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Bolsonaro and the Crisis in Brazil

The fall out from the financial collapse of 2007-8 continues. Its latest tremor is in Brazil. The commodities boom before 2007 allowed the Brazilian Workers' Party [PT] to claim that it was redistributing income but in reality it did little. Once the commodity prices fell (and especially that of oil in 2014) the state finances were in a mess. And just about every major political figure from Lula to Temer has been tainted with corruption. Enter Jair Bolsonaro.

Abstentionism and anarchism

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An article by Camillo Berneri arguing that electoral abstentionism should not be considered dogma by anarchists, written shortly after the victory of the Popular Front in the Spanish elections of February 1936. The translation does not imply endorsement.

AMLO or the "anti-imperialism" of the Mexican bourgeoisie

We have translated the following article on the Mexican election from the Spanish blog Nuevo Curso. We share its estimate that the new government will be as anti-working class as all previous Mexican governments despite the rhetoric of the new President, López Obrador. We also agree that his appeal to the Mexican ruling class lies in his aim to eradicate graft and end the impunity of the corrupt in the system.

Sánchez Becomes Prime Minister of Spain

The rulers of all the major capitalist states have no solution to a world economic crisis which in various forms has now dragged on for decades. In the last few years chronic insoluble economic crisis has increasingly translated into political crisis. This has produced not just changes in government but questions about the institutions of these supposedly democratic regimes.

Italian Elections: there’s nothing more depressing in a desert of ideas and perspectives

Given the current programmatic poverty of the bourgeoisie, not voting is a duty. However, today, that isn’t enough.

The Electoral Trap

An article published on October 2017 in the first issue of 'Intransigence', a collaborative effort between the Workers' Offensive group in Miami and other internationalist communists in the United States. This article argues for principled abstentionism, or non-participation in bourgeois elections, citing their harmful role of integrating workers as willful participants in the capitalist order.

Catalonian Election: Another Example of a Capitalist Impasse

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Translation of a commentary on last week’s election in Catalonia, from the Spanish blog Nuevo Curso.

The battle of Athens: When WWII veterans took up arms against a corrupt local government in Tennessee

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In 1946 a non-partisan political option made of WWII veterans applied to the local elections in McMinn County, Tennessee. When they realized that the elections were being rigged, they took up arms and decided to defend their rights without relying on the State.

Forget about elections, once and for all! - Alain Badiou

Following Trump’s victory, on the eve of the final vote in France, and with a snap election on the way for the UK, Badiou answers critics who have attacked his radical rejection of the democratic vote. First published on Urbanomic, translated by Robin Mackay.

The popular movement and the electoral strategy. An indigenous candidate for Mexico

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Alessandro Zagato looks at the strategy change of the EZLN, running an electoral candidate for the first time for the 2018 presidential elections.