Analysis

Venezuela: State Power — when the Left is the problem

As protests rise once again on the streets of Caracas, we are witnessing a struggle between the conservative Venezuelan bourgeoisie removed from control of the State apparatus and an emerging middle class which uses the State as a lever of accumulation, writes Raúl Zibechi.

What is happening in Venezuela has no connection with a “revolution” or “socialism” or the “defence of democracy,” nor even with the hackneyed… Continue reading

Chile: Women and the pensions backlash

Following a new wave of protests against Chile’s Pinochet-era privatised pensions system, María Carrasco of libertarian communist journal Solidaridad looks at why women have particular reason to stand up for a new way.

Major rallies have been ongoing since last year against the six private for-profit funds which currently hold Chile’s £122 billion in assets but pay just £320 a month to poorer pensioners.

When we speak… Continue reading

Radical Mapuche Struggle: Ancestral resistance against the State and capital

The fight for autonomy of the mapuche peoples in Chile has much to teach us, argues Contra Toda Autoridad in this article, originally written for Issue 4 of the collective’s journal and translated by Avalanche.

Contra Toda Autoridad tries to establish points of connection with the radical and anti-state expressions in the historical struggle of the mapuche . Unveiling some differences with their struggle strategies… Continue reading

Russia: Alexi Navalny is no “honest guardian” against Kremlin oppression, anarchists warn

As liberal “centrist” protests against corruption in Russia kick off nationwide today, led by lawyer and political figure Alexi Navalny, Russian anarcho-syndicalist group KRAS-AIT argues that for the country’s poor, his “responsible” free-market vision offers no respite:

Opposition politician Navalny (pictured above), posing as an honest guardian of the people’s interests, has called on the population of Russia to take to the streets in protest… Continue reading

Democracy and the NHS

The mythology regarding the 1945-51 Labour governments dies hard on the left, particularly in the era of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour which often sees itself taking up the mantle of an older, less compromised, form of state socialism. The foundation of the welfare state and the National Health Service is a special touchstone, with both it and its founder, Nye Bevan (pictured above with nursing staff at Park Hospital, Davyhulme) seen… Continue reading

Louis Further: Notes From The US

Early one morning a dirty but originally silver oil tanker on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles, California, near the busiest traffic intersection in the world could be seen with this message painted on its oval back:

John 3:18: Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Minutes later,… Continue reading

The Tories and the Union Barons: A Love Story

The Tories are always banging on about union barons and the menace that they are to society. On the one hand they cajole their members into strike action and on the other they cause widespread disruption to working people. Whenever reforms to the strike laws are proposed it’s under the guise of reducing the power of the barons and making the unions more democratic. Actually the Tories have… Continue reading

Case notes: Chelsea Manning

On May 17th, Private Chelsea Manning’s sentence for 35 years will have been commuted by Barack Obama. Private Chelsea Manning, then known as Private Bradley Manning, leaked secret military documents to WikiLeaks highlighting attacks by the U.S military on ordinary Iraqi civilians and other cases of misconduct on behalf of the military during the war on Iraq.

She was arrested in May 20th 2010 and detained in Kuwait. Suffering pre-trial… Continue reading

Students are suffering — rent strikes are the solution

If you thought that the student mental health “crisis” was something of an exaggeration, let us start off with some fun statistics. According to recent research by the National Union of Students, 78% of students have experienced mental health problems in the last year. Around half of those who have experienced problems with mental health said they have difficulty completing daily tasks.

Overall, the number of students in need of… Continue reading

Double book analysis: Peter Davison on George Orwell

In this review and analysis piece, Raymond S. Solomon discusses works by George Orwell and annotations by Peter Davison in two of the Orwell expert’s books, exploring the turbulent 1930s including issues around Palestine, the Spanish revolution, and the beating of Oswald Mosely’s British Union of Fascists.

BOOKS REVIEWED

  • Davison, Peter (ed.) (2013) George Orwell: A Life In Letters, Selected and Annotated. New York, London. Liveright Publishing… Continue reading