As Britain's political establishment goes into a tailspin trying to work out what to do about the EU referendum vote, we ask what all the ructions are really about and what workers should be doing now. More details
Vote Leave in the referendum on 23 June!
Comrades Harpal Brar and Ella Rule make the working-class case for a Brexit vote.
The EU is in essence an imperialist club, not a workers' one. It is designed to give Europe's capitalist rulers the economic and militarily strength to safeguard their imperialist status against (a) their imperialist and non-imperialist rivals, (b) the oppressed peoples they exploit abroad, and (c) the working classes at home.
Not only would Britain outside the EU be less able to bully other countries, but the EU's power would also diminish, and US imperialism would be weakened by the weakening of its ally. Without the presence of Britain in the EU, the US-EU imperialist alliance would probably become much more fragile -- which would only be a good thing for workers and oppressed people everywhere. Read the leafletRead the full article
By 2017/18 Britain's annual PFI repayment will reach a staggering £10.1bn, as we are forced to repay up to 12 times the initial sums 'loaned'. This usury is quite literally costing lives, and scrapping it could save the NHS, yet none of our ministers will be persuaded to 'see sense': servicing capital is their goal, not safeguarding our health. Read the leaflet
British workers need to understand that, unlike the Nato invaders, Russia was invited by Syria's popular government to support its army and people. Russia is wanted in Syria; it is trusted by Syrians. Russia is helping target all terrorist groups that are attacking Syria's people and trying to overthrow their elected government; Nato targets only those it cannot control. Russia is invested in the national independence of a free, secular, sovereign Syria; Nato wishes to destroy all vestiges of Syrian independence. Read the statement
The first world war was fought by the major imperialist powers in order to determine which powerful countries should control which portions of the world as colonies and spheres of influence, and the heavy price of their forceful redivision was paid by the workers and peasants of Europe and the colonies in blood. The people's revolutionary anger was pivotal in bringing about the Easter Rising in Ireland and led to the success of the October socialist revolution in Russia and the former Russian colonies.
Today, our imperialist rulers are working hard to deceive us about both the causes and consequences of WW1; their hired hacks are proving afresh the observation of Frederick Engels that the 'best-paid historiography is that which is best falsified for the purposes of the bourgeoisie'. If we wish to stop the next world war, we must avoid the traps being set for us by the professional liars. The lessons that we learn will have a direct impact on the success of our fight for socialism in the 21st century. More info
In a perverse twist, politicians, supported by the media, are now starting to use the refugee crisis to step up their open aggression in Syria. Just as IS, which was itself built up by western imperialism and its allies in the first place, was used as an excuse for direct attacks, certain politicians and commentators have started arguing that the best way to help the refugees is to drop even more bombs on Syria! Read the statementRead the full article
How is it possible that our rulers have fooled so many of us so effectively? How is it that, despite the hideous consequences of austerity taking effect amongst Britain's most vulnerable workers, and despite the unpopularity of the cuts, so many workers were convinced that voting Tory, Ukip, LibDem, SNP or Labour was the right thing to do? Read the leaflet
A growing number of suicides and suicide attempts have been linked by charities and healthcare professionals to the ordeal of facing 'work capability' assessments. Formerly run by the notorious French multinational Atos, they have been handed over to the equally bloodsucking US-based Maximus. Another corporation looking to make money by depriving the needy of their meagre benefits. Read the leafletRead the full article
Cameron may derive a false sense of security from sheltering under Obama's wing, but the reality is that imperialism is taking the British people into the most direct confrontation with Russia since 14 imperialist armies were pitted against the fledgling Soviet Republic in 1919. Read the leaflet
Why are we confronted with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa? The answer lies not in the pathology of the disease but in the pathology of our society and the global political and economic architecture. It is not an accident that the present Ebola epidemic has affected three of the poorest countries in the world. It has been brought about by poverty, which in turn is a consequence of the extreme inequity fostered by the present capitalist system. Read the article
The British state murders with impunity: 'to protect and serve' the capitalist class. Not only the Met, but the whole capitalist system is inherently racist and anti-working class, and needs to be dismantled. This is the core truth that underlies police injustice. Read the article
The lessons from science and from history are clear. We support the independence movements of the oppressed nations because that weakens imperialism and enables workers to unite on the basis of equality. Scotland is neither a separate nation nor is it oppressed.
Therefore to support Scottish nationalism is to divide the working class for no good reason. The coming anti-capitalist struggles will be hard enough; we have no business making them even harder by allowing ourselves to be corralled into smaller and smaller groups. Read the article
We are not only consumers but workers. Our media unions have the power to organise their members to refuse to write, publish or broadcast war propaganda. We have a duty to remind the public of the Nuremberg ruling that the creation of such propaganda is itself a war crime.
