1926, Last Fight in the Communist International

The Communist Left in the Third International – Bordiga at the 6th Enlarged Executive Meeting of the Communist International · "Since the Russian Revolution is the first great stage of the world revolution it is also our revolution, Its problems are our problems, and every militant in the revolutionary International has not only the right, but also the duty, to collaborate in their solution.

Hobsbawm's Age of Extremes


The Extremes of Age or how Stalinists effortlessly become Democrats - A review article on The Age of Extremes The Short Twentieth Century 1914-91 by Eric Hobsbawm (Michael Joseph 1994) · A comrade asked why we were reviewing this book in ICR. It is a fair question. After all, Hobsbawm was one of the stalwarts of the British Communist Party who metamorphosed along with “the movement” first into a...

The Real Issue about Arms for Iraq


(Editorial) · The Scott Report has turned out to be a disappointment to all those who thought that it would reveal anything important about Government lies. But what did they really expect? Did they seriously think that the state would appoint an inquiry that actually told the truth? Sir Richard Scott may like cycling but his main task was to peddle the idea that, despite the odd bad character,...

IRA Bombings and British Government Manoeuvres: Gangsters Against the Working Class


Commenting on the IRA ceasefire in the Workers Voice 74 we wrote that all the major capitalist and imperialist interests were united in wanting a “peaceful solution” to the Irish conflict. We argued that the reason an agreement was only signed at this point in history was because · "...both the IRA and the British state have had their heads knocked together by the US since it is now in the US’...

Job Seekers Allowance: Turning the Screws on the Unemployed... and Employed


The US stock market fell dramatically at the beginning of March. The reason? More workers had found jobs than the speculators expected. Cuts in interest rates would be postponed and they would not make such heavy profits. This trading in human misery isn’t just the prerogative of the stock markets. As long term unemployment continues the state, throughout the West, is desperate to stigmatise the...

The Socialist Labour Party - Then and Now


"The world will never be civilised so long as capitalism endures." (SLP, September 1914) · Capitalist companies have a whole panoply of laws dealing with copyright, patents and trademarks to prevent competitors from deceiving prospective purchasers. History, regrettably, does not prevent political organisations from working equivalent contricks.

Scargill's New Old Labour Party: Another State Capitalist Diversion


Despite Arthur Scargill’s exaggerated comparison with Keir Hardie’s first attempt to win a seat in Parliament, the few hundred votes cast for Brenda Nixon in the Hemsworth by-election hardly provide a great for Scargill’s breakaway “Socialist Labour Party”. In truth the creation of this new organisation is of little consequence for the working class and has nothing whatsoever to do with the fight...

From Capitalism to Communism: A Popular Outline of the Period of Transition


The period of transition from capitalism to communism is one of the most difficult areas for discussion amongst revolutionaries. In the first place we have only very limited historical experience of workers’ rule and workers’ democracy in action. The Paris Commune, and the Russian Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 are the only time when workers have given a glimpse of how they would run a new society.

Is the Communist Manifesto Still Relevant Today?


Published almost 150 years ago the Communist Manifesto remains one of the seminal documents of marxist literature. In this article we look at the importance of the Manifesto both as a historical document and in terms of its significance for today. · The Communist Manifesto was published in January 1848 on the eve of the bourgeois revolutions which swept continental Europe.

The General Strike 1926


Seventy years ago, in May 1926, the only general strike in the history of the British working class movement took place. Optimistically thought of as a revolutionary situation, the strike ended after only nine days, in complete demoralisation and defeat. · To understand the limitations of the strike it is useful to outline the historical period in which it took place, and the events leading up to...

On Peace and War in Bosnia


Not a person nor a penny for the bosses' wars or their peace · Proletarians of all countries! · At last the capitalist powers have finished partitioning Yugoslavia and brought an end to the war which they themselves had fostered. · In fact socialism never existed in Yugoslavia. It was only state capitalism that finally broke apart under the impact of the economic crisis.

Workers in France Show That Class Struggle Lives


The mass resistance of mainly public sector workers to the Jupp‚ Plan has not broken any new ground but it has been a reminder of what the working class is capable of. With all the arrogance of a party that has a massive parliamentary majority combined with the pressures to fulfil the Maastricht criteria for European monetary union, Chirac's Gaullists hit out at the working class on all...


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