“Kill the Bill” protests in the UK

Workers have no interest in defending capitalism’s “democratic rights”

Published by ICConline
Saturday, 10 April, 2021 - 21:49

Bristol "Kill the Bill" protests: the left spreads democratic illusions

The UK government is without doubt sharpening its tools of repression. But workers need to fight against state violence and repression as part of their own class struggle, not as part of a popular front for “democratic rights”.

 

Indian famers’ movement

Lessons of the Indian famers’ movement: the interests of the rich farmers are not those of the rural wage labourers

Published by ICConline
Saturday, 10 April, 2021 - 13:55

The massive protests by farmers in India against the laws of the Modi government of the past winter were the largest protests in the history of India since its independence in 1947 and gained wide support from all over the world. But unlike many bourgeois organisations want us to believe, the farmers and the agrarian wage labourers were not united behind the demands of the farmers’ unions. The movement was spearheaded by the class of richer farmers-cum-commission agents, and its objectives were above all shaped by the interests of this group.

History of the workers' movement

Hands off the Commune!

Published by ICConline
Monday, 29 March, 2021 - 20:58

The Communards destroy a symbol of France's "colonial glory"

The 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune - above all in France - has seen a concerted campaign by the bourgeoisie to distort the real meaning of this seminal event in working class history.

Myanmar coup

Democracy or military junta, the same capitalist dictatorship

Published by ICConline
Friday, 12 March, 2021 - 13:54

Aung San Suu Kyi - democratic face of military rule
With the recent military coup in Myanmar, the army officially took back power. But had it really
ever left?

 

Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic reveals the dilapidated condition of world capitalism

Published by International Review
Saturday, 6 March, 2021 - 10:50

For more than a year now the ruling class everywhere has been gripped by the Corona virus epidemic without any end to it really coming into sight. Up until now it was the poorest and least developed countries which paid the heaviest tribute to sicknesses, epidemics or endemic illnesses. Today it's the most developed countries which are being rocked to their foundations by the Covid-19 outbreak.

History of the workers' movement

A hundred years after the Kronstadt uprising

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 19 March, 2021 - 11:18

Suppression of the Kronstadt revolt by the Red Army: a tragic error

After the Russian revolution in 1917, the revolution in Germany in 1918, the creation of the Communist International in 1919, we mark the hundredth anniversary of the tragic crushing of the revolt by the workers, soldiers and sailors of Kronstadt in March 1921 with a document “The lessons of Kronstadt” from International Review, in order to indeed draw the key lessons of this event for the struggles of the future.

Covid in Africa

Covid-19 in Africa: From the vain hopes of 2020 to the brutal reality of 2021

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 22 March, 2021 - 09:30

After a year in which the African continent seemed to escape the worst of the pandemic, the diagnosis for 2021 is less rosy....

Defence of the proletarian political milieu

The adventurer Gaizka has the defenders he deserves: the gangsters of the IGCL

Published by: International Review
Thursday, 4 March, 2021 - 09:36

The present article follows on from the ones we have already published which denounce an attempt to falsify the real origins of the communist left, emanating from a blog called Nuevo Curso (recently rebaptised Communia). This attempt is orchestrated by an adventurer, Gaizka whose aim is in no way to contribute to the defence and clarification of the positions of this current but to “make a name for himself” in the proletarian political milieu. Following our exposure, Gaizka remained totally silent. Furthermore, he received very little support; virtually the only one, and the most explicit, coming from the International Group of the Communist Left (IGCL), which before changing its name in 2014, called itself the Internal Fraction of the International Communist Current (IFICC). This is a group whose prime vocation, for the last 20 years, is to slander the ICC...

Britain

British capitalism clobbered by both Covid and Brexit

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 31 January, 2021 - 09:41

Every major country has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the crisis has not had a uniform impact. The UK, with more than 100,000 deaths, has one of the highest coronavirus death rates in the world and, throughout 2020, the shadow of Brexit hung over the economy, with negotiations continuing for months until the British bourgeoisie finally broke the “shackles” of the EU at the start of 2021. The combination of pandemic and Brexit is hitting an economy that already had one of the weakest recoveries from the 2008 financial crisis.

ICC online

ICC ‘virtual’ discussion meetings with contacts, December 2020: Lively debate on “The pandemic and the working class”

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 1 March, 2021 - 11:11

Late last year the ICC held two ‘virtual’ discussion meetings with invited contacts and sympathisers in Europe and America on the theme of ‘The Pandemic and the Working Class’, examining issues in their historic and current aspects.

