Radek on the “Defeat” of Brest-Litovsk

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With this translation we begin the second volume of our series of translations from the review Kommunist, using the French version published by the Collectif d’édition smolny (www.collectif-smolny.org). As many will know the review Kommunist was the brainchild of the “proletarian communists”, or “left communists” as Lenin dubbed them, inside the Bolshevik Party in the spring of 1918.

Workers of all Identities, Unite!

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For the past few years, but particularly in the aftermath of the 2016 US Presidential election, the theme of identity politics has dominated political discourse on both the left and the right. Countless books, articles, blogs and comments have been written on the subject, but we ourselves have dealt with it only in passing. · The definition of identity politics remains elusive.

Legal Aid Cuts: One Law for the Rich and an Increasingly Worse One for Everyone Else

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The government is currently carrying out a review of legal aid following a series of cuts that have been implemented over the last few years. There is a growing view that the cuts have gone too far and could be a false economy as well as undermining faith in the legal system. Whilst it is unlikely that the government will put any significant amount of cash back into the system, it will probably...

The Imperialist Manoeuvring Behind the Khashoggi Affair

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Two years ago this month Saudi warplanes, “armed, fueled and maintained by British and American-loaned personnel” [1] bombed a funeral hall where most of the Yemeni élite were known to have gathered for the funeral of a former minister. Four waves of airstrikes followed. Then, after ten minutes as rescuers moved in, the Saudis, copying the US tactic of the “double tap” struck again. Over 150 died.

Against Racism and Authoritarianism: the Problem is Capitalism!

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“We will chase them out!” Alexander Gauland bawled straight after the entry of the Alternative für Deutschland (Alternative for Germany, AfD) to the Bundestag. It should be clear, at least after the racist riots in Chemnitz and Köthen, that this was no empty threat. The AfD’s rise has lent wings to the entire extreme right and is increasingly being translated into racially-motivated violence on...

Ireland and Brexit – Workers Need a Hard Border Against Bosses' Politics!

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On 12th October, the Financial Times (FT), described the Brexit situation as an "Unpredictable Muddle". We would not disagree. · In particular, the confusion has allowed the political parties in Northern Ireland to resurrect long standing strategic obsessions, none of which can offer anything to workers in a an area where deprivation remains appallingly high.

Italy’s “Government of Change”: History as Farce

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The Italian title of this translation “Me ne frego” carries a political significance which requires some explanation. The original phrase comes from a song sung by fanatically nationalist soldiers known as “arditi” (the daring ones) as they went into battle in the First World War. It can be translated as “I don’t give a fuck” (the standard dictionary will say “I don’t care”) and even today is...

Bolsonaro and the Crisis in Brazil

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The fall out from the financial collapse of 2007-8 continues. Its latest tremor is in Brazil. The commodities boom before 2007 allowed the Brazilian Workers Party [PT] to claim that it was redistributing income but in reality it did little. Once the commodity prices fell (and especially that of oil in 2014) the state finances were in a mess.

Against Pension “Reform" in Russia

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On September 27, the State Duma approved the law for raising the retirement age[1] at its third reading · Since the government and the Duma do not dare to tax the oligarchs, they could not come up with anything else. Not wanting to introduce a progressive income tax scale, Russian capital made it clear that it would not only not sacrifice any of its economic and political domination as such, but...

The Struggle of the Metro Workers of Granada

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The leaflet below was issued by the Emancipation League whose appearance as a nucleus of the communist left we first welcomed in June this year. It demonstrates not only that the bosses are getting worried about rising class militancy (it’s a longtime since we heard the “selfish workers” line) but also that Liga Emancipación aim to have an impact on the wider working class as part of their...

Two Articles from Kommunist (April 1918)

With the publication of these two articles we are completing our translation of the first issue of Kommunist, the journal of the “proletarian communists” or left communist faction of the Bolshevik Party in the Spring of 1918. We have already published articles by Radek, Bukharin and Ossinsky in our last three issues and all can be found on our website.

Are we now in a period of transition from capitalism to socialism? H. Ticktin’s concept of decline and transition

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Introduction · In previous editions of Revolutionary Perspectives we have examined theories which deny that a transitional period between capitalism and communism, as outlined by Marx in his Critique of the Gotha Programme, is necessary. [1] We have argued that a transition to communism can only occur after the working class has taken political power since islands of communist production cannot...

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