State Control is not Socialism

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According to Tom Harris in The Daily Telegraph on 17 March, “we are all socialists now”. This was before the UK government’s announcement of a £330bn package to help the economy through the coronavirus ‘lockdown’, but after Virgin Airlines requested a £7.5bn bailout. Other airlines worldwide have also requested aid from their governments.

Marxism and Sexuality

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Contradictions at the heart of the capitalist mode of production affect human relations at the level of the superstructure. The ideological, cultural, linguistic, and organisational forms prevalent in contemporary society are not independent of the social and economic structure of our society, and are bequeathed to us from previous modes of production.

Austerity for the Essential: The Struggle of Personal Support Workers

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Mainstream news sources, for the last decade, have been reporting on the increased frequency of the “hallway healthcare” phenomena in Ontario hospitals. Over this time the problem has grown into a norm, rather than an alarming exception. Recent studies have indicated that an average of 1,000 patients are being treated in the hallways of Ontario hospitals every day.

April 1945: Perspectives and Directives of the Internationalist Communist Party

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CWO Introduction · Wander round any town in Italy and you’ll not be long in spotting some plaque or monument to some fallen “partisan”. Significantly they are always victims of “Nazi-fascism”, never just good old homespun Italian fascism. This is all chimes in with a national and nationalist mythology of Italy as “victim of war” which began on the date referred to in the document which follows.

Reflections on the Coronavirus and Economic Crises

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(A much expanded update to the article we previously published here: · For now we’ll leave aside questions — such as how much about the virus is fake news or the conspiracy theories that are circulating in the ether about its origins in genetic engineering, or the possibility that American or Chinese laboratories, by mistake or on purpose, released the "royal crown" and all the consequences that...

"All in this Together"? A Sick Joke

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The myth that we’re all in this together is already wearing thin. COVID-19 has come after ten years of grinding austerity characterised by the gig economy, poverty wages, benefit cuts, attacks on the NHS, and a desperate housing crisis. While the richest 1% have got richer, we’ve had a growth in food banks, child poverty, unaffordable housing and poor health.

Capitalism and Covid: Paycheques and Rents

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(For the working class the cost of a roof over our heads is a major expenditure, one that can push households further into debt and ultimately onto the streets. This report from our ICT affiliate in Canada shows how the coronavirus lockdown is exacerbating the housing problem for the working class. As in the UK, there has been no general rent moratorium, and many tenants have simply stopped...

Mauro Stefanini (9 January 1948 - 2 May 2005)

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Today is the fifteenth anniversary of the death of our unforgettable comrade Mauro Stefanini. We are not great fans of formal rituals or commemorations (neither was he) but by way of acknowledging our debt to him we publish this short introduction to the volume of his work our comrades of the Internationalist Communist Party (Battaglia Comunista) published five years ago under the title Le radici...

Covid-19 Exposes the Irrationality of Capitalism

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The realities of life under Covid-19 lockdown, whatever the specifics, are strange. Over the last two months or so, many of us will have seen empty shelves in supermarkets where once-familiar products like flour, eggs, soap and toilet roll are seemingly in short supply. Is this because there are not enough of these products being produced? Have the supply lines broken down, so that existing...

May Day 2020: Against the Virus that is Capitalism

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The world proletariat has in the past celebrated May Day in some dramatic situations: from the imperialist world wars which forced workers to kill, die and produce for their class enemy — their own capitalist class — to the many occasions when the ruling class has unleashed its repressive machine to crush those struggles aimed at making exploitation less onerous, and the chains of the bosses’...

Scrubs: The Story from the Bottom Up

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(We have received this letter from the Haringey Solidarity Group ( and republish it here as it presents a working class perspective on the current PPE scandal, against the bosses' propaganda. · Regarding the call for "fair wages" in the final paragraph however, we must repeat that our emancipation as a class can only be achieved through the abolition of the wages system, not redistribution.

International Workers' Memorial Day: We Don't Want To Die For Your Profits!

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International Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on 28th April in countries on every continent, to commemorate workers killed and injured through their work. This year, as many countries across the world are in some form of lockdown, the commemorations are likely to be few, while the number of dead is rising rapidly.

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