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The international importance of the strike wave in Britain

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.

Attacking the ICC: the raison d'être of the IGCL

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.

How to develop a massive, united and supportive movement?

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...

Capitalism accumulates ruins and corpses

The war in Ukraine, which has been going on for almost a year, demonstrates the total irrationality of world capitalism.

Why the proletariat is the revolutionary class : Critical notes on the article Leçons de la lutte des ouvriers anglais; in Révolution Internationale no 8

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.

A citizens’ protest is not the class struggle

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”. 

Capitalism leads to the destruction of humanity Only the world revolution of the proletariat can put an end to it

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 necessity for workers' autonomy

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 shipwreck of government policy

The "refugee problem" is a product of the global disintegration of capitalism, and the ruling class has no solution to it. 

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