Our manufacturing unions need to back us up so that those who are making munitions for Israel can refuse to carry out such work. Those of us who provide any goods or services to Israel and to the settlements should be empowered to withdraw our labour-power from such work and explain exactly why we are doing so to the British public. Read the leaflet
There is a widespread myth spread by bourgeois historians that Ghandi and the Indian National Congress were solely responsible for achieving India's independence from the much-hated British Raj, and that they did it using only the message of non-violence, peaceful non-cooperation and civil disobedience. The truth is quite the reverse. The heroes of the 1857 revolt, the Ghadar patriots, and Bhagat Singh and his comrades inspired and led the Indian masses in armed struggle as the best means of liberating their country from British colonial occupation. More info
It is clear that US imperialism dreams of subjugating Russia, overwhelming the People's Republic of China and achieving world domination. It is equally clear that it will ultimately be no more successful than were the original Hitlerites
We workers in the imperialist countries have a duty to fight for the disbandment of this predatory, warmongering neo-Nazi alliance, which brings death, destruction and misery to our brothers and sisters all over the world. Read the leafletRead the full article
Social democrats -- Labour and all those who ask us to put our faith in it -- are passionately attached to the idea that monopoly capital can somehow be 'fixed'. All the groups popping up to declare themselves as 'people's assemblies' pledged to 'unite the resistance' in an 'anti-cuts alliance' behind a 'network of shop stewards' have one common trait: they are all desperate to persuade workers that capitalism can be reformed by mass protest; desperate to stop us from learning Marxist science, taking a revolutionary path and abolishing the system that is at the root of all our problems. Read the leaflet
Our rulers have made it clear what their plan is: they hope to pass the burden of their latest crisis onto the backs of working people through austerity and war, saving their fortunes and their system at our expense. They do not care what catastrophic effects their self-preservation strategies have on the planet or the masses of humanity.
It is time for Britain's workers to make an alternative plan. If we want to stop this assault, we must stop expecting the minions of the capitalist state to deliver justice and get organised to claim what is rightfully ours. Read the leafletRead the full article
The People's Assembly's self-appointed leaders say they want to take meaningful action to stop the cuts, but they propose to achieve this aim by handing our campaigns over to the same union leaders who have steadfastly refused to take on the fight, and to the same Labour party that oversaw privatisation and austerity (and predatory wars abroad) when in power, and that promises more of the same if elected in 2015! Read the leafletRead the full article
Where does women's oppression come from? How can we end it? As the crisis deepens, the situation of women is becoming worse and not better. Women are disproportionately affected by cuts and unemployment, while the rights of working women with caring responsibilities are once more being openly attacked by employers who demand 'flexibility' above all else.
In the context of the latest US-led military exercises, more and more deadly military equipment is being poured into the Korean tinderbox. Three warships are gathering in the waters just off Korea's coast, and thousands of US soldiers are engaged in full-scale dress-rehearsal for a nuclear war.
Meanwhile, nuclear-capable US B-52 bombers have been practising bombing raids over Korea, awaking memories among the people of the DPRK of how every town and city in their country was flattened by US carpet-bombing raids in the genocidal war of 1950-53. Four million Koreans were killed as a result of imperialism's barbaric assault on their country. Read the statement
A great revolutionary light has been extinguished, but the cause for which President Hugo Chávez fought lives on as his abiding legacy, for it is the finest cause in all the world -- and he served it truly.
It is with profound sorrow that we learned of Comrade Chávez's deteriorating medical condition and death, but his great spirit -- which helped to transform the economic and political relations of his fellow workers, the Venezuelan masses, and the Americas -- lives on. Read the statement
Attempts are being made to rewrite the history of Mandela and the ANC. A myth is in the process of being created according to which Mandela was totally committed to non-violence; that he was a South African Gandhi who opposed the use of armed resistance by the oppressed masses in pursuit of their liberation.
Nothing could be further from the truth. After the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, Mandela was one of the key founders of the ANC's military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961, and its first Commander-in-Chief. He never went back on the principle of armed resistance in pursuit of liberation. Read the article
Trotsky's attacks on 'Stalinism' were actually just the continuation of his lifelong struggle against Leninism. The counter-revolutionary nature of Trotskyism explains why Trotsky is held up to schoolchildren throughout the imperialist world as the 'real' revolutionary! Read the leaflet
It needs to be spelt out: the Labour party stands for the defence of British imperialist interests, and it uses its TUC and union placemen to stop workers from doing real damage to those interests, no matter what the human costs at home or abroad. Read the leaflet
Together with Comrade Godfrey, Iris lived a life that taught a whole generation just what it meant to really be a communist. Their selfless, work-focused home was as warm and welcoming a place as any of us have ever known, and their example lives on in all who had the good fortune to experience their generous hospitality and gentle guidance. Tribute to Iris Mary Jessie Cremer
This remarkable man -- hardworking, dedicated and self-effacing -- had many opponents, but not a single personal enemy. His gentle manner, courteous behaviour, concern for others, and warm concern for humanity obliged even his opponents to hold him in high regard. Tribute to Godfrey Andries Cremer
An understanding of society (theory) and a way of uniting to change it (organisation) are the two things that we need to make a socialist revolution. Ordinary people in Britain have everything to gain by getting involved in this process sooner rather than later. This world isn't working for us and we deserve better!
Not only do we need to campaign against the bad conditions and lack of prospects for working-class people in Britain today, but we need to work for a completely different type of society -- one where people's needs decide everything.
So many problems face this world: environmental catastrophe, poverty, disease, racism and war. They'll never be solved while capitalism remains, but they could all be sorted if society was set up for the benefit of the majority rather than the private gain of a few billionaires.
Our party is different because we consistently apply Marxist science to all areas of our work, and we're not scared to tell it how it is. We refuse to be intimidated by the barrage of lying propaganda that fills Britain's mainstream media. It is the capitalists' job to try to stop us from building a socialist society; it is our job to do it anyway!
Challenge your ideas -- challenge their propaganda -- seek the truth -- serve the people -- change the world!