Covid-19 Exposes the Irrationality of Capitalism

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The realities of life under Covid-19 lockdown, whatever the specifics, are strange. Over the last two months or so, many of us will have seen empty shelves in supermarkets where once-familiar products like flour, eggs, soap and toilet roll are seemingly in short supply. Is this because there are not enough of these products being produced? Have the supply lines broken down, so that existing...

May Day 2020: Against the Virus that is Capitalism

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The world proletariat has in the past celebrated May Day in some dramatic situations: from the imperialist world wars which forced workers to kill, die and produce for their class enemy — their own capitalist class — to the many occasions when the ruling class has unleashed its repressive machine to crush those struggles aimed at making exploitation less onerous, and the chains of the bosses’...

Scrubs: The Story from the Bottom Up

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(We have received this letter from the Haringey Solidarity Group ( and republish it here as it presents a working class perspective on the current PPE scandal, against the bosses' propaganda. · Regarding the call for "fair wages" in the final paragraph however, we must repeat that our emancipation as a class can only be achieved through the abolition of the wages system, not redistribution.

International Workers' Memorial Day: We Don't Want To Die For Your Profits!

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International Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on 28th April in countries on every continent, to commemorate workers killed and injured through their work. This year, as many countries across the world are in some form of lockdown, the commemorations are likely to be few, while the number of dead is rising rapidly.

What Does the Communist Left Do?

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It’s fashionable nowadays to say that the Communist Left “does nothing”. This misconception – whether a consequence of reducing the historical experience of our tendency only to those currents that have adopted the wait-and-see approach(1), or because of internet humour which has made the image of “leftcoms” synonymous with “armchairs” – should be addressed.

The Pandemic and the Crisis

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(From Intransigence publication of Internationalist Communists in North America.) · The Disease · By now any material on the COVID-19 pandemic will seem like old news. Over the course of nine weeks, the number of cases has exploded from a reported number of a little over 500 cases to nearly two million worldwide, and over 600,000 active cases in the United States alone as of writing this.

The Pandemic and the Worsening Crisis: Some Reflections on the Consequences and Perspectives

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(This short reflection is a synthesis of ideas common to various comrades, from different areas, with whom we frequently discuss. In fact, some of the considerations here are now becoming an integral and shared perspective beyond that of any one organisation. This gives us hope that in the near future the most politically aware elements will recognise that we are all travelling in the same...

"All in it Together" or Class against Class

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(The following is the outline of a presentation for a CWO local education "virtual" meeting on Marxist theory of economic crisis for members and sympathisers. For obvious reasons the discussion centred round the current economic situation in which, as the meeting concluded, "The class nature of the alternatives are becoming clearer – all shades of government are embracing ‘leftism’, creating all...

The Left, Still Clinging onto Gramsci

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The capitalist crisis is advancing, while the antagonistic(1) part of the "bourgeois left" still clings to the thoughts of Gramsci.(2) · The right wing and the bourgeois left have only one concern: getting capitalism out of the crisis that grips it. But should we, internationalist communists, perhaps contribute to restoring strength and vigour to this? There is only one answer for communists.

Reflections on Coronavirus and the Economic Crisis

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(A much expanded version of this article is available here: · Leaving aside for a moment the issue of “fake news” conspiracy theories circulating in the ether about the origins of the virus, that whether by accident or deliberately American laboratories engineered it themselves (with all the implications this would have on international imperialist scenarios), let us confront the problem in...

The Virus is Capitalism

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The coronavirus pandemic is battering the whole world. It has upset a social and economic order that appeared immutable. It has dramatically laid bare the reality of human relations in this society based on the exploitation of one human being by another in the name of profit. · After years of cuts, thousands, if not millions, of workers have to cope with a broken and dysfunctional health system.

The Infantile Disorder of Leftism... and the Senile Weakness of Rightism

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2020 sees the centenary of Lenin’s “Left-Wing” Communism: an Infantile Disorder, we were ourselves preparing a comment on it which will now be deferrerd. In the meantime it seems appropriate to translate this defence of the Communist Left written by the comrades of the Workers’ Union (Internationalist Communist Workers’ Group).

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