History

How one US labor council fought back against both the fascists and the bureaucrats trying to crush them.

Sometimes a seemingly arcane struggle can in reality represent an epic battle of class forces. This is the case in the struggle between the Vermont State Labor Council and the President of the National AFL-CIO Richard Trumka. Hiding behind the use of bureaucratic clauses, Trumka tried and failed to punish the only state labor council […]

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Who’s who of the Australian Trotskyist movement

by Davey Heller, 29th December 2020  “The world political situation as a whole is chiefly characterized by a historical crisis of the leadership of the proletariat.” Leon Trotsky 1938 These words are as true today as they were on the eve of World War 2 and this is why understanding the history of the groups […]

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A Marxist History of the Police, Part 4. Building the New Institutions of Class Rule – Crime and Imprisonment

By Stephen James Kerr Today we are publishing the fourth part in a series “A Marxist History of the Police” which  Part 1: Repression in the face of revolution, examined how the birth of the industrial working class and the tumult of the bourgeois revolutions drove the need for new forms of repression. Part 2: Experimenting […]

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A Marxist History of the Police, Part Three: the crisis of the English Bourgeoisie

By Stephen James Kerr, 14th September 2020 Today we are publishing the third part in a series “A Marxist History of the Police” which examines the balance of class forces in 1820 Britain. To understand the emergence of the police, an appraisal of the relative positions of the working aristocracy, bourgeoisie and working class in British society […]

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Support the Leon Trotsky House Museum Appeal

8th September 2020 An appeal for funds has been made by Leon Trotsky’s grandson, Estaban Volkov, to support the Leon Trotsky House Museum. The Museum requires urgent funds because it has been closed to the public since March because of measures taken to limit the spread of Cov-19. A significant part of the museum’s income […]

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A Marxist History of Police, Part II. – Experimenting on the Irish

By Stephen James Kerr Today we are publishing the second part in a series “A Marxist History of the Police” dealing with experiments towards a police force in Ireland by Sir Robert Peel, up to the infamous Peterloo Massacre in 1819. Part 1: Repression in the face of revolution, examined how the birth of the […]

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A Marxist history of the police : Part 1 – Repression in the face of revolution

by Stephen James Kerr, 10th August 2020 Today we are publishing the first part in a series “A Marxist History of the Police”. Part 1 will examine how the birth of the industrial working class and the tumult of the bourgeois revolutions drove the need for new forms of repression. Part 2 will deal with […]

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Marx’s Theory of Crisis and the Current Economic Crash

by Robert Montgomery 14th July 2020 “Why is the world financial system in crisis? First in 2008 and now in 2020 we have seen the world plunge into the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression with incalculable economic and political consequences. Marx’s work has a theory of economic crisis that explains why capitalism is […]

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How did we get here? The threat of fascism in the US

History will not forget the US President striding out of the White House – waving a bible – after ordering the beating and gassing of peaceful protesters to clear his path. If the horror of watching George Floyd die was not enough, now we have seen the iron fist of the US ruling-class shoot, gas […]

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ANZAC DAY – may one day no-one march there at all.

ANZAC Day, April 25th is here again and once again Australians are being asked to stand together and declare “Lest we forget”. Every year though, during the avalanche of militaristic imagery and words that marks this “celebration”, I reflect how it hasn’t always been like this in Australia. During my lifetime I have watched ANZAC […]

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