Coronavirus is Not the Same for All

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(We are happy to publish this correspondence with an Italian comrade translated by the IWG. It illustrates, once again, despite all the propaganda that “we are all in this together”, what the working class really represents for capital … lambs to the slaughter, especially in dramatic situations like the one we live in.

Poll Tax Riots: 30 Years On

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31 March marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Poll Tax riots. The demonstration, called by the Anti-Poll Tax Federation (set up by the Militant Tendency) and supported by local anti-poll tax groups, attracted some 200,000 people and turned violent following heavy handed arrests and charges by mounted riot police. Unrest lasted for hours and resulted in over 300 arrests and over 100 injured.

Capitalism Grappling with Coronavirus

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Coronavirus has now become a pandemic that none of us wished for. And the response of the society in which we live only demonstrates the absurdity of its economic laws which cannot cope with sudden calamities and natural upheavals, including the climate and environmental disasters also looming on the horizon.

What's the System? Review of an Angry Workers Pamphlet

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The Angry Workers of the World (AWW), a group based in West London which publishes the irregular workplace bulletin WorkersWildWest, has released a pamphlet collecting their articles on history, crisis, and revolution. We want a new society – and don’t we need it! ( seeks to explain in a straightforward manner how the current system emerged and how a new society can replace it.

Humanity's Health or Capitalism's Profit?

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Socialism, or communism, or whatever you want to call a society of the future, will not save us from occasional epidemics. It would however deal with them in an entirely different way. · In the first place it would not try to shut up (in both senses of the word) the first people who spotted there was a problem, like the late Dr. Li Wenliang.

Class Struggle in the Time of Coronavirus: An Incomplete Chronicle of Events (16-21 March)

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The following review is a small depiction of what’s happening in the world, outside Italy (for the situation in Italy, see: · In some ways the coronavirus has unified workers around the world under one slogan: we don't want to die for your profits. · The examples which follow aim to show: · 1. Italian workers are not alone in their struggle to guarantee safety conditions, nor are those workers...

Introduction to Discussions on Socialism

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Premise · This section of our website — Discussions on Socialism ( — is devoted to an open discussion between comrades about issues arising from the discussion over the nature of a future socialist/communist (for Marx, Engels and ourselves the terms are identical) society. Much of this discussion will tend to the speculative since we cannot foresee the precise form a future revolutionary...

The Four Horsemen of Capitalist Decay

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Capitalism – the current social system based on private property, wage labour and production for profit – is at a turning point. Day by day it becomes clearer that the existing relations of production have become fetters preventing humanity from addressing the urgent problems facing the whole planet. Unable to resolve its own contradictions, capitalism is instead hurtling us towards barbarism.

Political Platform of the Internationalist Communist Party (1952)

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The Context · We have written much on workers’ history over the years but very little about our own as a tendency. There are good reasons for this, since analysing the present, and working for the future, are more fundamental tasks than the investigation of what our Italian comrades call our own “archaeology”.

Italy: "We're not Lambs to the Slaughter!" Class Struggle in the Time of Coronavirus

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The Story of the Last Few Days · 8 March. The Prime Minister’s Decree brought in new restrictive measures in the Lombardy-Venetia “red zone” and many activities throughout Italy were suspended, including prison visits. · 8/9 March. The situation in prisons became serious. The disturbances began over a lack of communication about the risks and provisions relating to the coronavirus emergency.

Demonstration and Strike of Peroni Workers at Tor Sapienza (Rome)

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On February 29th we (comrades from the CWO and Battaglia Comunista) were at the solidarity demonstration with the warehouse workers of the Italian-Japanese company Peroni in Tor Sapienza, Rome. The workers there are carrying on a bitter struggle for better working conditions which started with a week-long strike.

Initial Thoughts on Coronavirus and its Fallout

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The article which follows is a translation from Battaglia Comunista 3 (March 2020), paper of our Italian affiliate, the Internationalist Communist Party. Italy has currently one of the worst death rates from coronavirus (4%), higher even than China’s. This despite locking down over a dozen towns in Lombardy, closing all schools and universities throughout the country, banning public gatherings...

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