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

In preparation for the inauguration, Washington is 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 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. You might think that such a severe judgement of the political situation in the US might come from someone who is viscerally hostile to America, or from an American “leftist”. Not at all: this was from ex-president George W Bush, a member of the same party as Trump. This tells us a lot about the gravity of what happened in Washington that day. 

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...

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.


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. 


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.


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.

US Elections

Trump and Biden: the false choices of capitalist democracy

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 27 September, 2020 - 08:33

The choice of which party or president takes the reins of government is a false choice that cannot turn capitalist civilisation away from the path towards catastrophe. This applies to the coming US elections as much as to any other electoral circus. 


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.

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.  

Class struggle

Protests in the health sector: putting “national unity” into question

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 13:10

August 8th and subsequent weekends saw thousands of UK health workers protest against poor pay and the failure to protect them against Covid-19. Similar anger has been displayed by proletarians in cities around the world...

History of the Class Struggle

The mass strike in Poland 1980: Lessons for the future

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 27 September, 2020 - 08:25

Forty years ago, in the summer of 1980, the working class in Poland made the whole world tremble. A massive strike movement was spreading across the country: several hundred thousand workers launched wildcat strikes in the different towns; it shook the ruling class in Poland and those in other countries.

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.


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. 


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’.


Marxism & Conspiracy Theories

Published by: ICConline
Saturday, 21 January, 2012 - 18:00

The article below, published in 2012, complements the new article "The fuel for conspiracy theories is the decomposition of capitalism" which looks at the proliferation of conspiracy theories about the origin or role of the Covid-19 crisis. It is striking how in the intervening period, the acceleration of capitalist decomposition, and particularly the rise of populist parties and governments, has brought these distorted visions into the mainstream. But it remains as necessary as ever for marxists to show why such approaches are a significant barrier to understanding the real workings of this system.

Imperialist decomposition

Libya: a focus of capitalist barbarity

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 22 June, 2020 - 11:21

Syrian mercenaries, backed by Turkey, arrive in war-torn Libya

After the "Arab Spring" was over in Libya, where a part of the population rose up against the bloody and corrupt regime of Gaddifi, the western powers (in the name of the "humanitarian protection of the civilian population" that the ex-dictator had brutally repressed) declared war on the Libyan leader. After massacring numerous civilians under a barrage of bombs and liquidating Gaddafi, they left the country in the hand of multiple bloody groups who are still fighting over control of the moribund Libyan state.

Covid-19 pandemic

Solidarity with health workers – against their employer, the capitalist NHS

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 24 May, 2020 - 08:29

This coronavirus pandemic has shown up the inadequacies and failures of all health services under the capitalist system. Despite the very real differences in their resources, or lack of resources, the degree of organisation by the state and the degree of involvement of private firms, they are all based on two essential aspects of capitalism: the nation state and the need to extract as much value from those who work in the sector for as little money as they can get away with.

Covid-19: despite all the obstacles, the class struggle forges its future

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 12 May, 2020 - 14:17

New York Amazon workers on strike against lack of safety procedues

After the promising signs of a new mood of resistance in the working class, exemplified by the strikes in France in December-January, the Covid-19 pandemic and the global lock-down have created enormous difficulties for the class struggle. But what is in some ways remarkable is the fact that, despite the omnipresent fear of contagion, despite the apparent omnipotence of the capitalist state, the signs of class combativity that we saw in the winter have not simply evaporated but, in an initial phase and faced with the shocking negligence and unpreparedness of the bourgeoisie, we have seen very widespread defensive movements of the working class.

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.

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.

US Elections

Media campaigns distil the democratic poison

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 10 November, 2020 - 10:03

Even in this final phase of its historic decline, even as the ruling class increasingly demonstrates its loss of control over its own system, capitalism can turn its own rottenness against its real enemy – against the working class and the danger that it could become conscious of its true interests. The record turn-out in these elections and the noisy protests and celebrations on both sides of the political divide represent a powerful reinforcement of the democratic delusion – of the false idea that changing a president or a government can halt capitalism’s slide into the abyss, that the vote enables “the people” to take charge of their destiny.


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.  

Loss of control by the ruling class

Britain ruled by the waves

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 17:58

The two articles under this heading examine different aspects of the bourgeoisie’s growing lack of control over its own political and economic system. This tendency is world-wide, but among the most ‘developed’ countries it is exemplified by the increasingly evident incoherence of the Johnson government in the face of Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the accelerating economic crisis.

Johnson government: a policy of vandalism

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 8 October, 2020 - 17:31

The two articles under this heading examine different aspects of the bourgeoisie’s growing lack of control over its own political and economic system. This tendency is world-wide, but among the most ‘developed’ countries it is exemplified by the increasingly evident incoherence of the Johnson government in the face of Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the accelerating economic crisis.

History of the revolutionary movement

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.


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. 

Refugee crisis

The misery of refugees in Moria shows the true face of the ruling class

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 13:02

Fire ravages Moria camp, already unfit for human habitation

The humanitarian speeches of the ruling class can't hide the real inhumanity of their policy towards the growing mass of refugees.

Covid Pandemic

War of the vaccines: Capitalism is an obstacle to the discovery of a treatment

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 10 August, 2020 - 14:46

The laws of capitalist competition prevent states and enterprises from engaging in effective cooperation to find a vaccine against Covid-19


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.


Slavery and racism, tools of capitalist exploitation

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 23 July, 2020 - 09:10

Racial tensions in the United States are related to the role played by the slave system in the development of primitive accumulation in that country. Slavery existed throughout the Americas and the Caribbean (Brazil, Spanish colonies, the Caribbean islands) but in no other developed country has this system conditioned social relations and the obstacles to working class unity as much as in the US. At another level of development and importance, the case of South Africa has some similarities.

Polemic with The Anarchist Communist Group

The ACG rejects identity politics but “accepts” a democratic secular state of Israel

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 20 July, 2020 - 09:06

Since we wrote about the elements that were to found the Anarchist Communist Group (ACG) in February 2018, this organisation has gone through a process of defining its course and determining its programme. Its main objective was to turn away from the domination of identity politics, as had developed in the Anarchist Federation and in the anarchist milieu in general, and to return to the class struggle as the fundamental basis of its activities. After the group was founded it made some steps, as it said, “to break with the swamp of traditional anarchism” and in the direction of class positions. This article shows the limitations of that break. 


The return to school in France and Britain: The price that children are paying for the capitalist pandemic

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 - 18:53

We are publishing an article written by our comrades in France which shows that the bourgeoisie’s negligent and irresponsible response to the Covid-19 pandemic is not limited to populist government’s like those in Britain and the US. It is followed by an article that highlights the similarity of government action on both sides of the Channel. This article was written by a sympathiser but is fully in line with our position on this question.

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.