Fighting global capitalism

Lenin’s laboratory: A review of Day and Gaido, Discovering Imperialism

“It is the same with the policy of Social Democracy as with any other: if you do not move forwards, you go backwards. Whoever closes his eyes out of a (not necessarily conscious) fear of the consequences of stating what is, has not only failed to fulfil his Social-Democratic duty to say what is but...

The Making of Global Capitalism by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin is one of the best Marxist analyses of the modern epoch published in a long time. The book (Panitch and Gindin 2012: vii) is devoted to understanding “how it came to be that the American...

An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital

Michael Heinrich’s book, An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital, (Monthly Review Press 2012) is a lucid and refreshing theoretical interpretation of Marxist political economy.

Apparently, it has gone through nine editions in Germany and is used widely in German...

Horsemeat smoke screen

The claim and counter claim as to who is to blame for the “horse meat scandal” is a smokescreen. The big retailers, the multi-nationals, the international agri-businesses all know they are to blame! They are trying desperately to focus attention on “not so bad” horse meat “incidents” because to divert away from the real issues. The real problem is unregulated (or at least badly and mis-regulated) food additives and processing — things which are only needed because of an ever-increasing complex market place, one which is geared to the companies' need for short term profit. We don’t need to “buy...

Assessing the global slump

There is no definitive Marxist assessment of the current economic crisis or of the period leading up to it, but there is a vibrant debate among Marxists trying to grapple with the underlying causes of the world we’re in. David McNally’s book “Global Slump” provides one of the most panoramic and...

Occupy the Democratic Party? No way!

Occupy the Democratic Party? No Way! Dan La Botz, November 22, 2011 At a moment when Occupy faces severe police repression and cold weather, and as we are both extending our movement to the streets and rethinking our future, various pressures are beginning to build with the objective of taking our movement into the Democratic Party. While our movement so far has remained politically independent and non-partisan, newspaper articles and commentaries suggest that the Occupy movement should give up its "utopian" demands for a different and better society and its "amorphous" participatory democracy...

The workers or 'the people'?

Why should Marxists want to narrow our appeal to 'the workers', enrolling people from other classes only to the extent that they rally behind the working class? Why not seek a broader unity of 'ordinary people'? Originally published in Workers' Liberty magazine, January 2001. By Chris Reynolds The pivot of Marx's critique of political economy is the concept of abstract labour, or universal social labour - labour as the expenditure under standard conditions of a quotient of average labour-power. Abstract labour, according to Marx, is the substance of value. Abstract labour becomes a 'practical...

Workers' Liberty No.8 - Le Pen, South Korea, Australian Labor Party, National Union of Railwaymen (NUR), 1987 TUC conference

A collection of articles from Workers' Liberty No.8. * Conservative Party invitation to French Fascist and leader of the French National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen. * 1987 TUC conference and the Union leaderships' response to declining union membership. * An analysis of the Australian Labor Party's 1987 Australian general election victory. * Child sex abuse, incest and UK law. * The rise of working-class struggle in South Korea * General Secretary Jimmy Knapp's sell-out of the members of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) Click here to download pdf.

Ideas for Freedom 2010: getting ready for class struggle

Ideas for Freedom 2010, Workers' Liberty's weekend "summerschool" of socialist discussion and debate, took place on 9-11 July in Archway, North London. * We will put up transcripts of the sessions as we type them up. - "How do we stop the Tories' plans for schools?" - "Israel-Palestine: what should the left say?" Debate with Workers Power * Position the cursor over the pictures for descriptions. * Our suggested background reading for individual sessions can be found at www.workersliberty.org/iff-read. GETTING READY FOR CLASS STRUGGLE: A REPORT OF IDEAS FOR FREEDOM 2010 180 people attended...

Invitation to "Time to fight back" march - a letter from Liverpool TUC

Liverpool TUC's Secretary: Mark Hoskisson President: Denis Dunphy Treasurer: John Farmer Dear Brothers and sisters Join Liverpool TUC's "Time to fight back" march, 13 September 2009 Assemble 12.30pm at the Pier Head, Liverpool Liverpool Trades Union Council has agreed to welcome the presence of the national TUC Congress in our city by calling on all workers to join us in a demonstration. We warmly welcome all delegates at the TUC to our city. We believe there is an urgent need for the trade union movement to unite and start acting in defence of jobs for all, for trade union rights, against the...

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