Vaccine wars

Anti-Covid vaccines: Health is just a commodity for capitalism

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 31 January, 2021 - 09:36

The following article was written before the current "vaccine nationalism" row between Britain and the EU over supplies of the Oxford-AstraZeneca inoculation. But it shows “vaccine nationalism” is precisely the way that nations and companies are going because they cannot escape the laws of profitability and the sharpening tendency of “every man for himself” in international relations.

ICC online public meeting

Introduction to the ICC’s online public meeting - Covid-19, political chaos in the US: expression of capitalism’s accelerating decay

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 9 February, 2021 - 10:36

In the last year, the world has been shaken by two unprecedented events of extreme importance in the life of capitalism: the Covid-19 pandemic and, most recently, the assault on the Capitol in Washington after the American elections that sanctioned the defeat of Donald Trump. These two events are neither insignificant nor separate from each other. They can only be understood in a historical framework that we present in this text, originally penned as an introduction to two 'virtual' public meetings held in February 2021.

Reader's Contribution

Initial Reactions to the January 6th Storming of the U.S. Capitol

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 9 February, 2021 - 10:29

We are publishing this article written by a close sympathiser, of the ICC in the US, which defends our general analysis of the significance of the events of January 6 in Washington, and points out the role of those ardent apologists of bourgeois democracy – the Trotskyists, “Democratic Socialists” etc - in helping to strengthen the repressive apparatus of the state. 

Class struggle

Strike of agribusiness workers in Peru

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 31 January, 2021 - 09:53

Unlike the recent citizen mobilisation in Lima, this strike of the workers of the agro-industrial enterprises in Peru had a clear class basis. The proletariat shows its strength and capabilities when it struggles directly against exploitation.

Covid-19 in Sweden

The “Swedish Strategy” and the fiction of the Welfare State

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 29 January, 2021 - 11:13

The International media always try to depict Sweden as a “paradise on earth”, a Welfare State with almost total equality among the citizens. Nothing could be further from the truth. For more than three decades, privatisations and outsourcing of schools, hospitals, GP surgeries, as well as other sectors, like care for the elderly, has created a situation where the health sector has suffered from increased cuts. The corona crisis has clearly shown the cracks in this illusion. Today, the number of hospital beds in Sweden has decreased to one of the lowest levels in Europe.

Covid-19

Second wave of the pandemic: the impotence of all states and governments!

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 30 November, 2020 - 11:23

The number of people infected with the Covid-19 virus has been rising sharply in recent weeks in many parts of the world, especially in Europe, which has once more become one of the epicentres of the pandemic. The “possibility of a second wave” announced several months ago by epidemiologists is now a reality and it is highly likely that it will be much more virulent than the previous one.

Imperialist conflicts

Conflict in Nagorno-Karaback: chaos and war follow war and chaos!

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 23 November, 2020 - 09:03

The fragile cease-fire coming from the "accords" between Armenia and Azerbaijan permits no illusions about a "peaceful settlement" of the conflict. It is the product of a situation which can only sanction a precarious "order" and a relation of forces imposed by both Russia and Turkey. It settles nothing. On the contrary it represents another stage in the exacerbation of military tensions and feeds the chaos in this imperialist fault-line which risks reigniting the flames of war later on.

Covid-19 in Europe

The second wave in the Netherlands and Belgium: the failure of governments and states to control the pandemic

Published by: ICConline
Saturday, 26 December, 2020 - 15:27

It is astonishing how countries with the most advanced technologies are unable to control and contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Supporters of conspiracy theories say that there must be something behind this and indeed there is something behind it, but not a conspiracy. It's the decline of the capitalist method of production that's the cause and it is increasingly hindering not only the development of the forces of social production but also threatening the very survival of mankind.

Covid-19 in India

The negligent and irrational response of the Modi regime

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 21 December, 2020 - 15:51

Bus station chaos during India's first lockdown

Despite India becoming a global "economic giant", its response to the Covid crisis exposes a totally inadequate public health system. The health crisis has been further exacerbated by the irresponsible policies of the populist Modi regime. 

Correspondence

Communists and the question of anti-racism

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 20 December, 2020 - 11:12

We are publishing a letter from a sympathiser who took part in a recent online discussion meeting and raises some questions about our approach towards ant-racism and “identity politics”. Our response follows.

