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German Social Democracy 1872 – 1914: the fight against organisational opportunism, Part 1

The following article, often drawing on research into books and documentation that are only available in the German language, chronicles the history of the struggle against organizational opportunism in the German SPD in two parts. The first part, published here, covers the period from 1872 to 1890, from the Gotha to the Erfurt programmes; the second part, to be published subsequently, will deal with the ensuing period to 1914.

For the bourgeoisie, promising the best is preparing the worst!

The WHO estimates that the death toll from the pandemic could already stand at 10 to 15 million These figures, hardly imaginable a year ago, are nevertheless the sad reality of today. In order to hide the responsibility of the capitalist mode of production, all the national bourgeoisies put the blame on the populations themselves, especially in the West: the unvaccinated for clogging up the intensive care units, or the “rich countries” for hogging the vaccines, so that only 2% of the population of poorer countries has been fully vaccinated so far.

Russia-Ukraine crisis: war is capitalism’s way of life

Russian military build-up on the Ukraine border

The current military stand-off around the Ukrainian border is the expression of growing conflicts between predatory imperialist powers in the context of capitalist decomposition, with its growing tendency of every man for himself. The working class, whether in Russia or Ukraine  Europe or the US, has no interest in supporting either side and can only defend its international class interests against all capitalist states.

Metalworkers' strike in Cadiz: our strength is to fight as a class

Metal workers' assembly in Cadiz

The recent strike of metal workers in Cadiz, Spain, is another sign of the renewal of working class militancy around the world. This statement is part of an ongoing intervention towards the movement by our comrades in Spain. For more on the strike visit our Spanish language pages

November 2021 Report

This report, adopted by the ICC’s international central organ, is written within the framework of the resolution on the international situation adopted by the 24th ICC Congress

Turkey: the deepening crisis

We are publishing a statement on the rising cost of living in Turkey by some comrades who sympathise with the positions of the communist left. Although the nature of the street protests last November does not appear very clearly in the text, the comrades are clearly in favour of a proletarian response to the crisis –denouncing parliamentarism, bourgeois parties and unions, rejection of all national “solutions” and insistence on the necessity for class struggle across all divisions and borders.

Covid-19 crisis: opportunity or obstacle for China's rise?

Against the idea that China will emerge as a “winner” from the pandemic crisis, we insist that the Chinese bourgeoisie cannot escape the pressure of the economic crisis and the decomposition of capitalism.

 

The Covid crisis shows the dead end of capitalism

The rapid spread of the Omicron variant is giving the lie to the claim of the politicians that the worst of the pandemic is now behind us, and starkly revealing their inability to respond to the disease in a globally unified manner. 

Despite bosses, Covid, and the unions: the class struggle has not disappeared!

The ICC has published an article on the recent signs of a renewed fighting spirit in the working class in a number of countries: Struggles in the United States, in Iran, in Italy, in Korea... Neither the pandemic nor the economic crisis have broken the combativity of the proletariat!. The struggles in the US are particularly important, and this contribution from a close sympathizer there aims to examine them in more detail.

The Communist Party of Belgium, from revolution to counter-revolution

We republish here an article from the ICC’s publication in Belgium, Internationalisme, (no. 188, 1993) which traces the general framework of the history of the Parti Communiste Belge. We will return in later articles in more detail to the different phases of its existence: the struggle for the foundation of the PCB after the betrayal of social democracy, the struggle against the growing opportunism within it and its definitive passage into the bourgeois camp at the beginning of the Second World War.

Struggles in the United States, in Iran, in Italy, in Korea... Neither the pandemic nor the economic crisis have broken the combativity of the proletariat!

In the past few weeks we have seen a fragile but real worldwide awakening of workers’ militancy and self-confidence, centred on the USA. In October the strike movement mobilised thousands of workers throughout the US, with the majority of experienced and “protected” workers fighting alongside their young colleagues who work in much more precarious conditions.

AUKUS military alliance: The chaotic sharpening of imperialist rivalries

Under Biden the USA’s warlike approach towards China has continued and intensified. The explicit goal of the pact between the US, Australia and Britain, AUKUS, is to block the expansion of China in the region. But this circumstantial and ephemeral military alliance only further destabilises the world imperialist situation.

Wars in Libya and Yemen: The generalisation of capitalist decomposition

A child soldier in Yemen. The mobilisation of children for war is a growing feature of “modern” barbarism

Wars and instability continue to rage across the Middle East. The region is a free-for-all which the self-destructive dynamic of capitalism is exacerbating at all levels. This is very clear in the cases of Libya and Yemen, analysed here by a close sympathiser.

The humiliation of British imperialism in Afghanistan

The withdrawal of the US from Afghanistan and the fall of Kabul to the Taliban showed the decline of the world's only remaining superpower. British imperialism had been a part of the occupation since the invasion of 2001. The failure of the US was shared by the UK, which has been further reduced in its status among the second and third-rate powers.

The petrol supply crisis: no national solution

Low wages and harsh working conditions are pushing HGV drivers out of the haulage industry. Due to the shortage of truckers and workers in other industries, large parts of the country are not being supplied: petrol stations are drying out, restaurants are closing, shelves in supermarkets remain half-empty and abattoirs cannot process meat. Planning by the national state brings no solution to the anarchic nature of the capitalist mode of production.

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