May 1968 was the greatest revolutionary general strike in history. This mighty movement took place at the height of the post-war economic upswing in capitalism. Then, as now, the bourgeois and their apologists were congratulating themselves that revolutions and class struggle were things of the past. Then came the French events of 1968, which seemed to drop like a thunderbolt from a clear blue sky. They took most of the Left completely by surprise, because, they had all written off the European working class as a revolutionary force.
‘Sir’ Keir Starmer has predictably thrown students under the bus by finally scrapping his pledge to abolish tuition fees. We demand free and high-quality education for all, by expropriating the wealth of the bosses.
As inflation sores universities are claiming they are struggling financially. Rather than cutting the bloated wages of management, bosses are looking for any other financial solution. Of course, this comes at the cost of students and staff. In the latest attack on our education, university bosses are looking to get philanthropic donations from the ultra wealthy. However, there is no such thing as a free lunch. This will further damage universities and broaden the class divide.
Alan Wood’s new book ‘Ireland: Republicanism and Revolution’ takes a serious approach to drawing the lessons of the Irish struggle. With Ireland at another turning point in history, Marxists must be ready to present a programme of Irish liberation. As James Connolly said “the cause of Ireland is the cause of Labour and the cause of Labour is the cause of Ireland”.
International students have been caught up in the Tories’ cynical culture war, as this myopic government looks to bring down immigration numbers. Only by kicking capitalism off our campuses can we provide free, high-quality education for all.
With the class struggle sharpening, the Tories are reaching for every tool at their disposal to divide workers. To this end, the government is dusting-off its ‘Prevent’ programme once again. Workers and youth must fight their racist fear-mongering.
Following disturbing scenes of racist violence in Merseyside recently, anti-fascist activists mobilised a strong counter-demo in Rotherham last Saturday, stopping the far right in their tracks. This shows the potential power of workers’ unity.
As the cost of living continues to spiral, undergraduate students are set to receive a measly 2.8% ‘increase’ in their maintenance loans in the next academic year – a real-terms cut. Students and staff must unite and fight for free education.
In 1911, school students joined the class struggle en masse, taking their lead from the organised working class. Both then and now, the radicalisation of the youth terrifies the ruling class.
The Boluarte regime has arrested 205 students and protestors at San Marcos University in Lima, Peru. We denounce this brutal attack on the movement of workers and peasants. Down with the regime!
As the new year begins, Marxist students are preparing for a busy term of activity: showing solidarity with striking workers; discussing revolutionary events past and present; and building the forces of Marxism on UK campuses. Join the MSF today!
Trotsky’s fundamental work Results and Prospects, was written in 1906 after the failed Russian Revolution. The theory he laid out in this work came to be known as the Permanent Revolution. Despite being written a decade prior, it explains the course which the 1917 Revolution would take. The Permanent Revolution offers many lessons to revolutionaries today.