Violent conflict is on the increase all over the world, both in terms of wars between nations and violent clashes between the classes. While war is waged in the Middle East we also see a growing tendency to use more brutal measures against the workers in struggle, with many being killed around the world. What should the position of Marxists be on this question? This has been the subject of debate within the PRC in Italy with Bertinotti taking the position that no form of violence is justifiable.
We are publishing two articles from the Italian Marxist journal Falcemartellowhich give a clear indication of the level of militancy that is developing
among the workers in Italy. Both the FIAT Melfi and the Alitalia disputes
highlight the growing contradiction between the will to struggle on the part of
the workers and the constant striving to hold down the movement on the part of
the union leaders. This cannot last for ever.