Strikes in France - A Brief Introduction

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The document which follows was written by an Italian comrade of Battaglia Comunista as a preliminary introduction to the text we have called “The Strikes in France May 2016” which appeared on the site some days ago. His intention was simply to put the strikes in context for Italian readers. This slightly adapted translation intends to do the same for English speakers and should be read in...

France: What does the “Up All Night” Movement Signify?

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What does the “Up All Night” Movement Signify? · [Further reflection by some comrades in France on the political situation there to go with a previous document on the struggles – See The ICT position is in the document on the site "France: A New Attack on the Working Class". · Irrespective of the use and abuse of "Up All Night", this phenomenon is a sign of a subterranean journey of some...

The Strikes in France May 2016

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The following document is a translation of a text written by a French comrade. It is obviously not a complete picture and refers only to the situation of the struggle in May but an update is already being prepared as is a document of deeper reflection on the significance of these struggles. CWO · The purpose of this document is to reflect on the current social situation and the balance of power...

Swimming Against the Stream, the Challenge for Revolutionaries

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The following document is approximately the text of the introduction to a one hour meeting introduced by the Communist Workers’ Organisation in the Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair on April 23 2016. The meeting was advertised in the programme with these words · “Capitalism faces its longest ever unresolved crisis.

Ecuador: Against the Attacks of Capital and the State

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For around a decade and a half the usual leftist motley crew have been proclaiming the virtues of “socialism” and “anti-imperialism” in Latin America. If it was not Chavismo in Venezuela[1] or the electoral success of the Workers’ Party in Brasil then there was always Morales in Bolivia or the Correa government in Ecuador to point to the possibility of social change without changing the...

Against Exploitation, Crisis and War:

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It’s Time to Organise · We live in an increasingly dangerous world. Capitalism is in its deepest crisis for 80 years. The falling rate of profit has led to a worldwide stagnation in investment. Its effects are visible everywhere. This includes the ecological destruction of the planet which increasingly threatens the future of life on earth itself.

The Minimum Wage Con-Trick

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For the likes of Terra Firma, a debt-fuelled private equity firm run by Guy Hands from his tax haven in Guernsey, the rise in the minimum wage threatens the viability of its Four Seasons Care Homes. This is the biggest group of homes for the elderly in Britain but exists for nothing more than financial speculation.

The Panama Papers: The Real Scandal is Capitalism

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Remember “we are all in it together”? This was the British Prime Minister’s arrogant claim in 2010 that people like him were suffering as much as the working class from the crisis. It appears he has now got a new version. When he got up in the House of Commons this month to justify why his father had set up a shell company, Blairmore Holdings to avoid paying inheritance tax, his main argument was...

UK Capital – New Steps, New Drama, New Pain for the Working Class

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The media and the Government keep repeating the message that “the crisis is over, things are improving, we are making headway”. They point to the fact that jobless totals are down, production is up, debt is being reduced, and they say the economy is on the upturn. What they cannot explain is if the outlook is better for the UK economy, and even possibly the world, why is life for millions still...

The Libyan Tragedy is not Over

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The Libyan Tragedy is not Over · On March 30 Fayez al Serraj the UN-appointed Prime Minister of Libya, finally docked in the port of Tripoli from his retreat in Tunisia. However he is hamstrung by numerous internal opposition forces whose artillery prevented his arrival by air. Despite this he solemnly declared that his Executive "will work to unite Libyans and reduce the suffering of the people...

The Class Composition of the Islamic State

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Strange but true (well almost). Amongst the self-styled revolutionary left there are those who have given more or less unconditional support to the political and military operations of the Islamic State. They consider it to be the only force that has the courage to fight imperialism (of course mainly American), therefore it is the only source of inspiration for the international class struggle.

Ireland: The 1916 Easter Rising 100 Years On

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The modern Irish Republic was formally ushered into existence on Easter Monday 1949. The choice of day was no accident but a deliberate symbolic identification with the Easter Rising thirty-three years earlier. By that time the actual events of the Rising had been overtaken by myth-making. The Irish national cause had been flagging well before 1916 but the Rising gave it the “martyrs” it needed.

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