Month: June 2020

What is Spain?

30 June, 2020 · Spain

Nadia Calviño, Spanish Vicepresident of Economic Affaires.

Today, the Spanish Minister of Economy, Nadia Calviño, has published a document to convince large capital funds to invest in state debt. In other words, she explains why betting on the overall result of national capital is a good investment. The set allows to understand well the continuity of the “road map” of the Spanish bourgeoisie and what it considers its “achievements”. Achievements that, of course, the PSOE-IU-Podemos government makes its own and intends to carry “further”.

A “Green Wave” in the French municipal elections

29 June, 2020 · France

Grégory Ducet, the green candidate for mayor of Lyon, celebrates his victory yesterday.

The distribution of offices speaks of a recomposition and electoral rise of the left in which the Socialist Party leaves the leadership to the Greens. But this official story remains very lame and incomplete.

Covid is not over, the need to fight even less so

28 June, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Workers strike in Wasko, CAL.

Three highlights of this week: Covid is still around and the “reopenings” are proving to be more dangerous than what they told us; the alleged return to “business as usual” is a disaster pushing towards ever more serious conflicts between national capitals; and strikes and struggles are spreading and gaining strength as the only counterweight to the anti-human and warmongering tendencies of global capital.

Spanish capital in its worst crisis

25 June, 2020 · Spain

Alegoric statue over the BBVA original offices: the finance bourgeoisie rides over the four main national industries.

The Spanish capital will be one of the most punished in the world in 2020. The “solutions” provided by capital managers and trade unions cannot produce any hope.

Democracy’s breakdown

24 June, 2020 · Europe

A general disbelief towards democracy and its supposed ability to represent the interests of the workers, clearly emerges. 60% of those Europeans asked say that systemic parties do not care about “people like me”.

“People’s Houses” and the Second International

23 June, 2020 · History

Few elements of working class history are still as present among workers today as the memory of the “Casas del Pueblo” (People’s Houses) of the Second International in Spain. They were the largest experience of organization of militant groups of the time, but above all, they represented a massive effort of workers’ training and discussion.

Armed trade negotiation

19 June, 2020 · Imperialism Report

The imperialist conflict enters new phases with a surprising synchrony and speed. What we have witnessed this week in the Mediterranean, between the two Koreas, in Hawaii between China and the US and between India and China shares a troubling element: despite the fact that they are more or less obviously trade negotiations, in all of them the main theme is the immediate threat of war.

Is the comeback of national production and state ownership progressive?

18 June, 2020 · News

Workers of Alcoa, Spain, demands the nationalization of the firm.

The new wave of economic nationalism involves four vectors which, although they were already present and emerging in recent years, have gained strength with the pandemic, seemingly contradicting the “neo-liberal” hegemonic discourses of the last thirty years: limitations on the purchase of companies by foreign capital, renationalization of productive chains, nationalizations and the promotion of state production.

The four paths to war in Africa… connecting Europe and the Middle East

16 June, 2020 · Africa

Russian mercenaries repress the protests in Sudan which led to a change of regime in 2019.

From the Ivory Coast to Niger, from Libya to Crete, and from Ethiopia to Egypt, the northern half of Africa is being torn apart by a violent reshuffling of forces between imperialist powers that is threatening to overwhelm the continent’s borders and lead to war in Europe and the Middle East.

The new roadmap of Spanish capital

15 June, 2020 · Spain

Business Summit organized by CEOE with all the big Spanish firms today.

While the right wing brings out for a walk their doberman wrapped in the red and yellow flag and the left wing enjoys discussing children’s sex and the future of princesses, the reality of the workers has already initiated the “adjustment”.

The decline of cosmopolitan power

12 June, 2020 · Imperialism Report

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, General Director of the World Health Organization.

Tensions fueled by the pandemic have accelerated the dismantling of the network of multilateral international organizations. The alleged global nature of large companies and financial groups is also disappearing. The national bourgeoisies and bureaucracies are “re-nationalizing” and “decoupling” themselves, putting an end to the framework that had been promoted by the Anglo-Saxon powers during the last century, from the League of Nations to the WTO, the UN system and the “international capital funds”.

Is the US losing its “soft power”?

11 June, 2020 · Global situation

Buenos Aires

US is loosing its power to encourage new global ideologies and movements. The renationalization of production chains also means the renationalization of information agendas and imaginaries.

Strike wave in the Donbass mines

10 June, 2020 · Russia

Amidst repression, torture and militarization, the situation in the Donbass mines remains unsettled but an extension and a move towards mass strike cannot be excluded.

Daniel de Leon and American socialism

8 June, 2020 · Internationalist militants

Socialist militant, SLP (“Socialist Labor Party”) leader and founder of the IWW (“Industrial Workers of the World”), he established the criticism of the trade union bureaucracy within the Second International. To recover his history is to recover that of socialism in the United States.

A clarion call

7 June, 2020 · Imperialism Report

We are experiencing a general clarion call throughout the world that threatens to produce a proliferation of armed conflicts.

What should we expect from the demonstrations in the United States?

5 June, 2020 · USA

There is no point in a mass “awakening” in condemnation of racism, because racism is not a problem of “individual consciousness” that can be separated from social structure and class division. Nothing will ever come from the trade unions, the bourgeoisie or the identitarianists bent on maintaining this same class structure. The struggle against all discrimination is inseparable from the social question and therefore inseparable from the centralization and independence of our struggle as workers.

The end of the nuclear power balance

4 June, 2020 · Global situation

W76-2 nuclear missil, the «Trump's missile», in production since 2019.

Nuclear proliferation is a real threat to all mankind. It starkly reflects that the severity of the crisis of the system is far greater than what the media tells us and that the urgency of affirming a global alternative goes well beyond a “recessive economic moment”

Goodbye, cheap meat

3 June, 2020 · European Union

Germany is getting ready toend off, via taxes, cheap meat. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. Under the “green deal” comes an accelerated transformation towards “bio” livestock and agriculture that, at least temporarily, would entail non-tariff barriers to imports from outside the EU and a way to attract capital to the countryside. A trend is beginning that will end the era of cheap meat.

Understanding capital to confront challenges ahead

2 June, 2020 · Foundations

Alcoa workers, Spain, demanding a reduction in energy prices for the company that is laying them off.

The class struggle is too important a thing to be tied up in “traditions” or obsolete forms. Our lives and the future of our families depend on it. It is enough to recall the experience of the generations that are working today to realize that the isolated struggle in the company, the sector-wide strikes, the “social dialogue”… have only led to a spiral of precarization and impotence in the face of plant and company closures. In order to find alternative forms of struggle that will serve us today to confront the coming one, we need to understand at least in a fundamental way what capital is and how it functions. And when we do, there is no historical fantasy able to withstand it. We have to fight in a different way than the one proposed by the unions. And from now on, fight to extend the struggles over the territory.

Christo

1 June, 2020 · Plastic Arts

His absolute emptiness, his use of monstrous scales as a way of attracting capital, his pecuniary greed – only comparable in impudence to Dalí – his total, absolute and voluntary renunciation of signifying the slightest contribution to those who contemplate his works, is in itself a faithful, hyper-realistic even, portrait of the spirit of the ruling classes of his time. Classes of which he was a part from his birth. That is why Christo is a paradox. It’s not art, no. But its essence is so sterile and dead that it represents like few others the anti-human, anti-historical character of the system in our times. Bunting or tarp cover included.