What is money? - part four

Written by Adam Booth Friday, 28 October 2016

Money - Public Domain --PixabayIn the fourth part of his series on the history and development of money, Adam Booth examines the factors lying behind inflation and explores the role of gold as the basis for an international monetary system. As the collapse of the gold standard - and more recently the european single currency - demonstrate, the contradictions of capitalism will eventually always come to the fore.


Pakistan: How to fight Terrorism?

Written by Adam Pal Thursday, 27 October 2016

Balochistan - Public DomainOn Monday night once again blood flowed in Quetta. At least 61 were killed and 117 wounded, many of them in a critical condition, when terrorists attacked a police training college in Quetta. Around 9:30 in the evening three terrorists entered the college where 700 trainees were present. They entered one of the hostels rounded up and then killed trainee cadets in the building.


80 years on: The Trotskyists in Stalin's concentration camps - An eyewitness account of the strike at Vorkuta

Written by MB Thursday, 27 October 2016

As the year draws to an end we would like to remember all those thousands of genuine Communists who perished in Stalin’s camps, butchered simply for defending the ideas of Lenin and Trotsky. Old Bolsheviks like Zinoviev, Kamenev and Bukharin were forced to confess to crimes they had not committed. These famous victims were only the tip of the iceberg. Not remembered are the thousands of Trotskyists who languished in brutal concentration camps. They were brave and defiant to the end. The difference with the Trotskyists was that Stalin’s agents could not get them to confess to false crimes, so they were never brought to trial but just callously executed and buried in the wastes.


Strength of Marxist ideas on show, with over 250 at REVOLUTION! IMT school

Written by Socialist Appeal - Britain Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Revolution 2017_-_Socialist_AppealThe weekend of 21-23 October saw the most successful school ever for the Marxists in Britain, as over 250 revolutionary activists came to London from across the country – and Europe – to take part in the REVOLUTION! festival, hosted by Socialist Appeal and the Marxist Student Federation.


Venezuela: The suspension of the recall referendum, the sharpening of the class struggle and the tasks of the revolutionaries

Written by Marxist Tendency of the PSUV Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Bolivarians taking over parliament - Henry Tesara AVNLast Thursday, the criminal courts of Monagas, Carabobo, Aragua and Apure states, among other states, annulled the collection of the 1% of signatures needed to activate a recall referendum, after they upheld claims of electoral fraud which were brought before them in relation to accusations of forgery and identity theft committed during the process. Such a judgement  means that the final step prior to the invocation of a recall referendum, the collection of the signatures of 20% of the electorate, is automatically suspended. The CNE (National Electoral Council) then proceeded to issue a statement in which the suspension of the collection of signatures was ordered across the country.


Britain: Between a rock and a hard brexit

Written by Josh Holroyd Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Britain EU Dave KellamThe recent hardening of Tory rhetoric over Brexit and the status of migrant workers in Britain has shocked many, prompting some on the left to wonder if we too should advocate immigration controls and others, such as Owen Jones, to fall into a spirit of impotent despair. But aside from being a return to form for Britain’s traditional “Nasty Party”, May’s hard talk reflects a deepening divide within her own party and, if anything, a position of weakness rather than strength.


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400 años de la muerte de Shakespeare: un revolucionario en Literatura - IV parte (final)

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 28 October 2016

Shakespeare -_Public_DomainEl inglés cuenta con por lo menos 250.000 vocablos – aunque algunas estimaciones sugieren un número mucho mayor - un millón o más (según el estudio elaborado por Global Language Monitor, en enero de 2014 y el estudio más reciente realizado por Google y Harvard). Sea cual sea la cifra real, está claro que el inglés tiene más palabras que cualquier otra lengua europea. Este es el resultado de su peculiar evolución histórica.


60º aniversario de la Revolución Húngara de 1956

Written by Julianna Grant Thursday, 27 October 2016

El 23 de octubre se cumplió el 60º aniversario del comienzo de la Revolución Húngara de 1956. Este movimiento de las masas húngaras, en el que la clase obrera jugó el papel principal, significó la culminación del creciente descontento que evidenciaba Europa del Este en aquella época. Fue una auténtica rebelión contra la burocracia estalinista, en la que los trabajadores crearon sus propios organismos de poder obrero, y fue aplastada sangrientamente por los tanques soviéticos. Durante décadas se ha pretendido falsamente presentar este revolución en occidente como anticomunista, cuando precisamente el movimiento húngaro lo que reivindicaba era la necesidad del socialismo y el final del régimen burocrático estalinista. Para recordar este magno acontecimiento publicamos un artículo escrito por Julianna Grant hace 10 años, coincidiendo con el 50º aniversario de la revolución húngara.


400 años de la muerte de Shakespeare: un revolucionario en Literatura - III parte

Written by Alan Woods Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Elizabeth I_-_Public_DomainLa época de Shakespeare fue también la época de Maquiavelo. Ese brillante filósofo italiano fue el primer hombre en explicar que la conquista y el mantenimiento del poder político no tienen nada que ver con la moral. El propio Estado es violencia organizada y la toma del poder del Estado sólo puede llevarse a cabo por medios violentos. Los moralistas han criticado al filósofo italiano muy duramente, pero la historia ha demostrado la solidez de su análisis.