Josefina L. Martínez
Josefina is a historian from Madrid and an editor of our sister site in the Spanish State, IzquierdaDiario.es.
The European Strike Wave and the Potential of the Working Class
With its epicenter in France, a wave of strikes is developing in several European countries. As the working class takes to the streets against a cost of living crisis, anti-union attacks, and austerity, is there a common theme to this resurgence of class struggle?
Josefina L. MartínezApril 7, 2023
Great Britain: “The Current Strikes Represent a Moment of Awakening, a New Working Class Is Being Born”
On February 1, the United Kingdom was rocked by the largest strike in decades, part of a much longer strike wave that has brought workers into the streets for months. Labor specialist Professor Satnam Virdee explains the significance of these strikes and the prospects of a working class comeback.
Josefina L. MartínezFebruary 10, 2023
Love and Care Beyond Capitalism
The new book by Sophie Lewis inspires debates about family abolition and socialism.
Josefina L. MartínezDecember 11, 2022
The Roots of the Rebellion at Foxconn
Jenny Chan is a researcher and professor at the Polytechnic University of Hong Kong. She is co-author of the book Dying for an iPhone. She spoke with La Izquerda Diario about the causes of the rebellion by workers at the Foxconn plant in Zhengzhou, China.
Josefina L. MartínezDecember 7, 2022
Subalterns, Postcolonialists, and the Specter of Capital: A Polemic from Marxism
The theories of the “postcolonialists” condemn us to the mere repetition of local resistance with no way out of the brutal plundering of people by imperialism, multiple repressions, and exploitation. The socialist strategy is a tool to eradicate the society based on this brutality.
Josefina L. MartínezAugust 7, 2022
NATO and Imperialist Military Expansionism
As its recent summit made clear, NATO cannot play a “democratic” or “progressive” role internationally.
Josefina L. MartínezJuly 17, 2022
Feminism and Communism: A Debate with Silvia Federici
Communes or communism? A debate with autonomism and the work of Silvia Federici, from the perspective of socialist feminism.
Josefina L. MartínezJuly 17, 2022
Wars, Inflation, and Strikes: A Summer of Discontent in Europe?
Strikes over wage increases or working conditions are occurring in response to high inflation, aggravated by the aftermath of the war in Ukraine. These labor actions show a change in the mood of the European working class.
Josefina L. MartínezJuly 12, 2022
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
The Unknown Paths of the Late Marx
An interview with Marcello Musto about the last decade of Marx's life.
Josefina L. MartínezFebruary 27, 2022
Nancy Fraser and Counterhegemony
A presentation from the Fourth International Marxist Feminist Conference.
Josefina L. MartínezFebruary 27, 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 Politics of Red Rosa
On January 15, 1919, a group of Freikorps (German paramilitaries) murdered Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. What they could not kill was the powerful ideas of the “red rose” of the world proletariat, Rosa Luxemburg.
Josefina L. MartínezJanuary 15, 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