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.

Climate Change: Capitalism is the Problem

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The capitalist mode of production, characterised by exchange for profit, private property, wage labour and capital accumulation, has only existed for around 300 years. Since the late 19th century it has found its way to even the most remote corners of the Earth by the way of exploitation, dispossession and imperialist competition.

A Different May Day in 1918

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Our latest translation from Kommunist is the editorial to issue number 2. It was translated some time ago but we decided to issue it now as an alternative to those dreary spectacles which have once again become the ritual May Day of the reformists. · For Russian revolutionaries these were indeed “days of hope” and the editorial reflects that.

Crisis, War and Environmental Catastrophe: There is No Alternative to the Social Revolution!

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2019 finds humanity in an increasingly dangerous place. The consequences of global economic stagnation, itself the product of a much deeper crisis of profitability, can be seen in the rise of nationalism, racism and xenophobia. These in turn threaten not only to add to the increasing proliferation of unending wars around the world but to the possibility of more general conflict further down the...

Béla Kun and the Hungarian Soviet Republic

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Our latest translation from the journal Kommunist is of an article by Béla Kun. It is a lucid and perceptive analysis of the relationship between Austria-Hungary, and its more powerful German ally at the end of the First World War. However it is not clear how much of a “proletarian” or “Left” communist Béla Kun was.

Libya: A War as Long as a Pipeline

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Since 2011 Libya has been living with a continual war between internal factions, tribal struggles and the arrogant presence of all, or almost all, of the greatest imperialist powers in Europe and beyond. Gaddafi was removed from power basically for two reasons: · 1) He threatened to stop selling Libyan oil and gas in dollars but instead through a basket of currencies including the rouble, the...

Bloody Capitalism: Mean Wages Constantly Cut in Iowa's Meatpacking Industry

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Letter from the USA: An ICT comrade in the Mid West counters the Financial Times' capitalist perspective · Recently the Financial Times [1] published an article titled Abattoir economics: Trump's immigration policy tests Iowa. As is normal in the capitalist press, there is a lack of historical context alongside the claim that the economy is so great that there just aren't "enough...

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