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by JOHN PILGER31 May 2017

The unsayable in Britain's general election campaign is this. The causes of the Manchester atrocity, in which 22 mostly young people were murdered by a jihadist, are being suppressed to protect the secrets of British foreign policy.
Critical questions - such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist "assets" in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst - remain unanswered, deflected by the promise of an internal "review".
The alleged suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was part of an extremist group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, that thrived in Manchester and was cultivated and used by MI5 for more than 20 years.
The LIFG is proscribed by Britain as a terrorist organisation which seeks a "hardline Islamic state" in Libya and "is part of the wider global Islamist extremist movement, as inspired by al-Qaida".
The "smoking gun" is that w…

Recommended reading: Liberalism: A Counter-History, by Domenico Losurdo. Translated by Gregory Elliott

Liberalism: A Counter-Historyby Domenico LosurdoTranslated by Gregory Elliott
“A brilliant exercise in unmasking liberal pretensions.” – Financial Times In this definitive historical investigation, Italian author and philosopher Domenico Losurdo argues that from the outset liberalism, as a philosophical position and ideology, has been bound up with the most illiberal of policies: slavery, colonialism, genocide, racism and snobbery. 

Narrating an intellectual history running from the eighteenth through to the twentieth centuries, Losurdo examines the thought of preeminent liberal writers such as Locke, Burke, Tocqueville, Constant, Bentham, and Sieyès, revealing the inner contradictions of an intellectual position that has exercised a formative influence on today’s politics. Among the dominant strains of liberalism, he discerns the counter-currents of more radical positions, lost in the constitution of the modern world order.

The Liberal Virus: Permanent War and the Americanization of the World, book review, Monthly Review

The Liberal Virus: Permanent War and the Americanization of the World by  $19.00 Samir Amin’s ambitious new book argues that the ongoing American project to dominate the world through military force has its roots in European liberalism, but has developed certain features of liberal ideology in a new and uniquely dangerous form. Where European political culture since the French Revolution has given a central place to values of equality, the American state has developed to serve the interests of capital alone, and is now exporting this model throughout the world. American imperialism, Amin argues, will be far more barbaric than earlier forms, pillaging natural resources and destroying the lives of the poor. The Liberal Virus examines the ways in which the American model is being imposed on the world, and outlines its economic and political consequences. It shows how both citizenship and class consciousness are diluted in “low-intensity democracy” and argues instead for democrati…

Communist Party of Turkey's 12th Congress declares 2017 as the year of socialism

Communist Party of Turkey's 12th Congress declares 2017 as the year of socialism
The Communist Party of Turkey's (TKP) 12th Congress was held in İstanbul on May 27-28 with the slogan, 'to empower the socialist alternative'. The Congress unanimously approved six basic documents, and declared 2017 as 'the year of socialism'. The Congress has also announced that TKP will hold a 'festival of socialism' during the anniversary of the Great October Revolution The Communist Party of Turkey’s (TKP) 12th Congress-Turkey Conference was held in İstanbul on May 27-28 under the slogan, “to empower the socialist alternative”. link:
Many important resolutions were taken during the conference sessions, in which 383 delegates from all party organisations participated, including 14 delegates from abroad. The conference started with the opening speech of Kemal Okuyan, First Secretary of the Communist Party of Turkey. Party member poet Nihat Behram’s sal…

Basic income – too basic, not radical enough by Michael Roberts

Basic income – too basic, not radical enough

The idea of a basic income has gained much popularity recently and not just among leftists but also with right-wing pro-capital proponents.  Basic income boils down to making a monthly payment by a government to every citizen of an amount that meets ‘basic necessities’ whether that person is unemployed or not or whatever the circumstance. As Daniel Raventós, defines it inhis recent book“Basic Income is an income paid by the state to each full member or accredited resident of a society, regardless of whether or not he or she wishes to engage in paid employment, or is rich or poor or, in other words, independently of any other sources of income that person might have, and irrespective of cohabitation arrangements in the domestic sphere” (Basic Income: The Material Conditions of Freedom). He lists various things in its favour: that it would abol…

[VID: 30 min.] "Workers in power: Is class still relevant today?" - Joseph Choonara

100 years on from 1917: What does it mean to be a revolutionary today?

Workers in power: Is class still relevant today? - Joseph Choonara

February 2017

A hundred years ago Russian workers and peasants overthrew their Tsar and went on to run society without bosses. They fought to create a socialist world based on human liberation and real democracy. 

The Russian Revolution was a truly momentous event. It transformed life in Russia and its empire, set off revolts that ended the First World War, and inspired millions across the globe. 

Women were at the forefront of these events, tearing up the deep-rooted oppression they faced. It was a workers’ revolution and a festival of the oppressed.

Ultimately it was defeated and replaced by Stalin’s dictatorship, but its achievements still inspire. 

On the centenary of these events, what we can learn from them today as we fight capitalism, war, oppression and climate change.

Reading Capital Today, by Michael Roberts, Blog of May 18, 2017

Reading Capital Todayby Michael Roberts, May 18, 2017

As we approach the exact date of the publication of Marx’s Capital Volume One 150 years ago (14 September), a host of conferences and books are coming out in the small world of Marxist study on the relevance of Capital today.  The symposium that I am organising with King’s College London will be on 19-20 September, just around the corner from the British Library where Marx did the research for his opus magnum.  But already there have been conferences in Greece on Capital; a conference in New York at Hofstra University, and next week, York University, Toronto.  All have a large participation by leading Marxist scholars.

And the books are also coming out. The first is aptly entitled Reading Capital Today edited by Ingo Schmidt and Carl Fanelli from two Canadian universities and includes contributions from various activists and academics covering the issues o…

Am I Working Class? Mon. 15 May, Morning Star

2017 Monday 15TH  posted byMorning Star In the third in a series of Marxist Q&As, the MARX MEMORIAL LIBRARY examines the difference between economic and social class ECONOMIC class is a role that people occupy, not a tag that attaches to individuals. But if you want a label, the simple answer is yes, if you work for a living (you receive a wage) and you don’t own or control capital. If your employer gets more “value” from the work you do than you receive in wages, you’re working-class. Even if you think you’ve got it cushy in your own job, collectively with other workers you produce more value than you get paid — Marx called the difference “surplus value.” If you didn’t you’d all very quickly be sacked or the firm would go bust. And let’s assume you’ve got a stocks and shares ISA — this still doesn’t make you a capitalist. You still have to work and although your ISA money is invested in different types of capital, you have no direct control over how it is invested or how the p…

[VID] President Trump's Budget Cuts to Food Stamps and Medicaid are bad for African Americans - Antonio Moore and Yvette Carnell

Published on 22 May 2017 Attorney Antonio Moore and Political Commentator Yvette Carnell discuss the Medicaid and Food Stamp cuts proposed by President Donald Trump. They also detail why it is important for African Americans to be aware of any and all changes to the programs.