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. 


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

Published by ICConline
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.

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.


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.


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.

Advancing decomposition

Explosion in Beirut: a tragic illustration of capitalist negligence

Published by: ICConline
Thursday, 17 September, 2020 - 12:39

The huge exploision in Beirut

The catastrophe in Beirut shows the criminal negligence not just of the ruling class in Lebanon, but of an entire social order.

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.  

Interclassist Movements

Balance sheet of the public meetings on the “Yellow Vest” movement

Published by: ICConline
Sunday, 2 August, 2020 - 09:21

An account of the discussions at our public meetings on the "Yellow Vests" movement in France. The issues raised in these meetings have a wider significance than this particular movement, since the working class today is being called on to participate in a whole series of protests which are either of an interclassist character, like that of the "Yellow Vests", or which are posed on a directly bourgeois terrain, like the "democratic" protests in Hong Kong or the Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

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.

Covid-19 pandemic

Generalised capitalist barbarism Or World proletarian revolution (International leaflet)

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 10 April, 2020 - 21:49

We are publishing this international statement of the ICC on the current Covid-19 crisis in the form of a "digital leaflet" because under the conditions of the lock-down it is clearly not possible to distribute a printed version in large numbers. We are asking all our readers to use all the means at their disposal to disseminate this text - social media, internet forums, and so on - and to write to us with information about any of the reactions and discussions that this provokes, and of course with their own views on the article. It is more than ever necessary for all who fight for the proletarian revolution to express their solidarity with each other and maintain their connections. While we have to isolate ourselves physically for the time being, we can still come together politically!

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.

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.

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.

Imperialism in the Arctic

How to make a profit from an ecological disaster

Published by: ICConline
Friday, 22 May, 2020 - 10:34

Capitalism is responsible for the looming ecological disaster it has created in the Arctic - and now seeks to exploit the melting of the ice caps for its own strategic and economic interests

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

Mobilisations for 'democracy'

Belarus: whether the regime is authoritarian or democratic, it’s the same capitalist exploitation!

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 7 September, 2020 - 16:19

Draped in nationalist flags

The working class has nothing to gain by taking in part in mobilisations in favour of bourgeois elections

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....

South Korea

Beyond bourgeois elections, towards communism as the future of the working class

Published by: ICConline
Tuesday, 28 April, 2020 - 18:38

This statement by the Korea-based group Internationalist Communist Perspective was written before the elections in South Korea, which took place on 15 April 2020 and ended in a landslide victory for the current president Moon Jae-in, to a large extent because of the country’s relatively effective response to the Covid-19 outbreak. According to the comrades this text was the only voice raised against participating in the elections.


Message to our readers: WR 386 in PDF form only

Published by: ICConline
Wednesday, 27 May, 2020 - 09:33

Because of the Covid-19 and the lock-down, it is not possible to distribute a paper version of World Revolution at the moment. But we have produced a PDF of WR 386 in A4 which makes it easier for readers to print off copies for their own use. Subscriptions to the paper press will be held in suspense until the next paper is produced, although subscribers to the International Review should now be receiving International Review 164 in the mail, containing the reports and resolutions from the 23rd ICC Congress.

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. 

Refugee crisis

Syrian refugees: no limit to the cruelty of the ruling class

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 16 March, 2020 - 21:19

Refugees from the war in Syria are being used as pawns by the rival imperialist powers responsible for the slaughter.

Strikes in France

The working class begins to become aware of itself

Published by: ICConline
Monday, 17 February, 2020 - 15:55

What was the significance of the recent strike movement in France, principally involving railway workers, health workers and other parts of the public sector? This was a movement which was undoubtedly a response to a direct attack on workers’ living conditions – the so-called “Pension Reforms” demanded by the Macron government. It was centred on the workplaces where the working class is most obviously a living social force, but at the same time, there was a very strong push towards solidarity between the different sectors.