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Covid-19 Exposes the Irrationality of Capitalism

The realities of life under Covid-19 lockdown, whatever the specifics, are strange. Over the last two months or so, many of us will have seen empty shelves in supermarkets where once-familiar products like flour, eggs, soap and toilet roll are seemingly in short supply. Is this because there are not enough of these products being produced? Have the supply lines broken down, so that existing products aren’t reaching the shelves? Are customers buying these things in a panic, leading to temporary shortages? Are speculators buying them, to sell at a profit later?

A Call to Arms

A libertarian and post-situationist manifesto for our current times.

Corona crisis: Can workers avoid the job vs. health trap?

A Libertarian Critique of Mao's “Combat Liberalism”

An anarchist review of Mao's (in)famous Combat Liberalism and what could of it could be use to the libertarian tradition.

Solidarity from the Diaspora to those in the Philippines

A message from the diaspora to those in the Philippines

Detainment is Death in the Pandemic!

Inmates and persons deprived of liberty are at high risk of dying due to COVID-19. The state's campaign of mass arrests and detainment of so-called quarantine violators risks spreading the disease to detainees. As it is the poor who bares the brunt of the state's policing and incarceration, prisons and police must be abolished as they mostly only target the poor.

May Day 2020: Against the Virus that is Capitalism

The world proletariat has in the past celebrated May Day in some dramatic situations: from the imperialist world wars which forced workers to kill, die and produce for their class enemy — their own capitalist class — to the many occasions when the ruling class has unleashed its repressive machine to crush those struggles aimed at making exploitation less onerous, and the chains of the bosses’ oppression a little less heavy.

Hope Against Hope: An Out of the Woods Book Coming Soon

Cover of book: Cloudy pattern with red, yellow and blue backgrounds.

We’re really excited to announce that Common Notions are publishing an edited collection of our writings.

The Corona crisis - A letter from China

Scrubs: The Story from the Bottom Up

We have received this letter from the Haringey Solidarity Group and republish it here as it presents a working class perspective on the current PPE scandal, against the bosses' propaganda.
Regarding the call for "fair wages" in the final paragraph however, we must repeat that our emancipation as a class can only be achieved through the abolition of the wages system, not redistribution.

International Workers' Memorial Day: We Don't Want To Die For Your Profits!

International Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on 28th April in countries on every continent, to commemorate workers killed and injured through their work. This year, as many countries across the world are in some form of lockdown, the commemorations are likely to be few, while the number of dead is rising rapidly.

What Happens To Them: Photo Essay of the Homeless Community In Long Beach

A photo essay by a Filipinx comrade in Long Beach.

On The Understanding of Authority

The second article I wrote about Engels' essay. It takes a new approach to the topic.

What Does the Communist Left Do?

What we will focus on in the following is how we understand the inseparable link between theory and practice and how that reflects on our activity.

To Pay is to Die: The Threat of Student Debt and Homelessness

A statement from the Bandilang Itim Collective on the continuation of school semesters and rent and debt obligations under the current state of pandemic.

Covid-19 struggles and workers' control

The Pandemic and the Worsening Crisis: Some Reflections on the Consequences and Perspectives

This short reflection is a synthesis of ideas common to various comrades, from different areas, with whom we frequently discuss. In fact, some of the considerations here are now becoming an integral and shared perspective beyond that of any one organisation. This gives us hope that in the near future the most politically aware elements will recognise that we are all travelling in the same direction.

"All in it Together" or Class against Class

The following is the outline of a presentation for a CWO local education "virtual" meeting on Marxist theory of economic crisis for members and sympathisers. For obvious reasons the discussion centred round the current economic situation in which, as the meeting concluded, "The class nature of the alternatives are becoming clearer – all shades of government are embracing ‘leftism’, creating all the debt they need as they try to stabilise the system. For communists, there is still the need to intervene where we can, to spread our analyses, and to work towards building the future party."

The Left, Still Clinging onto Gramsci

If we take this opportunity to criticise Gramsci’s "thought", it is because it is back in fashion with layers of intellectuals dedicated to reworking socio-political "categories" that Gramsci's idealism left as a legacy to his followers.

Ang COVID19: Isang pahayag mula sa Local Autonomous Network

A statement from the Local Autonomous Network in the Philippines on the COVID-19 and the state response to it. The Local Autonomous Network is a network of anarchists and anarchist collectives in the Philippines.