An historical reconstruction and a conceptual critique The concept of the “lumpenproletariat” sits uneasily within Marxian class analysis. It is an unstable, even incoherent category, not only in terms of its theorization but at the level of social reality itself. Nowhere did Marx or Engels or their successors provide a rigorous or exhaustive account of … More On the lumpenproletariat
Workers’ Offensive (This article was written by WO and edited by our comrades who write for Nuevo Curso). “Our political lineage comes from Marx and Engels, the First International, the revolutionary years of the Second and Third, Liebknecht, Luxembourg, Lenin, Daniel de Leon, Trotsky, and the opposition to Stalinist counterrevolution in Russia. The events that … More The birth of socialism in the United States
In providing you with the background events leading up to the organizing effort, my hope is to convey the full context so that you can compare it to your own working conditions, and decide if organizing makes sense for you. I doubt that my situation was exceptional. You may have at one time or another … More Organizing the workplace: Strategies and lessons learned in the struggle
An introduction to “Socialism’s Foreign Policy” Karl Liebknecht was not a great theorist. Unlike Rosa Luxemburg, with whose name he will be forever linked, he wrote no major treatises on forms of protest or political economy (and even had his doubts about the labor theory of value).1 Nor was he a skillful politician. Before the … More Remembering Karl Liebknecht
Some 6,000 members of the US military have been deployed on the US-Mexican border to keep out the continuing flow of migrants from Central America, especially Honduras. At the same time, the new Mexican President “AMLO”, is assuring his military that he will continue to deploy them in the capacity of military police. All this … More Caravan migrants trapped on the frontiers of capitalism
In the past few days Venezuela’s latest political drama has fluttered across the world press. On January 23 Washington declared that it recognizes Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela’s opposition, as the country’s legitimate president with Trump stating, “The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and … More Against all capitalist factions! For proletarian independence!
Critical remarks on Kontra Klasa’s ‘Notes on the transition to communism’ “We leave to others, to the “technicians” and to the recipe makers, or to the “orthodox” of Marxism, the pleasure of engaging in anticipations, of wandering the paths of utopianism or of throwing into the face of proletarians of formulas emptied of their class … More World revolution or “building socialism”?
International socialism, by virtue of its socialist and international character (that is, qua socialism and internationalism), can neither know nor tolerate any contradiction between its internal and external politics. Homogeneity and continuity of its internal and external politics are for it unconditional postulates. From each side it demands one and the same socialist, international, revolutionary … More Socialism’s foreign policy
I was This issue is adorned with a picture of the Spartacus uprising in celebration and reflection of one of our class’ most notable battles. Indeed, we are in the process of passing many centennials from October to Kronstadt in which we look back on our class’ most triumphant moments and ultimately, our greatest defeat. … More Editorial 4 — March 2019