Theory

Review: “Removing the Stalin Stain – Marxism and the working class in the 21st Century”

by Davey Heller, 25th September 2021 William Briggs has set himself an ambitious task with his book “Removing the Stalin Stain – Marxism and the working class in the 21st Century”. It is an attempt to explain why socialism has not yet overthrown capitalism, despite it lurching from crisis to crisis including World War, ecocide, […]

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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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Once Again on the Question of Trade Unions and the Tasks of the Party

Note from the Editors: Classconscious.org is publishing a series of articles and documents relating to the break of Shuvu Batta and Peter Ross from the SEP.  The crux of this break was over the issue of revolutionary work within trade unions. Based on the writings of Trotsky and Lenin we disagree with the ICFI’s position […]

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In the wake of the union defeat at Bessemer Amazon an expelled SEP member speaks out

Jay Reeves/AP. A banner encouraging workers to vote in labor balloting at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. March 30, 2021. Note from the Editors: Classconscious.org is publishing a series of articles and documents relating to the break of Shuvu Batta and Peter Ross from the SEP.  The crux of this break was over the […]

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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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Who are classconscious.org

by the Editors 22nd December 2020 Classconscious.org was started in 2016 by two Australian socialists, Davey Heller and Owen Hsiesh, both of whom had former ties to the Socialist Equality Party (Australia). Since then we have added third editor, Robert Montgomery from the US, a long term veteran of the Trotskyist movement for over four […]

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A further warning to Marxists in regards to Trump’s coup attempt

by Davey Heller, 26th November, 2020 Whilst Trump’s attempt at overturning the election continues in the weeks following the US election, there is a state of paralysis both in the US working class and in the revolutionary left, in particular. The crisis of leadership is reducing the working class to passive bystanders while the two factions […]

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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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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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