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  • “How the owner of the exploded oil rig has made $270 million off the disaster, and nine other shocking, depressing facts about the oil spill. “

    tags: usa, Gulf_of_Mexico, oil, oil_spill, environment, corporates, British_Petroleum, capitalism, alternet

  • “هل سوف تضمن أي دولة فلسطينية، مهما كانت سيادتها، حق الشعب الفلسطيني في تقرير المصير؟”

    tags: Ali_Abunimah, Palestine, two-states-solution, peace, Israel, occupation, Palestinian_Authority, abbas, al_shabaka

    • هل سوف تضمن أي دولة فلسطينية، مهما كانت سيادتها، حق الشعب الفلسطيني في تقرير المصير؟ يستعرض مستشار الشبكة لشؤون السياسات، علي أبو نعمة، في هذا الموجز، تطور مفهوم تقرير المصير، وقابلية تطبيقه على الشعب الفلسطيني، وتلاشيه التدريجي منذ عام 1991. ويرى الكاتب أن حق تقرير المصير يجب أن يعود إلى صلب النضال الفلسطيني، بل ويبين أيضاً كيف أن ممارسة الفلسطينيين لهذا الحق تتوافق والتعايش مع اليهود الإسرائيليين في نهاية المطاف‏.‏
  • “On Thursday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that productivity rose 3.6% in the first quarter of the year. Productivity is a measure of how much output—measured in the form of inflation-adjusted money—workers can create in an hour of labor”

    tags: usa, capitalism, corporates, production, productivity, workers, exploitation, socialist_webzine

  • “Capitalism is irredeemably bankrupt. The most cursory glance at the world today reveals gross inequality, war and economic crisis. These are not unrelated incidents.”

    tags: socialism, capitalism, revolution, workers, struggle, reformists, Socialist_Alternative, Australia

    • They are the direct product of a system in which the power and profits of the small minority of bosses who rule come from the exploitation and oppression of the majority – workers.
    • The whole project of reformism – which argues that we need to elect better people to parliament to institute reforms, and gradually transform society – is doomed to fail.
    • This is because the parliament has only limited powers. Under capitalism real power – like the power to decide who gets hired or fired, whether workers will be sent to kill and be killed in wars – lies in the corporate boardrooms and within the state bureaucracy.
    • And this is without even mentioning the power of the army, police or courts, all of which are unelected bodies generally immune to democratic accountability. If you are a politician you either have to submit to this reality or you simply won’t get far.
    • Revolutionaries reject the project of reformism, but that does not mean that we’re not interested in struggling for reforms in the here and now.
    • However, because profits come first in capitalism, any reforms we win are never permanent.
    • Since capitalism thrives on and breeds exploitation and oppression, if we want to see a conclusive end to wars, oppression and poverty, this will ultimately require revolutionary change. We will need to get rid of this system and replace it with a new one.
    • The conclusion can be that maybe we need to rely on an enlightened few who can carry out the task of bringing socialism. But getting rid of the system isn’t a matter of a small minority seizing power.
    • Revolution involves the mass of workers. Revolutions don’t begin because people wake up and decide to have one, or because revolutionaries announce them. They start out as workers’ struggles and mass strikes, provoked by our experiences of the oppressive system and the need to defend our livelihoods and living standards.
    • Only a revolution by the mass of workers which mobilises their collective power can sweep aside the machinery of capitalism, and only the process of revolution has the potential to equip workers – by providing them with the experience, lessons and unity – to build socialism, a society for the liberation of all.
  • “Venezuelan Socialist United Party (PSUV) members Katy Jaimes and Elias Chacon are currently touring Britain to build solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution and the movement of occupied factories in Venezuela.”

    tags: venezuela, socialism, factory_occupation, collectives, workers, Hugo_Chavez, interview, marxist.com

    • A recent PSUV congress saw delegates commit to the principle that socialism is not just a set of social reforms but a “fundamental transformation of society.”

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