What Does the Communist Left Do?

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It’s fashionable nowadays to say that the Communist Left “does nothing”. This misconception – whether a consequence of reducing the historical experience of our tendency only to those currents that have adopted the wait-and-see approach(1), or because of internet humour which has made the image of “leftcoms” synonymous with “armchairs” – should be addressed.

The Pandemic and the Crisis

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(From Intransigence publication of Internationalist Communists in North America.) · The Disease · By now any material on the COVID-19 pandemic will seem like old news. Over the course of nine weeks, the number of cases has exploded from a reported number of a little over 500 cases to nearly two million worldwide, and over 600,000 active cases in the United States alone as of writing this.

The Pandemic and the Worsening Crisis: Some Reflections on the Consequences and Perspectives

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(This short reflection is a synthesis of ideas common to various comrades, from different areas, with whom we frequently discuss. In fact, some of the considerations here are now becoming an integral and shared perspective beyond that of any one organisation. This gives us hope that in the near future the most politically aware elements will recognise that we are all travelling in the same...

"All in it Together" or Class against Class

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(The following is the outline of a presentation for a CWO local education "virtual" meeting on Marxist theory of economic crisis for members and sympathisers. For obvious reasons the discussion centred round the current economic situation in which, as the meeting concluded, "The class nature of the alternatives are becoming clearer – all shades of government are embracing ‘leftism’, creating all...

The Left, Still Clinging onto Gramsci

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The capitalist crisis is advancing, while the antagonistic(1) part of the "bourgeois left" still clings to the thoughts of Gramsci.(2) · The right wing and the bourgeois left have only one concern: getting capitalism out of the crisis that grips it. But should we, internationalist communists, perhaps contribute to restoring strength and vigour to this? There is only one answer for communists.

Reflections on Coronavirus and the Economic Crisis

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(A much expanded version of this article is available here: · Leaving aside for a moment the issue of “fake news” conspiracy theories circulating in the ether about the origins of the virus, that whether by accident or deliberately American laboratories engineered it themselves (with all the implications this would have on international imperialist scenarios), let us confront the problem in...

The Virus is Capitalism

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The coronavirus pandemic is battering the whole world. It has upset a social and economic order that appeared immutable. It has dramatically laid bare the reality of human relations in this society based on the exploitation of one human being by another in the name of profit. · After years of cuts, thousands, if not millions, of workers have to cope with a broken and dysfunctional health system.

The Infantile Disorder of Leftism... and the Senile Weakness of Rightism

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2020 sees the centenary of Lenin’s “Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder, we were ourselves preparing a comment on it which will now be deferrerd. In the meantime it seems appropriate to translate this defence of the Communist Left written by the comrades of the Workers’ Union (Internationalist Communist Workers’ Group).

A New Imperialist Threat to the Russian Revolution?

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From Kommunist No. 3 (16 May 1918) · After a pause we are resuming our serialisation of the translations from the journal Kommunist ( which existed for only a few months in 1918 but its contents threw valuable light on the revolutionary process in Russia. The two documents which follow are taken from Number 3 and we have put them together here since they essentially cover the same theme – the...

Coronavirus is Not the Same for All

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(We are happy to publish this correspondence with an Italian comrade translated by the IWG. It illustrates, once again, despite all the propaganda that “we are all in this together”, what the working class really represents for capital … lambs to the slaughter, especially in dramatic situations like the one we live in.

Poll Tax Riots: 30 Years On

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31 March marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Poll Tax riots. The demonstration, called by the Anti-Poll Tax Federation (set up by the Militant Tendency) and supported by local anti-poll tax groups, attracted some 200,000 people and turned violent following heavy handed arrests and charges by mounted riot police. Unrest lasted for hours and resulted in over 300 arrests and over 100 injured.

Capitalism Grappling with Coronavirus

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Coronavirus has now become a pandemic that none of us wished for. And the response of the society in which we live only demonstrates the absurdity of its economic laws which cannot cope with sudden calamities and natural upheavals, including the climate and environmental disasters also looming on the horizon.

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