitarian aid is now being concentrated in Cúcuta. It is the moment of truth for the plan designed by Guaidó and Leopoldo López [1]: to encourage a rebellion at the rank and file of the Venezuelan army by tempting them with the food and medicine shipments that their own families need. · 1 · As much as the "Lima Group" [2] has promised not to invade Venezuela, the move is a textbook example of...

Introduction to Bukharin's Anarchy and Scientific Communism

The following translation comes from Kommunist #2 and was written in March/April 1918. There are two existing versions on and but looking at the original we realised that these are incomplete. They both appear to have been translated from an Italian version which was put out as a twelve page pamphlet by the Communist Party of Italy in the early 1920s.

The Venezuelan Crisis

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Recent political events in Venezuela have once again brought to the fore its devastating economic situation. The struggle for power between Maduro and Guaidò, or between a fraudulently re-elected president and an opposition candidate who has proclaimed himself president, besides giving Venezuela a grotesque image, hides the real scenario of an economic and political human tragedy.

Mexico's Turmoil Continues: The Maquiladora Strikes

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The article below has been provided by a CWO sympathiser. It gives a brief sketch of a continuing struggle where we again see workers organising themselves against their bosses and against the bosses' props, the Labor Unions. At this point the outcome of the struggle is not yet determined but even now it is clear that the struggle is part of our class's resistance against the...

Alliance for Workers' Liberty: Part of Capitalism's Left Wing

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In 1992 the editors of Socialist Organiser, the newspaper of the Socialist Campaign for a Labour Victory, launched an organisation under the name of Alliance for Workers’ Liberty (AWL). The particular brand of Trotskyism with which the AWL identifies is strongly influenced by its leader Sean Matgamna, who has been active on the Trotskyist left since the sixties.

Against All Capitalist Factions! For Proletarian Independence!

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In the past few days Venezuela's latest political drama has fluttered across the world press. On January 23 Washington declared that it recognizes Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela’s opposition, as the country's legitimate president with Trump stating “The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law… I will...

The 26th of January: A Day of Celebration or a Day of Mourning?

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We present an article from the Internationalist Communists Oceania ( a new Left Communist regroupment effort in the Oceania region. · The 26th of January: A Day of Celebration or a Day of Mourning? · (The following piece of writing contains content that some may find distressing including mentions of genocide, ethnic cleansing, cultural assimilation, abuse and self harm.

Mexico: Between Barbarism and Class Struggle

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Two pieces of news from Mexico currently appear in the press around the world: a new historical record in the number of homicides and the explosion of a Pemex pipeline in Tlahuelilpan, which has left almost a hundred corpses already. Everything in Mexico leads us to despair. But there is something important going on that the international media is not broadcasting.

A Decade Since the Financial Crash

The world economy is in poor shape and the American economy is in even worse condition. The 2008 crisis has not been resolved and many analysts fear a new financial explosion. Capital continues to stay clear of investment in production and is trying to recover without running up more debts. Company returns are low, profit rates are decreasing. Capital is moving more and more into speculation.

Fight Capitalism – Not its Symptoms

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The leading article in this issue of Revolutionary Perspectives [13], “A Decade On from the Financial Crash” focuses on both the state of the world economy and the dangerous ways in which the capitalist world order proposes to deal with it in 2019. · It is not just the analysis of revolutionaries that predicts trouble ahead.

Some Further Thoughts on the Yellow Vests Movement

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At the time of writing – early January 2019 – it is difficult to say whether the movement of the gilets jaunes has entered a phase of reflux before it dies down or if it is going through a pause after more than a month of intense activity and severe clashes with the state. · Perhaps, however, it is possible to identify some of the characteristics of this "insurrection" – as some exaggerated...

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