Iran, Ireland, and the US—The Lessons of Three Elections

Ali Khamenei voting in 2013 Presidential Election of IranFor Marxists elections provide a valuable way of ascertaining certain tendencies in society. It is true that they are not the only way of judging the mood of the masses—nor even the best barometer of the real state of the class struggle. At best they are a snapshot of a certain mood at a given time. But having made these necessary reservations and qualifications, one has to take these indicators seriously, as Marx and Lenin certainly did.

In the last few days we have witnessed at least three elections, all of which bear witness to highly significant processes that are now moving with great speed. These processes are not confined to one or two countries. If that were the case, they might be dismissed as mere accidents, events with no particular significance. But when the same—or very similar—processes repeat themselves in many countries, they can no longer be dismissed as accidents. They are the manifestations of the same phenomenon.

The United Nations: a Tool of Imperialism

UNTanksAt the 2015 British Labour Party conference, shortly after Jeremy Corbyn’s victory as party leader, Labour members voted in favor of a motion from Unite (Britain's biggest union) to only support air strikes on Syria if they have United Nations (UN) backing. More recently, in the House of Commons vote to authorize this bombing, in the absence of UN support, Diane Abbott, a key Corbyn ally and Labour left-winger, urged caution, saying that “if some MPs are intent on military action, surely their first step should be to pressure Cameron to obtain some kind of UN resolution?”

Five Years On: What Happened to the Arab Revolution?

21-11-2011 tahrir square egyptFive years ago, without any organization, program, plan, or preparation, the Arab masses, in the words of Marx, stormed heaven.  They brought down, in a matter of weeks, what had seemingly not moved an inch in decades of petitioning by NGOs and academic do-gooders. The colossal state apparatus, employing hundreds of thousands of spies, police officers, and army personnel, could only watch as the masses took over the streets.

2016: A World on Edge“Out with the Old. In with the New.” That was always the encouraging message of New Year. But amidst all the parties and the popping of champagne bottles, there was no sign of any optimism or hope for the future on the part of the ruling class and its strategists. On the contrary, the columns of the bourgeois press are filled with pessimism and foreboding.

Massive Public Sector Strike Rocks Quebec

strikeOn Wednesday December 9th, over 400,000 public sector workers organized in the Common Front staged a massive 24-hour strike. All over the province, public buildings were shut down by picketers and mass demonstrations were held. Jacques Letourneau, the president of the CSN called this the biggest public sector strike since the revolutionary general strike of 1972. He stated that “There were 210,000 on strike at the same time then and today there are more than 400,000.” The working class is flexing its muscles in Quebec, posing a real challenge to the austerity agenda of the Couillard government.