US: 75th anniversary of 1936 auto sit down strikes

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. When workers shut down GM This year marks the 75th anniversary of the 44-day GM sit-down strike. This organized the largest automaker in the world and established the United Auto Workers (UAW) as one of the most powerful unionsContinue reading “US: 75th anniversary of 1936 auto sit down strikes”

Science: Quantum mechanics and dialectical materialism

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Marxism, materialism and particle physics The following article is based on a talk given by Pete Mason during the 2010 CWI Summer School, held in Belgium, last July. In a personal contribution, Pete looks at quantum mechanics and itsContinue reading “Science: Quantum mechanics and dialectical materialism”

History: 50 years since “strike of the century” in Belgium

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. New book on 1960/61 general strike published by CWI in Belgium Below we publish an article by Nicolas Croes, based on the new book “La grève générale insurrectionnelle et révolutionnaire de l’hiver 1960/61” by Gustave Dache. See also anContinue reading “History: 50 years since “strike of the century” in Belgium”

Theory: The general strike

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Important tool of the working class All across Europe workers and young people face the austerity axe. And all across Europe there is a fight to defend jobs and services against governments who are determined to do the biddingContinue reading “Theory: The general strike”

Italy 1920: When workers seized the factories

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. September marks the 90th anniversary of a mass movement of factory occupations in Italy which put the continuation of capitalism in question. Yet the September movement failed to overthrow the capitalists’ rule and its demise paved the way forContinue reading “Italy 1920: When workers seized the factories”

Theory: Is “human nature” a barrier to socialism?

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Aren’t people motivated by money? Wouldn’t socialism stifle hard work and innovation? The world is a mess. War, poverty, and oppression are now part of the daily lives of billions round the globe. Even during the last boom 80%Continue reading “Theory: Is “human nature” a barrier to socialism?”

“Charity”: Let them eat cake, not the crumbs off the table …

This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Business and media circles are agog at “the most significant development in philanthropy” for many decades. Forty US based billionaires have pledged to give half of their wealth to “charity” while living or on their death. The “Giving Pledge”Continue reading ““Charity”: Let them eat cake, not the crumbs off the table …”