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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.

Against Pension “Reform" in Russia

Statement about recent pension reform in Russia written by the Krasnoyarsk Marxist Workers’ Group.

The Struggle of the Metro Workers of Granada

The leaflet below was issued by the Emancipation League whose appearance as a nucleus of the communist left we first welcomed in June this year. It demonstrates not only that the bosses are getting worried about rising class militancy (it’s a longtime since we heard the “selfish workers” line) but also that Liga Emancipación aim to have an impact on the wider working class as part of their formation as a nucleus of future world proletarian party. This is only to be welcomed. The brief introduction that follows here is from the Nuevo Curso blog from which this leaflet is translated. - CWO

Two Articles from Kommunist (April 1918)

With the publication of these two articles we are completing our translation of the first issue of Kommunist, the journal of the “proletarian communists” or left communist faction of the Bolshevik Party in the Spring of 1918. We have already published articles by Radek, Bukharin and Ossinsky in our last three issues and all can be found on our website. Here we turn our attention to a final review by Bukharin, and an economic analysis of the state of the Russian Revolution in April 1918 by one of the least well-known of the Kommunist contributors.

Two jobs with one stone - Reports about working at London Linen and Skinny Bakery

A friend of ours summarised his experiences about working at two west London workplaces as a temporary worker…

The Hungarian Revolt of 1956 - Peter Pallai

An account of the events of the Hungarian Revolt in 1956 from one of the participants, Peter Pallai who was a student demonstrator.

Anarchist Analysis of The Russian Revolution

Deriving lessons for the modern Anarchist movement from one of the most important revolutionary events in history.

Living The Dream with the National Disability Insurance Scheme Ep 2

The second Living The Dream episode on the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This time we chat about how it has impacted those working in the sector and the shape and dynamics of care work. Hosted at The Word From Struggle Street

性别的逻辑——领域的分离与抛弃的过程

在性别去自然化、再生产劳动商品化的时代,借用马克思的价值理论重新思考21世纪的资本主义为何仍然需要将人类“深深印刻着这种或那种性别”。这篇马克思主义女权理论的重要作品终于翻译成中文。

Are we now in a period of transition from capitalism to socialism? H. Ticktin’s concept of decline and transition

Capitalism must be overthrown before a transitional period can be initiated. There must be a total rupture with value production. In order for this to happen the working class must capture political power and set about consciously transforming social production relations. Ticktin’s conceptions seem like those other aficionados of a seamless transition to communism, who have long lost hope in the working class being the agent of revolution.

US Power and the New Course Towards War

We live, and have been living, in an epoch of capitalist decadence. Notwithstanding longer life expectancy, technological advance, and the claims of its defenders, the capitalist system is incapable of addressing existential questions such as the destruction of the environment via man-made climate change. After all, to do so would get in the way of making profits. Short-term expediency portends long term disaster.

Brief comments on the Libertarian Socialist Caucus’ 2018 platform

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Some brief, preliminary comments on the new platform released by the Democratic Socialists of America-Libertarian Socialist Caucus. A good sign, but should there be more?

System Series Part Three - Crisis

Draft version of the third part of our vulgar 'system series' - to be published in our local workers' paper WorkersWildWest no.8

In Defense Of A/S: Is Anarcho-syndicalism Outdated?

The first in a series of articles defending Anarcho-syndicalism, this time addressing whether Anarcho-syndicalism is outdated.

Notes on Cedric Robinson's Black Marxism

I recently read Cedric J. Robinson's Black Marxism, the Making of the Black Radical Tradition, here's some quick notes.

Nike and the Sweatshop problem

Recent anger over Nike's current endorsement deal reminded me of a period in the 1990s when Nike was facing consumer anger of its labour practices and a strike by Indonesian workers at one of its factories.

The Working Class Holds the Key to a New World

Such a world will be organised according to the original motto of Karl Marx “from each according to their ability; to each according to their need.” This has nothing to do with the nightmare of state capitalism that emerged in the USSR.

The Limits of 'Intersectionality': AngryWorkers book review of 'Striking Women'

AngryWorkers book review of 'Striking Women' - Struggles and Strategies of South Asian Women Workers from Grunwick to Gate Gourmet', by Sundari Anitha and Ruth Pearson

John McCain – War Hero or Racist War Monger?

The publicity surrounding John McCain’s recent funeral was excessive to say the least, with wall-to-wall coverage in the United States and Britain, as well as other countries around the world. We were relentlessly informed in a slew of whitewashed obituaries, cringe-worthy plaudits and declarations of love from the bourgeoisie on both sides of the Atlantic for more than a week, in newspapers, online and on television, what a heroic champion of freedom, democracy, civil rights and free speech this man was; as well as being above all a great patriot.

Are We Going Back to the 1930s?

You would have to be well over 80 to directly remember anything about the 1930s. The nearest thing to real experience of that time, for those in the succeeding generation, was listening to our parents who preferred to forget about them.