Month: April 2020

The crisis has entered a new stage

30 April, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Assembly of Gazprom workers on strike in Yakutia, Russia in April 2020.
Assembly of Gazprom workers on strike in Yakutia, Russia in April 2020.

A new phase of economic recession and political crisis is beginning worldwide. All the contradictions of the system have accelerated with the pandemic and the ability of capital to recover will depend on its ability to impose a massive transfer of income from labor to capital in each country. The losses and needs of capital are even more brutal than in 2009. But unlike ten years ago, we are entering this new phase with a working class that has mobilized under an almost universal program of demands and that in not a few cases has been strong enough to overcome the unions and twist the arms of companies and governments. But this was not even the first act. It has been the overture.

A “new normality”

29 April, 2020 · Global situation

Spain, France or Italy are already starting deconfinement. The absolute numbers of new infections are in the same range as when confinement began. And deaths are still over 300 a day in all three countries. The danger of “de-escalation” is obvious. But the aim of governments is not to put an end to the epidemic and return to normality when the situation is safe, but rather to recover economic activity, including in the hotel and tourism industry, by accepting to “live with” the epidemic and its consequences as long as the numbers of patients requiring intensive care do not overwhelm the health system. This is the “new normality” that governments are looking for and that will change living conditions, the organization of work and even the international division of labor.

Zero tourism

28 April, 2020 · Spain

Canary Islands, today

For Spanish capital, the fall in tourism is not a “social problem”… it is losing a leg and going headlong into a deficit in the trade balance that will accelerate the trend towards its devaluation, as happened in 2009.

Accelerating chaos, evolving struggles

24 April, 2020 · Imperialism Report

European videossummit yesterday

We are living through an acceleration of chaos whose scale has only begun to show in the media when the UN has begun to warn that the coming famine will affect more than 136 million people.

Mexican maquilas go on strike again

23 April, 2020 · Mexico

Matamoros, MX. "Unions and fiirms kill the working class"

This is the time when workers in the US military industry plants should also break the trade union siege and join the struggle under the same platform, which describes and defines their interests as clearly as it does for their Mexican comrades.

From media control to social surveillance

22 April, 2020 · Global situation

The development of tensions between states, in a framework defined by the attempts to organize a massive transfer of income from labor to capital, will further narrow the space of expression that the ruling classes will be able to allow without risk to the social order. The media, which increasingly contained less and less news and were more parochial, are going to be even more accommodating and localistic. And the famous “anonymity” and “neutrality” of the Internet will be eroded into sweetened – or privatized – versions of China and Russia. Exacerbated social and information control is here to stay.

Slump in the price of oil

21 April, 2020 · Global situation

Oil field in Argentina.

The fall in prices from confinement has made evident the irrationality and inefficiency of an international division of labor conditioned to the extreme by imperialism, magnifying the industrial impact of the deflationary shock on an industry as gigantic as it is fragile.

Is there a way out of the EU’s contradictions?

20 April, 2020 · European Union

People walk past flags set at half-mast outside the European Commission Headquarters.
People walk past flags set at half-mast outside the European Commission Headquarters.

The EU cannot resolve its contradictions, only by raising them again and again to a higher level, in the hope that the developing global environment of “economic warfare” will be enough, as external pressure, to precariously hold the structure together.

Did “neoliberalism” ever exist?

18 April, 2020 · Critique of ideology

The global minimum rate definitively shuts down Thatcher and Reagan-era ideology
The global minimum rate definitively shuts down Thatcher and Reagan-era ideology

The insistence on “neoliberalism” was in fact the insistence on the validity of an “alternative capitalism”, reformed and allegedly possible. In other words, it was not even reformist, because reformism intended the possibility of overcoming capitalism through reforms, and these only aspired to make it livable… without managing to be less utopian and therefore reactionary.

The world that will come after confinement

17 April, 2020 · Imperialism Report

«They are killing us». Demonstration in Ecuador.

