Fighting global capitalism

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

Published on: Wed, 26/08/2009 - 16:00

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.

We warmly welcome all delegates at the TUC to our city. We believe there is an urgent need for the trade union movement to unite and start acting in defence of jobs for all, for trade union rights, against

Diageo, Kilmarnock: Thousands march to defend jobs

Published on: Thu, 30/07/2009 - 17:40

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.

Diageo’s Chief Executive, Paul Walsh, was paid a total package of over £3.6

Solidarity Swells Lindsey Pickets

Published on: Tue, 23/06/2009 - 21:37

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. Yesterdays dramatic burning of their letters informing them of the sack was matched today by a further defiant gesture as the picket moved off in an impromptu march along the road outside the refinery up towards the nearby motorway

May Day 2009 – What we mean by solidarity

Published on: Wed, 13/05/2009 - 16:11

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

The day kicked off with a picket at multinational insurance brokers the Willis Group in the City of London. In mid-2007 cleaners at Willis began to organise under the umbrella of Unite’s Justice for Cleaners campaign for the ‘living wage’. The living wage was won but the company immediately hit back by putting the cleaners on unworkable night shifts. When they refused to work the shifts, those involved in

G20: Chris Knight and the Press

Published on: Wed, 01/04/2009 - 10:25

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.

There are two protests today - the Climate Camp at Bishopsgate, and a Stop The War protest at

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

Published on: Thu, 12/02/2009 - 20:31

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”.

Today the capitalist class has devised many other ways of siphoning off


Published on: Mon, 28/07/2008 - 16:53

Sean Matgamna

Their sick old order burgeons, I decline,
"Perspectives" narrowed to a blurred gray line,
Part of nothing big, soon to prevail,
Or, early, thrive: seed-sower, maybe, mail
From a future possibility, perhaps.

What's left? Will, refusing to collapse,
Hate, sustained by the sight of needless pain:
The homeless amidst great wealth, out in the rain,
Huddled, like cattle by a grey stone wall;
Cash-cultured ignorance — lives made small
And narrow, where life might be broad and fine;
Where "ours" in everything bows down to "mine"!

Love, that sees with awe the calm brave


Published on: Fri, 25/07/2008 - 16:39

Sean Matgamna


In our New Age, this Age of Gold,
We've reached the end of History;

All things on earth are bought and sold,
All things, including you and me;
The rich can keep the good green earth,
Now socialism is cause for myrth.

They'll not now blow your world apart,
The bourgeois and the Stalinists
Who have converged to praise the mart:
No longer cramped in Stalin's fist,
New converts see with heady zeal,
This is the better way to steal!

Wage-slavery is here to stay,
Karl Marx and Trotsky got it wrong
It's proved there is no other way
Than plunder by the rich and strong:
"Without it

No return to Keynesian Capitalism

Published on: Mon, 14/07/2008 - 18:30

One of the results of the current financial and economic crisis is that the ideas of the economist John Maynard Keynes have been pulled of dusty library shelves and are now being peddled as a possible answer to the Credit Crunch. This is a massive turn around for keynesian economic theory, which for the last twenty five years has been discredited amongst the ruling class. The orthodoxy of neo-liberalism and neo-classical economics holds that the state should intervene in markets as little as possible and that taxation and government spending should fall during recessions to help the market restore itself. The state intervention, deficit spending and higher taxes of Keynesianism were seen as part of the social democratic past. Now commentators are calling for the british governement to fund a massive house building programmes to stimulate demand, the financial times wants the government to step into the breach to prevent market failure through boosting consumption. None of this would be of much interest to socialists if it was not for much of the lefts illusions in Keynsianism as a path to socialism.

John Maynard Keynes was a Liberal Party supporting economist commited to capitalism. He developed his theories in the period after the first world war. This was a time of a massive upsurge in workers struggles and there were mass revolutionay parties founded throughout europe. It also was a time of mass unemployment and the Great Depression. Keynes argued that state intervention to boost demand could get a country out of recession. He saw this as a project to save capitalism from itself. The basic idea of the state spending its way out of a recession was adopted by President Franklin Roosevelt's adminstration in the USa, Mussolini's Italy, Hitlers Germany and Juan Perons Argentina. During and after the Second World War Keynesianism became the economic orthodoxy of the entire capitalist world. So how did this capitalist economic theory end up being championed by much the left in europe today?

At the end of the war the working class in western europe had grown in confidence and militancy. Capitalism had been discredited in the eyes of most workers by the great depression of the thirites. The govenments of western europe were faced into making some concessions to the workers. They introduced limited nationalisation, promoted full employment through state intervention and introduced extended welfare provision. In britain the Labour government argued that these measures was the route to socialism. Now these measures undoubtably improved the lives of millions of workers, but their purpose was to allow the system of class exploitation to continue. The nationalised industries were run by civil servants for the interests of the ruling class and not the workers who were excluded from control.

However from the 50s onwards the extension of these measures were seen as the 'road to socialism' by many on the marxist left. Today the Socialist Party and the Communist Party of Britain in particular argue socialism can be brought about by the nationalisation of the commanding heights of the economy and state intervention. They both argue that this can be some how brought about through a parliamentary majority supported by a hegemonic workers movement. At the same time their press harks back to the Attlee govenement as some kind of golden age for workers. These ideas pervade most of the left in britain and in groups like the PCF in France and Die Linke in Germany.

Not only is this a misrepresentation of history it also is throughly reactionary. The globalisation of the world economy since the 1980's means that the nationalisation of a few industries and state supply-side intervention cannot even acheive the limited goal of full employment anymore. So in response the left often reverts to chauvanisitic economic nationalism. It talks of autarky and protectionism. The shining example for these misguided souls is the Hugo Chavez regime in Venezela.

We must always remember that that the bourgois state intervenes in the economy only for the benefit of the capitalist classes as a whole and not for the benefit of the workers. The entire class character of nationalisation means that they exploit the labour of the worker. Socialism is not nationalisation, state intervention or exchange controls, it is the democratic control of the means of production by the working class as a whole as part of an international workers state.

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