Bologna 1919: A page from history

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In this short piece Damen goes right back to the revolutionary period sparked by the October Revolution in Russia and considers why it took so long for revolutionaries in Italy to break from the Socialist Party (PSI). This is not an academic question, especially for someone who lived through those turbulent times when, as he says, the situation was ‘incandescent’.

A Comment on the Repercussions of the Greek-European Union Eurogroup Accord

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The moment of truth! · We would just like to make one comment on the context in which the negotiations of the new Syriza government with its partners, the nationalist right ANEL (Independent Greeks) unfolded. The non-negotiable part is that Greece has been and will remain a debt colony, regardless of whether the 'troika' is relabelled as 'the institutions', the 'Memorandum' has become 'the...

The Problem is Bigger than PEGIDA: The Real Issue is Capitalism

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The following document contains the text of a leaflet given out by CWO North East members at the anti-Pegida demonstration in Newgate, Newcastle today. Close to 2000 demonstrators opposing PEGIDA were halted by police a few yards from a demonstration of 375 racists in the Bigg Market, a good portion of which were just the usual out and out fascist thugs.

LIBYA: How Far Has Imperialist Barbarism Gone in Gaddafi’s Old Empire?

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There are some who believe that mistakes were made in the past, in the Arab Spring in general and against Gaddafi’s Libya in particular. We are talking here, of course, about those who populate the political world of the capitalist class and its business and economic undergrowth. Faced with the barbarity of the Islamic State and the horrors of the civil war in Libya, they forget their own...

Social Care in “Calamitous Decline”: There is no solution under capitalism

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The post war boom is now a thing of folk memory. We have had forty years of declining wages and living conditions. The harsh reality is that capitalism has no future to offer beyond escalating attacks on those who by accident of birth are not fortunate enough to belong to the privileged minority. Their wealth has increased by leaps and bounds as the austerity agenda for the rest of us bites ever...

University of Wisconsin-Madison Cuts: We're not all in this together!

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About 7,000 or more workers in the Wisconsin university system, with 1.085 in the university are likely to be laid off in the latest round of austerity measures. The defeat four years ago carries its price. Of course, submitting to this without a fight simply invites more and greater ill treatment. University workers been assured that the layoffs will be spread evenly, so everyone's going to get...

Ukraine: Torn Apart by Imperialist Conflict

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Despite the second Minsk accord between the Kiev government and the Russian separatists of Donetsk and Lugansk signed on February 13 the agony of the people of Eastern Ukraine will go on. Already the human cost has been horrendous. According to the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 5,486 people have been killed and 12,972 wounded.

Communist Society - Value, Labour and Time: A reply to Gilles Dauvé

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In all social systems of production the social relations of production are primary while those of distribution are derived from them. The defining characteristic of communist society will be that it has communist, (or socialist) (1), relations of production. The key task in the replacement of capitalist society by communist society is therefore to establish communist relations of production.

August 1914 –When Social Democracy Went to War

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The following document originally appeared in Workers’ Voice in 1994. It, along with so much of our earlier material, has never been digitalised, but thanks to a sympathising comrade we have begun to address this issue and will be publishing more in future. As the orgy of lies about the First World War goes on the article below is a timely reminder of the real role of Social Democracy in saving...

Oil and the Shifting Sands of Imperialism

The collapse in oil prices represents a significant blow for global speculation and thus a further intensification of capitalism’s crisis. It also heralds an increase in imperialist tensions with as yet untold consequences for the struggles, not just in the Middle East and the Ukraine, but in an increasingly competitive and aggressive wider world.

International Statement on the Greek Elections

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The impressive victory of the left Social Democratic Party SYRIZA and the terrible defeat of the outgoing neoliberal government forces (New Democracy and PASOK) who had signed the memoranda, [1] is an important manifestation of the will of the vast majority of the Greek people to get rid of these detestable memoranda and their cruel catastrophic anti-worker and anti-social consequences.

MARGINAL NOTES ON THE PARIS EVENTS

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The crisis of this accursed capitalist system of production offers us only unending social and economic barbarism. Economic devastation has increased financial parasitism and speculation, first as effect and then as cause of the collapse of an economic system that is struggling to escape from its irreconcilable contradictions.

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