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General Discussion

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"The 'Yellow Vest' movement: the proletariat must respond to the attacks of capital on its own class terrain!"

I agree with the article that this movement is not entirely on the proletarian terrain, but it seems like the working class doesn't struggle on its own terrain until its own struggles on its terrain. Its not entirely surprising that the proletarian struggle emreges in fits and starts, lacks clarity and puts forth confused demands, even some that may seem "right-wing" at times. But I think we need to avoid the mistake of judging the action strictly by its content.

Sex recession

Sexual and romantic relationships between nubile people collapse. From 1991 to 2017, the number of high school students who had sex decreased from 54% to 40% (-26%). At the age of 20, the percentage of abstinent people has more than doubled, from 6% to 15%. From 1999 to 2014, the average number of intercourse per adult and per year decreased from 62 to 54 (-13%). About 60% of adults under 35 live without a spouse or partner.

France: Yellow vest protests about fuel and taxes in general

There has been some days already of protests in France regarding taxes. It is reported by the media as a:
-"middle class", the poor, the normal french (living in small-medium cities), leaderless, uncertain, difficult..."government used to have someone to negotiate with or to fight with, which is not the case now: unions or political parties didn't start it, although some of them are using this" (...)

Weinstein, Trump...Feminism or Class Struggle?

Another very good piece that shows the problems and limitations of the approach to these questions be taken today. But, I wonder if some of the old conceptions have since been surpassed? Women as the slaves and sex objects of their men? Marriage as a prison where men dominate women? Of course, some of this still exists, but capitalist development during and since the post-war reconstruction period (along with the attendant social movements) would seem to have made that situation not nearly as universal today.

Obsolescence of the Nation State?

This was a very good article that correctly points to the tension in capitalist development between the creative-deastructive tendencies of capital as a social relation and the political needs of the nation-state to legitimate the system. I am not sure that we can say the nation-state is obsolete in a strict sense though. What we can say is that there is a real contradiction between these two different, but inextricably intertwined logics that is expressing itself in a concerted way today, as a result of the continuing crisis.

Elections in Italy: populism is a problem for the bourgeoisie, an obstacle for the proletariat

The discussion that follows was prompted by the article: Elections in Italy: populism is a problem for the bourgeoisie, an obstacle for the proletariat. The discussion was initiated by jk1921.
Below is the discussion so far. Feel free to add your own comments!

ICC site upgrade

The ICC site is going through a series of upgrades and the English pages are next in line. This means that from around 10 September, for a period of two to three weeks, it won't be possible to put up new articles in English or post on the discussion forum. We hope this won't cause too much disruption or inconvenience. We will let readers and forum users know if there are any changes to this schedule by posting on this thread prior to the current upgrade date. 

Street protests amid the barbarity of capitalism (Jordan, Iraq, Iran... )

Street protests amid the barbarity of capitalism

The only alternative is class struggle

                                                  Jordan, Iraq, Iran ...

Images of recent protests in Iran

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The collectivization of resources within the party

Why not collectivize the resources of every ICC activists internationally? We could imagine the following situation: any income above average world consumption is collectivized in favor of the ICC. Currently, average world consumption is equivalent to ~ $ 700 PPP per month.

This would provide considerable financial resources for ICC's international activity.

What do you think?

Spam Attack

The Forum was recently subjected to a massive spam attack. I estimate around 800 new spam topics were created along with created along with thousands of comments.

The comments and topics have now been deleted, but to prevent further attacks I have had to suspend new account creation for the time being and have deleted a number of new accounts.

I hope that no genuine comrades have been caught up in the crossfire but I can't guarantee that this is not the case as the interface in question is a bit of a blunt instrument.

Maoism The Real Child of Stalinism

Maoism The Real Child of Stalinism

A pamphlet about Maoism from an internationalist perspective.

Table of Contents

  • The position of the working class and the formation of the Communist Party of China

  • The Communist International and the Chinese Revolution

  • Russia, stronghold of anti-revolution

  • The revolutionary struggle between 1925 and 1927

The excess of party cadres leads to the split

In the 19th century, the number and proportion of intellectuals capable of fulfilling the role of cadres was extremely small, leading to a deep tendency towards the fusion of workers' organizations, in order to rationalize a reduced human resource. So think: reformists and revolutionaries, anarchists and communists, Marxists and non-Marxists were accepted in the same party.

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