Communist Workers' Organisation

A Communist Left Critique of Platformism (Part II): The Platform and its Disciples

In Part I we examined the Free Territory, or Makhnovshchina, the revolutionary movement in Southern Ukraine 1918-21. It was neither a peasant counter-revolution as portrayed in Trotskyist and Stalinist propaganda, nor an anarchist utopia. Rather it was part and parcel of the bloody process of the rise and fall of the Russian Revolution, itself a part of the post-war revolutionary wave. In Part II we finally look at The Organisational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists or simply the Platform, and the Platformist tendency that it later inspired.

A Communist Left Critique of Platformism (Part I): The Makhnovshchina

Many over the years have pointed out the apparent similarities between Platformism and the Communist Left, and indeed some comrades whom today we count among our ranks first came to the politics of the Communist Left through Platformism. But while the need for revolutionaries to come together, in an organisation united around a common platform, is something both tendencies acknowledge, the differences go a bit further than whether one stands beneath a red or black banner. We often get asked what is our attitude towards Platformism and the following is a two-part attempt to grapple with the question.

Let's Get Political!

Leaflet distributed by the CWO at recent strikes and protests happening around the UK.

Sparks' Power in Tyne & Wear: Wildcat Action Wins Back Jobs

There should be no question about the real cause of this victory – the direct and continued industrial action of sparks at the Follingsby Park picket!

Ceuta: The Divisions of Class and Nation are at the Root of the Descent into Barbarism

The latest episode of a long running drama is now playing out on the world’s TV screens. In the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, on the northern tip of Morocco, desperate people facing incredible peril, and willing to sacrifice all they have, are trying to find a new life. What added an extra dimension to the pathos was the reception given to the influx of refugees by the Spanish army, with photos of beatings emerging in the media.

Iran: The Working Class and the Election

With less than forty days to the 13th presidential election in Iran, its architects and promoters are finding that the harsh social climate is making it difficult to "heat up" the political atmosphere. Their previous tricks are not so effective, but this has not stopped them continuing to do whatever it takes to stir up interest. It seems that this time the option of not participating in the election has been added to the gamut of choices by the policy-makers of the ruling class political factions and the zealous lovers of the ballot box.

The Working Class Response

As we said in the last issue of Aurora, bosses are seizing advantage of increasing unemployment to reduce ‘labour costs’. It is encouraging to see a growing number of workers refusing to take this lying down.

The Capitalist Offensive

The British state is no stranger to violence.

Solidarity and Self-Organisation are the Weapons of the Working Class

Leaflet distributed by the CWO during the last round of strikes at universities across the UK.

Brexit: The Ruling Class Shoots Itself in the Foot

Brexit finally came into force on 1 January 2021, over 4 years after the referendum of 2016. During these four years the leading bodies of the British capitalist class had fought a delaying and rear-guard type of campaign to stop it happening but failed.