Fighting global capitalism

The workers or 'the people'?

Why should Marxists want to narrow our appeal to 'the workers', enrolling people from other classes only to the extent that they rally behind the working class? Why not seek a broader unity of 'ordinary people'?

Originally published in Workers' Liberty magazine, January 2001. By Chris Reynolds

The pivot of Marx's critique of political economy is the concept of abstract labour, or universal social labour - labour as the expenditure under standard conditions of a quotient of average labour-power. Abstract labour, according to Marx, is the substance of value.

Workers' Liberty No.8 - Le Pen, South Korea, Australian Labor Party, National Union of Railwaymen (NUR), 1987 TUC conference

Author

AWL

A collection of articles from Workers' Liberty No.8.

* Conservative Party invitation to French Fascist and leader of the French National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen.

* 1987 TUC conference and the Union leaderships' response to declining union membership.

* An analysis of the Australian Labor Party's 1987 Australian general election victory.

* Child sex abuse, incest and UK law.

* The rise of working-class struggle in South Korea

* General Secretary Jimmy Knapp's sell-out of the members of the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR)

Invitation to "Time to fight back" march - a letter from Liverpool TUC

Liverpool TUC's

Secretary: Mark Hoskisson
President: Denis Dunphy
Treasurer: John Farmer

Dear Brothers and sisters

Join Liverpool TUC's "Time to fight back" march, 13 September 2009 Assemble 12.30pm at the Pier Head, Liverpool

Liverpool Trades Union Council has agreed to welcome the presence of the national TUC Congress in our city by calling on all workers to join us in a demonstration.

Diageo, Kilmarnock: Thousands march to defend jobs

Author

Stan Crooke

On Sunday 26 July, up to 20,000 according to press reports, marched against the threatened closure of the Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock.

It was a massive display of opposition to the company’s plans.

Diageo is the world’s biggest drinks company, with a worldwide workforce of 22,000. Its brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff and Captain Morgan. Its profits over the last decade have averaged £2 billion a year. In the twelve months to July of this year, its pre-tax profits amounted to £2.093 billion.

Solidarity Swells Lindsey Pickets

Author

Frank Miller

Good local support boosted numbers at the demonstration called at Lindsey Oil Refinery this morning adding to the solid core of sacked workers at the site. Building from a slow start at 0630 the picket swelled to over 1500 by 0830. The picket line itself was very quiet, most of the sacked workers having already heard the news that Total had agreed to talks.

May Day 2009 – What we mean by solidarity

Author

Bob Sutton and Rebecca Galbraith

1 May is an important date in the history of the workers’ movement. This article is the collective account of how some of our activists in London spent their May Day.

Willis cleaners

G20: Chris Knight and the Press

Author

Martin Thomas

1 April: The London Evening Standard reports today that "more than 7,000 police and security staff [have] turned London into a fortress city for the G20 summit... The Met describes [it] as the biggest security operation it has ever mounted".

Cycling through the City, I saw hardware shops, newsagents, and camera shops shuttered or boarded up for the day, though McDonalds and Starbucks were still open. Visibly many workers had responded to the media coverage about likely violence by taking the day off.

“No nation will put up with so barefaced an exploitation of the community by a small band of bonus-mongers”

Author

Colin Foster

“No nation will put up with so barefaced an exploitation of the community by a small band of dividend-mongers”, wrote Frederick Engels over a hundred years ago.

He was explaining why he considered full state control of the capitalist economy theoretically plausible but practically unlikely.

If “all the social functions of the capitalist are now performed by salaried employees”, then “the capitalist has no further social function than than of pocketing dividends, tearing off coupons, and gambling on the Stock Exchange”.

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