Blogs

Call COBRA, that’ll sort it

I originally posted this at Freedom News shortly after the Manchester bombing, but blow me if it's not strangely prescient on today's events as well...

Living The Dream under The Accord

Latest episode of the Living The Dream podcast from The Word From Struggle Street - an anticapitalist blog from Brisbane.

At the Turning Point: An Open Letter to my Chavista Friends

More than two months of protests continue in Venezuela

The principle of enantiadromia says that culminating processes revert into their opposite like a yin-yang. This is a force that's certainly at work in Venezuela today as the Bolivarian Revolution, which promised deepening democracy becomes a dictatorship.

Draft thoughts on strategy for American anarchists

A sketch written and distributed amongst some anarchists from April of 2016 prior to Trump's electoral victory.

Don't Vote - Prepare the Resistance

For years the world capitalist system has been in economic crisis. No matter what policies various governments have tried (from increased spending, to privatisation and letting the banks speculate on anything and everything) this crisis has not gone away. It got worse in 2007-8 when the speculative bubble fuelled by the banks burst. We have been paying the consequences ever since. Despite talk of a recent recovery, real incomes of the majority have continued to fall.

Nation or Class?

These are dangerous and unpredictable times. Ten years after the global financial meltdown the world economy still isn’t fixed. After decades of promoting globalisation, which has produced only fortunes for the few and misery for the many, our rulers are beginning to lose their grip. A growing number are turning to so-called nationalist “populism”. ... this is the sign of a system which lacks real solutions.

The National Front and its influence among French workers (2015) - Part 1

The National Front was initially created by several fascist groups in 1972. Its first significant national victory was in 1986 thanks to to the "Socialist" President Mitterrand who wanted to divide the Right and temporarily changed the electoral system which enabled the NF to get 35 MPs this year. From 1988 its influence has grown at every presidential election (except in 2007 because of a split) reaching 21,7 % of the votes in 2017 10;6 million of the votes among 46 million of potential voters).

The National Front and its influence among French workers (2015) - Part 2

This National Front is a political UFO... A very dangerous one: even if specialists and militants don't agree about what should be the right label: fascist? postfascist? national-populist? It's a very dangerous enemy for the working class...

The National Front and its influence among French workers (2015) - Introduction

This text was presented in London in July 2015 during an "Ideas for freedom" meeting organized by the AWL, a Trotskyist group with whom I have strong differences on many subjects but.... which invites me regularly to debate about France. Since 2015, unfortunately, the influence of the National Front has grown, especially among the working class. I will write a new article at the end of June after the Parliamentary elections...

What's new in France for the Left ? Presentation and table of contents

Presentation

This collection of articles deals mainly with problems which have been intensely dividing the “revolutionary ” Left in France recently: some are relatively new (the growing social and political importance of a foreign-born population, the growth of Islam, the clash between identity politics and French Republicanism), some are indeed quite old: the attitude of the workers movement towards national identity, religion, French nationalist form of universalism, the bourgeois state, electoral politics, anti-Semitism and the “Jewish question,” Zionism, the nature and role of Trotskyism, political violence, etc.

Manchester Arena atrocity: an initial response

Manchester - 759

Our work creates the bulk of the world’s wealth which ends up in the hands of the capitalist class. They use the wealth we create to supply armies and to wage wars to defend their existence. We need to build an international movement which can create a society in which people’s needs not capitalist profits dominate, and in doing so end atrocities like the one in Manchester. No war but the class war.

No borders no fatherland

Music education makes for a poor commodity

The privatization of music education has turned it into a commodity, and with students becoming increasingly addicted to instant stimulation and gratification, a pretty bad one

Catching up on the Discource

A brief bit on how I reclaim a portion of my labour time.

Careless: Care work in West London

A friend working in social care wrote down some experiences from the job. Of particular interest given the current debate about care crisis and election pledges.

The general election: more ruling class mystification

The electoral process is a fraud offering only capitalist choices. It will not end austerity for millions of workers. The working class has already discovered its own form of direct democracy but this can only become operative in the active struggle to step up our fight not just for better living standards but against the system which is reducing them.

仿佛有一千个12月的冬天——2008年的希腊起义

关于希腊2008年12月全国无产者起义的经典报告和马克思主义分析。

略谈希腊2008年以来的形势

两篇文章关于2008年以来希腊的债务危机,财政紧缩措施,无产者的反抗和自救尝试,SYRIZA(激进左翼联盟)的上台和对其投票群众的背叛,极右派排外民粹主义的上升等现象,直到2015年年底的形势。

Lessons in leftism: Pete Seeger and the black power movement

Roger Johnson and Pete Seeger singing "We shall overcome"

The rise of “black power” led Pete Seeger to realize he had become a towering figure in a movement he didn't fully understand. The way he dealt with criticisms of him and his friends holds lessons for today.

What's at stake in the health care debate?

The debate in the United States over how to provide health care to a nation increasingly burdened by the costs and dissatisfied with the status quo has returned with a vengeance. S Nicholas Nappalos comes at these issues as a nurse and organizer, and tries to unpack the implications of the growing health crisis, what alternatives we really have, and what health for-and-by workers and the community could look like.