“The Only War Worth Fighting is the Class War”[i]

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This year’s commemorations of the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War are very different from 50 years ago. In 1964 we lived under the shadow of a bipolar nuclear world. Two years earlier the Cuban Missile Crisis had brought humanity to the edge of annihilation. War and nationalist gestures were largely regarded as obscene.

We’ve done one day strikes and token demonstrations What Now?

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(Lead article from Aurora 32 for the strikes and demonstration week ending October 18 2014) · There’s no doubt workers need a pay rise. If the economic recovery meant change for the better, then the working class should at least be clawing back the losses of recent years. Pay deals are now supposedly above inflation, but in real terms most people’s earnings are falling.

Iraq, The New Caliphate, IS and the Wider Imperialist Manoeuvres

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Behind the ongoing Syrian crisis, another front has opened in the war-torn Middle East: the Iraqi one. After Mosul, the troops of Abu Bakr Ibrahim al Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed caliph and long-time jihadist, undisputed leader of Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) have now won new positions in northern Iraq.

Mining Land Grab Threatens Great Lakes Watershed

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Gogebic Taconite has come to northern Wisconsin and has started test drilling of what is potentially slated to be a 22sq mile (57sq. Kilometers) open pit mine taking up the southern end of the range of hills called the Penokees. North of that lies the parallel Gogebic range and the Bad River estuary in the Lake Superior watershed.

You Can’t Build the Party Playing with Paradoxes

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Beyond Bordigism and the Fraction · This following translation is from the penultimate chapter of Bordiga: Beyond the Myth, a collection of writings by Onorato Damen. This article is from the last decade of his life and is historically interesting for giving various arguments in defence of the founding and development of the Internationalist Communist Party (PCInt) in 1943.

Communisation

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Supplementary note on the structure of the argument · The following note is an annex to the text “The Period of Transition and its Dissenters” published in RP04. It is an attempt to analyse the structure of the arguments being advanced by the communisateurs. The text in RP04 only mentioned briefly their theory of the death of programmatism and their view of the impossibility of a struggle by the...

The Period of Transition and its Dissenters

Introduction · Capitalist society, like the slave and feudal societies which preceded it, are class societies in which the dominant class lives off the labour extracted from the subject class. Humanity has lived in class societies for an extremely short period of its history while for the overwhelming majority of its history it has lived in societies which can be described as a form of primitive...

Are Communists “Outside” the Class?

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“The conflict is between class and class not party and party, because in the end the dialectical revolutionary force is the class and not the Party. The Party sensitises and strengthens, and gives conscious guidance to revolutionary action. In this sense, the Party is part of the class within the class, not outside the class and distinct from it.

Social Democracy, the First World War and the Working Class in Britain

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The Working Class and the First World War · It is still Nation v. Class · Given this year’s barrage of state-sponsored propaganda over the First World War — a barrage which is set to continue long beyond the hundredth anniversary of its outbreak — we are republishing a document which has been long out of print.

Economic Crisis, War and Revolution

Despite all the optimistic noises emanating from capitalist politicians their economic system is in deep trouble. What is more, the options open to them are as limited as they have been since the Wall St Crash. In Marxist economic terms the problem is that the organic composition of capital is too high to make investment profitable.[1] Banks are not and cannot lend anyway.

Capitalism wants our old age! Pensions Cut to Keep up Profits!

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Municipal employees switch to cash! · Pension plans are a thorn in the side of municipalities. It is an injury they inflicted on themselves by not paying their share of contributions, but mainly because of the financial scam of 2008. To be sure this was a legal scam, but that it is far worse than corruption, since here we talking about billions of dollars.

75 Years Since the Soviet Invasion of Poland: The Nightmare of Imperialist History

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Today September 17, is the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Poland. This was the implementation of part one of the secret clauses of the Nazi-Soviet pact of August 1939. And today too more than a 1000 Russian troops are conducting an unannounced invasion of Eastern Ukraine to shore up the pro-Russian separatist forces there.

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