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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.

Are we now in a period of transition from capitalism to socialism? H. Ticktin’s concept of decline and transition

Capitalism must be overthrown before a transitional period can be initiated. There must be a total rupture with value production. In order for this to happen the working class must capture political power and set about consciously transforming social production relations. Ticktin’s conceptions seem like those other aficionados of a seamless transition to communism, who have long lost hope in the working class being the agent of revolution.

US Power and the New Course Towards War

We live, and have been living, in an epoch of capitalist decadence. Notwithstanding longer life expectancy, technological advance, and the claims of its defenders, the capitalist system is incapable of addressing existential questions such as the destruction of the environment via man-made climate change. After all, to do so would get in the way of making profits. Short-term expediency portends long term disaster.

Brief comments on the Libertarian Socialist Caucus’ 2018 platform

Democratic Socialists of America-Libertarian Caucus banner

Some brief, preliminary comments on the new platform released by the Democratic Socialists of America-Libertarian Socialist Caucus. A good sign, but should there be more?

System Series Part Three - Crisis

Draft version of the third part of our vulgar 'system series' - to be published in our local workers' paper WorkersWildWest no.8

In Defense Of A/S: Is Anarcho-syndicalism Outdated?

The first in a series of articles defending Anarcho-syndicalism, this time addressing whether Anarcho-syndicalism is outdated.

Notes on Cedric Robinson's Black Marxism

I recently read Cedric J. Robinson's Black Marxism, the Making of the Black Radical Tradition, here's some quick notes.

Nike and the Sweatshop problem

Recent anger over Nike's current endorsement deal reminded me of a period in the 1990s when Nike was facing consumer anger of its labour practices and a strike by Indonesian workers at one of its factories.

The Working Class Holds the Key to a New World

Such a world will be organised according to the original motto of Karl Marx “from each according to their ability; to each according to their need.” This has nothing to do with the nightmare of state capitalism that emerged in the USSR.

The Limits of 'Intersectionality': AngryWorkers book review of 'Striking Women'

AngryWorkers book review of 'Striking Women' - Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet', by Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson

John McCain – War Hero or Racist War Monger?

The publicity surrounding John McCain’s recent funeral was excessive to say the least, with wall-to-wall coverage in the United States and Britain, as well as other countries around the world. We were relentlessly informed in a slew of whitewashed obituaries, cringe-worthy plaudits and declarations of love from the bourgeoisie on both sides of the Atlantic for more than a week, in newspapers, online and on television, what a heroic champion of freedom, democracy, civil rights and free speech this man was; as well as being above all a great patriot.

Are We Going Back to the 1930s?

You would have to be well over 80 to directly remember anything about the 1930s. The nearest thing to real experience of that time, for those in the succeeding generation, was listening to our parents who preferred to forget about them.

"Striking to Survive: Workers' Resistance [in China]" book talks, San Francisco Bay Area, 7-11 October 2018

Striking to Survive book tour

Striking to Survive: Workers’ Resistance to Factory Relocations in China addresses the question of why there are so many strikes in China today and whether they add up to a "labor movement." Against the backdrop of a recent wave of factory closures in the Pearl River Delta, this book dispels the myth that Chinese workers are "stealing American jobs" and asks how solidarity between workers on both sides of the Pacific can be built.

Revolution From Below In Syria? An Anarchist Analysis Of The Kurdish Movement For Autonomy In Rojava

The author of Rage Against Capital takes a critical Anarcho-syndicalist look at "The Rojava Revolution".

AngryWorkers au soleil - An escape to Marseille

New US Prison Strike Takes us to the Dark Heart of Capitalism

Prison labour is a billion-dollar industry, and the corporate beneficiaries of this slave labour include some of the largest corporations and most widely known brands. There are literally hundreds of corporations and firms that exploit prison labour.

The 2D Revolution

Qoutation of Mao Zedong with Oolong the Pig

A list of anime's that I feel are of interest to a class conscious viewer.

Trotskyism and the War in Syria

The casual observer might think that Trotskyism has been quite consistent in its views on the Syrian war but in fact there are almost as many positions on the war as there are Trotskyist groups. And this is no accident. Before we look at the stance that various Trotskyist groups have taken on the Syrian war it is useful to provide a brief overview of Trotsky and Trotskyism.

Reflections on Chicago labor conferences 2018

Elwood Enterprise Zone

The following is my personal, subjective account of my experiences in Chicago for two back-to-back gatherings of working class militants and activists from April 5-8, 2018. The first was the Railroad Workers United Convention and the second was the Labor Notes Conference (I apologize in advance for my stream of consciousness digressions and clunky note-taking style).

AngryWorkers go stateside - Visit in the US