Decomposition

Report on the Covid-19 pandemic and the period of capitalist decomposition

Published by: International Review
Saturday, 17 October, 2020 - 10:25

This report was written for a recent congress of our section in France and will be followed by other reports on the world situation.

Tribute

Homage to our comrade Kishan

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 22 October, 2020 - 09:21

When the world is facing the trial of the Covid-19 pandemic, we in the ICC have also been through the painful experience of the passing away of our comrade Kishan on 26th March, 2020. This is a great loss for the ICC and its section in India, and we will miss him greatly. Kishan made an important contribution to the life of the ICC and was a comrade with a great fighting spirit till his last breath.

ICC Internal Debate

Internal Debate in the ICC on the international situation

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 25 August, 2020 - 08:20

The discussion texts we are publishing here are the product of an internal debate within the ICC regarding the significance and direction of the historical phase in the life of decadent capitalism which was definitively opened up by the collapse of the Russian imperialist bloc in 1989: the phase of decomposition, the terminal phase of capitalist decadence.  

A danger to the proletarian political milieu

On the adventurist element in Spain

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 19 July, 2020 - 11:24

A close sympathiser of the ICC makes an appeal to the organisations of the proletarian political milieu to take up their responsibility in response to the dangerous manoeuvres of an adventurer.

Racism/Anti-Racism

The answer to racism is not bourgeois anti-racism, but international class struggle

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 11 June, 2020 - 22:24

Police take the knee - but still beat-up demonstrators

The anger at the cold-blooded police murder of George Floyd is real, and it has been shared by white people as well as black, by Latinos, Asians, and among the young in particular. But we live in a society which is dominated materially and ideologically by a ruling class, the bourgeoisie or capitalist class. And anger in itself, however justified, is not enough to challenge the system that lies behind police violence, or to avoid the many traps laid by the bourgeoisie. The protests were not started by the ruling class. But it has already succeeded in pulling them onto its own bourgeois political terrain. 

Proletarian debate

The pandemic reveals and accelerates capitalist decadence and decomposition

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 30 April, 2020 - 13:09

A debate with a group of comrades in Alicante, Spain, about the significance of the present pandemic.

Cov-19 Pandemic

Population lockdown: the bourgeois state shows its brutality

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 17:13

Given its lack of preparedness to deal with a global pandemic, the bourgeoisie has had little choice but to resort to the mediaeval policy of quarantining the population, which has paid a heavy price in terms of impoverishment and social atomisation.  

Covid conspiracy theories

The fuel for conspiracy theories is the decomposition of capitalism

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 - 18:28

"It is not the consciousness of men that determines their being, but, on the contrary, their social being that determines their consciousness” as Marx famously said. Today, the reality of most people’s ‘being’ across the globe is deteriorating in a dangerous and bewildering manner: wars, economic hardship; environmental degradation, enforced migration and this year, in addition, a new virus. These material conditions of growing chaos and confusion – plus the apparent absence of a credible alternative – are the soil nourishing the proliferation of ‘conspiracy theories’.

Communist Left

The truth is revolutionary - For a factual history of the Communist Left (Correspondence with the ICT)

Published by: International Review
Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 - 13:39

In December last year the ICC wrote to the Internationalist Communist Tendency, asking them to publish a letter of correction of serious falsifications made about our organisation that appeared on the ICT website in an article entitled ‘On the forty-fifth anniversary of the Founding of the CWO’. The ICC does not request such rectifications from the bourgeois camp. We expect lies coming from this direction and simply denounce any such defamations as the trademark of the enemy class. 

Open letter to the militants of the IBRP (December 2004)

Published by: International Review
Wednesday, 14 April, 2021 - 13:18

We republish here a letter we addressed to the IBRP in December 2004 following the appearance on its website of a declaration emanating from a mysterious “Circle of Internationalist Communists”, containing extremely grave accusations against the ICC. Despite the protests of our organisation, which it did not take into account, the IBRP did not make any attempt to verify the reality of this group or the content of the accusations in question.

International class struggle

Student struggles in France: Faced with poverty, young people are not giving up!

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 24 March, 2021 - 12:30

Recent protests by students in France and the UK show that the struggle of proletarians around basic class interests has not been entirely buried by a whole series of marches and protests around the themes of "democracy" and "the rights of the individual" faced with the lockdown.

History of the revolutionary movement

30 years since the death of our comrade Marc Chirik

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 22 March, 2021 - 09:10

Marc Chirik passed away 30 years ago, in December 1990. In tribute to the precious contributions of our comrade, of this great revolutionary in the line of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg, we are republishing the two articles from International Review 65 and 66 that were written just after his death. These two articles go over the broad lines of his life and summarise what he brought to the proletarian cause and the defence of marxism.

