Castro’s Legacy

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With Castro’s death, the mass media is full once again of the characters and events of more than half a century ago. As usual their approach to reality is often distorted and ideologically split into two opposing versions. The first is centred on the figure of the "Lider Maximo", the "heroic and sincere revolutionary, standard bearer of the liberation of the Third World"; the second is based on...

A Memoir of Onorato Damen

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Remembering comrade Onorato Damen, who left us on October 14, 1979 we found in a drawer an article that appeared in the journal “Pietre” in 1980: The Leninist Diaspora: Damen and Bordiga. The author, Antonio Valeri, suffered imprisonment alongside Damen in a concentration camp at Istonio Marina, aka Vasto d'Abruzzo; While not a fellow political activist, Valeri – as he himself wrote – wanted to...

Is the Working Class Right Wing?

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In the 80s and 90s it was fashionable to say that the working class no longer existed. Only the last remnants were left and they were in rapid decline, the final legacy to a bygone era. · This process began in the mid 70s with restructuring in the factories, with the progressive and inexorable reduction in jobs under the pitiless pressure of the crisis.

From 1923 to Today: The Fight against Racist and Nationalist Attempts to Divide the Working Class

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We are printing here two short translations. The first is from the KAPD in 1923. Those with an eye for history will recognise the date as the year of, not only the Nazis’ failed “Beer Hall Putsch” in Munich, but also the year when the German Communist Party adopted National-Bolshevism in an attempt to win over workers who had been seduced by the nationalist extreme right.

US Elections – Never Gamble on the Sanity of the Ruling Class

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The recent US elections have shocked the world. The Electoral College victory of Trump over Clinton was unexpected for many. Indeed media outlets and politicians that were only a day previously condemning Trump are now rallying behind the flag and his Presidency. Reactionaries are crawling out of the woodwork attacking people in the streets.

Fidel Castro’s Death Leaves the Path of History Unchanged

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Those dancing in the streets in Miami and those mourning around the world agree on at least one thing on the death of Fidel Castro Ruz. Their common ground is the great lie that Cuba was “socialist”. For the supporters of capitalism, socialism is Stalinism with its lack of freedom and its gulags. For the blindly pro-Castro camp improving education and health care wipes out the memory of all those...

US ELECTIONS: A SURPRISE, YES, BUT NOT COMPLETELY UNEXPECTED

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The arrogant Trump beat the repellent Clinton. The populist of the far-right beat the right-wing technocrat disguised as a progressive leftist. Speaking to the belly and the fear of the American electorate got the better of a cultured representative of the establishment. Populism has triumphed in the stronghold of world capitalism even bettering the other successes of the far right; as in Western...

Lest We Forget, 1916 And All That: What has it got to do with us?

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Two years or so ago we set out to counter the view of the 1st World War presented to us by the official commemorations which in Britain have received much media coverage.[1] At a time when the UK Treasury saw fit to extend “the age of austerity” to at least 2018, the centenary celebrations were seized on by Cameron, the PR expert, as part of his “We’re all in it together” deceit.

Italy: We fight against the growth in poverty and insecurity!

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I believe in the need for poverty which provides wage-labourers and is the mother of overwork. · Paul Lafargue "A Capitalist Prayer" in his "The Religion of Capitalism" · An overview of the situation · Poverty · In Italy 15 million people, including 3 million children, live in poverty (figures from Caritas[1]).

Statement of the Internationalist Communist Tendency on the nationalist metamorphosis of the so-called "Internationalist Comrades" (Greece).

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Astute readers will have noticed that we are in process of removing all reference to the so-called “Internationalist Comrades” (Greece) and their publication Engymo from our site. We are issuing this document in order to inform individuals and groups of the Communist Left everywhere why. · Internationalism versus nationalism · In a social climate that is increasingly characterised by nationalism,...

Is Capitalism Past its Sell-by Date? Review of Michael Roberts "The Long Depression"

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Review: The Long Depression, Michael Roberts (Haymarket Books, Chicago 2016) 370 pp. · The Revival of Marxist Economics · Since the bursting of the speculative bubble in 2008, more students have apparently signed up for economic courses than ever before. However, when they get to university many became angry when they find that the courses on offer give them absolutely no clue as to how the real...

On Deutsche Bank, its financial crimes and the unending crisis

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Almost every day we hear that the crisis is now behind us though the recovery is slow. Too slow. In fact, besides growth of only zero point something, all the factors that gave rise to the crisis, and prevent any real recovery, remain, and are getting worse. · Let’s start with a recent financial issue surrounding Deutsche Bank, the largest German bank, and one of the most important in the world.

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