1914-2014 : The Great War

Throughout 2014 we will be publishing a series of articles on the Great War to counter the propaganda of the ruling classes. Follow the series on a special page dedicated to the events of World War I.


 

Published by ICConline
Apr 16 2014 - 18:21

The evolution of the situation in Venezuela after a month of sporadic confrontations and demonstrations in the streets has unfortunately not lived up to the potential originally contained in this uprising of young people rebelling against poverty, rising living costs (the official rate of inflation is 56%), precarious employment, insecurity, permanent terror and a future in total contradiction with the propaganda of the post-Chavez regime.

Published by WorldRevolution
Mar 16 2014 - 19:36

In today’s conflict in the Ukraine, we don’t support the ‘sovereignty’ of Ukraine, backed up by the imperialism of the US, nor do we support Russian militarism which is pitted against US or European influence on their southern flank. We are not ‘neutrals’ or pacifists either. We are partisans of the class struggle in all countries, even when, as in Ukraine and Russia today, the class struggle is being drowned in the battle between competing factions of the ruling class.

The workers have no country: workers of the world, unite!

War and imperialism

Published by: ICConline
Apr 3 2014 - 20:36

The confrontation between Ukraine and Russia has grabbed the headlines recently but it can only be understood in a more global context in which we are seeing a constant sharpening of military tensions and open conflicts across a very considerable portion of the planet.

France

Published by: ICConline
Mar 17 2014 - 22:22

The social movement in France has an impact on the workers of all countries, just as the movement across the world influence the situation in France. As we will see, this international dimension of the proletarian struggle is well known to the bourgeoisie, which in the face of its mortal enemy, the proletariat, is capable of going beyond its national divisions in order to coordinate its efforts and come to each other’s aid.

Scottish referendum

Published by: WorldRevolution
Mar 16 2014 - 22:39

Workers of the world unite! This fundamental principle of the proletariat is an anathema to the ruling class - whether it be British, English, or Scottish.

Britain

Published by: WorldRevolution
Mar 16 2014 - 20:36
Flood warnings in Britain 2014

The floods which hit Britain this winter, especially in the south west of the country, brought further evidence that the impact of climate change is already being felt, and not only in poverty-stricken and low lying countries like Bangladesh and the Maldives, but in the ‘rich world’ too.

Published by: WorldRevolution
Mar 16 2014 - 23:47

All the obituaries of Tony Benn and Bob Crow have tried to play up their credentials as socialists or, in the case of Bob Crow, with a bust of Lenin in his office, as a communist. The truth lies elsewhere.

Protests in Bosnia

Published by: WorldRevolution
Mar 16 2014 - 22:48
Workers protest in Tuzla, Bosnia

Together with the outbreak of mass protests against ‘socialist’ austerity in Venezuela and the re-ignition of mass anger against the regime in Turkey, the struggle by workers in Tuzla, Bosnia, show that the ruling class is not going to have everything its own way.

History of the workers' movement

Published by: ICConline
Feb 12 2014 - 23:06
Regulators fired upon (class struggle in America)

Even at the moment of its birth American democracy clearly revealed its class character, proving that, even in ascendant capitalism, the most democratic republic served as a mask for the dictatorship of capital. In the struggle for workers' rights, black and white, slave, indentured and free, all took part in the common fight.

Ukraine, Russia

Published by: WorldRevolution
Mar 16 2014 - 20:06
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How far will Russia's disguised invasion of the Crimea go? We examine the strategic interests that have driven Russia to seize a part of the Crimea and its strategically vital ports.

Published by: WorldRevolution
Mar 16 2014 - 20:13

We are publishing a statement produced by the KRAS, an internationalist anarchist group in Russia, and signed by various other groups and individuals. We think that it responds to the elementary duty of internationalists to oppose imperialist war not by supporting one camp against the other, but by supporting the interests of the international working class against all its exploiters

Far East

Published by: InternationalReview
Mar 10 2014 - 23:25

From the moment it entered the capitalist epoch, the history of the Philippines has been dominated by imperialism, first Spanish, then American. Its strategic position in the South China Sea has placed the country in the forefront of conflicts between rival imperialisms.

The nascent workers' movement in the 19th century, lacking in political experience and separated by vast distances from the more developed socialist movement in Europe, was never able to separate itself entirely from Filipino nationalism. As a result, and despite the remarkable courage of the Filipino workers in struggle, the trade union movement soon became a battleground for the competing imperialist powers, with the different unions acting as clients for this or that power.

Communism: not just a nice idea

Published by: InternationalReview
Mar 7 2014 - 01:01

In the continuing series on the nature of communism, we are publishing the "Theses on the nature of the state and the proletarian revolution" written by the French Communist Left in the aftermath of World War II, with a brief introduction to put the Theses into the historical context of the positions of Bordiga and Pannekoek on the subject.

World War I

Published by: WorldRevolution
Mar 16 2014 - 23:07
Attack from the trenches

The outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 was a decisive moment in history. Not only did it mark the entry of capitalism into its period of decadence but it was also the point at which large parts of the workers’ movement betrayed the working class and went over to the camp of the ruling class.

Published by: InternationalReview
Jan 29 2014 - 00:13

100 years ago, humanity stood on the brink of the abyss, about to plunge into the most terrible bloodletting ever seen in history. For generations after the Great War, 1914-18 was synonymous with senseless murder, a ghastly waste of life in the horror of the trenches, for which the suffering populations rendered the governments and the ruling classes largely responsible.

To commemorate the war, one hundred years on, is thus something of an embarassment for those same ruling classes, and so they are preparing to drown us in a sea of trivia and hymns to national unity faced with the suffering of war. They will at all costs avoid, on the contrary, any mention of the real causes behind the war: the inexorable imperialist expansion of capitalism across the globe. They will avoid to, any suggestion of the real responsibilities behind the war.

Above all, they will avoid any idea that the one force which might have stopped the war in its tracks, was - then as now - the working class.

2014 then will be a year, not of commemoration but of forgetting.

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