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    Economics: Modern Monetary Theory or Marxism?

    Socialists should be friendly and understanding of MMT’s appeal, but firm in pointing out its weakness as a bourgeois theory which does not recognize the limitations of the capitalist system itself.

    1921: The Kronstadt Revolt — an anti-Bolshevik myth turns 100

    The events in Kronstadt in March 1921 are exploited by critics of Bolshevism — whether anarchists or from the pro-capitalist right — in an attempt to demonstrate that not only under Stalin, but already under Lenin’s and Trotsky’s leadership a brutal dictatorship ruled over the workers in the new Soviet Russia.

    Global tax reform: Is capitalism making the rich pay?

    For socialists, taxing private wealth is not enough, the key question is the ownership of wealth. To take real power over the economy, the nationalisation of big business is necessary, under democratic control by workers and poor, and in real international cooperation.

    China, imperialism and the left

    Today in China, the CCP uses fascistic brutal repressive methods against workers in struggle and other expressions of opposition in China. In Xinjiang, the state campaign against Uighurs combines brutal measures to exterminate their culture, language and religion, with settler colonialism. This is China’s state capitalist imperialism.

    150 years — Learning from Rosa Luxemburg

    Today, environmental degradation and economic crisis make it clear to many people that capitalism offers us no future, as many new mass movements show. What they lack is an organization and leadership that has internalized the hard lessons from Rosa Luxemburg’s struggles and many other past failed revolutions. This, plus the living experiences of new movements, are the basis for developing a revolutionary program to overcome capitalism in our time. We have made it our task to build such an organization with the ISA.

    Revolutionary anniversary — 130 years since birth of Antonio Gramsci

    Antonio Gramsci is certainly one of the most popular Marxist thinkers, and is considered one of the greatest intellectuals of the twentieth century. In recent years, his ideas have been particularly studied and appreciated by the Latin American left, as they look to the political legacy of this Sardinian revolutionary. Even in Italy today, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Communist Party of Italy (PCI), the figure of Gramsci is making a comeback.

    “Spurn the dust to win the prize” — 150 years since the Paris Commune

    150 years ago this month, history was made when working-class Parisians established the Paris Commune on 18 March 1871. This represented the first example of a society run by and for the working class — a workers’ state.

    China’s state capitalist imperialism

    In the first of a two-part article Per-Åke Westerlund looks at the rise of Chinese imperialism and what it means for building international workers’ solidarity against international capitalism China becoming the workshop of the world was the main d...

    Review: Framing Britney Spears

    The documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’, aired recently in the UK and Ireland. It documents the #FreeBritney movement and tracks Spears’ career, and the events that led up to the conservatorship that the 39-year-old performer and artist is currently...

    Poland: Defeat from the jaws of victory

    In August 1980, Poland’s Stalinist regime was rocked by a massive strike wave which swept across the country Paul Newberry, Socialist Alternative (ISA in Poland) Arguably, Poland came closest to a successful workers’ revolt against Stalini...

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    Economics: Modern Monetary Theory or Marxism?

    Socialists should be friendly and understanding of MMT’s appeal, but firm in pointing out its weakness as a bourgeois theory which does not recognize the limitations of the capitalist system itself.

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