Revolutionary Defeatism Today: Some Questions Answered

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(In preparation for a public debate they are organising, the Péntek esti kísértetjárás ( collective in Hungary has sent us a set of question about revolutionary defeatism. We share our answers here, as they are a concise elaboration of our perspectives for today.) · 1. According to you, what is the relevance of revolutionary defeatism today? · The war in Ukraine, and now the war in Gaza, has...

Marx's Newly Unearthed Letter Reaffirms the Necessity of Internationalism and the Party

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A letter in French by Karl Marx to Jules Guesde was recently unearthed, which we translate here: · "10th of May 1879 41 Maitland Park Road London NW · Dear Citizen Guesde, · No French refugee who has any relation to me would have any doubt about the deep sympathy I feel for you or of the great interest I have in your work.

The Housing Crisis in Canada

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The housing crisis has been at the forefront of the media and the minds of almost every worker in Canada, the lack of affordable homes and a homeless crisis are discussed and the social ills behind them are analyzed by “experts”. The discussions usually revolve around how this crisis emerged, everything from placing the blame on drugs, foreign investors, immigrants, and even irresponsibility on...

Rwanda Plan: Capitalism Offers No Asylum

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On 23 April the ‘Safety of Rwanda’ bill was passed in the House of Lords giving the go ahead for the British state to deport any and all asylum seekers who come to the UK to Rwanda for claims processing. When asked on BBC Question Time about what would happen to Congolese refugees fleeing the war with Rwanda, the Tory crime and policing minister said people from Rwanda would not be sent back,...

Unions Don’t Give You the Time of Day!

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A vital and necessary point around which the class struggle has been fought throughout the history of capitalism is the reduction of the working day. May 1st, International Workers’ Day itself was established as part of the workers’ movement’s push for an 8 hour working day. This demand has by no means diminished over time.

Revolutionary Communist Party: Out With the Old, In With the Old

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The International Marxist Tendency (IMT) is in the process of rebranding as the Revolutionary Communist International, with many of its national sections now taking the name of the Revolutionary Communist Party. According to the IMT, the time to launch a new International is now, since in the last decade there has been a “major shift in consciousness” – following the failure of the social...

To the Internationalists Attending the Prague Week of Action

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Capitalism is past its sell by date and is dragging the planet and humanity towards an existential crisis. The system has been lurching from one expedient to the next to avert the consequences of the crisis that emerged with the end of the post-war boom in the early 1970s. But each expedient, whether it be de-localisation of production to low wage areas, the concomitant globalisation of trade...

May Day 2024: Down with Nationalism and War - Workers Have No Country!

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(2024 May Day Statement of the Internationalist Communist Tendency) · Another May Day in the midst of bombs and massacres. Another May Day, when the threat of a new global carnage becomes ever more real. A carnage that eclipses even the darkest dystopian nightmare and threatens survival on planet Earth. From the Ukraine to the Middle East and the Red Sea, from the Congo to Sudan...

The Problem is the System, Not Who Runs It!

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As global tensions mount, the working class is paying the price at home. Last year the highest number of firms in 30 years went bust. Others are scaling back or shifting production elsewhere. From universities to high street names like Wilko, to major local employers like Port Talbot steelworks, thousands have lost jobs.

Looking Back at Class War in the 1970s: Fifty Years Since the Strike at Imperial Typewriters

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On 1 May 1974 a group of thirty to forty, mainly women workers out of a total of around 1,600 employees at Imperial Typewriters in Leicester joined the May Day workers rally. It was not then a Bank Holiday. (It would be four years before that moveable feast was introduced by Labour’s favourite left-wing MP, Michael Foot.) Nor was this a ritual walk-out by a bunch of trade union stalwarts.

In the Aftermath of the Gabon Coup d'État: A Brief Comparison to the Situation in the Sahel

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A Familial Struggle · In the early morning of August 30, 2023 Gabon’s president Ali Bongo Ondimba was deposed in a military coup d'état. This was only days after announcing his victory in the August 26, 2023 general presidential election. This coup d'état was preceded by elections in 2009 and 2016 that were mired in increased state violence, speculation about vote rigging, and an...

Local Elections in Turkey: No Change for the Working Class

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Turkey has just put another election behind it. However, the screaming of the open supporters of capitalist order and the part-time internationalist bourgeois leftists has not subsided. The chauvinist-Kemalist CHP,(1) which wants to open Turkey's doors wide open to western capital, won many municipalities, while the YRP(2) won a significant share of the conservative electorate because of...

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