By the bullet or by the ballot – McGuinness's nationalism part of the capitalist order

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Martin McGuinness (1950-2017) · The death of the recently retired Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland produced a very predictable response from the establishment, particularly in Britain and Ireland. · The Mr Hyde McGuinness who had been a leading figure in the Provisional IRA (PIRA) was the epitome of evil incarnate.

Two Comments on Recent Events around SiCobas in Italy

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Unions have never been revolutionary but in the nineteenth century were “schools of socialism” through which workers fought collectively to improve their conditions. In the epoch of imperialism and state capitalism however they have become increasingly integrated into the capitalist legal apparatus, into the capitalist state itself.

NHS: On The Critical List

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There can hardly be a household that has not been affected by the declining quality of medical services in the UK. From inaccessible GPs and hospital appointments cancelled at the last minute to some of the most harrowing experiences that anyone is likely to undergo. Local campaigns against ward closures, A&E closures, sometimes whole hospital closures have been going on for years.

Trump: The Problem is Still Capitalism

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The Rise of the Authoritarian Right · The avalanche of protests at the accession of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States is unprecedented in modern times. He is a reactionary, racist, sexist bully who peddles hatred and loathing. He responds to every criticism by attacking the messenger, a “technique” he learned from his one-time lawyer, and counsellor to the “Mob”, Roy Cohn.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 100 Years On

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Introduction · As our contribution to International Women’s Day we are examining the role of women in starting the February Revolution in Russia in 1917. Our research demonstrates that working class women not only played a major part in the revolution but did so in class terms – something opposed by Russian middle class feminists in the various women’s suffrage organisations.

February 1917 – Anatomy of a Revolution

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History as a whole and the history of revolutions in particular is always richer in content, more varied, more multiform in character, more lively and ingenious than is imagined by even the best parties... Lenin[1] · First, the chronology … · February 23 1917. A century ago, on International Women’s Day (February 23 old style/ March 8 today), women workers of both home and factory took to the...

Behind the Crisis: Marx’s Dialectic of Value and Knowledge, Guglielmo Carchedi

(Haymarket Books 2012, 303 pages, £21.99 paperback) · Introduction · Gugliemo Carchedi (GC) defends Marx’s value theory and his theory of crisis which sees the falling rate of profit as the key force driving capitalism into crisis.[1] He exposes the inadequacy of alternative explanations which dominate in academic Marxist circles.

Trump: I have a dream, more pollution and poverty for all (or nearly all)

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At the time of writing it's only been a few weeks since Trump took office in the White House but, in a certain sense, he has already shifted the USA’s national and international policy framework. His earliest initiatives were intended to be consistent with his election promises; to establish himself as, if not the man of Providence, at least one who belongs to the “people”, and who for the first...

An Epitaph for the October Revolution?

2017 will no doubt see a flood of publications to commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution. There will be those who insist that the October Revolution provides a model for today and still others who will argue the opposite. Neither opinion is likely to go much beyond the defence of entrenched ideological positions.

The Situation of the Working Class Today

Economic conditions had in the first place transformed the mass of the people into workers. The domination of capital created the common situation and common interests of this class. Thus this mass is already a class in relation to capital, but not yet a class for itself. In the struggle, of which we have only indicated a few phases this mass unites and forms itself into a class for itself.

Class Composition in the Crisis

Hobson’s ‘prophecy’ · It is well-known that in his work on imperialism Lenin drew a lot of material as well as analytical insights from Hobson, the social-liberal (as defined by Lenin himself), and author of one of the most celebrated works on the subject: also entitled Imperialism. Twice, the Russian revolutionary cites the same passage from the book which dares to “prophesy” about the fate of...

The Labour Party: No use to British Capitalism: Never any use to the Working Class

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Since the advent of Jeremy Corbyn as leader there are many who maintain that this will bring about a new direction for the Labour Party. Depending who you talk to the expectations for this new direction take many forms. After years of declining real wages some simply hope it will defend the working class from the latest austerity cuts.

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