Finance, Money and … Helicopters

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The short piece here is an update on the latest ideas of capitalist policy-makers to solve the intractable economic crisis (“slowdown in the world economy”) by means of “non-conventional monetary policies”. These range from the ECB’s extension of “Quantitative Easing” to include bonds issued by private companies to the growing calls for demand to be stimulated by means of the “helicopter drop”...

Migrants: Welcome to the Class Struggle

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“I want to finish my education. My dream is to go to Europe and have a beautiful life.” 19 year old Somali woman stuck in Libya, trying to find means of getting on a boat to Europe. · Throughout the world millions of workers face an uncertain future. Capitalist growth is declining and the global economic crisis is deepening. The official figure of world unemploy­ment is nonsense.

The Housing and Planning Bill: Showing Tenants the Door

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It is hard to tell how much the Housing and Planning Bill is the result of blind belief that the capitalist market will solve everything or downright self-interest and class spite. [196 MPs have declared income from rent.] Either way, it’ll destroy what remains of social hous­ing and exacerbate the general housing crisis.

Sanders, Trump & the US Election

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The political system in the US is in a crisis. The bourgeois pundits are beside themselves at the political ascendency of Donald Trump. Bernie Sanders just walked away with a win in the state of Michigan where he was predicted to lose in the polls by double digits. So certain was the Sanders defeat that he himself was already off campaigning and didn't stick around to hear the results.

Junior Hospital Doctors Take Up the Class Struggle

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Junior hospital doctors are refusing to back off in their fight against the government’s scheme to impose a new work contract. The BMA has announced strikes for March 9, April 6 and April 26. Each will last for 48 hours — double the length of previous action. As always, the doctors will continue to carry out emergency care on those days.

The 1944 Manifesto of the Internationalist Communist Left

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CWO Introduction · The Internationalist Communist Party (PCInt) was founded in 1943 as the only party which unequivocally came out against all sides as imperialist in the Second World War. The PCint did not come from nowhere. It was created by former members of the Communist Party of Italy who had helped to found the party in 1921 and had led it in its early years.

Theses on the Role of Communists in the Economic Struggle of the Working Class

The history of all previous class societies has been driven by class struggle. But whereas all earlier rising classes in history obtained their economic and political domination through defending a certain form of property rights the working class, the proletariat, has no such property to defend. Our struggles therefore take on a different character from all previous contending classes.

Post-capitalism via the Internet (According to Paul Mason) – Dream or Reality?

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Introduction · The book “Postcapitalism – A Guide to our Future” by Paul Mason (PM) is creating a lot of interest amongst the political left in general and in particular amongst the anarchist and left-communist milieu. The book tries to identify the forces which have shaped capitalist society in the past and which at present are determining its future.

Let’s Put an End to the Madness, Irrationality and Violence of Capitalism Before it Destroys Us

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A different society is possible and it’s needed! Only the working class can build it! · “The true slave defends the master, he does not fight him. Because such a slave is not so much the one who is in chains but the one who is no longer able to imagine freedom.” · Silvano Agosti · Capitalism, i.e. the present, now centuries-old, model of society that we are told is the best of all possible worlds,...

Detroit Teachers Sickout

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The last few weeks have witnessed a sickout of Detroit teachers that almost completely shut down the public school systems. This has occurred outside and against the unions, and in opposition to anti-strike laws in place for teachers in Michigan since 1947. Almost all the teachers in the school district called in sick, for two non-consecutive days.

Imperialist Interests and Ideology in the Struggle for the Middle East

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The judicial murder on 1 January of the leading Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, by the Saudi monarchy has been roundly condemned by the UN, EU and US as “provocative” and “exacerbating sectarian tensions”. The response in Tehran was, of course, stronger, with attacks on the Saudi embassy and consulates by Shia religious hardliners.

Paris Climate Conference – Another Failure

The December climate change conference in Paris, or Conference of the Parties (COP21) as it is called, was the 21st such conference since the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) was set up in 1992. All previous conferences have completely failed to prevent the acceleration, let alone reduction, of global emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) and the accompanying global warming.

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