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...

Catalonian Election: Another Example of a Capitalist Impasse

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It is with great pleasure that we are publishing this translation of a commentary on last week’s election in Catalonia, from the Spanish blog, Nuevo Curso. We have already published their earlier comments (see with which we remain in substantial agreement. · The result of the election was indecisive.

Trump and Jerusalem

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Trump, like the god of war, has unleashed another of his dazzling thunderbolts. His declaration that the American embassy will be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a bomb blast in a geographical and political situation where more bombs are certainly not needed. Although at the moment this is only a virtual bomb, the real and exterminating versions will continue to torment the Middle East for...

From the Heart of Darkness: Anatomy of a March in Poland

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The annual Independence March in Poland has once again made international headlines. [1] "Fascists march in Warsaw for Polish Independence Day", "White Europe: 60,000 nationalists march on Poland’s independence day", "Huge far-Right Polish Independence march that shocked the internet", etc. [2] Much of the controversy surrounded the manner in which members of the conservative Polish government,...

Zimbabwe – Crawling Between Imperialist Masters

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The coup which removed Mugabe from power in November represents a change in leadership in the ruling ZANU-PF party. Mugabe and his wife, the detested “Gucci-Grace”, have been put out to grass while the previous vice president, Mnangagwa and a couple of army generals have been put in power. This has all been arranged by the army.

The Russian Revolution 100 Years On: Newcastle Meeting of the CWO

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This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution and the CWO has participated in a number of meetings to commemorate this. On 18 November the CWO held a meeting in Newcastle to discuss its legacy, the revolutionary events of 1917-1918 as well as the process of degeneration. The following document – The Russian Revolution: From Workers’ Inspiration to Proletarian Tragedy – served as the...

For a Class Analysis of the Housing Question

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We have translated this article from the latest edition of Battaglia Comunista, paper of our sister group in Italy, because it clearly frames the ‘housing question’ as a key part of the class struggle which must inevitably sharpen as the working and living conditions of the working class come under attack on all fronts.

AGAINST PATRIOTISM

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"Proletarians of all countries, unite!" is one of the key slogans of the Communist Manifesto. Some seem to have forgotten this exemplary principle and transformed it into: "Proletarians of all countries, unite with your bourgeoisie!" · When the bourgeoisie makes an appeal to swell the ranks of nationalism, there will never be a shortage of those who, with "progressive" talk, will want to drag the...

The Hidden Scramble for Africa’s Resources

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“Hidden”, because if it hadn’t been for the ugly media controversy on October 4th 2017 surrounding President Trump’s alleged disrespectful conversation with the widow of Sgt La David Johnson, one of the four US special forces troops in Niger who had been ambushed and killed by Islamist militants, few would even know the US had a military presence there, or indeed in dozens of other countries all...

The Imperialist Hypocrisy Behind 11/11

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Lest we forget · I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. I see how peoples are set against one another, and in silence, unknowingly, foolishly, obediently, innocently slay one another. (Remarque) [1] · Behind the wagon that we flung him in, · And watch the white eyes writhing in his face, · His...

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