Review of the press

ACG and identity politics: a very inadequate break

Published by ICConline
Tuesday, 18 January, 2022 - 09:11

The Anarchist Communist Group emerged from a split with the Anarchist Federation in 2017, largely because the AF was becoming increasingly dominated by identity politics. But as we aim to show in this article, the ACG’s criticism of identity politics is itself inadequate and thus tends to plunge them right back into the whole quagmire.

Covid pandemic

For the bourgeoisie, promising the best is preparing the worst!

Published by ICConline
Monday, 10 January, 2022 - 15:39

The WHO estimates that the death toll from the pandemic could already stand at 10 to 15 million These figures, hardly imaginable a year ago, are nevertheless the sad reality of today. In order to hide the responsibility of the capitalist mode of production, all the national bourgeoisies put the blame on the populations themselves, especially in the West: the unvaccinated for clogging up the intensive care units, or the “rich countries” for hogging the vaccines, so that only 2% of the population of poorer countries has been fully vaccinated so far.

Imperialist conflicts

Russia-Ukraine crisis: war is capitalism’s way of life

Published by ICConline
Monday, 10 January, 2022 - 08:54

Russian military build-up on the Ukraine border

The current military stand-off around the Ukrainian border is the expression of growing conflicts between predatory imperialist powers in the context of capitalist decomposition, with its growing tendency of every man for himself. The working class, whether in Russia or Ukraine  Europe or the US, has no interest in supporting either side and can only defend its international class interests against all capitalist states.

International class struggle

Struggles in the United States, in Iran, in Italy, in Korea... Neither the pandemic nor the economic crisis have broken the combativity of the proletariat!

Published by ICConline
Tuesday, 9 November, 2021 - 16:25

In the past few weeks we have seen a fragile but real worldwide awakening of workers’ militancy and self-confidence, centred on the USA. In October the strike movement mobilised thousands of workers throughout the US, with the majority of experienced and “protected” workers fighting alongside their young colleagues who work in much more precarious conditions.

Chinese imperialism

Covid-19 crisis: opportunity or obstacle for China's rise?

Published by ICConline
Friday, 24 December, 2021 - 09:16

Against the idea that China will emerge as a “winner” from the pandemic crisis, we insist that the Chinese bourgeoisie cannot escape the pressure of the economic crisis and the decomposition of capitalism.

ICC Public Meetings

Why does the ICC defend the validity of the concept of decomposition of capitalism?

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 25 January, 2022 - 14:41

During our French-language online public meeting in November 2021 on "the aggravation of the decomposition of capitalism, its dangers for humanity and the responsibility of the proletariat", several participants questioned the validity of the concept of the decomposition of capitalism, developed and defended by the ICC. Through this article, we wish to continue the debate by elaborating on our answers to the objections expressed during this meeting.

Covid pandemic

The Covid crisis shows the dead end of capitalism

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 23 December, 2021 - 13:56

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant is giving the lie to the claim of the politicians that the worst of the pandemic is now behind us, and starkly revealing their inability to respond to the disease in a globally unified manner. 

Response to a reader's letter

Workers’ defensive struggles contain the seeds of revolution

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 2 January, 2022 - 12:47

We reply to a reader who asks how revolutionaries can support workers in their defensive struggles without supporting reformism

Economic attacks around the world

Turkey: the deepening crisis

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 30 December, 2021 - 11:25

We are publishing a statement on the rising cost of living in Turkey by some comrades who sympathise with the positions of the communist left. Although the nature of the street protests last November does not appear very clearly in the text, the comrades are clearly in favour of a proletarian response to the crisis –denouncing parliamentarism, bourgeois parties and unions, rejection of all national “solutions” and insistence on the necessity for class struggle across all divisions and borders.

Refugee crisis

Migrants blocked on the Belarusian frontier: The cynicism of the bourgeoisie has no limits!

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 26 November, 2021 - 14:42

Thousands of migrants trapped at the Polish border, abandoned to their fate in wet and frozen forests, without food or water. Belarus uses them as pawns in its conflict with the EU, while the German Minister of the Interior praises the “very important service” Poland is carrying out for Europe – in other words, by ruthlessly pushing back the refugees, Poland is doing the dirty work of the other EU states.

Refugees drown in the Channel: the criminal is capitalism

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 1 December, 2021 - 12:51

The politicians and the media denounce the people-smuggling gangs, but only to cover their own responsibility for the growing number of migrants forced into desperate and dangerous journeys. 

