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.
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.
ICC public meetings
The barbaric war in Ukraine continues, as does the deafening propaganda offensive justifying the massacre on both sides. The ICC is holding another round of public meetings in various languages this summer, where we will aim to carry forward the marxist analysis of the impact and significance of the war, and in particular the questions it poses to the international working class and its revolutionary organisations.
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.
Anarchists and the war in Ukraine
The diversity of responses by anarchists to the war in Ukraine shows the political incoherence of this tradition
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.
The recent ruling on abortion in the USA is above all a new attack on the living conditions of working class women, but such attacks can only be resisted on the basis of class, not “gender”.
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?
Behind the "outrage" of media, politicians and unions, an attempt to divide the working class
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.
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!
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.
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.
Riots in Kazakhstan
The social unrest in Kazakhstan began with important workers’ struggles against price rises, but the latter were quickly engulfed in a 'popular' protest manipulated by rival bourgeois gangs.
This dossier contains many of the ICC's articles on the present COVID19 health crisis.
Review of the press
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.
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.
Response to a reader's letter
We reply to a reader who asks how revolutionaries can support workers in their defensive struggles without supporting reformism
Economic attacks around the world
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.
IPCC report on the climate crisis
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
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.
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.
Internal debate on the world situation
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.
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.
The furore about Boris Johnson’s premiership is being used both to hide the deeper divisions within the ruling class, and to spread the idea that we should demand a cleaner and more democratic version of capitalist exploitation.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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)
Response to readers’ letters
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
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?”