The Need for Independent Working-Class Politics (8/10/2020) - Americans are continually bombarded by the idea that the only way to defeat Trump and the Republicans is to “vote blue no matter who,” but has this ever actually worked?
Who’s Afraid of the Black Panthers? Lessons from the Black Panther Party (7/19/2020) - by Samuel Skinner As Marx correctly noted in the Communist Manifesto, the ruling ideas in any era are the ideas of the ruling class. The history that is published in school textbooks and made into TV mini-series is distorted in order to protect and support the capitalist system. Popular narratives of the Civil Rights movementContinue reading "Who’s Afraid of the Black Panthers? Lessons from the Black Panther Party"
CWI: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it “fanned the flames of revolt” (6/11/2020) - Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic, Camp Funston, Kansas, 1918 (Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and Medicine // Public domain). By Hannah Sell, Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales) general secretary This article was originally published on socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International on May 18, 2020. Laura Spinney’s book,Continue reading "CWI: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and how it “fanned the flames of revolt”"
Why Socialism? (5/28/2020) - Why do we fight for socialist change? Because nothing less than a revolutionary movement of the working class can free us from the barbarism of capitalism, and ensure a peaceful and just world for all. Read all about “Why Socialism” in the Independent Socialist Group’s new article.
International Workers’ Day 2020: Lives on the line as the capitalists order us back to work (4/30/2020) - International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, was born from the titanic struggle of the working class for the eight-hour workday, and throughout the years it has served as a flash point for workers’ struggles. Many past May Day struggles have been about workplace safety, and have meant life or death for the workers involved. This year, workers globally are organizing against capitalism's failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Thirty years since huge London anti-poll tax demonstration (3/31/2020) - This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. On 31 March 1990, a massive demonstration surged into central London. It was the culmination of months of organisation and defiance of the Tory government’s hated poll tax by millions of overwhelmingly working-class people. The peaceful start to theContinue reading "Thirty years since huge London anti-poll tax demonstration"
Workers’ struggles set the stage for Egypt’s 2011 uprising (11/10/2019) - This article was originally written for socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. One of the largest strike waves in Middle East history swept across Egypt in the years before the mighty demonstrations that erupted in Tahrir Square in January 2011, part of the ‘Arab spring’. As a new mood of protestContinue reading "Workers’ struggles set the stage for Egypt’s 2011 uprising"