Juche: Stalinism and Maoism with Feudal Characteristics

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(The following article is our translation of a critique of Juche by the group Internationalist Communist Perspective in South Korea. We publish it here as a contribution to the analysis of a Stalinist legacy which still “weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living” (Marx).) · A Critique of Kim Il-sung's Juche Ideology · The charter of the Workers’ Party(1) enacted in August 1946...

The Meaning of Workers' Councils in the 21st Century

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Workers’ councils have a prominent place in our agitation. Recently we have received a number of questions regarding what we mean by workers’ councils, what we think is the relationship between political organisations and workers’ councils, and what might workers’ councils look like today. Our answers to these questions are, as always, informed by the experience of the class struggles of the past.

A Report on Socio-Economic Unrest in Ukraine

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(We reproduce the following article in solidarity with Assembly, an anarchist group based in Kharkiv which has been reporting on workers’ struggles in Ukraine on both sides of the front line (see: In a recent interview, they said of themselves: “we give useful information for workers in their daily confrontation with bosses or officials, and our position with the condemnation of both warring...

Sweden and Finland Entering NATO

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Often the dynamics of war lead to results that are diametrically opposed to the objectives pursued by the contenders; the conflict in Ukraine, instigated by the Russian Federation mainly to hinder NATO's expansion into Eastern Europe, has in fact accelerated the enlargement of the Atlantic Alliance in an extremely important region from a geopolitical point of view, Northern Europe.

Don't Let Them Deal You a Bad Hand!

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(Leaflet distributed by Klasbatalo during the croupiers' strike in Montreal.) · The croupiers of the Casino de Montréal are facing a reduction in wages compared to the rising cost of living. The insult of a 2% raise in the midst of a 9%+ inflation rate is added onto Loto-Québec’s refusal to recognize the workers’ chronic health injuries (arthritis, tendonitis, shoulder and back injuries) as a...

The Ukraine War is a War Against Workers Everywhere

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The war in Ukraine has already lasted about six months. Like earlier wars (Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Congo …) it already has the “never-ending” stamp on it. But there the similarity ends. Although the others involved the major imperialist powers (enough to increase the death toll) they were not direct super-power conflicts.

150 Years On: The Split in the First International

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The Hague Congress of the International Workingmen’s Association (aka the First International) took place in September 1872. After a tumultuous session, Bakunin was expelled by a majority vote and from then on, the red and black tendencies of the workers’ movement went their separate ways. · Or so it is said.

North Sea Oil and Gas Fields: The Struggle Continues!

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As mentioned in our recent article on wildcat strikes in the UK, back in May it was reported that over a thousand offshore oil and gas workers in the North Sea walked out across 19 rigs demanding their wages match inflation.(1) And now, according to a statement circulating across social media, more action is being planned for 8 September.

Capitalism's Economic Foundations (Part I)

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The Economic Basis of Modern Imperialism · The article we are re-printing here is the first part of the first pamphlet ever produced by the CWO. It was initially published as a separate article in 1975, entitled The Economic Foundations of Capitalist Decadence, by the small collective of Revolutionary Perspectives which preceded the formation of the CWO.

Workers Respond to the Bosses' Class War

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For decades workers have paid for the capitalist crisis in declining real wages, austerity and job insecurity. Now all over the world price rises of basic goods are at last triggering strikes and protests. In the UK, BT workers have been on strike for the first time in more than thirty years. More strikes by rail and tram workers, airport and airline workers, barristers, bus drivers, tube...

Nancy Pelosi's Visit to Taipei Opens a New Episode in the US-China Crisis

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(The article which follows is a translation from our Italian comrades of Battaglia Comunista. It is a reminder that the war in Ukraine is not the only theatre of imperialist conflict, as we outlined in back in Revolutionary Perspectives 19 (January 2022) [online at Indeed Russia remains, like Europe, a bit part player to the main imperialist rivalry between China and the USA.

Cost of Living Goes Through the Roof

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In a world of rising prices, the UK’s 10% inflation rate is higher than any other ‘rich’ country and from all accounts set to rise. Domestic gas prices have gone up by 95% in the last 12 months, and electricity by 54%. Both will rise further in the autumn, when millions of families will once more face the dilemma of whether to “eat or heat”.

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