Rosa Luxemburg and the Early Days of the Socialist Movement in Poland

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150 years ago, on 5 March 1871, just a few days before the Paris Commune briefly gave the working class a taste of power, Rosa Luxemburg was born in the small city of Zamość, modern day Poland. For this occasion we publish here, for the first time in English, the final part of her treatise on the “Proletariat” Party.

"We the Workers": China Behind the Scenes

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(Review of the documentary “We the Workers” (2017), directed by Wenhai Huang.) · The 1970s saw the arrival of a structural crisis of profitability which shook the world. In response, the post-war article of faith that governments should support the “commanding heights” of the economy, however unprofitable those basic industries were, was abandoned.

The Kronstadt Revolt: One Hundred Years of Counter-Revolution

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Little noticed at the time, few events in working class history have provoked so much emotional response, or have led to so many myths down the years, as the revolt at the Kronstadt naval base in Russia. At a distance of a century we can appreciate just how tragic and significant it was. · The revolt began on 2 March 1921 on board the battleship Petropavlovsk moored in the naval base of Kotlin...

Student Protests in Turkey: A Communist Critique

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1. The student protests in Istanbul, and later in other cities in Turkey, began with the government’s appointment of the new rector to Boğaziçi University. The appointed rector’s incompatibility with the culture at Boğaziçi, and the proven plagiarism in his Masters and Doctoral theses were the initial points raised by the protest and the main demand was for democratic rectorate elections with the...

Class Consciousness and Working Class Emancipation

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(Discussion with the Angry Workers of the World (AWW)) · This article originally began as a response to the AWW’s reply to our review of their book Class Power on Zero Hours in Revolutionary Perspectives 16.(1) However, as we were writing it, the AWW published another blog article entitled “The necessity of a revolutionary working class program in times of coup and civil war scenarios”(2) in which...

Revolts in Myanmar

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Since 1 January the streets of what used to be known as Burma have filled with demonstrations nearly every day. · The straw that broke the camel’s back was the army’s coup which overthrew State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, destroying her party (NLD) through the heavy repression meted out to the demonstrators demanding “liberty and democracy”.

Mythology About the Middle Class and the Class Struggle

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CWO Preamble · The following article is translated from the current edition of Prometeo, the political magazine published by our ICT affiliate in Italy. As well as a valuable investigation in itself, it gives us an opportunity to add a few comments on the vexed question of the middle class from, as it were, an Anglo-Saxon perspective.

The Tours Congress and the Birth of the French Communist Party

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It is now 100 years since the Tours Congress of 25 to 31 December 1920, when the majority of delegates of the French Section of the Workers' International (SFIO) voted to join the Third International. · Whilst the Communist Party of Italy (PCd’I) was formed on the basis of a real, open split from the pacifist, opportunist and parliamentarian Social Democrats, the French Communist Party (PCF)...

Communist Work in a Covid Crisis: A Framework

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(Perspectives for the CWO as discussed in its AGM, November 2020) · A pandemic is a test for any mode of production. It is a particular test for a system mired in economic, political and social crisis. SARS-CoV-2 has thus found the capitalist system wanting. Not only were most countries across the world slow to respond to the swiftly spreading contagion, but the last few decades of cuts and...

A Sign of Things to Come

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The working class currently faces the challenge of the combined consequences of the pandemic and the underlying crisis of capitalism. Even though the health emergency is far from over, the wave of redundancies and restructuring has already started. The degree to which workers are able to not only resist attacks on their conditions but to impose their own interests on the ruling class in the next...

NYC Produce Workers' Strike: Capitalism's Treatment of its "Essential Workers"

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1. Unity for who? · Since the beginning of this pandemic, around the globe, the press and governments have proclaimed the need for “national unity.” Governors and presidents have solemnly extolled the message, “We are all in this together,” while in the state of Georgia, 50% of tenants are at least $5,000 behind on rent.

GameStop and Investor Activism: The Real Story is the Dead-End of Capitalism

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"This is for you, Dad. · I remember when the housing collapse sent a torpedo through my family. My father's concrete company collapsed almost overnight. My father lost his home. My uncle lost his home. I remember my brother helping my father count pocket change on our kitchen table. That was all the money he had left in the world.

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