capitalism

Finding Our Compass: Reflections on a World in Crisis

An 'experimental' book that touches on a wide range of topics while maintaining a grounding in left-wing philosophies.

Notes of an Underground Humanist

An idiosyncratic book inspired by the form of Nietzsche but the content of Marx.

Sorry We Missed You: Wage Slavery in the Spotlight

North or South, anyone who’s ever worked as a courier or care/support worker, or grew up in a working class nuclear family household, will have serious déjà vu watching the new Ken Loach film.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall and “The End of History”

Today (‎9/11/19) marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall (which did not quite make its own thirtieth anniversary). It will be accompanied by the usual capitalist paeans to the wonders of democracy and the capitalist way of doing things. The following article from Communist Review 8 (later Internationalist Communist) appeared in January 1990 but has never been reproduced digitally before. It was our deeper reflection not only on the collapse of the USSR’s empire in the East but the burgeoning crisis of world capitalism as a whole

It's Not Working: Steeltown USA and Worker Ownership

In the late 1970s American manufacturing was in extreme difficulty. The Carter administration turned to a series of radical (for the American government) new inititatives including letting workers buy their workplaces when the owners wanted to pull out.

[VIDEO] Satisfying Answers on Socialism: An Open Letter to Destiny

A response to the debate on socialism between YouTuber Destiny and author/professor Ben Burgis, from a libertarian-socialist / libertarian-communist perspective. Topics covered:

1. Are capitalists immoral?
2. Can socialism overcome incentives to destroy the environment?
3. Will widespread ignorance continue in socialism?
4. Can socialism provide a strong, thriving economy?

Also: Marx gets a makeover! (In the literal, not revisionist sense!)

[VIDEO] Breaking the Wheel? An Open Letter to Sam Tarly

A video using the popular TV show Game of Thrones as a launching point to discuss the fact that most people are unreasonably dismissive and close minded towards alternatives to capitalism and the state.They laugh off the very idea of it without giving proper consideration. The video is designed to make sense even to those who've never watched the show.

Capitalism's New Economy: The Working Class

On re-reading this piece, what is striking about the picture of the working class in capitalism's self-styled service economy in 2006 is how much it resembles the situation today. After decades of capitalist restructuring in the face of problems stemming from the declining rate of profit (problems by no means confined to the economy of the UK) there are now recognisable constants in the socio-economic profile of the 'restructured' working class.

Imperialism and the Amazon

The article which follows was written at the beginning of the month when the continuing deforestation of the Amazon led to the yet more murders of the indigenous population. Since then the crisis has deepened as the dry season burning of the Amazon to clear the way for farming has reached new heights.

“Capitalism is Dead” (George Monbiot) but Only the World Working Class Can Bury It

It did not take the fatal consequences of recent record temperatures in Western Europe, or the recent wildfires in California, monsoon floods in Nepal, India and Bangladesh or the Mozambique cyclones, to tell us that something has radically shifted in the world’s climate. The existential threat of human-created climate change to life on the planet has been understood for decades. NASA, among others, first sounded the alarm about global carbon emissions in 1988 and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was formed the same year.