An Initial Response to the Comrades of the IGCL

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We are publishing below the answer to the critical remarks that the comrades of the International Group of the Communist Left made on our article "A Decade After the Financial Crash" ( appeared on this site and in Revolutionary Perspectives 13. The comrades published our article, translated into French and English, in no.

Ossinsky's Demand for Clear Answers (April 1918)

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It is often asserted by bourgeois and anarchist histories of the Russian Revolution that the Bolsheviks arrived in power in the soviets with a distinct plan in mind. The document which follows (which should be read alongside Ossinsky’s early criticism which we published as Ossinsky’s Criticism of State Capitalism in Russia at demonstrates quite clearly that the Bolsheviks had no plan at all.

The Origins and Capture of International Working Women's Day

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The Origins of IWWD · International Working Women’s Day (IWWD) was initially spawned from within the workers’ movement, with the aim of drawing in more working women [1] to the fight for the protection of female labour. These workers’ demands included insurance for mother and child, and political rights for working women. [2] · The first unofficial “Women’s Day” took place in the U.S.A.

Honda, General Motors: Global Crisis and the Car Industry

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Two articles on the recent developments in the US and UK automotive industry. · Trump and the Crisis of General Motors · The urban myth Donald Trump peddled during the election campaign was that the USA would be the first country to get out of the crisis: soon the economy would be steaming ahead and multiple new jobs would be created. · Not a word of this is true.

Founding of the Comintern - Then and Now

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Pictured: model of a proposed Monument to the Third International designed 1919-20 by Vladimir Tatlin and comrades. · A century ago, from 2nd — 6th March 1919, 52 delegates, more than 40 from various political organisations outside Russia, met in Moscow. During those five days the meeting became the First Congress of the Third International [1], also known as the Communist International,...

International Solidarity with the Wildcat Strikes of the Mexican Maquiladoras

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Since the 2008 economic crisis, the ballooning global debt has increased from $20 trillion to over $240 trillion. With this exponential growth of indebtedness and an unresolvable crisis of accumulation, capitalism is losing its grip. The effects of this crisis are felt no more clearly than within the maquiladora sweatshops on the northern border of Mexico.

Bukharin's Review of Lenin's The State and Revolution

The short review in Kommunist No. 1 of Lenin’s 1917 work The State and Revolution was not inserted just to fill a couple of pages. In April 1918 Bukharin had deliberate political intent. The bulk of Kommunist No. 1 is full of searing critiques of the dangers that the revolution faced after the reluctant signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk.

Socialism is not Statism

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A spectre haunts the world today. It is the spectre of “socialism”. Commentators of left and right, of reactionary or reformist inclination, agree that “after three decades in the wilderness, socialism is back.” [1] · The same source goes on to say that: · Some 51% of Americans aged 18-29 have a positive view of socialism, says Gallup.

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.

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