Britain

Economic attacks expose the fraud of “levelling up”

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 10 October, 2021 - 10:25

The Tory government presents itself as the “People’s Government”, committed to a programme of “levelling up” of those workers who have been “left behind” by an economic crisis, which is blamed on “globalisation”. This populist world view is now being revealed in all its poverty and mendacity by the very measures being taken by the same government, which attack social benefits, wage levels, and job security.

The petrol supply crisis: no national solution

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 10 October, 2021 - 10:45

Low wages and harsh working conditions are pushing HGV drivers out of the haulage industry. Due to the shortage of truckers and workers in other industries, large parts of the country are not being supplied: petrol stations are drying out, restaurants are closing, shelves in supermarkets remain half-empty and abattoirs cannot process meat. Planning by the national state brings no solution to the anarchic nature of the capitalist mode of production.

Imperialism

AUKUS military alliance: The chaotic sharpening of imperialist rivalries

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 18 October, 2021 - 09:15

Under Biden the USA’s warlike approach towards China has continued and intensified. The explicit goal of the pact between the US, Australia and Britain, AUKUS, is to block the expansion of China in the region. But this circumstantial and ephemeral military alliance only further destabilises the world imperialist situation.

Wars in Libya and Yemen: The generalisation of capitalist decomposition

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 17 October, 2021 - 16:58

A child soldier in Yemen. The mobilisation of children for war is a growing feature of “modern” barbarism

Wars and instability continue to rage across the Middle East. The region is a free-for-all which the self-destructive dynamic of capitalism is exacerbating at all levels. This is very clear in the cases of Libya and Yemen, analysed here by a close sympathiser.

History of the workers' movement

The Communist Party of Belgium, from revolution to counter-revolution

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 16 November, 2021 - 10:19

We republish here an article from the ICC’s publication in Belgium, Internationalisme, (no. 188, 1993) which traces the general framework of the history of the Parti Communiste Belge. We will return in later articles in more detail to the different phases of its existence: the struggle for the foundation of the PCB after the betrayal of social democracy, the struggle against the growing opportunism within it and its definitive passage into the bourgeois camp at the beginning of the Second World War.

IPCC report on the climate crisis

The necessity for a transition…to communism

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 28 September, 2021 - 17:37

The report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change paints a grim picture of the mounting ecological crisis, but the governments of the world, loyal servants of capitalism, are incapable of addressing the roots of the problem. Faced with a looming catastrophe, competition between capitalist states can only intensify.

 

Decomposition of capitalism

Covid-19, climate catastrophe, chaos in Afghanistan... Capitalism's historic crisis is gathering pace

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 26 September, 2021 - 08:31

The global Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across all continents with all states unable to make a coordinated response. Indeed, the main events of the last two months confirm the deadly dynamic into which capitalism is plunging civilisation. 

Class struggle in Mexico

UNAM teachers’ strike: The need to relearn the lessons of the past

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 14 September, 2021 - 13:44

The strike at the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico) clearly shows that the proletariat has kept intact its capacity to fight for the defence of its living and working conditions, despite the many difficulties and obstacles in the current situation.

Afghanistan

Behind the decline of US imperialism, the decline of world capitalism

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 23 August, 2021 - 20:19

The hasty retreat of US and other western forces from Afghanistan is a stark manifestation of capitalism’s inability to offer anything but increasing barbarism. But as marxists we can’t just comment on events, we have to analyse their historic roots, which we aim to do in the following article.

Pandemic

Special dossier on Covid-19: The real killer is capitalism!

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 28 May, 2020 - 09:43

This dossier contains many of the ICC's articles on the present COVID19 health crisis.

Demonstrations against the health pass and mandatory vaccination

The “defence of democracy” is not a vaccine against capitalism; it is a deadly virus for the proletariat

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 10 September, 2021 - 17:53

The exasperation expressed in “anti-compulsory vaccine” demonstrations around the world rails against being subjected to the diktats of arrogant government which has piled up inconsistencies in the face of the pandemic, imposing repeated lock-down confinements after continually opening up too soon or boasting of a scientific approach while what is in fact foremost is bourgeois negligence. But protests of this kind can in no way lead to a development of consciousness in the proletariat of the irremediable impasse of the capitalist system.

