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Britain’s petrol crisis reveals capitalism is running on empty

onsdag 29 september 2021

With petrol pumps across Britain running dry, and gridlock on the roads, the Tories are lurching from one crisis to another. The anarchy of the market is causing chaos to workers’ lives. All the ingredients are being prepared for a social explosion.

Britain: Labour conference 2021 – Starmer’s stitch-up secures right-wing victory

tisdag 28 september 2021

The Labour right wing in Britain has won a series of important votes at this year's party conference over the weekend and this week, provoking anger and outrage amongst left delegates on account of their bureaucratic antics. Amidst this mess, however, the ideas of Marxism have gained a strong echo.

Ted Grant’s ‘History of British Trotskyism’: now in Chinese!

tisdag 28 september 2021

We are proud to announce that the entirety of History of British Trotskyism by Marxist theoretician Ted Grant, has been translated into Chinese! For the first time, workers and youth from the Chinese-speaking world can read about these important revolutionary experiences and events, which are often unavailable to them.

Mexico: criminalisation of abortion declared unconstitutional

tisdag 28 september 2021

In a historic and unanimous vote by ten ministers, the Supreme Court of Mexico has declared the penalisation of women who decide to get an abortion unconstitutional. That this vote has taken place now is clearly the result of our struggle in the streets, which has made it impossible for women’s rights to be ignored any longer. Without this struggle, the vote simply never would have happened.

[Video] Alan Woods on the History of Philosophy

måndag 27 september 2021

On the weekend, Wellred Books hosted the launch of Alan Woods’ new text, The History of Philosophy: A Marxist Perspective. With about 200 attendees present from across the world, the event was a big success. The great turnout, and a large number of pre-orders for the book, demonstrate a thirst for ideas in this turbulent period. You can watch Alan Woods’ introduction and closing remarks at the launch event here.

GKN dispute in Florence – Italian workers are fighting back

måndag 27 september 2021

On 9 July 2021, 422 workers at the Campi Bisenzio GKN plant near Florence received a text message. It came from the British multinational’s management, communicating that the workers were immediately and collectively dismissed. However, the plant is not in crisis. There is a market for the production of drive shafts and other components for the automotive sector that the plant is capable of producing. So why the sackings?

Documentary: Bhagat Singh in Lahore

måndag 27 september 2021

Today marks the 114th anniversary of the birth of the great revolutionary, Bhagat Singh. Our comrades of the Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) in Pakistan have released a special documentary on the political life of Bhagat Singh in Lahore to mark the occasion. In this documentary, presented by Adam Pal, the comrades visit all the places where Bhagat Singh himself used to live, or which were of historical significance to the revolutionary path that his life took.

Britain: Labour conference 2021 – fight Starmer’s counter-revolution

lördag 25 september 2021

After a year’s hiatus, Labour’s annual conference begins this weekend. The event is set to be a showdown between Starmer, on one side, and grassroots members and left unions, on the other. The left must boldly take the fight to the right.

Britain: Socialist Appeal journalists barred from Labour conference

lördag 25 september 2021

The Labour right wing have carried out a brazen attack on press freedoms, explicitly denying the Marxist journalists of Socialist Appeal entrance to the party’s upcoming Labour conference on political grounds. We urge readers to rally against this injustice.

Russia: widespread fraud robs CPRF of electoral gains

fredag 24 september 2021

The federal elections in Russia have passed. As we predicted, they were completely rigged by the regime. While it would appear that Communist Party received a majority of the real votes, literally overnight the authorities produced the result they needed. This brazen act of completely rewriting the election results will only provoke growing anger in society.

Book launch THIS SUNDAY! The History of Philosophy: A Marxist Perspective

fredag 24 september 2021

Join Alan Woods for the launch of The History of Philosophy: A Marxist Perspective this Sunday at 16.00 (BST). To attend the launch event, you must register on this webpage. All those registered will be sent a link to join the Zoom meeting on the morning of the event. This book will prove to be a vital handbook for revolutionaries fighting to overthrow capitalism today. Pre-order your copy now – available for a limited time at a special price.

Britain: blackouts, bottlenecks, and backlogs – capitalism is chaos

torsdag 23 september 2021

Across the UK economy, prices are rising and businesses are facing shortages. It is clear that the anarchy of the capitalist market cannot provide society with life’s necessities. The case for socialist planning has never been so clear.

30 years of capitalism in Ukraine: a lesson in the horrors of the market economy

torsdag 23 september 2021

The 30-year anniversary since the fall of the USSR and the restoration of capitalism in Ukraine was marked by celebrations in Kiev on 24 August. Front-and-centre during the festivities were former presidents Yushenko, Kuchma and Poroshenko, who all presided over the transition to the market economy. But behind the jubilation lies three decades of mounting poverty, inequality and repression. This is the real story of capitalism in Ukraine.

[Video] ‘The History of Philosophy: a Marxist Perspective’ – the dialectical development of thought

onsdag 22 september 2021

It is only a few days until the launch event for The History of Philosophy: a Marxist Perspective by Alan Woods. As marxist.com editor Fred Weston explains in this video, Woods uses the method of historical materialism to analyse the development of human thought down the ages. What is described is a process of development of thought from lower to higher – not in a linear and automatic way but through contradiction and struggle.

New issue of Arabic-language Marxist theoretical journal!

onsdag 22 september 2021

We are very proud to announce that the eighth issue of Freedom and Communism, the International Marxist Tendency’s theoretical journal in the Arabic language, is out now. This edition contains a range of articles on various subjects, including current events in the Middle East, the fight against postmodernism, and the legacy of the Paris Commune. Click here to read the full issue. We publish the editorial below, translated into English.

China: everyone can feel the profound anxiety of the ruling class

tisdag 21 september 2021

In the past two months, the regime of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has taken drastic measures that have shocked society and have triggered widespread speculation. The state has disciplined a number of large private corporations while instituting wide-ranging regulations on the entertainment industry. The motivation behind these measures was eerily summed up by an obscure blog post that was promoted by all major state media outlets, proclaiming that “everyone can feel that a profound transformation is underway!” But is the CCP state actually leading a social transformation? Or are these measures aimed at defending the foundations of capitalism in China?

Britain: civil war in the labour movement

måndag 20 september 2021

Battles are breaking out across the labour movement, with Starmer purging socialists from the party, and the Unison bureaucracy sabotaging the union’s left-wing NEC. The left must make a stand and clear out these agents of the establishment.

Britain: why we must defend Paul Holmes – and reject sectarianism

måndag 20 september 2021

The President of Britain's biggest trade union, Paul Holmes, is fighting back against a vicious witch-hunt by the union's right wing. Unfortunately, the employers and union bureaucracy have been supported by the sectarian antics of the Socialist Party. We say: solidarity with Paul!

Russia: what’s next after the dirtiest campaign in decades?

fredag 17 september 2021

The current elections in Russia have been marked by the dirtiest campaign in decades. Having previously declared liberal opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s supporters extremists, the Putin regime has now turned the full force of its propaganda and police apparatus against the Communist Party.

Britain: Labour conference – showdown looms as right wing go on the rampage

fredag 17 september 2021

With the British Labour Party's national conference just over a week away, Starmer and the right wing are going into overdrive with their purge, threatening left delegates with expulsion. The stage is set for one of the tensest and most-explosive Labour conferences in decades.