Blogs

Grenfell Tower – the smoke & the mirrors

There is an ever-growing stream of media commentary on the Grenfell fire, increasing daily as the public enquiry unfolds. There are some elements in the media with the goal of obscuring or excusing the plain facts as part of a pre-emptive defence manoeuvre to protect those most implicated in what caused the fire and the 72 deaths. That they feel the need to use such distortions to defend the Grenfell landlords and those who ordered and oversaw the Grenfell refurbishment that fitted the lethal cladding only increases the suggestion of a general doubt on all sides about their innocence.

Capitalism's New Economy: The Case of the UK

The article here, the first in a series on what was then dubbed the "new economy", originally appeared in the CWO's political journal, Revolutionary Perspectives, in 2005.

WorkersWildWest no.9

Latest issue of our workers' newspaper - an experimental building block of a political working class organisation. We distribute 2,000 copies in front of local factories, warehouses, at Heathrow airport, job centres, housing estates. Give us a hand if you are around...

Freedom of speech: a libertarian perspective

A critical examination of the concept of free speech, examining some of the background assumptions that common claims about free speech rest on.

Robert Altman's "Nashville": From boom to gloom

As I read Jefferson Cowie's Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class I have been watching some of the movies he mentions. My review is largely informed by the historical presentation in his book.

Gojek: Delivery workers struggle in Indonesia

A friend of ours sent us this detailed report. A PDF-file with pictures and graphs is attached...

Sudan: The Dictator Goes but the Regime Lives On

Since December last year Sudan has been seething but it now looks like the Army have reasserted control. What started as bread riots last December, in the historic working class city of Atbara, transformed itself into a campaign of mass civil disobedience.

The Attack on Two Oil Tankers in the Gulf of Oman

On the morning of June 13, two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. One was the Front Altair, owned by the Norwegian company Frontline, but flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. It was carrying a cargo of ethanol from Qatar to Taiwan. The second was the Kokuka Courageous of the Japanese company, Kokuka Sangyo, flying the Panamanian flag which was carrying methanol from Saudi Arabia to Singapore.

Italy: The Failure of the “Populist” Coalition

For those who think that the political and economic incompetence of our rulers is confined to the Anglo-Saxon states the following article from our Italian comrades, written just before the European elections, only underlines the same sorry story for Italian capitalism.

The best is yet to come: a review of Mitchell Abidor’s edition of the Anarchist Encyclopedia

Sébastien Faure

A review of Mitchell Abidor's translated abridgment of the Anarchist Encyclopedia, an immense, collaborative work produced largely by the French 'grand old man' Sébastien Faure. Abidor's contribution is valuable, but leaves us wanting more.

The Dead Don't Die: who makes the zombies?

Dead Don't Die Poster

A review of Jim Jarmusch's anti-zombie film. This review contains many spoilers so you may want to see the movie before reading this.

George Barrett, anarchists and the Great Unrest

Freedom Press published a selection of essays by 1910s anarchist activist George Barrett, Our Masters Are Helpless, at the start of this month. Below is an edited and slightly expanded text of the launch event talk.

The Absurdity Of Socialist Leaders: Ernesto's Will To Power

the first in a series critically analyzing "socialist leaders", dealing with Che Guevara

Working Class Decomposition and Gig Economy Work

Driver strike Uber HQ, San Francisco 8 May 2019

On 8 May 2019 around 300 protesters, mostly Uber and Lyft drivers, blocked Market Street in San Francisco in front of Uber's international headquarters as part of a global strike by drivers timed to coincide with Uber's IPO. This brief analysis attempts to situate these struggles against working class decomposition, with its roots in neoliberal deregulation, and the rise of so-called "gig economy" work.

Teesside Construction Workers Challenge the State

On Thursday 30 May construction workers at the Tees Renewable Energy Plant, owned by MGT Power, walked out in a wildcat action over safety conditions at the site. When workers act on their own class terrain they begin to challenge the capitalist structure as a whole.

Few thoughts on democratic socialism - Introduction to a pamphlet on class struggle under Allende‘s government, Chile 1973

We want to present a pamphlet written by comrades of ours about class struggle and the social democratic government under Allende in Chile in 1973. Chile is one of many examples in history that shows us that the relation between working class movements and left governments is more complicated than the mechanistic picture of force (movement) and container/stabiliser (government) often painted by current democratic socialists.

Communism's Infamous Death Toll

A rebuttal to the argument "communism killed x amount of people"

Marximation

Looking at one of the less orthodox ways of marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Karl Marx.

Iran and the USA on the Warpath?

Whether this situation of neither war nor negotiation, or ‘a bit of war, a bit of truce’ is going to last for a long time or will be temporary, one thing is certain. Neither Trump nor Khamenei, despite their desires and intentions, will ever be able to bypass the impasse that the present crisis is creating.