Italy: The Failure of the “Populist” Coalition

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For those who think that the political and economic incompetence of our rulers is confined to the Anglo-Saxon states the following article from our Italian comrades, written just before the European elections, only underlines the same sorry story for Italian capitalism. The salient fact is that there is no viable capitalist solution to the global economic crisis which continues to bring only...

Teesside Construction Workers Challenge the State

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On Thursday 30 May construction workers at the Tees Renewable Energy Plant, owned by MGT Power, walked out in a wildcat action over safety conditions at the site. When workers act on their own class terrain they begin to challenge the capitalist structure as a whole. · A safety incident seems to have initially sparked the protest.

Iran and the USA on the Warpath?

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When the leaders speak of peace · The common folk know · That war is coming · When the leaders curse war · The mobilisation order is already written out. · Bertolt Brecht in German War Primer (1937) · When does a war of words become the words of war? It’s always difficult to say, but if Brecht is right we should be very worried right now.

Brexit or Remain: A Choice of Tripe at the End of May

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The crisis in the capitalist party political system has become even more acute during May. Two sets of election results have shown that the Labour v Conservative Punch and Judy show has, at least for the time being, lost its ability to call all the shots. · The Council Elections in May saw the two big parties lose seats and majorities in numerous Councils.

ANC: The Chosen Party for South African Capitalism

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The victory of the ANC in the South African election has yet again shown it is the capitalists’ chosen party for running South African capitalism. Its primary role is organising and enforcing the exploitation of the working class even when this means downing strikes in bloodshed as we saw at Marikana in 2012.

1980-1: Class Struggle in Poland

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As a follow up to our recent article about Solidarność (see: we are republishing three of the leaflets that the CWO and Battaglia Comunista distributed in 1980-1 among workers in Britain, Italy, France, and the USA on the events unfolding in Poland. · Lessons of the Class Struggle in Poland · International leaflet issued by CWO & Battaglia Comunista · The biggest class battles of the last ten...

Solidarność: Trade Unionism or Self-Organisation?

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Political and economic crises led to the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc. The downturn in the post-war accumulation cycle, the Cold War, the USSR’s disastrous intervention in Afghanistan, as well as the popular revolts in Central and Eastern Europe all played a role. But it is the class struggles of 1980s Poland to which we turn our eye here.

Twenty Years of the National Minimum Wage

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2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the National Minimum Wage. The first minimum wage, brought in by the Liberal government as part of a programme of reforms between 1906-1914, only applied to certain groups of very low-paid workers. The idea was to both undermine the young parliamentary Labour Party and bind it to the Liberals (which it did) and ward off the mounting militancy of the working...

Lomov's Economic Notes

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We have already introduced readers to Afanasi Lomov (Georgy Oppokov) when printing the first of his “Economic Notes” which appeared in Kommunist No.1 [see This is the second such document which he wrote for Kommunist No.2 and, like the first, it is an attack on the conservative financial policies of the Bolshevik Right in the person of the People’s Commissar for Finance, Isidore Gukovsky [more...

Civil War in Venezuela: An Economic and Human Catastrophe

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The latest news coming from Venezuela tells us that in Caracas and elsewhere, the demonstrations for, and against, the Maduro government are carrying on. The army, which largely supports the elected President, is dealing brutally with demonstrators and the death toll on the streets has reached several dozen.

Workers' Conditions in UK Warehouses

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With the latest revelations about the horrendous working conditions in JD Sports and ASOS warehouses, comparing them to “dark satanic mills” [1], we have decided to publish the following letter from an ICT sympathiser about his own experience during the Christmas period of one of these very same warehouses currently in the news.

May Day Repression in Turin

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In Turin the repression began in the early morning, with the charges of the first No Tav [1] demonstrators present. Standing firm but with reduced ranks, it ended with two of the injured being sent to the hospital. Many No Tav demonstrators, for the occasion, also wore a T-shirt depicting Aldrovandi [2], probably not appreciated by those who have embarked on a career in bourgeois state security.

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