elections

Brexit or Remain: A Choice of Tripe at the End of May

The crisis in the capitalist party political system has become even more acute during May. Two sets of election results have shown that the Labour v Conservative Punch and Judy show has, at least for the time being, lost its ability to call all the shots.

[Gilets jaunes Rungis Île-de-France] Don’t vote, let’s struggle

Text by the collective Gilets jaunes Rungis Île-de-France on the European elections. To be distributed on paper and in social networks from the PDF and images available in this article.

Gilets jaunes’ National Call // Sunday May 26th: In the street during the elections!

Following the invitation of the Assembly of Assemblies of Saint-Nazaire for action and mobilisation during the European elections, we call for regional convergence in order to take to the streets during the electoral masquerade on Sunday 26 May in all the major cities: where most of the polling stations are concentrated.

Do All Organizing Roads Lead to Bernie? A Response to Eric Blanc’s Interview on Dead Pundit Society From a West Virginia Teacher and Strike Leader

West Virginia teacher and strike organizer Michael Mochaidean argues against an interpretation of the recent wave of teachers' strikes that links them to the 2016 Bernie Sanders campaign. This article was originally published by the Black Rose Anarchist Federation.

Socialist Dog Catchers (or Presidents) Won’t Save Us

With Bernie Sanders entering the race to be the Democratic candidate for the 2020 election, Pádraig Sinjun discusses whether diverting resources from grassroots struggles to electoral campaigning is really the way to pursue class struggle.

Fighting On Home Turf: Community Politics & the IWCA

A Black Flag article on the working class community politics of the Independent Working Class Association (IWCA) from 2003.

Peoples Assembly Election Carnival: Leftist "Yellow Vests" show their true colours

On 5 January demonstrators wearing yellow vests assembled in London to demand a ‘hard’ Brexit that will fulfil their nationalist fantasies. In reality that will not happen because it runs so sharply against the interests of the ruling class both in Britain and elsewhere in the European Union.

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.

Abstentionism and anarchism

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An article by Camillo Berneri arguing that electoral abstentionism should not be considered dogma by anarchists, written shortly after the victory of the Popular Front in the Spanish elections of February 1936. The translation does not imply endorsement.

AMLO or the "anti-imperialism" of the Mexican bourgeoisie

We have translated the following article on the Mexican election from the Spanish blog Nuevo Curso. We share its estimate that the new government will be as anti-working class as all previous Mexican governments despite the rhetoric of the new President, López Obrador. We also agree that his appeal to the Mexican ruling class lies in his aim to eradicate graft and end the impunity of the corrupt in the system.