The extended wave of strikes that has been underway in Britain since early in Summer 2022, shows a real break, a whole change in attitude within working class. After thirty years where workers’ struggles have been very limited, setting records for militant inactivity, these strikes show that, in the face of the depths of capitalism’s economic crisis, workers are no longer prepared to be pushed around. These struggles are significant, not just in Britain, but internationally.
On Friday 2 December, the first meeting in France of the 'No War But The Class War' committee took place in Paris. In this article, we explain our criticisms of this project.
For once, we thank the “International Group of the Communist Left” (IGCL) for giving us the opportunity to remind ourselves of what it really is. To this end, we reproduce below (in full, including footnotes) their little article that is supposed to point out our impasse and contradictions on the issue of parasitism, if the title is to be believed. And for the benefit of our readers, we respond to it right after.
In Britain since June the cry has echoed from strike to strike: "Enough is enough!" This massive movement, dubbed the "Summer of Anger", has become the Autumn of Anger, and then the Winter of Anger. The wave of strikes in the UK is a symbol of workers' combativity that is developing all over the world...
Concluding article in the series.
The war in Ukraine, which has been going on for almost a year, demonstrates the total irrationality of world capitalism.
Alongside the article on the history of the “Bérard tendency” in International Review 169, we are republishing a developed response by the organisation, first published in Révolution Internationale no 9 (first series), May-June 1974. Its principal arguments against the embryonic “communisation” tendency – their rejection of the economic struggles of the working class, and of the political dimension of the proletarian revolution, etc – remain entirely valid today.
An article recounting the first major confrontation between the precursors of the ICC and an early expression of the “communisation” tendency.
International Review 169 will be out soon. This is the editorial article.
High energy bills are weighing on everyone's mind. How could it be otherwise when almost a quarter of your income has to be spent on energy? This is one of the major components of the “cost of living” crisis which has provoked a wave of strikes in the UK, and which is echoing in other European countries. But there are other forms of protest taking place, directly targeting energy bills but based on the idea of “popular protest”. This article looks at some of the dangers contained in these kinds of campaigns, focusing on “Don’t Pay UK”.
A statement from the ICC about the perspectives of capitalist society in the 2020s.
The 2020s will see an unprecedented increase in convulsions, disasters and the worst forms of suffering in all regions of the world and on all continents. It is the very existence of human civilisation that is openly threatened! How can we explain this accumulation and aggregation of so many catastrophes?
130 years ago, when tensions between capitalist powers were growing in Europe, Frederick Engels posed the dilemma for humanity: Communism or Barbarism. This alternative was concretised in the First World War which broke out in 1914 and caused 20 million deaths, another 20 million invalids, and in the chaos of war there was the Spanish flu pandemic with more than 50 million deaths. The revolution in Russia in 1917 and the revolutionary attempts in other countries put an end to the carnage and showed the other side of the historical dilemma posed by Engels: the overthrow of capitalism on a world scale by the revolutionary class, the proletariat, opening up the possibility of a communist society.
The 2022 football World Cup has expressed the irrationality and rottenness of the capitalist world to the highest degree.
The widespread protests in Iran may have been sparked off by the murder in custody of a young woman arrested for “bad hijab” by the regime’s morality police, but they express a much deeper discontent throughout the Iranian population, with hundreds of thousands pouring onto the streets and confronting the police.
The "refugee problem" is a product of the global disintegration of capitalism, and the ruling class has no solution to it.
We publish a reply to Divergences with the Resolution on the International Situation of the 24th ICC congress (explanation of a minority position, by Ferdinand), expressing the position of the ICC
An exchange relating to the significance of the current wave of workers’ struggles in Britain and their connection to the period of the Covid pandemic
The reader’s contribution published here is about the global tendencies and tensions underlying a recent, unprecedented event in the history of British politics: the resignation of Truss after only 44 days and after several tumultuous weeks, making her the shortest-serving prime minister in the history of the United Kingdom.