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A year of destruction and creation. Kharkiv anarcho-collective calls for solidarity!

Ukrainian anarchist newsletter needs international support in the 18-days campaign on GlobalGiving Although the online magazine “Assembly” is active since March 30, 2020 - as soon as there was a feeling in the air around that this hateful status quo had finally cracked - we consider September 6…

How the Pandemic Revealed the Real Health of Nations

As we noted in our last issue, a pandemic is as good as any event to demonstrate the efficacy, or not, of a social system. This one has generally found the capitalist mode of production wanting. By now most people will have forgotten the early failures. The Chinese Communist Party’s initial attemp…

Iran: Oil Workers Reject Trade Unions

In the capitalist world, whatever the subject, it naturally only hits the headlines if the rulers of all factions are in control of it. If the news is about a war, climate change, economic downturn, regime change, elections, protests, immigration, in fact any issue where the working class as a class…

Subs vs Dubs etc

Some thoughts on film criticism and economics. The other day I rewatched the South Korean film Train to Busan, it's a solid action horror, I recommend it if you haven't seen it and are interested in horror and aren't put off by biting. A couple of weeks ago I saw that an American remake had been ann…

A few snap-shots of recent post-Brexit developments in the UK

This is a discussion paper presented at the AngryWorkers gathering in Sheffield. Short minutes of the discussion after the text These snap-shots will necessarily be pretty blurry, as the impact of the pandemic, the results of Brexit and the general global crisis overlap. Before looking at some of th…

Only the World’s Workers Can Save Us from a Capitalist Cataclysm

Editorial for Revolutionary Perspectives 18 (Series 4). Capitalism has brought the world to the edge of an abyss. Hundreds of millions, if not billions had already fallen into it, even before Covid-19 appeared. Despite the “boosterism” of the British bourgeoisie, the vaccines have not brought th…

Afghanistan: The USA and its Allies Retreat

The US military were not due to completely exit the country until the end of this month, yet they have been overwhelmed by the speed of the Taliban takeover. Our aim here is to give an update amidst all the commentary and propaganda floating about since. It is almost twenty years since George W. Bus…

Save the Planet – Destroy Capitalism!

In July hundreds of lives were lost in heat domes over western Canada and the US, and floods in Germany and China. Wildfires raged out of control from California to Greece, Turkey and Siberia. These disasters are clearly the result of global warming disrupting weather patterns. If emissions of green…

Police Powers Bill: Preparing for Class War

The Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill has given rise to a wave of ‘Kill the Bill’ protests and demonstrations across the country, and has been criticised for the wider powers it gives to the state in general and more specifically to the police. The bill extends existing police powers to c…

西班牙革命及内战简史(1936-1939)

在革命中,相当数量的西班牙工业和农业被社会主义化,工人和农民合作,集体管理工农业。内战持续了三年,最后以佛朗哥政府受到意大利法西斯和德国纳粹的援助而取得胜利而结束。 英文原文(“The Spanish civil war and revolutio…

Iran: On Oil and Troubled Water

As we write, comrades are translating the bulletins emerging from the struggles of the oil workers’ strike committee in Iran which have now been ongoing for two months. They can be found on our website (and we publish Statement No. 12 below). The oil workers are not alone. Dozens of protests and d…

“Let the Bodies Pile Up in their Thousands”

The entire Covid saga is an absolute condemnation of capitalism. Coronavirus stems from capitalism's destruction of the environment in its drive for profit. For our rulers, profits are more important than tens of thousands of deaths, as our Prime Minister has explained. On “Freedom Day,” 19 July…

End of Lockdown, No End to Workers Paying for It

Before the pandemic struck the global economy was on the brink of a fresh crisis. Massive speculation, debt and bankruptcies indicated what was coming. The Covid pandemic has provided a convenient scapegoat for the failings of capitalism itself. Everywhere states have injected trillions into their e…

South African Riots: The Social Crisis Erupts

In mid-July the social crisis in South Africa (SA) exploded in a week of rioting, looting and arson which swept across the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. By the end of the month over 330 people had been killed and a trail of destruction left across the major cities and shopping centres. An…

1971-2021: 50 Years Since the USA Reneged on Bretton Woods

For the CWO, and indeed the entire political tendency to which we belong, it is axiomatic that we are living through capitalism’s third global economic crisis. For over a century the economic system (mode of production) which was once progressive for humanity, in that it created the material possi…

NHS pay dispute from below – Online newsletter no.2

Welcome to the second newsletter for a workers-led NHS pay dispute - you can find issue no.1 here! The various trade unions are slowly starting to inform their members about the consultation – if you are a member, please vote to reject the 3% government pay ‘increase’ decision. Inflation is ex…

After the Cuban Protests: Discussion with Proletarios Cabreados

We are publishing here our translation of a further document on the Cuban protests in July, entitled Análisis de la actual crisis y revuelta en Cuba desde la perspectiva comunista radical, by a group in Ecuador which goes under the name of Proletarios Cabreados (Pissed off Proletarians). You can fi…

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: The Madness of a Highly Speculative Capitalism

Capitalism finds itself in a tricky situation. Since the end of the post-war boom in the 70s, despite the restructuring of production, and the attacks on the daily working conditions of millions upon millions of proletarians, it has become more difficult than ever to find profitable reinvestments fo…

Iranian Oil Workers Strike Update

52 days have gone by since the start of the strike, which began when thousands of Iranian oil workers downed tools on 19 June and walked off oilfields across Iran. The Council for Organising Protests by Oil Contract Workers has issued 11 statements so far. In our previous article we published parts…

Iranian Oil and Petrochemical Workers’ Strikes Go On

Since Saturday, 19 June, thousands of workers at oil and gas projects and petrochemical plants have been on strike across the country in several provinces. They are coordinating their action under the title of Strike Campaign 1400, which refers to the current year in the Iranian calendar. The number…

Duterte is not incompetent: Power in Pandemiya

Duterte isn't incompetent, he knows exactly what he is doing and that makes it worse. Written by Simoun Magsalin. First published by Young Progressives Hub. A certain narrative suggests that Rodrigo Duterte, the sitting president of the Philippines, is incompetent in addressing the covid-19 pandemic…

Cuba is the Latest Episode in the Death Agony of (State) Capitalism

Cuba is the latest illustration of the failure of the Stalinist recipe of party dictatorship behind national borders, which palms off socialism as the development of the productive forces within a money based economy whilst every capitalist category, from wage labour to commodity production, from su…

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 ri…

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…

Strength in Smallness

An Anarchist response to “A Heritage of Smallness” by Nick Joaquin by Carolus Plebejus. You can read the original article here. The Filipino identity has been discussed by one of its National Artists for Literature, Nick Joaquin through his essay; “A Heritage of Smallness”. He began his essa…


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