Anschluss, Part I: Opportunity

The Federal Republic of Germany’s annexation of the German Democratic Republic (DDR) was a disaster for the latter’s working class. As West German bankers savored the rewards of their conquest, supposedly “obsolete” factories throughout the eastern portions of the country closed their doors. Only 7,000 East Germans were unemployed in January of 1990. Two years … More Anschluss, Part I: Opportunity

Back to Basics

“Between capitalist and communist society there lies the period of the revolutionary transformation of the one into the other. Corresponding to this is also a political transition period in which the state can be nothing but the revolutionary dictatorship of the proletariat.” – Marx, Critique of the Gotha Program (1875) “We shall have socialism when there … More Back to Basics

Pyrite Politics

Both remnants of what was once the IBT have recently published, in their characteristically unbalanced way, notices or “balance sheets” regarding Jim Robertson’s recent death, complete with the usual array of smears about how the SL became an “obedience cult.” Since each group now consists of an even smaller handful of the previous IBT’s already … More Pyrite Politics

Marx and Motivated Reasoning

“In the previous epoch parliament performed to a certain degree a historically progressive task as a tool of developing capitalism. Under the present conditions of unbridled imperialism, however, parliament has been transformed into a tool for lies, deception, violence and enervating chatter.” — “Theses on the Communist Party and Parliamentarism,” Second Congress of the Communist … More Marx and Motivated Reasoning

Can there be an anti-liberal anti-fascism?: Reflections on ‘Against the Fascist Creep’

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Thanks to everyone who encouraged me throughout the writing process and to Alex and Heather for doing that fascism reading group with me. Please read the endnotes; they’re important too. ? Last Wednesday afternoon, I spent several minutes on campus scraping a fascist sticker off a glass display case.…

Russia Today

The subject of Russian “imperialism” has recently become a topic of discussion again in subjectively Trotskyist circles after the International Bolshevik Tendency (IBT) split over the issue. As opposed to straightening themselves out on whether it actually is scabbing to do the work of strikers after crossing their picket line—something one would think should be … More Russia Today