Cuba is the Latest Episode in the Death Agony of (State) Capitalism

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The Cuban Economic Crisis · Thousands of Cubans took to the streets across the island nation on 11 July and subsequent days to protest chronic shortages of basic goods, curbs on civil liberties and the government's handling of a worsening coronavirus outbreak, marking the most significant unrest in decades.

Sugarcane Stalinism

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(Originally published in Intransigence ( Issue 2 (July 2018)) · State capitalism and development in Cuba · "Nations, as well as individuals, cannot escape the imperatives of capital accumulation without abolishing capital.(1)" (Grandizo Munis, For a Second Communist Manifesto) · The official narrative concerning the nature of the changes to the economy and broader society ushered in by the Cuban...

Let's Get Political!

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(Leaflet distributed by the CWO at recent strikes and protests happening around the UK.) · Pay and pension cuts, redundancies, fire and re-hire, health & safety violations, precarity, evictions, anti-protest bills... The attacks are varied but they all point in the same direction: as always, it is the working class who will bear the cost of the crisis.

A Communist Left Critique of Platformism (Part II): The Platform and its Disciples

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In Part I ( we examined the Free Territory, or Makhnovshchina, the revolutionary movement in Southern Ukraine 1918-21. It was neither a peasant counter-revolution as portrayed in Trotskyist and Stalinist propaganda, nor an anarchist utopia. Rather it was part and parcel of the bloody process of the rise and fall of the Russian Revolution, itself a part of the post-war revolutionary wave.

A Communist Left Critique of Platformism (Part I): The Makhnovshchina

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Many over the years have pointed out the apparent similarities between Platformism and the Communist Left, and indeed some comrades whom today we count among our ranks first came to the politics of the Communist Left through Platformism. But while the need for revolutionaries to come together, in an organisation united around a common platform, is something both tendencies acknowledge, the...

Elections in the Time of Covid: Peru and the "Marxist Road to Socialism"

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Like most of the South American countries, Peru is going through a deep economic and political crisis that is pushing it to the brink of collapse. Successive corrupt governments have kowtowed to the power of drug traffickers. The economy is otherwise based on the export of raw materials (mainly copper) in the hands of an arrogant and despotic entrepreneurial oligarchy that exploits the working...

Sparks' Power in Tyne & Wear: Wildcat Action Wins Back Jobs

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On construction sites around the UK, contractors such as Balfour Beatty and NG Bailey have already tried to de-skill the sparks’ (electrician) trade earlier this year. These contractors remain unpopular among many workers in the electrical industry due to this, though ultimately they failed to achieve their goal after much resistance from the sparks throughout the country.

A Victim of the Bosses, A Victim of Capitalism

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18 June 2021. At the Lidl warehouse in Biandrate near Novara, during the national strike for better working conditions in progress at the Lidl headquarters, supported by SiCobas, a comrade worker and coordinator of SiCobas Novara, Adil Belakhdim, an Italian of Moroccan origin, was run over by a truck in a reckless and criminal attempt by the driver to break the picket.

Italy: Class Solidarity with the FedEx and Texprint Workers

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The capitalist attacks continue. We present here two translations from our comrades in Italy about the recent events. They are self-explanatory. For reference to our previous articles on the struggles of workers in the logistics sector in Italy see: Italy: The Capitalist Attacks Are Already Beginning ( Demonstration and Strike of Peroni Workers at Tor Sapienza (Rome) ( Two Comments on Recent...

Homes to Those Who Live in Them!

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"The right to life is higher than the rights of private property!" (Slogan from the Russian Revolution) · With the German constitutional court overturning the Berlin rent cap, the real estate lobby has celebrated a significant victory. According to the unanimous verdict, the Berlin rent cap law “is incompatible with the constitution and is thus null and void.

Lukin on the Orthodox Church and the Russian Revolution

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Our latest translation from the 1918 magazine Kommunist concerns a topic not often dealt with in our writings. Since 1839 Tsarism had adopted the slogan “Orthodoxy, Autocracy and Nationality” as the basis of its ruling ideology. The Tsar’s autocratic power was justified in the formula “God’s representative on Earth”, and the Russian Orthodox Church supported this as the established State Church.

Ceuta: The Divisions of Class and Nation are at the Root of the Descent into Barbarism

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The latest episode of a long running drama is now playing out on the world’s TV screens. In the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on the northern tip of Morocco, desperate people facing incredible peril, and willing to sacrifice all they have, are trying to find a new life. What added an extra dimension to the pathos was the reception given to the influx of refugees by the Spanish army, with photos of...

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