 

100 years after the foundation of the Communist International: What lessons can we draw for future combats? (part three)

Published by: International Review
Sunday, 1 November, 2020 - 17:29

Baku Congress, 1920: "support for colonial revolutions" really meant grave concessions to nationalism by the Comintern

While the founding Congress of the Communist International was a real step forward in the unification of the world proletariat, the evolution of the CI in the years that followed was marked essentially by regressions which disarmed the revolution in the face of the counter-revolutionary forces which were more and more gaining ground. The rampant opportunism within the ranks of the party was not eliminated as Lenin and the Bolsheviks envisaged. On the contrary, with the degeneration of the revolution, it ended up taking a preponderant place and hastened the end of the CI as a class party. This opportunist dynamic, already visible by the Second Congress, only deepened after that, both on the programmatic and organisational levels, as we will try to show in this article.

 

Political chaos in the USA

Biden presidency: The US and world capitalism on the road to nowhere

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 19 January, 2021 - 15:40

Inauguration 
Washington under military occupation

The narrow Biden election in the US will not heal the divisions in US society or overcome the increasingly fragmented state of the "world order".

Assault on the Capitol in Washington: the USA at the heart of the world-wide decomposition of capitalism

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 11 January, 2021 - 16:16

“This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic”. This declaration by ex-president George W Bush followed the January 6 invasion of the Capitol by several hundred Donald Trump partisans, who had come to interrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. It tells us a lot about the gravity of what happened in Washington that day. 

Marxism and education

The attitude to education in the historical workers’ movement

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 22 March, 2021 - 09:01

We are publishing here a three-part series on the question of education that first appeared in the pages of World Revolution in 2001 (numbers 243-245). While it starts with references to the UK general election of 2001, what the series says is still relevant today.

How the revolution fought disease

Health Conservation in Soviet Russia

Published by: International Review
Monday, 8 March, 2021 - 08:45

We publish below an article relating to the evolution of the health situation in Soviet Russia in July 1919, one year after the establishment of the Public Hygiene Commissariat. In the most difficult material conditions, including invasion by armies of the Entente and sabotage by the counter-revolutionary White Army, the method implemented by the proletariat - our method, in every way opposed to that of the bourgeoisie today confronted with the coronavirus pandemic - achieved results which, at the time, were a considerable step forward. 

Correspondence

Reader's letter: Why has the ICC abandoned the concept of the "historic course"?

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 5 March, 2021 - 09:12

Below we are publishing substantial extracts from a letter from one of our readers, followed by our response. This letter criticises our "Report on the question of the historic course", adopted at the 23rd ICC Congress and published in International Review 164. The comrade also addresses another issue: that of the prospect, still possible, of a generalised nuclear war.

Britain

Labour divisions underline bourgeoisie's growing loss of control

Published by: ICConline
Saturday, 30 January, 2021 - 08:55

The British Conservative government's disastrously incompetent handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, its incoherent undertaking of the Brexit negotiations, its U-turns over the health crisis, the economic crisis and growing conflicts with the EU, have not been met with an oppositional onslaught by the Labour Party. The British bourgeoisie has been losing control of its political apparatus and one of Labour's historic roles is to pose as an alternative to a government that has pursued populist policies that have undermined the effective functioning of British state capitalism. It has largely failed to take up the task.

Plague and decadence

All pandemics of the past were the product of decadent societies and Covid-19 is no exception

Published by: International Review
Saturday, 9 January, 2021 - 10:29

St Louis USA, 1918: The 'Spanish Flu' was the first pandemic of decadent capitalism.

The link between the development of an infection on one hand, and the organisation and state of society on the other, doesn't only concern the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918-20. This article explores how the decadence of capitalism - like that of class societies preceding it - fosters plague and poses the necessity of a revolution in social relations.

Discussion in the proletarian milieu

Understanding the phase of decomposition: Report of an ICC contact meeting in France, November 2020

Published by: ICConline
Saturday, 23 January, 2021 - 09:51

As 2020 drew to a close, the health crisis deteriorated inexorably and our organisation continued its intervention towards the proletariat and its most politicised minorities. It's indeed necessary to fight against the isolation and atomisation imposed on us by the bourgeoisie with its lockdown measures and curfews. We therefore held an online meeting on 21 November 2020, following on from an earlier one that took place on 17 October. The discussions revealed a maturation and deepening of the various political points raised, as well as questions that remain to be addressed...