Heatwaves and floods

Capitalism is dragging humanity towards a planet-wide catastrophe

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 25 July, 2021 - 08:29

Flood damage, Germany
The conclusions of the draft report of the International Panel on Climate Change which was “leaked” to the press are chilling: “Life on Earth could recover from major climate change by evolving towards new species and creating new ecosystems. Humanity cannot”. For decades, scientists have been warning of the dangers of climate disturbances. We are right there now! It’s not just a matter of some species disappearing or of localised disasters. Cataclysm has now become permanent, and there is worse to come.

Israel/Palestine

Wars and pogroms: the future capitalism offers us

Published by: ICConline
Saturday, 15 May, 2021 - 10:59

Aftermath of ethnic clashes in Lod

This is the first time that military conflict between Israel and Hamas has been accompanied by ethnic clashes and pogroms inside Israel, marking the acceleration of capitalism's decomposition. 

Spain

Against mass lay-offs - The mass struggle of the proletariat

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 - 12:45

We are publishing an article written by our comrades in Spain about the surge in lay-offs following in the wake of the pandemic. But as the article insists, “Lay-offs are not limited to Spain, they are happening all over the world”. Workers everywhere will not emerge from lockdowns to enjoy a “better world” but will be faced with increasing attacks on their living standards at all levels, demanding, as the article also insists, a unified response from the working class.

Protests in Cuba

Neither “fatherland or death”, nor “fatherland and life” ... proletarians have no fatherland!

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 12 August, 2021 - 12:48

US and Cuban flags symbolise the weight of nationalism in the recent demonstrations

Despite the real misery that sparked them off, the protests in Cuba were marked by an absence of working class autonomy

Imperialist conflicts

Ethiopia - an "economic miracle" turned into a nightmare

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 25 July, 2021 - 09:05

Mass killings and ethnic cleansing in Ethiopia, stirred up by the bigger imperialist powers, show up the false promises of a new economic prosperity in the Horn of Africa. A contribution from a close sympathiser.

The UK’s Northern Ireland problem

Populism accelerates instability and fragmentation

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 2 July, 2021 - 17:45

US and UK leaders at odds over Northern Ireland at the G7 summit

One thing that undermined the pretend unity at the recent G7 summit in Cornwall was the UK government's continuation of the war with the EU over sausages, nuggets and other chilled meats crossing the Irish Sea to Northern Ireland. This seemingly trivial row in fact exemplifies the weakening position of the British bourgeoise and indicates the various pressures confronting the very union of the United Kingdom.

The fight against parasitism and adventurism

Letter to the ICC: What method to use to understand the true nature of a group claiming to be from the Communist Left?

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 19 July, 2021 - 13:07

We publish here a letter from a close sympathiser expressing solidarity with the ICC’s struggle against parasitism and adventurism and for the defence of the Communist Left. The most important thing about this letter is that it points to the historical materialist method for approaching questions of behaviour, of slanders and maneuvres, which do such damage to the proletarian political milieu.

Polemic on the war in Israel/Palestine

Internationalism means the rejection of both imperialist camps

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021 - 11:11

Why confusions about the “Palestinian resistance” are an obstacle to taking up an internationalist position against the war in Israel/Palestine.

Communists and the "race" question

USA: the struggle of the workers’ movement against slavery and racism, part 4

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 18 January, 2022 - 10:18

Raya Dunayevska with Charles Denby (part of the News and Letters group) and Etehl Dunbar, who contributed to Denby's book Indignant Heart. There are extracts from the book on libcom Testimony of a black worker - Charles Denby (libcom.org)

In this article we look at how the vestiges of the pre-World War 2 proletarian political movement were unable to see the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s as an obstacle to the development of the class struggle.

 

USA: the struggle of the workers’ movement against slavery and racism (Part 3)

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 10 October, 2021 - 10:17

C.L.R. James in 1938

In part two of this series on the proletarian struggle against racism in the U.S., we examined the positions in the Socialist Labour Party (SLP) and in the Socialist Party of America (SPA) at the end of capitalism’s ascendant phase. In the third part of the series, we look at how revolutionaries in the US analysed the problem in the period of capitalist decadence opened up by the First World War.

History of the workers' movement

German Social Democracy 1872 – 1914: the fight against organisational opportunism, Part 1

Published by: International Review
Wednesday, 12 January, 2022 - 12:48

The following article, often drawing on research into books and documentation that are only available in the German language, chronicles the history of the struggle against organizational opportunism in the German SPD in two parts. The first part, published here, covers the period from 1872 to 1890, from the Gotha to the Erfurt programmes; the second part, to be published subsequently, will deal with the ensuing period to 1914.

