Blogs

The Revolutionary Contribution of Paul Mattick

Review of Marxism in a Lost Century: A Biography of Paul Mattick by Garry Roth (Haymarket Books/Historical Materialism Series).

Review of Angela Mitropoulos' Pandemonium

John Martin (1789-1854), Pandemonium (1823-27), oil on canvas.

To U.S. Anti-Fascists: Resist Joseph Scott Pemberton’s Return to the United States

An open letter by Filipino and Filipinx autonomists in the so-called Philippines and diasporas to the anti-fascists in the so-called United States asking them to resist the return of the transphobic murderer Joseph Scott Pemberton and to remember Jennifer Laude as a victim of white supremacy and transphobia.

Against Police Reform - For the Abolition of Capitalism

Just as this piece was ready to go online, yet another blatant police shooting of a black US citizen in full sight has triggered angry protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jacob Blake has been left paralysed from the waist down. Added to the re-run of nightime curfews, tooled-up police and National Guard lining up against protesters came a follower of "Blue Lives Matter": 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse, with loaded rifle, promptly shot three people, killing two of them.

The Disappointed of 1968: Seeking Refuge in Utopia

The communisers do not have a strategy for exiting capitalist society. The real and difficult problems of class consciousness, political organisation, bourgeois power and a period of transition are simply brushed aside as non-problems. What this represents is disillusionment and a cry of despair.

Abolitionism against pandemic policing in the Philippines

The demand for abolition becomes urgent in the face of a highly militarized response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.

Belarus: Between Imperialist Feuds and Class Movements

The following is a translation of a piece by our Italian comrades, a follow-up to the two articles we have recently published about the situation in Belarus. Since it was written, a number of developments have occurred.

Anarchism 101

An introduction to anarchism.

A response to the CWO review of 'Class Power on Zero-Hours'

The Lebanon Disaster: A Metaphor for Modern Capitalism

There is now “a state of emergency” in Beirut. No, not to deal with the devastating explosion in its port which left 200 people dead or missing, over 6,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. The “state of emergency” is to protect the political and economic elite from the anger of the Lebanese population who were already on their knees before the explosion on 4 August.

An Open Letter of a Part-Time Instructor from PUP

A disgruntled worker formally employed at a state university writes an open letter detailing the absurdity of unpaid labor they were forced to do.

Workers' Strikes in Iran: A New Wave of Struggle

In December 2018 we wrote an an article entitled Workers' Strikes in Iran: This Time it is Different about the end of the magnificent strikes and demonstrations of the Haft Tapeh sugarcane factory workers. The promises which were made to the workers then were once again broken, and when they had not been paid since March 2020 they resumed their strike on 15 June. As we write they have now been on strike for over 2 months.

Strikes in Belarus Escalate as Lukashenko's Power Wavers

Recently we have written about the background and escalation of the current opposition movement in Belarus, but in the days that followed the situation has already changed by quite a bit – with various developments in the struggle against Lukashenko’s regime. Particularly interesting are the news on the industrial action front.

Hands off the US! Stand with the American people and their democratically elected leader against the regime change plot!

An article examining the current protests in the US, applying the anti-imperialist perspective of the Grayzone, MintPress News and many others.

Covid Crisis or Capitalist Crisis

Some Clarifications on Roberts' Idea of the Falling Rate of Profit

Roberts (in tandem with the likes of Carchedi and Maito) frequently makes decent critiques of the existing trends in the capitalist crisis. However, despite criticising others on the capitalist left for their neo-Keynesianism, he offers little more than the suggestion that nationalisation would solve capital’s problems. The brief article here reveals a fairly fundamental error. (CWO)

"Class Power on Zero-Hours": Learning the Hard Way?

A review of the recently published book by the Angry Workers of the World "Class Power on Zero-Hours" published by PM Press.

Winds of Change in Belarus: Neither Dictatorship Nor Democracy Offer Anything for the Working Class

The onus lies on the workers of Belarus to seek their own solution outside of the futile battle to refurbish the shabby window dressing of democracy.

The Murder of George Floyd: The End of Racism Starts with the Death of Capitalism

The killing of George Floyd in plain sight by the Minneapolis police rightly shocked millions of people across the world. The killing of a black person by the police is not an unusual event, particularly in the US.

Why the Working Class is Key

Some may wonder why we keep harping on about the working class. Let’s briefly explain…