"Year of the Squeeze": The Working Class Pays for the Crisis

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While the Tory government gets embroiled in another political crisis of its own making, life gets harder for the rest of us. The picture was already bleak in 2021, when in November inflation rose to 5.1%, its highest rate in a decade. The price of certain goods was already skyrocketing, most notably fuel. The average price of petrol soared by 29.5%, while the average gas bill rose by 12%.

Turkey: Workers are Trying to Find Their Own Voice All Over the World

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As in the rest of the world, the deepening crisis of capitalism plus the pandemic continue to affect the working class in Turkey. In recent months out-of-control inflation has brought endless exorbitant price rises which have deepened the financial difficulties of the working class. With the pandemic came extremely high rent rises.

USA: Two Years of Strikes

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The past two years in the US have seen an increase in the numbers of strikes. Like a drowned man bobbing on the bottom of a lake, the increase in strikes comes at a time of historically low strike numbers. Years of suppressed wages, combined with the fragmentation of the workforce and the relative decline of industry have created poor conditions for strike activity.

Italy: Capitalist Dilemma over Citizens' Income

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... Or How to "Persuade" the Proletariat to Passively Submit · "In the same way that the workers must be protected against starving to death, so they should receive nothing that is worth saving ... Those who earn their living through daily labour have nothing to motivate them to work apart from their needs which it is wise to alleviate, but which would be folly to cure.

Workers of the World Unite! We Have a Planet to Save!

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The gradual intensification of the climate crisis seems to have escalated over the past two years, with every natural disaster and act of environmental destruction bringing us closer to total environmental collapse. In February 2021, a series of ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ blizzards hit Texas, causing a power outage that affected millions.

On the Chilean Elections

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It seemed unlikely but it happened. On 19 December, Gabriel Boric, the centre-left candidate for the Chilean presidential elections, beat his opponent, the ultra-reactionary right-winger, José Antonio Kast. It was probably also the fear that the latter – openly nostalgic for the “good old days” of the Pinochet dictatorship – would become president, which prompted a part of the electorate to go...

The Historic Failure of COP26

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(Introduction to our article Global Warming: IPCC Report AR6 - Writing a Death Warrant? ( from Revolutionary Perspectives #19 ( · We are republishing a text written before the start of the climate conference in Glasgow (COP26) which took a detailed look at the seriousness of the climate crisis and predicted the conference would achieve almost nothing. Events have confirmed this prediction.

The Crisis in the Taiwan Strait

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For some months now the atmosphere over the stretch of sea that separates China from Taiwan has become very heated, but this has become more intense in recent weeks. China continues to fly planes in Taiwanese airspace, meanwhile it is relentlessly building military infrastructure in the area facing the island.

Kazakhstan: The Working Class Attempts to Find its Voice?

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On 2 January, in response to a sudden increase in gas prices, protests and blockades rose up in the oil city of Zhanaozen in the Mangistau region, western Kazakhstan. The revolt has now spread across the country, including Almaty, the largest city in the country, and Nur-Sultan, the capital. It has forced the current president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, to sack his cabinet, declare a state of...

Happy Holidays from the Capitalists: Economic Misery and Disease in our Stockings

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It is hard not to feel depressed. At what is supposed to be a time of the year when families and friends gather together to enjoy each other’s company and exchange gifts, even this small escape from the wage-laborer’s life of fast-paced monotony seems difficult to enjoy when the overbearing clouds of capitalism cover us in darkness.

Capitalist Negligence Killed 14 Workers in Midwestern Tornado

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Tornadoes that struck Kentucky, Illinois, and other states over the past week have left almost 100 dead across the damaged areas, with around the same number unaccounted for, countless injured, and vast swathes of homes and infrastructure destroyed. As is usual with these phenomena, this is yet another ‘natural’ disaster that has fallen the hardest on our class.

Marginal Notes on COP26 in Glasgow

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Few scientists now question the link between human activity (primarily the use of fossil fuels) and climate change. Extreme weather events (summer heat waves, torrential rains, winter storms, ozone holes, etc.) are increasingly commonplace and are difficult to explain by resorting to natural variability alone.

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