Month: April 2022

The looming recession

29 April, 2022 · Global situation

Containers idle at the port of Los Angeles, USA. An iconic photo of the recession already underway.
Containers idle at the port of Los Angeles, USA. An iconic photo of the recession already underway.

A new global recession is imminent. But this time it threatens to trigger a financial crisis and a debt crisis. And we know what “anti-crisis policies” for workers are all about.

5 key questions to understand how far the war will go in Ukraine

27 April, 2022 · Ukraine · Germany · Russia · USA

Ruins of Novotoshkivske in Lugansk after the latest fighting.
Ruins of Novotoshkivske in Lugansk after the latest fighting.

The war in Ukraine is at a standstill. Not so the count of deaths and atrocities committed by both sides. And yet, the US bet, according to its leaders, is to prolong the war until Russia collapses and the whole South and East of Ukraine become nothing more than a gigantic wreck. But the war and its consequences are not confined to the Ukrainian borders. A great snowball of contradictory imperialist interests is underway. And only we workers have a real interest in stopping it.

Idealism is no pretty word

26 April, 2022 · Foundations

Creation of Adam by God. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel.
Creation of Adam by God. Michelangelo's fresco in the Sistine Chapel.

Since school we are taught idealism in every History, Literature, Language or Philosophy lesson, but also in Mathematics and even in Science. To be called “idealistic” is considered a positive thing. And yet, idealism is a framework that has been present in the worldview of the exploiting classes for thousands of years. And of course, “idealism” is far from being a pretty word.

Macron and the “third round”

25 April, 2022 · France

Macron celebrated yesterday his re-election in the second round of the 2022 presidential election.
Macron celebrated yesterday his re-election in the second round of the 2022 presidential election.

Macron has been re-elected president with a wide margin. But there is no triumph in his victory. The sword of Damocles of a “third round”, not only electorally but above all of struggles and strikes tarnishes the Republican ceremonial.

The “railroad war”: workers from both blocs wage war against the war

19 April, 2022 · Europe · Belarus · Greece · Italy · Russia · Ukraine

Railroad war. US tank stranded in Greece due to railwaymen's action.
Railroad war. US tank stranded in Greece due to railwaymen's action.

The so-called “railroad war” is not limited to actions of workers in the Russian bloc or even railroad workers: trains and planes loaded with tanks and arms shipments have been stopped by workers in the US bloc…. Although naturally the European press has reported only marginally about it.

The “crypto revolt” and working class youth

18 April, 2022 · Critique of ideology

Bitcoin Conference in Miami. A landmark event for the "crypto revolt".
Bitcoin Conference in Miami. A landmark event for the "crypto revolt".

Hundreds of thousands of young people from working families live the fantasy of a “crypto revolt”. They hope that the autonomy and personal development denied to them on the labor market will be brought to them by a speculative game.

A timely rescued song

16 April, 2022 · Music

Отава Ё
Отава Ё

During the last two months the crackdown on anti-militarism in Russia has been systematic and forceful. In this leaden atmosphere practically nothing creeps in and becomes visible beyond very narrow circles. And yet, little things, some songs for instance, work as nods showing that under the apparent calm of police control and suppression, more embers are smoldering than it may seem at first glance.

What would happen if Germany were to cut off gas imports from Russia?

15 April, 2022 · Germany

Gas tankers in South Korea
Gas tankers in South Korea

Scholz asserts that Germany will stop importing gas from Russia “very soon,” but he is careful not to assume the 2024 target that the U.S. and Britain are trying to impose. No wonder. The consequences of a European blockade of Russian gas imports would be devastating. And not only for Germany and Europe.

“Abundant futures”: the anti-human gaze of a historically exhausted system

14 April, 2022 · Plastic Arts

Artwork by Ernesto Neto in "Abundant Futures", an artist who has spent the last few years focused on creating immersive works about fertility and the female reproductive system.
Artwork by Ernesto Neto in "Abundant Futures", an artist who has spent the last few years focused on creating immersive works about fertility and the female reproductive system.

undant Futures” of the “TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Art” collection, however, clearly shows that neither the Art of the bourgeoisie nor its most “sensitive” members can even imagine a decent future for the human species whose social work they organize. For them abundance means scarcity just as peace means war.

The losers of the Ukrainian War

7 April, 2022 · Global situation

The losers of the Ukrainian War: Germany and China

Nobody has any doubt that Russian capital will come out of the invasion of Ukraine with a heavy loss. However, it will not be the only loser, nor will its defeat be the one that will most strongly mark the course of imperialist conflicts in the coming years. Germany and China are proving to be more fragile than they already realized. And the US itself must openly accept that it can only maintain its hegemony by fragmenting the world market against all productive logic.

The new imperialist map of Europe is more contradictory than ever before

4 April, 2022 · Europe

Orban and Vucic, victors in yesterday's elections in Hungary and Serbia and contradictory pieces in the new imperialist map of Europe.
Orban and Vucic, victors in yesterday's elections in Hungary and Serbia and contradictory pieces in the new imperialist map of Europe.

After the acceleration towards militarism which accompanied the first stages of the war in Ukraine and the first steps towards a war economy, the imperialist map of Europe is revealing itself to be much more contradictory and explosive than intended from Brussels. Never before has it been so urgent for the workers to build their own organizational framework both to confront immediately the consequences of militarism and to confront its horizon: generalized war.

The limits of humor

3 April, 2022 · Critique of ideology

Limits of humor

The aftermath of the Will Smith affair in the USA and the Nobel Peace Prize proposal for “Katiba des Narvalos” in France enlighten us on the role and limits of humor and its relationship with the state.

Macron and the consulting firms scandal

1 April, 2022 · France

Consultancy scandal: Macron at a McKinsey seminar in 2016
Consultancy scandal: Macron at a McKinsey seminar in 2016

A few days before the first round of a presidential election turned into a war rage contest, the “consulting firms scandal” seems to be consolidating as the big election campaign issue. On March 17, the French Senate published a report denouncing the massive use of consulting firms -especially the US firm McKinsey- during the 5 years of Macron’s government.