Slavery and Racism

USA: the struggle of the workers’ movement against slavery and racism (Part 1)

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 29 January, 2021 - 11:02

Colored National Labor Union Convention, 1869

The campaign around “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) has led many people to look for references in the history of the struggle against the oppression of and violence against black people. Among the most well-known black activist are Marcus Garvey, Malcom X, and Martin Luther King. But communists do not base their political orientation on activists fighting for equal rights within capitalism. 

Decomposition and class struggle

Report on the international class struggle and the impact of the Covid pandemic

Published by: International Review
Sunday, 20 December, 2020 - 17:27

We publish here the third of the reports on the world situation written for the Congress of our section in France. This one focuses on the situation of the international working class prior to and during the global pandemic.

Pandemic

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

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

This dossier contains all the articles on the present COVID19 health crisis.

World economic crisis

The irruption of decomposition on the economic terrain: Report on the economic crisis

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 16 November, 2020 - 10:32

The Covid-19 pandemic is seriously aggravating the world economic crisis which was already resurfacing after the anaemic post-2008 "recovery". The working class all over the world will feel the impact: unemployment, increased rates of exploitation, poverty and insecurity...This report, written for the recent congress of our section in France, analyses the manner in which a product of social decomposition is rebounding onto the economic sphere.  

Covid-19 and imperialist tensions

The virus of imperialism and militarism cannot be eradicated in capitalism

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 14 October, 2020 - 07:56

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit at the beginning of 2020, the tendency towards increasingly chaotic imperialist tensions and conflicts was already underway. All the indications are that the pandemic will accelerate these tendencies. 

China

The New Silk Road: China’s challenge to the existing world order

Published by: ICConline
Saturday, 25 April, 2020 - 13:25

We are publishing this article because of the paramount importance of gaining a deeper understanding of the rise of Chinese capitalism in the last three decades, and more specifically of the aims of its “New Silk Road” project. It should be noted that it was written some time before the current Covid-19 pandemic, which will certainly have a significant impact on the global imperialist pecking order. It also puts forward a number of elements – such as the sections on the “Mackinder Doctrine” and on the development of the “credit economy” in Stalinist regimes – which are currently under discussion in the ICC. We therefore offer it as the contribution of an individual comrade.

Imperialism and Decomposition

1990-2020, Thirty years of war and destruction in the Middle East. Part One: a decomposing system sinking into military barbarism

Published by: International Review
Tuesday, 1 September, 2020 - 08:35

Idlib, Syria, 2020
This text does not aim to develop a history of recent conflicts in the Middle East but to show how the understanding of the decadence and decomposition of capitalism is an essential framework for understanding the explosion of contradictions which plunge this region of the world today into warlike bestiality and chaos. This barbarism has a history, and it reflects the rotting of the system.

1990-2020: 30 years of war and destruction in the Middle East. Part II - An infernal spiral of all-out confrontations and bloody massacres

Published by: International Review
Tuesday, 8 September, 2020 - 12:52

The development of the situation in the Middle East between 1990 and 2010 has shown vividly that the imperialist confrontations, the militarism and barbarism, which are essential characteristics of the period of the decadence of capitalism, have not only intensified but, above all, in the phase of the widespread decomposition of capitalist society, their irrational and chaotic nature has become more and more evident.

Defence of the proletarian milieu

Who is who in “Nuevo Curso”?

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 28 January, 2020 - 10:58

The proletariat will only be able to free humanity from the increasingly suffocating chains of world capitalism if its struggle is inspired and fertilised by the critical historical continuity of its communist organisations, that thread that runs from the Communist League in 1848 to the current organisations that identify with the tradition of the communist left. Deprived of this compass, the workers’ reaction against the barbarity and misery imposed by capitalism will be condemned to blind, desperate actions, which may lead to a definitive chain of defeats....

The communist programme in the phase of capitalist decomposition

Bordiga and the Big City

Published by: International Review
Thursday, 23 April, 2020 - 12:48

This new volume in the series on communism will look at the some of the major problems posed to the revolutionary project of the working class  by capitalism's entry into the last stage of its decadence, the phase of decomposition: social atomisation and loss of class identity, uncontrolled urbanisation and destruction of the natural environment, and so on. In doing so it will revisit some of the questions posed in the past about the social and economic measures needed to carry through a communist transformation.