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Ideas & Debates

Debates on the War in Ukraine

The war in Ukraine has opened a militaristic chapter in the broader capitalist crisis that began with the great recession in 2008. The international Left is divided over what policy to adopt on the Ukrainian question. The following is a necessary debate with the Argentinean Left regarding the ongoing war and the politics that revolutionaries should adopt.

Matías Maiello

March 10, 2022

Sanctions Are an Imperialist Tool That Hurts Working People

As Putin escalates military action in Ukraine, many view Biden’s sanctions as the lesser evil. They’re not.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

March 1, 2022

Leon Trotsky: For a United, Free and Independent Workers’ Ukraine!

In this article from 1939, Leon Trotsky presents a socialist answer to the oppression of the Ukrainian people. “Not the slightest compromise with imperialism, either fascist or democratic! Not the slightest concession to the Ukrainian nationalists, either clerical-reactionary or liberal-pacifist! … The complete independence of the proletarian party as the vanguard of the toilers!”

Leon Trotsky

March 1, 2022

Left Voice Magazine for February 2022

We present our online magazine for February, with contributions on the crisis in Ukraine, the late work of Karl Marx, the Critical Left in Cuba, the revolutionary socialist running for president in France, and more.

Left Voice

February 27, 2022

Oppression, Class Struggle, and Other Things Jacobin Doesn’t Care About

Jacobin Magazine recently released its first issue of 2022. The issue is full of defenses for the Democratic Party, but it has no articles about either class struggle or the oppressed.

Ezra Brain

February 27, 2022

Mutual Aid and the Strategies for Revolution

Can mutual aid substitute for a revolutionary strategy that poses the question of working-class power? It’s an important question that has become central to organizing the fight against capitalist exploitation.

Claire Bowman

February 24, 2022

On the Anniversary of Its Publication, The Communist Manifesto’s Relevance Continues to Grow

As a revolutionary wave swept across Europe in 1848, led by reformers who wanted to overturn monarchies and secure their bourgeois property rights, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto as a call to arms for a different kind of uprising: proletarian revolution, aimed at freeing humanity from wage slavery. Today is the anniversary of that publication.

Scott Cooper

February 21, 2022

When Spanish Miners and Agricultural Workers Staged the First Environmental Protest in History

Many historians trace the first environmental protest back to the late 19th century in Spain. It is a largely forgotten story, but one that resonates today.

Claudia Ferri

February 20, 2022

When the Russian Revolution Repudiated the Debt That Tsarism Had Contracted against the People

This article by Eric Toussaint, founder of the Committee for the Abolition of Illegitimate Debt, offers lessons for today from the story of how the Bolsheviks, almost immediately after the 1917 Russian Revolution, repudiated the foreign debt that the Tsarist autocracy had taken on — against the interests of the masses.

Eric Toussaint

February 13, 2022