Blogs

Venezuela: A look at fake news and our own arrogance

Fake news about Venezuela is a lesson wrapped in a lesson of why we are not in a position to decide the fates of other countries.

Short comments on Mike Davis’ “Old Gods and New Enigmas - Notes on Revolutionary Agency”

We decided to read and discuss Mike’s text because the question he is asking is a pertinent one: ‘who can become a social force of revolution?’ By looking at what constituted revolutionary agency during the peak-time of working class radicalism between 1870 and 1920, we can perhaps better assess our chances in the present.

Guardian report exposes Amazon wage increase as public relations fraud

A recent report in The Guardian exposes the fraud of Amazon's October wage hike stunt. It also raises the question: was this all simply intended to stave off a unionization effort that began last summer?

Anarchism: basic concepts

This is an introduction in basic anarchist conceptions, ideas and argumentation. The text started its life in the winter of 2010-2011, in Dutch. It was meant to clarify my own mind as a relative newcomer to the anarchist movement. It has been published, October 2018, as a small booklet. Complete text and publication info: https://ravotr.noblogs.org/anarchism-basic-concepts/

The Origins and Capture of International Working Women's Day

We know that the bourgeois state can provide us no genuine or lasting protections and we know that women will never be safe for as long as class society and the social construct of gender exists.

Oakland Strike: Balance Sheet, Lessons, and What Next?

Strike supporting restaurant Oakland

Oakland Educators Association (OEA) reached a tentative agreement to settle a 7-day strike in Oakland, California last week. Jack Gerson, retired Oakland teacher and former executive board and bargaining team member, gives his account of the dynamics of the walkout.

Honda, General Motors: Global Crisis and the Car Industry

Two articles on the recent developments in the US and UK automotive industry.

Living The Dream with the Anti-Nuclear Movement in Japan

In this episode of Living The Dream we look at the anti-nuclear movement in Japan and its connection to the past and ongoing struggles, ideas and movements. From The Word From Struggle Street

Founding of the Comintern - Then and Now

A century ago, from 2nd — 6th March 1919, 52 delegates, more than 40 from various political organisations outside Russia, met in Moscow.

"Textbooks are becoming obsolete" says Bill Gates

Textbooks obsolete

A quick response to an item I just saw in the 2019 annual letter from Bill and Melinda Gates.

International Solidarity with the Wildcat Strikes of the Mexican Maquiladoras

Since the 2008 economic crisis, the ballooning global debt has increased from $20 trillion to over $240 trillion. With this exponential growth of indebtedness and an unresolvable crisis of accumulation, capitalism is losing its grip. The effects of this crisis are felt no more clearly than within the maquiladora sweatshops on the northern border of Mexico. Here sub-assemblies are pieced together for the struggling US automobile industry north of the Rio Grande.

Bonzo goes to Oslo: Christian fundamentalists and the far-right strike a new pose

A look at recent attempts by religious fundamentalist reactionaries and conspiracy theorists to build coalitions with "gender critical" feminists.

Self-Management

Introduction to the theory and practice of self-management.

Socialism is not Statism

A spectre haunts the world today. It is the spectre of “socialism”. Commentators of left and right, of reactionary or reformist inclination, agree that “after three decades in the wilderness, socialism is back.”

Mexican workers take matters into their own hands

Workers walk out of a plant in Matamoros. Source: WSWS.org

Largest North American strike wave in decades grows. Rebellion exposes union betrayal, is met with repression from “left-wing” government and a near total media blackout.

Class struggle frontiers in Hinterland

Hinterland cover

Comrade Motopu provides an overview of Phil Neel’s book and attempts to place it in the ongoing debates over the centrality of labor movements vs. surplus populations and riots vs. strikes.

Caribbean: The "Isla" oil refinery as a microcosm of a collapsing capitalism

On the Caribbean Island of Curacao refinery workers strike against the closure of their enterprise under influence of the economic, political and human tragedy in Venezuela and the danger of inter-imperialist war.

Living The Dream reads On Fairness by Sally McManus

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus recently published a book entitled On Fairness. In the episode of Living The Dream we look at how the argument McManus makes points us in the wrong direction. From The Word From Struggle Street

Humanitarian Aid... for War

War or no war, one thing is certain, and that is the bourgeoisie — Chavista or oppositionist — cannot take society anywhere. There is no viable solution based on the nation and certainly not a capitalist one.

Anarcho-syndicalism and Anarchist Communism: Different, But Conjoined

outlining the difference and common causes of Anarcho-syndicalism and Anarchist Communism