Month: December 2021

2021: Communia’s most read posts in English

31 December, 2021 · Emancipation

The ten most read articles during 2021 in order from highest to lowest. A barometer of where our readers’ concerns have gone during this year: the Green Deal consequences, the future of BLM movement and the imperialist tensions shared the spotlight with the homogenization of the web and the fall of purchase power of the wages.

4 things the pandemic taught us about capitalism in 2021

28 December, 2021 · Yearly report

Vaccination queues overnight in Madrid.
Vaccination queues overnight in Madrid.

In 2021 it became clear that the magnitude and duration of the slaughter is the product of policy decisions made in order to subordinate human lives to the profitability of capital. Moreover, vaccines have not put an end to the pandemic nor to the appearance of new variants because from the beginning their development and production has been dependent on the concentration of large capital. The opinion industry, “democracy’s backbone”, has been forced to devote all its efforts to sustaining the criminal nonsense under which we live.

2021: New global imperialist map and focusing of war prospects

26 December, 2021 · Yearly report

British military drills in Malvinas/Falklands
British military drills in Malvinas/Falklands

In 2021 the global economy was reconfigured to prepare for war; imperialist tensions converged strongly around the US-China conflict; Europe lost its centrality; and new hot spots appeared that, for the first time, directly involved two of the main South American states on the road to war.

2021: Ideological Campaigns, State Ideologies and Cultural Change

24 December, 2021 · Yearly report

The shift from environmentalism to state ideology also means a transformation of science and its frameworks mediated by state policy objectives dictated by the needs of reviving capital accumulation.
The shift from environmentalism to state ideology also means a transformation of science and its frameworks mediated by state policy objectives dictated by the needs of reviving capital accumulation.

During 2021 media campaigns, states and the drift of an increasingly angry and openly reactionary petty bourgeoisie have produced an unusual pressure through new and increasingly reactionary discourses on youth, protest, property, parenting or “vulnerability”. It has been the year of the rise to state ideology of environmentalism and the year in which the “gender pay gap” has become an official part of the statistical “dashboard”.

The seed of fascism in today’s neighborhoods: a documentary film

18 December, 2021 · TV

In order not to lose their jobs and homes, the workers under Milagro Sala had to attend the marches disguised as whatever suited the leader. Today as workers, tomorrow as "native groups", the day after as...
In order not to lose their jobs and homes, the workers under Milagro Sala had to attend the marches disguised as whatever suited the leader. Today as workers, tomorrow as "native groups", the day after as...

In Argentina but also in Spain and half the world, the germs of fascism are widespread, but not where the media usually focus on. The xenophobic and homophobic gangs are dangerous, indeed, but just by themselves they are not going to control, subdue and mobilize the neighborhoods. It is quite a different matter when the state itself generates autonomous, “grassroots” structures to mediate access to basic necessities and “social justice” plans to “build the people.”

The Third International and cooperatives

17 December, 2021 · History

Poster of the third Congress of the International
Poster of the third Congress of the International

The Third International, from the experience of the russian revolution, was the first to address the role of cooperatives in a revolutionary phase.

The Kellogg’s strike, tiered agreements and union goals

15 December, 2021 · USA

During the Kellogg's strike the unions not only divided the palantillas, they also launched xenophobic messages against Mexican workers who allegedly "steal work" from US plants when they are exploited by the same company in Mexico.
During the Kellogg's strike the unions not only divided the palantillas, they also launched xenophobic messages against Mexican workers who allegedly "steal work" from US plants when they are exploited by the same company in Mexico.

The Kellogg’s strike in the US continues after two months despite union attempts to end the strike as soon as possible and threats by the company to fire the strikers. While Biden takes the opportunity to advertise himself once again as the most pro-union president since Roosevelt, the company tries to take the “tiered” agreements signed by the unions to their ultimate consequences and the unions tell workers not to complain about the 12-hour workdays and instead leave things as they were prior to 2015.

The crisis of the city and the crisis of capitalism

14 December, 2021 · Global situation

Ghost city in Yunnan, China
Ghost city in Yunnan, China

It is expected that 65% to 70% of the world’s population will be crowded into cities by 2050. The news warns about the urban population of tropical countries literally dying of heat exhaustion in their cities, while there is no week in which images and videos of some new Chinese ghost city -product of large-scale real estate speculation- fail to show up in the international media.

Tornado wave: under the human disaster lie precariousness, forced labor and paper houses

13 December, 2021 · USA

Tornado wave
Tornado wave

Media around the world spoke this weekend of the tornadoes in the U.S. and their impact on a candle factory in Kentucky, an Amazon distribution center and hundreds of razed homes. The White House called for investigating whether the disaster is related to climate change. But the cause of the human disaster is much simpler: precarious workforces and bonded laborers who can’t walk off the job even in the middle of a natural disaster as well as wooden houses unable to withstand storms and freezing temperatures.

Biden’s “Democracy Summit”

12 December, 2021 · Imperialism Report

Democracy Summit
Democracy Summit

The “Democracy Summit” organized by the US was intended to develop an ideological argument underpinning a “bloc ideology” amid the escalating imperialist conflict. The narrative of an increasingly polarized world between an authoritarian China and a democratic US nevertheless floundered, showing the difficulties of the US in rallying its own allies around an ideology that would commit them beyond their immediate interests.

The implosion of the stalinist USSR

10 December, 2021 · Publications

The statue of Drezinsky, symbol of the sinister offices of the Lubyanka, is pulled down in 1991... by officials of the repressive apparatus.
The statue of Drezinsky, symbol of the sinister offices of the Lubyanka, is pulled down in 1991... by officials of the repressive apparatus.

A few days ago, in November, was the 30th anniversary of the outlawing of the CPSU… by its own leaders. We now publish a selection of four texts originally published between 1987 and 1991 in FOR newsletters and magazines with analyses of the Gorbachevian “Perestroika”, of the coup d’etat of ’91 that precipitated the implosion of the stalinist USSR and of the so-called “New World Order” immediately advanced by imperialist powers hoping to get their share of the spoils.

The Bite

6 December, 2021 · TV

The Bite

“The Bite” is the first series to deal, under the guise of a zombie comedy, with the gritty realities of the management of the Covid pandemic.

Environmentalism as a new state ideology

3 December, 2021 · Critique of ideology

The shift from environmentalism to state ideology also means a transformation of science and its frameworks mediated by state policy objectives dictated by the needs of reviving capital accumulation.
The shift from environmentalism to state ideology also means a transformation of science and its frameworks mediated by state policy objectives dictated by the needs of reviving capital accumulation.

Environmentalism is beginning to be refined and distilled as a state ideology beyond the pressing need to impose the Green Deal. This trend goes beyond propaganda. It constrains scientific development and paves the way for a brutal acceleration of poverty imposed on the working class.