Class struggle

Metalworkers' strike in Cadiz: our strength is to fight as a class

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 31 December, 2021 - 15:46

Metal workers' assembly in Cadiz

The recent strike of metal workers in Cadiz, Spain, is another sign of the renewal of working class militancy around the world. This statement is part of an ongoing intervention towards the movement by our comrades in Spain. For more on the strike visit our Spanish language pages

Workers’ struggles in the USA

Despite bosses, Covid, and the unions: the class struggle has not disappeared!

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 24 November, 2021 - 16:15

The ICC has published an article on the recent signs of a renewed fighting spirit in the working class in a number of countries: Struggles in the United States, in Iran, in Italy, in Korea... Neither the pandemic nor the economic crisis have broken the combativity of the proletariat! The struggles in the US are particularly important, and this contribution from a close sympathizer there aims to examine them in more detail.

Imperialist tensions

November 2021 Report

Published by: International Review
Thursday, 30 December, 2021 - 16:04

This report, adopted by the ICC’s international central organ, is written within the framework of the resolution on the international situation adopted by the 24th ICC Congress

Work of the 24th International Congress of the ICC

Balance sheet of the Congress: Understanding the historical situation and preparing for the future

Published by: International Review
Thursday, 9 December, 2021 - 09:19

This article aims to give a general overview of the work of the ICC's 24th International Congress in its efforts to understand the present world situation and its historical context.

Resolution on the international situation adopted by the 24th ICC Congress

Published by: International Review
Friday, 3 September, 2021 - 08:15
This resolution aims to bring together all the major elements of the world situation: the acceleration of decomposition, sharpening imperialist rivalries, an unprecedented economic crisis, and the perspectives for the class struggle. 

Report on the economic crisis for the 24th Congress of the ICC

Published by: International Review
Tuesday, 24 August, 2021 - 12:00

The focus of this report is on the general perspective: where is the world economy heading after the great cataclysm that erupted with the Covid pandemic?

Report on the international class struggle to the 24th ICC Congress

Published by: International Review
Tuesday, 17 August, 2021 - 14:53

We continue publishing the main reports on the world situation from the 24th ICC Congress. This report examines some of the main issues facing the international class struggle in the phase of capitalist decomposition: the problem of the politicisation of the class movement, the dangers posed by interclassism, the subterranean maturation of consciousness, and the meaning of defeats in this period.

Report on the pandemic and the development of decomposition

Published by: International Review
Monday, 19 July, 2021 - 09:56

In a way, "the communist left finds itself in a similar situation today to that of Bilan in the 1930s, in the sense that it is obliged to understand a new and unprecedented historical situation" (Resolution on the international situation of the 13th ICC Congress, 1999)

Decline of US imperialism

The USA: Superpower in the decadence of capitalism, today the epicentre of social decomposition. Part II

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 17 November, 2021 - 12:30

Second of two articles analysing the fact that USA’s rise to world dominance also coincides with the course of a world system in decline. The Biden administration has now been in power for 8 months and the difficulties of the American bourgeoisie in reversing the effects of decomposition on all levels have clearly been confirmed…

“Global Britain”

The humiliation of British imperialism in Afghanistan

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 10 October, 2021 - 10:53

The withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul to the Taliban showed the decline of the world's only remaining superpower. British imperialism had been a part of the occupation since the invasion of 2001. The failure of the US was shared by the UK, which has been further reduced in its status among the second and third-rate powers.

Imperialist conflicts

Exacerbation of tensions between the great powers and instability of alliances

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 23 September, 2021 - 17:29

While the Covid-19 crisis has persisted for almost two years with its heavy health, social, political and economic impact on most of the world's states, this has in no way moderated their imperialist appetites. The rise in tensions has been particularly marked in recent months by a clear exacerbation of the opposition between the USA and China, highlighted most recently by the so-called “Aukus” agreement between the US, Britain and Australia, and explicitly aimed at China.

History of the revolutionary movement

100 years after the foundation of the Communist International: what lessons can we draw for future combats? (Part 4)

Published by: International Review
Monday, 27 September, 2021 - 11:52

In the preceding parts of this series we have highlighted the opportunist weaknesses which were at the base of the constitution of the Communist International (CI), both on the programmatic and on the organisational levels. This part will tackle the final period of the CI as an organisation of the working class.

