A brief statement on the need for working class independence faced with the elections in Brazil
Neither Lula nor Bolsonaro! Against all the capitalist camps, the only future is the development of the class struggle
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".
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.
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.
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.
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
Strikes in Britain
We analyse the significance of the recent development of workers' militancy in Britain
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.
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.
Solidarity with internationalists in Russia
A denunciation of pro-Ukraine anarchists who are acting like state provocateurs against genuine internationalists in Russia.
Internationalists and the war in Ukraine
A balance sheet of the public meetings about the Joint Statement by groups of the Communist Left on the war in Ukraine.
Following the publication of the Joint Declaration by groups of the Communist Left (International Communist Current, Internationalist Voice, and Istituto Onorato Damen) two public online meetings were held by these groups, one in Italian and one in English, to discuss and clarify the need for the Joint Declaration and the tasks of revolutionaries in the face of imperialist war and new world conditions.
An examination of previous efforts to establish No War but the Class War groups, in order to draw the relevant lessons for the intervention of revolutionaries in the face of imperialist war
In the face of war, economic attacks, world-wide chaos
An analysis of the situation of the world working class faced with the war in Ukraine and the acceleration of capitalist decomposition.
No one will have been surprised that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson finally announced his resignation. But the essential problem for the British bourgeoisie is not Johnson, but the fact that the Conservative Party has been increasingly eaten away by populism
Behind the "outrage" of media, politicians and unions, an attempt to divide the working class
Special Dossier "War in Ukraine"
A selection of articles, analyses, leaflets and statements on the unfolding inter-imperialist war following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
In the ideological campaigns to justify the slaughter in Ukraine, the “western democracies” are equipped with the most subtle and insidious weapons of propaganda.
The war in Ukraine
It is clear that this war represents a remarkable worsening of the global chaos that directly involves and affects all the major imperialist powers. Editorial introduction to International Review 168 - Summer 2022, digital and printed versions to be published in full soon.
Communists and the "race" question
USA: the struggle of the workers’ movement against slavery and racism, part 5: The urban riots of the 1960s
“The riots forced the bourgeois state to openly show its oppressive face”
This article intends to take a closer look at the positions of the News and Letters group in the USA on the violent riots in the second half of the 1960s and to respond to the view, put forward by the International Communist Party (Communist Programme) and Bordiga himself, that “this sudden tearing away of the veil of legal fictions and democratic hypocrisy [is] a harbinger of victory.”
The Texas school massacre can’t be explained as the act of a single “evil” individual, but is a product of a profoundly sick society
Lessons of the workers' movement
The strength of the proletariat lies in its ability to learn from a struggle of over three centuries of historical experience. Ten years on, what lessons can we draw from the Indignados movement?
ICC International leaflet
In all countries, in all sectors, the working class is facing an unbearable degradation of its living and working conditions. All governments, whether of the right or the left, traditional or populist, are imposing one attack after the other as the world economic crisis goes from bad to worse. How are we to face up to the attacks of the ruling class...?
Workers’ struggle in the UK
After a serious setback in the struggle during the first year of the Covid pandemic, workers in Europe, the US and elsewhere are beginning to react to the attacks on wages and working conditions. While the pandemic is peaking at new heights with the appearance of the Omicron variant, workers are facing even more severe attacks on their living standards through rising inflation and increasing energy costs.
Work of the 24th International Congress of the ICC
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.
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?
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.
On the book La Fabrique des pandémies
We review a recent book published in French, which while offering important scientific insights into the origins of the Covid pandemic, proves to be powerless when it comes to grasping the problem at its roots in the capitalist mode of production.
This dossier contains many of the ICC's articles on the present COVID19 health crisis.
ICC Public Meetings
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.
Five months of the “special operation”
Maternity and children's hospital in Mariopol, Ukraine. While the horrors inflicted by Russian imperialism are difficult to hide, the USA and Ukraine have played an active role in unleashing and perpetuating the massacre
An update of our analysis of the “progress” of the war in Ukraine towards further barbarism and destruction
Demise of the Queen
The death of the Queen has given rise to a relentless ideological campaign aimed at shoring up the present system and hiding its class divisions
ICC online public meeting
Presentation to two online meetings about the war in the Ukraine and the resulting social situation, held in the English language early in September 2022.
Fires multiply around the world
The responsibility for increasing heatwaves and wildfires, and the phenomenon of global warming that lies behind them, lies with the mode of production that rules the planet.
Decomposition of capitalism
War in Ukraine, pandemic, environmental disaster, economic crisis... Only the proletariat can offer a future to humanity
The accumulation and the simultaneity of disasters demonstrate only one thing: the accentuation of the putrefaction of capitalist society and the total incapacity of the ruling class to counteract it. Editorial to World Revolution 393 - Summer 2022.
Internal debate on the world situation
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.
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.
Britain’s proximity to the USA’s policy on the Ukraine war has brought some short-term gains but also threatens bigger problems in the future.
War in Ukraine
NATO’s Madrid Summit has been a clear warmongering exercise. And words are matched by decisions. They talk of spending 200 billion euros on armaments, of deploying up to 300,000 troops in Eastern European countries in the arc from the Baltic to the Black Sea. They threaten China. They defy Putin. It is a summit for imperialist war.
Report on imperialist tensions (May 2022)
At the beginning of 2020, the global Covid crisis represented the product, but above all constituted a powerful accelerant, of the decomposition of the capitalist system on different levels: important economic destabilisation, loss of credibility in the apparatus of the state, accentuation of imperialist tensions.
Today the war in Ukraine represents a further step in this intensification through a major characteristic of capitalism’s descent into its period of decadence and, in particular, into its phase of decomposition: the exacerbation of militarism.
History of the workers' movement
This part of the article deals with the period from 1891 to the outbreak of the First World War and the betrayal of the opportunist wing of the Party.
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.
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.
French presidential elections
We are publishing an article by our French section, written during the recent French elections. The emergence of “new” and more “radical” left forces is a phenomenon we are seeing in a number of countries, from Colombia, Bolivia and Peru to western Europe and Australia. But as the article shows, parties like La France Insoumise are no less an integral part of capitalism than the traditional or right-wing populist parties which they claim to oppose.
Anarchists and the war in Ukraine
The diversity of responses by anarchists to the war in Ukraine shows the political incoherence of this tradition.
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.
Communists and the "race" question
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.
Decline of US imperialism
The USA: Superpower in the decadence of capitalism, today the epicentre of social decomposition. Part II
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…
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.
History of the revolutionary movement
100 years after the foundation of the Communist International: what lessons can we draw for future combats? (Part 4)
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.
Work of the 24th International Congress of the ICC
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)
Correspondence on the decadence of capitalism
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?”