Patrice Lumumba and the Permanent Revolution

Friday 17th January 2014 marks the 53rd anniversary of the assassination of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first democratically elected Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, who after being beaten and tortured for days, was finally shot. The assassination was the work of US and Belgian imperialism with the United Nations playing a complicit role. Lumumba led a movement for the liberation of the Congo and had a vision of national and pan-African Read more…

War and revolution: the legacy of the First World War

In a recent article for the Daily Mail website the Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove, on account of the approaching 100th anniversary of the First World War, has taken the opportunity to denounce what he has claimed are attempts to write out the glory and heroism of WW1 in the education system. Gove writes: Our understanding of the war has been overlaid by misunderstandings, and misrepresentations which reflect an, at best, ambiguous Read more…

Zero-tolerance on zero hours contracts

Last month it was revealed by QMessenger (student newspaper at Queen Mary, University of London) that several students working at QMSU venues are being employed under zero-hour contracts. This revelation is disgraceful, yet unsurprising. Zero-hour contracts, or “casual-hour contracts” as they are euphemistically dubbed by the Student Union, are all about maintaining flexibility of labour in the interests of employers. What’s happening at Queen Mary is a reflection of the increasing “liquidation Read more…

Perspectives for the student movement 2014

The perspectives below were discussed by Marxist societies all over Britain and at the conference of the MSF on 15th February 2014. The document was approved by delegates and constitutes a guide to the work of the Federation over the next year. Perspectives for the student movement 2014 Global crisis 1. We’re now in the fifth year of the global capitalist crisis which, since 2008 when the banks were bailed out using Read more…

Book Review: The Black Jacobins

Published in 1938, CLR James’ masterpiece of Marxist historiography essentially opened up the serious study, not just of the Haitian Revolution, which created the first black state outside of Africa, but of the role of slaves as a revolutionary historical force. The Black Jacobins is universally heralded as a definitive work, and there are many reasons for this. Among the most important things that it did was to bring the attention of Read more…

Book Review: Partition

Partition is an analysis of Indian history written by Pakistani Marxist and member of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), Lal Khan. The title of the book refers to the partition of the Indian subcontinent into a handful of different countries. This analysis begins with a brief overview of Britain’s conquest of India but quickly moves into the final third of the period of British rule, charting India’s thirst for freedom and its Read more…

The student movement in Chile: The fight for a free public education (2002-2013)

The presence of students on the streets protesting for a public, free and good quality education in Chile is something that started more than a decade ago and that has developed with varying degrees of intensity. The student movement today has grown as a social movement, and not only education workers, but also miners, port workers and several trade unions of other sectors have added their voices to the protests. It is important Read more…

The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man

Labour is the source of all wealth, the political economists assert. And it really is the source – next to nature, which supplies it with the material that it converts into wealth. But it is even infinitely more than this. It is the prime basic condition for all human existence, and this to such an extent that, in a sense, we have to say that labour created man himself. Many hundreds of Read more…

Defend the “Sussex Five”

We publish here a statement by the Sussex Marxist Society on recent events at Sussex University, where five students have been suspended following their participation in an occupation and picket line activity at the strike of university staff on 3rd December. The task now in Sussex, as elsewhere, is to built a united mass movement of students and workers.   The Sussex Marxist Society condemns the measures taken on 4th December against Read more…

Thousands demand Cops off Campus: time to build for mass student-worker action; time to fight for socialist policies!

  The streets of London were filled yesterday – Wednesday 11th December – with students angry against the presence of police on university campuses and the increasingly violent use of force by the police against student protests – force used to push through the Coalition’s austerity measures against any resistance. Estimates of the numbers present on the demonstration, which began outside the University of London Union (ULU) in Bloomsbury at 2pm, vary Read more…

No to police brutality! For a mass movement of students and workers!

In May 2013 it was announced that the University of London Union (ULU) will close in August 2014. Given its nature as a focal point for student activism and protest in London and nationally, the closure of ULU is likely, in this respect, to be – at least partially – politically motivated. Students have repeatedly mobilised over the past period against the threat of ULU’s closure. The latest protests have provoked a Read more…

London meeting in defence of the Bolivarian revolution and against economic war

Jhon Guerra from the Venezuelan embassy in the UK and Jorge Martín from the Hands Off Venezuela campaign addressed a meeting in London to discuss the forthcoming municipal elections and the on-going economic war against the Bolivarian revolution. The meeting, hosted by the Marxist Student Federation, opened with a screening of “Carbon Copy”, the new ViveTV documentary on the campaign of sabotage, speculation, overpricing, hoarding, etc conducted by the oligarchy against the Read more…