Vaccine Nationalism

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(Article from 1919 ( the new journal of the North American affiliates of the ICT.) · Introduction · At the time this is being written, nearly one year has passed since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported. Often it can feel as if everything has changed since. The initial period of lockdown after the failure to contain the virus cratered the global economy, and while the markets appear to have...

Béla Kun on the Imminent Fall of the Habsburg Empire

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The translation below from Kommunist 4 (June 1918) is the second article by the future leader of the Hungarian Soviet Republic Béla Kun. We have already given a background to Béla Kun in our introduction to his previous article in Kommunist 2 (Béla Kun and the Hungarian Soviet Republic ( so we will simply confine ourselves to a few remarks about this document.

Closing Intransigence

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(Editorial from 1919 ( the new journal of the North American affiliates of the ICT.) · Intransigence as a project started in 2017. The publication was a vehicle that brought disparate and geographically separated communists together to engage with one another in debate and discussion. The goal was to identify common ground and to identify areas of disagreement, both to clarify commonly held...

1871-2021: Vive la Commune!

"And at dawn, armed with glowing patience, we will enter the cities of glory." (Rimbaud, 1873) · There are certain dates in working class history which have made a lasting and indispensable mark on the communist programme, which we understand as the acquisitions and lessons of previous struggles faced by our class. 1871 is one of those.

Italy: The Capitalist Attacks Are Already Beginning

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The following articles are translations of a statement and a leaflet issued by our sister organisation in Italy, Battaglia Comunista (Internationalist Communist Party). Migrant workers in the TNT-FedEx warehouse in Piacenza (Emilia-Romagna) have been on strike for over a fortnight to simply win the same pay and conditions as other workers. Their picket line has been attacked by the police.

The Nationalist Poison Behind Brexit

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Far from “getting Brexit done”, the pantomime goes on. There are so many issues that both EU and UK want to extend the period of grace before the full treaty is implemented. For the UK problems are mounting by the day. Freight volumes are down by 68% in the first month of Brexit. And as for “freeing the UK from bureaucracy” it has increased in both complexity and size.

There isn't a Vaccine against Capitalism

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Every day a piece of news reminds us that we live in a globalised world where the consequences of human activity are not limited to national boundaries. Whether it’s the Covid pandemic with its rapidly morphing virus, or the last minute attempts to reduce global warming and the wider ecological damage — mainly from the last 200 years — that is threatening life on earth, we all know that the...

8 Historical Working Women Moments for 8 March

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For what was once International Working Women’s Day, before it became International Women’s Day upon being co-opted by the UN and its corporate sponsors, we have written on 8 struggles throughout history in which working women played a vital and influential role. Other articles detailing the history and significance of this date can be found on this website by CWO (Celebrating International...

Rosa Luxemburg and the Early Days of the Socialist Movement in Poland

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150 years ago, on 5 March 1871, just a few days before the Paris Commune briefly gave the working class a taste of power, Rosa Luxemburg was born in the small city of Zamość, modern day Poland. For this occasion we publish here, for the first time in English, the final part of her treatise on the “Proletariat” Party.

"We the Workers": China Behind the Scenes

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(Review of the documentary “We the Workers” (2017), directed by Wenhai Huang.) · The 1970s saw the arrival of a structural crisis of profitability which shook the world. In response, the post-war article of faith that governments should support the “commanding heights” of the economy, however unprofitable those basic industries were, was abandoned.

The Kronstadt Revolt: One Hundred Years of Counter-Revolution

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Little noticed at the time, few events in working class history have provoked so much emotional response, or have led to so many myths down the years, as the revolt at the Kronstadt naval base in Russia. At a distance of a century we can appreciate just how tragic and significant it was. · The revolt began on 2 March 1921 on board the battleship Petropavlovsk moored in the naval base of Kotlin...

Student Protests in Turkey: A Communist Critique

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1. The student protests in Istanbul, and later in other cities in Turkey, began with the government’s appointment of the new rector to Boğaziçi University. The appointed rector’s incompatibility with the culture at Boğaziçi, and the proven plagiarism in his Masters and Doctoral theses were the initial points raised by the protest and the main demand was for democratic rectorate elections with the...

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