A Hundred Years On: Lessons of the German Revolution

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9 November is an auspicious date in the German historical calendar. 80 years ago this was the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the Night of Broken Glass) when synagogues were burned and 10,000 Jewish males were marched to concentration camps. It was the first step on the road to the genocide of millions.

Poland: One Hundred Years of Bourgeois Dictatorship

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Pictured: 1919 May Day demonstration in Płock, a city in central Poland, with banners reading “Long live the Councils of Worker’s Delegates” and calling for freedom for political prisoners. · Last year we wrote an article analysing the annual Independence March in Poland. [1] This year marks the centenary of Polish independence.

Lest We Forget: Workers Stopped Capitalism’s First World War

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The 100th anniversary of the Armistice, which we are told put a stop to the first world war, happens to coincide with remembrance Sunday, or Poppy Day. So we’re in for a treat. On top of poppy-wearing – now almost de rigueur – and two minute silences in the most improbable places, there are some smashing events in store.

Global Warming: Capitalism Threatens the Planet

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From the standpoint of a higher economic form of society, private ownership of the globe by single individuals will appear quite as absurd as private ownership of one man by another. Even a whole society, a nation, or even all simultaneously existing societies taken together, are not the owners of the globe.

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.

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