Josefina L. Martínez
Josefina is a historian from Madrid and an editor of our sister site in the Spanish State, IzquierdaDiario.es.
Militarism, Imperialism, and Self-Determination: Marxist Debates on the War
During World War I, the Marxist movement had a rich debate on the questions of militarism, imperialism, and self-determination. Those discussions help inform some of the current issues around the war in Ukraine.
Josefina L. MartínezMarch 31, 2022
Luxemburg, Zetkin, and Revolutionary Feminism against the War
This year, International Women’s Day takes place amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here, we revisit some of the debates among Marxists and socialist feminists in the lead up to the First World War.
Josefina L. MartínezMarch 8, 2022
No to War: Putin’s Reactionary Invasion and the Rearmament of Imperialist Europe
A few days into the Russian armed forces’ invasion of Ukrainian territory, the imperialist states of Europe are using war as an excuse to carry out a historic rearmament that can only have dire consequences for people around the world.
Josefina L. MartínezMarch 2, 2022
Social Reproduction Feminism or Socialist Feminism?
On Susan Ferguson’s book "Women and Work: Feminism, Labour and Social Reproduction."
Josefina L. MartínezMay 20, 2021
Engels, Working Women, and Socialist Feminism
Engels' sharp critique of the patriarchal family and the institution of marriage remains extremely powerful today. As part of his legacy to socialist feminism, he elevated the problem of the oppression of women to the theoretical level of social production, as part of the core concerns of Marxism.
Josefina L. MartínezNovember 28, 2020
Racism, Capitalism, and Class Struggle
The anti-racist uprising in the United States over the brutal murder of George Floyd reopens a strategic question: How do we link the struggle against racism with the struggle against capitalist exploitation? This article draws the counterpoint between the theories of intersectionality and Marxism.
Josefina L. MartínezJune 9, 2020
Coronavirus: Working-Class Internationalism as an Antidote to the Crisis
The coronavirus crisis and the global recession are exacerbating the reactionary nationalism of the imperialist states. The spirit of Donald Trump’s “America first” policy seems to have spread like a virus. On the other hand, the world working class is the only social force that can provide a progressive way out of this crisis, reorganizing production under workers’ control and deepening internationalism.
Josefina L. MartínezMarch 23, 2020
Class, Identity and Socialist Strategy
A review of Asad Haider’s “Mistaken Identity: Race and Class in the Age of Trump” (Verso, 2018). This article takes up the debate between "insurgent universality," economistic "class politics," and the fight for proletarian hegemony.
Josefina L. MartínezJuly 5, 2019
From Marco Polo to Xi Jinping: Italy Joins the Silk Route
Italy signs a new trade agreement with China. What does this mean for China's relationship with Europe?
Josefina L. MartínezApril 4, 2019
The Russian Revolution and National Self-determination
The constitution born from the Russian Revolution is the first and only one to accept the principle of national self-determination — an important democratic right that the majority of the Western capitalist democracies still deny 100 years later.
Josefina L. MartínezMarch 16, 2018
The question mobilising Argentina: ‘Where is Santiago Maldonado?’
September 1 marks one month since the last time he was seen. Santiago Maldonado, a 28-year-old artisan, was protesting on August 1 in solidarity with the struggle of the Mapuche people from the Lof Cushamen community in Chubut province, in Argentina’s Patagonia region.
Josefina L. MartínezSeptember 2, 2017
To Brexit or Not to Brexit
A year after the Referendum in the UK, Theresa May proposed a hard Brexit. The latest general election results, which boosted the Labour Party’s standing in the parliament can only be interpreted as a major loss for the Prime Minister. Now, the only certainty is uncertainty.
Josefina L. MartínezJune 27, 2017
The Working Class, the Left, and Right-Wing Populism
The election of Donald Trump and the rise of the far right in Europe have rekindled the much-needed debate about the left’s relationship with the working class.