20 Years since the attack on the Twin Towers

The bitter fruits of the “War on Terror”

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 6 September, 2021 - 09:19

To mark the 20th ‘anniversary’ of the September 11 attacks in New York, we draw our readers’ attention to our lead article from International Review 107, “New York and the world over: Capitalism sows death”. The article denounces the massacre of thousands of civilians, the majority of them proletarians, as an act of imperialist war, but at the same time exposes the hypocritical tears shed by the ruling class. As the article says, “The attack on New York was not an ‘attack on civilisation’, it was itself the expression of bourgeois ‘civilisation’”.

Decline of US imperialism

The superpower in capitalist decadence is now the epicentre of social decomposition

Published by: ICConline
Saturday, 18 September, 2021 - 07:18

The first of two articles analysing the fact that USA’s rise to world dominance also coincides with the course of a world system in decline. In particular, it became a global superpower through imperialist war becoming the “way of life” of decadent capitalism.

Science and Class Consciousness

The "Descent of Man" by Charles Darwin came out 150 years ago this year

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 27 July, 2021 - 14:49

We've commemorated this year as the 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune. We must also celebrate the book of Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. The first edition of this book appeared in London on February 23, 1871, a few days before the working population of Paris transported to the heights of Montmartre, Buttes-Chartre and Belleville the cannons that Adolphe Thiers wanted to confiscate from them.

Response to readers’ letters

What is the significance of the phenomenon of the “Uberisation” of employees?

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 19 July, 2021 - 13:34

This article is a response to two letters published recently on the phenomenon of "uberisation” Are “uberised” employees part of the working class? It endeavours to place the issues in a historical framework by drawing on the foundations of marxism and the experience of the workers' movement.

Correspondence on the decadence of capitalism

Growth as decay

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 30 June, 2021 - 10:51

We reply to a reader’s question: “How can the ICC maintain that capitalism is a decadent system since 1914 when there has been such enormous growth in the capitalist system since then?”

Explosion of Covid-19 in Brazil and India

A year of negligence faced with Covid: Capitalism kills!

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 13:00

Mass cremations of Covid victims in India

The terrifying upsurge of the pandemic in Brazil and India is above all an expression of the decay of the world capitalist order and the irresponsibility of the whole ruling class.

Readers' letters

Are “uberised” employees part of the working class?

Published by: ICConline
Saturday, 19 June, 2021 - 14:02

Uber Eats workers on strike

We are publishing below two letters from ICC sympathisers aimed at continuing the reflection that arose in a meeting in France on 15 May 2020 on the subject of the nature and composition of the working class. During this discussion some participants questioned what affect “uberisation” of work had on the composition of the working class. In other words, do the “uberised” employees belong to the working class? We welcome the comrades’ efforts of reflection and their willingness to express their concerns. The letters from the comrades make two contributions to this debate which will be continued at other ICC meetings.

Covid-19 and state measures

Anti-lockdown protests: the trap of “partial” struggles

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 14 May, 2021 - 11:06

Poster of May 68 against state repression

In recent months there have been criticisms and misinterpretations of our positions regarding the state measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some have even concluded that the ICC in fact supports these measures. The ICC supports any proletarian struggle against the attacks by the state, but it doesn’t support demands to put an end to the anti-Covid state measures. Such demands have no other perspective than reinforcing illusions in bourgeois rule, whether democratic or openly despotic and only raise obstructions against the development of the class consciousness and the combativity.

Covid-19 in the UK

The working class bears the brunt of the pandemic

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 19 April, 2021 - 21:29

Soup kitchen queue, Glasgow, winter 2020/21

From health to housing, education to income, the working class has been hardest hit over the past 12 plague months. The economic crisis and social deprivations, accelerated by Covid-19, have roots deep in the decadence and decomposition of capitalism. However sections of the proletariat in GB, under the most difficult conditions, have nonetheless attempted a defence of basic class interests.

Imperialism and decomposition

Turkey and the imperialist free-for-all

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 23 April, 2021 - 08:21

Turkish military incursion into northern Syria, October 2019

Turkey’s ambitions to assert itself as a regional power in the Middle East is a clear illustration of the growing tendency towards every man for himself at the imperialist level; and it is above all the working class of Turkey and beyond which is paying the price in increased exploitation and bloody wars.