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...
ICC London public meeting 11 February 2023
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.
ICC online public meetings, 28 and 29 January 2023
The 2020s: Faced with the acceleration of capitalist decomposition, only the working class struggle has an alternative for humanity
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?
The 20s of the 21st century
The acceleration of capitalist decomposition poses the clear possibility of the destruction of humanity
A statement from the ICC about the perspectives of capitalist society in the 2020s.
Third Manifesto of the ICC
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.
Mobilisation against pension "reform" in France
An article showing that the current revival of workers’ militancy has spread to other European countries.
Workers' strikes and popular demonstrations in China
Blank sheets of paper symbolise the demand for "free speech" and other democratic illusions
An article looking at a very real danger facing the workers of China.
No War But The Class War, Paris
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.
Critique of the so-called “communisers” (Part 2)
An article recounting the first major confrontation between the precursors of the ICC and an early expression of the “communisation” tendency.
Critique of the so-called "communisers", annex to part 2
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.
Don't Pay UK campaign
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”.
UCU Rally in London
Despite their radical rhetoric, the trade unions are an obstacle to real workers' unity
A summer of anger in Britain: The ruling class demands further sacrifices, the response of the working class is to fight!
All the reporters and commentators are referring to the current strikes as the biggest working class action in Britain for decades; only the huge strikes of 1979 produced a bigger and more widespread movement. Action on this scale in a country as large as Britain is not only significant locally, it is an event of international importance, a message to the exploited of every country. This international leaflet in pdf form is available here. We encourage our readers to print out copies and distribute them wherever possible.
World Cup 2022 in Qatar
The 2022 football World Cup has expressed the irrationality and rottenness of the capitalist world to the highest degree.
The "refugee problem" is a product of the global disintegration of capitalism, and the ruling class has no solution to it.
Strike wave in Britain
The strikes in Britain signify a real break from the years of retreat which began in the 1980s
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.
Internationalist Voice on the protests in Iran
We publish here an article by the Internationalist Voice group, which argues forcefully against the attempts of the international bourgeoisie to steer the mounting anger of the population in Iran towards the illusion of an “emancipation of women” inside the confines of capitalist society.
Significance of the “summer of anger" in Britain
Because of the number of sectors affected, the combativity of the workers involved in the struggle and the widespread support for action among the working population, the wave of strikes which has spread throughout Britain this summer is an event of undeniable importance on the domestic level. But we also need to understand that the historical significance of these struggles goes far beyond their local dimension or even their one-off occurrence.
Storm damage from 150mph winds in Florida
In the first half of 2022, as in so many of the previous years, the planet was plagued by numerous wildfires, catastrophic flooding, tropical storms and unprecedented heat waves. The increase of temperature has considerably exacerbated the risk of extreme weather disasters. The scale of destruction it implies is terrifying: it reveals the acceleration of the decomposition of capitalism.
History of the revolutionary movement
Anton Pannekoek, 1909
This article written by Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960), published in 1909 is a resounding refutation of the allegations – inspired by the lies of Stalinism, which has been fraudulently defined as communism – that marxism has no concern for nature and the ecological question; that – like the capitalist system it claims to be fighting – it is marked by the same “productivism” which is so destructive of nature. The exact opposite is true!
In July, the ICC received a contribution that gives an appreciation of the online meeting on the war in Ukraine and the responsibilities of revolutionaries of 2 July 2022. We wholeheartedly welcome this contribution which gives a very good picture one of the most important disagreements that were raised during this meeting
We publish here a response from an ICC sympathiser in Belgium to the correspondence among groups of the communist left regarding the joint statement on the Ukraine war signed by several groups.
Critique of the so-called “Communisers”
A new series which develops our critique of the so-called “communisation” tendency and its claims to have gone beyond marxism and the communist left.
Health crisis, economic stagnation, imperialist pressure...
Far from being the “big winner” in the Covid crisis, the weaknesses of the Chinese model of state capitalism are being laid bare.
We publish below an extract from a letter sent by one of our readers, Robert, after an online meeting he attended, followed by our reply.
War in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine, which has been going on for almost a year, demonstrates the total irrationality of world capitalism.
Editorial, International Review 169
Faced with war and the acceleration of the crisis of capitalism, revolutionaries have a historic responsibility
International Review 169 will be out soon. This is the editorial article.
History of the revolutionary movement
100 years after the foundation of the Communist International: What lessons can we draw for future combats? (Part V)
Concluding article in the series.
Decomposition of world capitalism
For the last three years, we have been witnessing a simultaneity and an aggravation of the different crises and catastrophes which are accelerating the decay of capitalist society: war, economic crisis, ecological crisis, pandemic... This has reached the point where the threat of the annihilation of the human species has become more serious and concrete than ever.
June 2021: striking oil workers at a refinery
The wave of protests in Iran expresses a widespread discontent against the Islamic regime, but the working class in Iran faces the danger of being "drowned" in a popular movement dominated by bourgeois slogans
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
A reader who recently took part in an online public meeting of the ICC has raised questions about our position on the trade unions, the Russian revolution and other vital questions. Here we publish part of the correspondence dealing with the question of the trade unions.
Imperialist conflict in Ukraine
The organisations of the communist left must mount a united defence of their common heritage of adherence to the principles of proletarian internationalism, especially at a time of great danger for the world's working class. The return of imperialist carnage to Europe in the war in Ukraine is such a time. That's why we publish below, with other signatories from the communist left tradition (and a group with a different trajectory fully supporting the statement), a common statement on the fundamental perspectives for the working class in the face of imperialist war.
Internal debate on the world situation
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
A response to the contribution Explanation of the amendments by comrade Steinklopfer rejected by the Congress.
Here we publish the second of two texts expressing divergences on the resolution on the international situation from the 24th ICC Congress.
Divergences with the Resolution on the International Situation of the 24th ICC congress (explanation of a minority position, by Ferdinand)
In continuity with the discussion documents published after the ICC’s 23rd Congress, we are publishing a further contribution by a comrade expressing divergences with the Resolution on the International Situation from the ICC’s 24th Congress.
Sweden and Finland join NATO
The myth of the “peaceful” Nordic countries is being exposed, and NATO will profit from this, through a strengthening of its northern flank, which extends the encirclement of Russia.
Capitalism is more and more being strangled by a whole series of contradictions inherent in its way of existing, which are now inter-acting and mutually reinforcing each other, threatening society at unheard of levels of scale and frequency.
The claims of the USA to be the standard bearer of peace and a rule-based world order are nothing but lies to hide its real imperialist designs.
Angry Workers of the World and the war in Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has produced major divisions in a group which, in the past, has defended internationalist positions.
From Internationalist Voice
Statement by the Internationalist Voice group about the widespread protests over the police murder of a young woman in Iran for breaking the regime's "hijab rules".
Update of the 1990 orientation text
In the wake of the Ukraine war, a new text updating our analysis of the growth of militarism in the final phase of capitalist decadence.
Dossier: Marxism in the UK 1848-1914
A series of of articles examining the historic problems faced by the effort to construct a marxist political organisation in Britain.
Internationalists faced with the war in Ukraine
An exchange of correspondence between the groups of the communist left regarding the need for a joint statement against the imperialist war in Ukraine.