Josefina L. MartínezDecember 20, 2016
Syriza and Podemos: A Necessary Balance Sheet
Syriza and Podemos emerged in Southern Europe in the context of a deep capitalist crisis and a concomitant crisis of the political regimes. Both political formations occupied the vacant space left by the decline in popularity of European social democracies, who are responsible for rigorously implementing the neoliberal agenda against workers and youth over the last decades.
Josefina L. MartínezAugust 6, 2016
Varoufakis’ Plan B for Europe: A democratic revolution without revolution
The conference 'For a Plan B for Europe' culminated in Madrid with the presence of the former Greek finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, along with much of the European reformist left. What is their plan to 'democratize' the EU?
Josefina L. MartínezMarch 5, 2016
INTERVIEW: ‘Tsipras is saving Greek capitalism’
We interviewed Kostas Skordoulis, a leading member of OKDE-Spartakos about the situation in Greece following the elections last September 20, Syriza, Popular Unity, and the debates within anti-capitalist coalition Antarsya.
Josefina L. MartínezOctober 8, 2015
The Institute Pantelis Pouliopoulos and the legacy of Greek Trotskyism
On August 6, we interviewed Kostas Skordoulis and Yanis Felekis, leading members of the group OKDE-Spartakos and founding members of the Institute for Political and Social Research Center Pantelis Pouliopoulos (IPSR Pouliopoulos). After a two-hour journey by bus we arrived at Kamena-Vourla, a seaside resort in the center of Greece. In the past, this small […]
Josefina L. MartínezAugust 17, 2015
Debates: ‘Greece and Spain are laboratories of the new reformism’
The Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International was invited by OKDE-Spartakos, a member of the Anti-capitalist Coalition Antarsya, to participate in their first summer school from 6-9 August 2015. Josefina Martínez, from Clase contra Clase, spoke at the opening plenary session about the Spanish state. Here is her contribution. Good evening, thank you very much for […]
Josefina L. MartínezAugust 12, 2015
Conversations with workers and activists in Greece
Laura Varlet and Josefina Martinez, foreign correspondents in Athens. We were able to talk with Dimitris, Thanasis, and Mirto, workers and social activists in Greece. The first two are members of the bookshop workers union in Athens, while Mirto is an unemployed teacher. We have decided to share their reflections on the situation in Greece since Tsipras' capitulation with our readers.
Josefina L. MartínezAugust 4, 2015
Tsipras defeats the Left Platform at Syriza’s CC meeting
At a meeting that lasted for 14 hours, Tsipras defeated a motion presented by the Left Platform of Syriza. The Central Committee decided to hold an extraordinary party congress in September, after the third bailout has been completed.
Josefina L. MartínezJuly 31, 2015
From the Podemos hypothesis to the test of power
Podemos was born one and a half years ago. It presented itself as something new, a participatory movement “open to all citizens”. Referring to the movement of the Spanish “indignados” (the ‘indignant’ or ‘outraged’) that emerged on May 15, 2011, Pablo Iglesias at the time announced that, “We said in the plazas that it can be done and we are saying today that we can do it”.
Josefina L. MartínezJuly 25, 2015
The Eurogroup’s brutal agreement on Greece: A colonialist pact
After 48 hours of meetings, Alexis Tsipras accepted every condition of the Eurogroup in order to reach an agreement. The Greek parliament will approve privatizations, cut backs, and other austerity measures in the next three days in exchange for a new bailout.
Josefina L. MartínezJuly 14, 2015
Tsipras’ concessions and Syriza’s left wing
There is a growing tension between Tsipras and the left platform within SYRIZA due to the negotiations with the Troika. However, Syriza’s “left wing” acts only as formal opposition, while in government continuing to support the parliament's decisions.
Josefina L. MartínezJuly 6, 2015
Mayor-elect of Madrid claims she “can’t stop the evictions”
The Platform of (Those) Affected by the Mortgage, or, in Spanish, “Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca” (PAH) in Madrid's Vallecas neighborhood questioned the housing policy of Ahora Madrid (Madrid Now), after the the chair of the city council housing committee said that the evictions could not be stopped. Ahora Madrid is a coalition of political organizations, in which Podemos and Ganemos are the main participants.
Josefina L. MartínezJune 24, 2015