National Sections of the L5I:

Imperialism

Imperialism: The epoch of wars and revolutions

Vast technological changes took place in the last hundred years: from electrification and powered flight, via splitting the atom and space travel, to the internet and mapping the human genetic structure. These technological revolutions, and their application to production through the assembly line and computerisation, have shaped human life in every corner of the planet. Consequently the world’s population has increased with incredible rapidity. But under capitalism these triumphs of human skill, ingenuity and labour have never attained their full potential. Read more...

Globalisation: the contradictions of late imperialism

In the Nineties, multinational corporations vied with each other to take over the industries and services of much of the world. Commentators coined the term “globalisation” to describe their domination. Keith Harvey explores the roots of this phase of imperialism in the growing contradictions of US capitalism in the decades after the Second World War and concludes that its days are already numbered. Read more...

MRCI Theses: The anti-imperialist united front

The overthrow of Marcos, the growth of Sinn Fein, the struggle of the Tamils for Eelam all involve a conflict with imperialist or a fight for bourgeois democratic demands rights. These theses of the MRCI outline the tactics of communists towards non-proletarian classes in this struggle Read more...

Women's liberation, Islam and anti-Muslim racism

For many, from feminists such as Alice Schwarzer to the Alternative for Germany, it has long been “proved” that Islam is not like other religions. Read more...

The resurrection of Russian Imperialism

The restoration of capitalism after the collapse of the USSR posed the questions - what kind of capitalist state was the new Russia, and what was its role in the imperialist system. Read more...

The anti-imperialist united front, its applications, possibilities and limitations

Simon Hardy examines the united front tactic against imperialism and how it can be used for revolutionary goals Read more...

Lenin and the theory of imperialism

More than half a million children have died in Iraq since 1990 as a result of United Nations' sanctions. Millions are dying in Africa because of a lack of drugs to fight AIDS. Pro-independence supporters are shot dead in the streets in East Timor with arms sold to Indonesia under New Labour's ethical foreign policy. This is the world at the end of the twentieth century. Read more...

The Imperialist offensive and the crisis of working class leadership

The world situation is characterised by an unremitting economic, political and military offensive by the imperialist bourgeoisie and a mounting trend of mass resistance to it. A series of social and political crises and explosions is developing. These show that globalisation is far from opening a new period of stability, expansion and social peace for capitalism. In fact globalisation is but the latest phase of imperialism - the rule of monopoly capital. Our age remains one of wars and revolutions; the period in which we live is filled with revolutionary potential. The main question is whether the mass forces of resistance can develop the strategy and organisation needed to defeat this offensive before it wreaks economic, military and environmental catastrophe on society in the decades ahead. Read more...

‘Americanise or bust’: the contradictions of European unification

The United States rules the world economically, politically and militarily. Michael Pröbsting analyses the pressure on the European imperialist powers to form a bloc to challenge US supremacy. Europe is “broadening”; but can it “deepen”? Read more...