Autonomism – “Many Flowers Little Fruit”[1]

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A Response to our Critics · Introduction · The article from Revolutionary Perspectives 10 “Autonomism – Cutting the Ground from under Marxism” has attracted quite a lot of comment and criticism. The text was not an historical treatment of the development of Autonomism, which we recognised was a heterogeneous movement extending over a period of almost two decades.

SYRIA: THE LONG WAR THAT NEVER ENDS

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The following article was written before the Russian foreign ministry’s admission that several of tis citizens had been killed by US artillery fire and aerial bombardment; a fact which only goes to confirm the central message of the article that the conflict in Syria has moved into a more dangerous phase of direct conflict between the great powers. CWO · Don’t be taken in by appearances.

China: Long Held US Fears Becoming Reality?

Last year we wrote · “… a decade after the explosion of the speculative bubble there has been no solution to the global economic stagnation which it provoked. With no economic solution in the offing and with the different problems of the various great powers mounting the way has opened up for new and more desperate political forces to make their presence felt.

Solidarity with the GDN Logistics workers

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In the early afternoon of Tuesday, January 30, the police charged and drove a group of workers away from the gates of GDN Logistics of San Cipriano Po (Pavia). They were demonstrating in front of the company's gates to ask for an end to dismissals and suspensions (therefore for reinstatement) carried out by the company against some of their colleagues for the simple fact they were "registered...

Brexit 2018: The Ruling Class Nightmare Continues

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During the preparation for the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union (EU) we made it entirely clear (in Revolutionary Perspectives 08) that the debate was one that class-conscious workers should not have been drawn into – on either side. Participating in the exercise could only line workers up behind one or other faction of the ruling class.

Carillion’s Failure and the Private Finance Initiative

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The real problem is capitalism · The collapse of Carillion is another symptom of capitalism’s general crisis of profitability. The company, which was the second largest construction group in the UK, represented a consolidation of a number of major contractors. It was formed from Tarmac in 1999 and subsequently acquired other contractors George Wimpey, Mowlem and Alfred McAlpine.

Capitalism’s Crisis of Stagnation and Austerity

As 2018 opens economic optimism is breaking out amongst the capitalist class. Leaving aside the vainglorious boasts of the current President of the United States that unemployment in the US has reached lows only last seen in the post-war boom, or that the New York stock market is now at all time record highs, more serious economic commentators are arguing that after a decade of misery (at least...

Bitcoin: Make Way for Cryptomoney!

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An enormous number of currencies already exist across the world (dollars, roubles, euros, yen, yuan, etc.) – most of them tightly held in the wallets of bourgeois minorities dazzled by the illusion of its self-valorisation – wherever the crisis of the production and sale of commodities rages. Anyone who needs products, even basic necessities (including food), cannot buy them without money in...

Iranian Protests against Austerity

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On Thursday, 28th December 2017, in Mashhad the second most populous city in Iran, thousands of protesters gathered outside the city hall and chanted “Death to Rouhani”, the country’s President. Some reports have suggested that it may have been initiated by the conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi, Rouhani's defeated rival in the May 2017 Presidential election.

Does Venezuela have a Future?

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The history of Venezuela as an independent country was not achieved by a bourgeoisie anxious to create an internal market by means of national liberation. In reality it was the result of an alliance between British capitalism, at a time when it was anxious to open up foreign markets, and the agrarian classes produced by the Spanish monarchy.

Trump’s Tax “Reform” – The Robbery of the Century

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A little over thirty years since the tax reform implemented by Republican President Reagan (1986) – though he was supported then by the Democrats almost without exception – Trump in his desire to emulate his predecessor, has launched one of the largest tax cuts in the history of the US. · Now, as then, the motive for this measure is the same.

Bukharin on the “Socialist” Opposition to Soviet Power

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In Revolutionary Perspectives 11 (due out January 2018) we shall be printing Bukharin’s short review of Lenin’s The State and Revolution. In the meantime we are publishing here another translation from the same journal Kommunist which appeared in March 1918. Kommunist was the journal of the “proletarian communists” or left communists who opposed the signing of the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk as well...

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