Rekindling communism: the significance of Lenin's 'The State and Revolution'
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In August 1917 the Russian Revolution stood at a crossroads. The Bolshevik Party had been driven underground. Lenin was in hiding, his life under threat. But it was at this perilous and uncertain moment that he delved into theory, producing arguably his most famous work ..read more
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Bangladesh: government kills 39 students – bring down the murderous regime!
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Massive anger has erupted across Bangladesh, after the Awami League government of Sheikh Hasina sent police and paramilitary forces to murder students protestors. 39 were killed in the slaughter, conducted beneath an internet blackout. What started as a student protest movement after the government reintroduced a hated quota system for sought-after public sector jobs that would favour ruling supporters of the ruling Awami League, has now turned into a bitter struggle against a murderous regime ..read more
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South Korea: chips are down as Samsung workers launch historic strike
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21h ago
Last week, a David-vs-Goliath struggle broke out at Samsung, the biggest Chaebol (conglomerate) in Korea, where workers launched the first indefinite strike in the company’s history ..read more
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‘An inch from civil war’: a near miss for US capitalism
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2d ago
The attempted assassination of Donald Trump has accelerated the polarisation of American society, as the Republican presidential candidate dodged death by the narrowest of margins. But it wasn’t just Trump who dodged a bullet. The entire country went right up to the edge of a precipice, before taking half a step back. As the title of a Financial Times article put it: “America is staring into the abyss ..read more
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Trump assassination attempt: capitalism breeds political violence
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4d ago
The attempt by a 20-year-old gunman to assassinate Donald Trump at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday has plunged American bourgeois democracy even deeper into crisis ..read more
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The necessity of art – new issue of "In Defence of Marxism" magazine out now!
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Issue 46 of In Defence of Marxism, the quarterly theoretical journal of the Revolutionary Communist International is now available for purchase! Click here to get your copy. This issue deals with the very important question of the relationship of culture, and art in particular, to the struggle for socialist revolution and human freedom ..read more
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The Spanish school students' struggles of 1986-87 and the role of the Marxists
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1w ago
The Spanish student strike of 1986/87 was an epoch-making movement, lasting three months, involving three million school and university students, with hundreds of thousands in demonstrations, which ended up in a victory against the Socialist Party government. This document, written at the time by Alan Woods, is a blow-by-blow account of the movement which draws out the main political points. Alan was in Spain for most of the struggle, involved in daily discussions with the leading Spanish Marxists which led the movement ..read more
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US imperialism pushes Russia and North Korea into each other’s arms
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1w ago
With the world roiling in two wars in Ukraine and Palestine, while anxieties rise over a potential third conflict erupting over Taiwan, yet another potential flashpoint appears to be brewing in the Korean Peninsula, with sabre-rattling on both sides causing alarm ..read more
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Hurricane Beryl: a deadly beast of capitalist climate crisis
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1w ago
Over the course of several days, Storm Beryl has wreaked havoc across the Caribbean, before landing in the USA. Island communities were flattened in a matter of a few hours and coastal areas were overwhelmed by flood waters. The lives of hundreds of thousands of people have been turned upside down ..read more
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Communists and elections: parliament, positions, and the party
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1w ago
In the British general election, the Revolutionary Communist Party, only 8 weeks after its founding, ran the most successful revolutionary communist election campaign in decades. Fiona, candidate of the RCP, received 1,791 votes for an openly revolutionary programme. This is an excellent result, but the reason communists participate in elections is to raise their programme and to build the revolutionary party. In this article, Daniel Morley delves deeper into the theoretical underpinnings of communist strategy and tactics in elections ..read more
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