The post-confinement world is beginning to take shape. On the one hand, the tendencies shown by capital outline a world of war economy and exaltation of sacrifice; on the other hand, the world wave of workers’ struggles presents a world that imposes life by orienting production to satisfy people’s needs. On this struggle, which can only be understood as a class struggle, depends the immediate future and the destiny of the whole Humanity.

After confinement, a war economy

16 April, 2020 · Global situation

NAval skirmish in the Persian Gulf between Iranian patrol boats an the US Navy.

The points of friction between imperialisms are “heating up” again as the social and productive reorganization precipitated by the Covid crisis lays the foundations for a war economy.

Is the “green deal” a way out of the crisis?

15 April, 2020 · Global situation

Greenpeace project an image of the Earth as a bomb with a lit fuse onto European Commission.

Can anyone still think that the “Ecological transition” and the “Green New Deal” they want to impose on us is a progressive “way out of the crisis”?

European Nordism and Spanish imperialism

14 April, 2020 · Spain

Mark Rutte and Pedro Sánchez.

Neither Dutch, Danish or German nordism nor Spanish anti-EU pro-sovereignty narratives fall from the sky. But in order to understand them, one must first discover the particular place of Spanish imperialism between Europe and Latin America.

Time to build up strength

11 April, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Meatpacking plants workers on strike in Quilmes, Buenos Aires.

It is impossible to “play down” both the situation we are living in and the challenges and responsibilities that will follow from it. After the slaughter, comes the biggest attack since the end of world war two on the living conditions and basic needs of the workers. The worldwide wave of strikes and struggles that we are experiencing must serve as an accumulation of the forces needed to confront the post-epidemic world.

Dictionary of Marxist Terms

10 April, 2020 · Publications

We are taking advantage of these days of extended confinement and vacations to put together the first edition of our “Dictionary of Marxist Terms” in English. There are already 50 terms published and some tens more of them will come in the coming weeks.

Coronabonds and the end of the EU

8 April, 2020 · European Union

Even if an agreement on debt mutualization were reached today or in the next few days, what would follow would be a struggle to change rules, protect national sector-based markets and reduce the interdependence among national bourgeoisies. And so the EU would also dry up and the old reactionary dream of the United States of Europe would come to an end, not with a bang but with a whimpe

Towards a new set of Moncloa Pacts?

7 April, 2020 · Spain

The secretaries of the two main Spanish unions

What unites the strategy of the Spanish bourgeoisie then and now is the aim of transferring income from labor to capital in order to revive profitability and the fear that the unions, on their own, will not be able to impose sufficient discipline in the workplaces and – above all – in the streets, in order to make a new wave of precarization.

Soft coup in Brazil, impending recession in Mexico

6 April, 2020 · Brazil · South America and the Caribbean

Mexico and Brazil are distressed by a crisis that fuses the impending health disaster with a paralysis of export markets and political chaos. The situation is extremely dangerous for workers throughout America. Only the generalization of the struggles can impose the priority of saving lives instead of investments, stopping the spread effectively and guaranteeing the satisfaction of basic needs for all workers.

Will we be poorer after confinement?

3 April, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Is it inevitable that we will be poorer after confinement? No. If it were, Bolsonaro, Botin, the CEO of Michelin and so many others, would have us already working and with a “solidarity” cut in salaries.

Slaughter in the nursing homes

2 April, 2020 · Spain

The massacre of the residences is a very clear expression of how the objectives and incentives of[accumulation are opposed to the most basic human needs. The result is a bloody incompetence from the point of view of something as basic as the protection of human lives, but in reality, it has been “exemplary” from the point of view of the placement of capital and its profitability. Covid has spread and swept through them precisely because they were efficient for the purposes for which they were created.

Flyer distributed in Argentina

We reproduce a flyer that will be distributed this week, on paper and by cell phone, in three capital cities of Argentina. It has been prepared by comrades who have been organizing for some time in Mendoza, San Juan and Córdoba, hand in hand with comrades from «La Antorcha» and «Emancipation».