By Bill Van Auken - WSWS
Chavez’s nationalist rhetoric, his government’s diversion of revenues from the country’s protracted oil bonanza to pay for social assistance programs and its forging of extensive economic ties to China earned him the hatred of both Washington and a fascistic ruling class layer in Venezuela. They did not, however...represent a path to socialism.
Last week, the "Dismantling Racism" class from St. Catherine University in Minnesota was taken on a Black Panther History Tour in Oakland and Berkeley, led by Billy X Jennings from It's About Time BPP Alumni & Legacy...An important friend and ally of the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3, Billy X Jennings' work was previously spotlighted in an interview with Angola 3 News, entitled "We Called Ourselves the Children of Malcolm."
Every attempt to go beyond capitalism has ended in failure. But are capitalism's present problems putting anti-capitalist revolution back on the agenda?
To answer this question, this article looks at past revolutions, with emphasis on aspects rarely considered by the left. These include humanity's origins, gender and military history and the revolutionary transcendence of work and democracy.
Marx, Engels and Luxemburg were all keen to return to the egalitarian relations of primitive communism, at a higher level. But how does the egalitarianism of early human societies connect up with Marxism’s prime focus on the rise and decline of capitalism? As capitalism continues to disintegrate, this article looks at the egalitarian origins of money in ancient Greece for clues as to how we might transcend the whole money system.
By Steve D'Arcy
The 'gun control' debate is dominated by two positions: a "libertarian" position that favours the unfettered right of people like Ted Nugent to bring an assault rifle into a coffee shop or a school whenever he chooses, and a "liberal" position that wants "the authorities" to exercise unilateral power from above in imposing gun regulations deemed by politicians to be "sensible." Is there a third position? More specifically, is there a radical-Left position, based upon the principles of egalitarian democracy and worker empowerment?
All these U.S. interventions, occupations and wars are a fundamental feature of U.S. imperialist policy today. It is U.S. imperialism's response to the massive uprising of workers and peoples around the world seeking to preserve their sovereignty and basic rights.
The communists’ struggle would be child’s play if they only had to fight against lies, because these lies would quickly be dispelled by the real conditions. However, the sacrifices for state and capital are mainly legitimized with bitter truths: for the sake of peace, freedom and country, a person must sacrifice money and life – in war and in peace...Since communists have a tough nut to crack in the nationalism of their addressees, it is the constant subject of their criticism.
In short: nationalism is nowhere and in no form a means against imperialism, much less a recipe for the well-being of the masses, which nowhere in the world can be in accord with the well-being of the nation!
Theses on the Character Masks of Capital, the Social Classes and What Follows for Anti-Capitalist Politics
Capitalists fulfill their social obligation when they increase their profit, because the people and the common good, social responsibility, etc. have the precondition that the means for it must first be produced – capitalistically, of course. The workers have to realize that the whole order is a system of an interest hostile to them and that their own source of income is not property, but nothing other than the free form of a servitude to purposes alien to their own.
Translated from GegenStandpunkt broadcast on Radio Lora, Munich: April 16, 2012
Since capitalism has existed, there's been a lot of discontent with it. Today, for example, the “Occupy” movement and the “indignados” in Europe criticize capitalism because its “excesses” surely scream to the sky. It hasn't gone unnoticed that an ever-growing wealth of a few faces an equally ever-growing poverty of others. Also not unnoticed is the notorious insecurity of existence which for many people means that just one unlucky circumstance...becomes a personal disaster.
By Michael Laxer - February 29, 2012
"We are the 99 percent["]...does not take into account the basically dangerous aspect to a world-view like this, which is both disingenuous and bourgeois in its desire to eclipse real issues of class, management, Social Mandarins, and the true underpinning of inequality with a slogan that appears to embrace "everyone," in the classic American way. By doing so it in fact embraces and lets off the hook many, if not most, of the basic enemies of working-class and socialist or anti-capitalist politics.
The Occupy movement is, of course, something very new, in many ways. But it is also a continuation of a longstanding human aspiration, centuries old: the aspiration to take democratic control, collectively and cooperatively, in a spirit of solidarity, mutual aid and mutual respect, of our own lives, communities and workplaces.
In the wake of the crisis and the disappointments caused by finance capital – first for itself and then for the rest of the world – the so-called “real economy” has attained a new and good reputation. For years, no mention was ever made about this peculiar sector of the national economy. In fact, as long as banks and stock markets succeeded in making money with their own particular methods, nobody knew of any difference between a real and an unreal economy.
By Julie Hyland - WSWS
The European Conference Against Austerity in London last month was advanced as a means of “coordinating resistance” to the social impoverishment being implemented by governments across Europe, the International Monetary Fund and the European Union...In reality, the conference underscored how the various “activist” networks and the petty bourgeois ex-left groups have become completely integrated into the political structures of bourgeois rule.
By Rick Kuhn - September 22, 2011
It is possible to oppose anti-semitism on a narrow basis, that the racist persecution of Jews is wrong. A broader and far more effective approach strengthens the fight against anti-semitism by treating it as part of the struggle against all forms of racism and oppression. From this perspective, the front line of the battle against anti-semitism today is the campaign against apartheid Israel.