Freedom come all ye – Why we need a truly human and democratic communism

The RCN/RCF has always seen the need to connect anti-capitalist activities with providing a vision of the type of society we want and the means of achieving it. To this end we were engaged in debates in the commune.  One of the articles which Allan Armstrong, with assistance from Bob Goupillot,  contributed proved too long…

Emancipation & Liberation – Coverage Of What Is Communism?

Below can be found links to articles published on the E&L website related to ‘What is Communism’? 1. WHY EMANCIPATION AND LIBERATION –  Emancipation and Liberation are heady words. Yet it is vital that we give serious consideration to what we stand for, not merely what we are against – RCN collective statement

Socialism Militant, Socialism Triumphant: thoughts on communism and the workplace inspired by William Morris and the IWW

An important topic for discussion by the Left today is labor organization as we know it under capitalism, and as it could be under socialism and communism. Below are statements from our radical history, and one that is an outgrowth of that history. Taken together, they offer guidance. In the conclusion to his commentary on…

Debating The Possibility Of Communism

The current crisis of capitalism has found the majority of the the Left offering neo-Keynesian ‘solutions’ which go no further than attempts to reinvigorate a system that is long past its sell-by date. However, those who try to promote a vision of a new social order to replace capitalism have to confront arguments that ‘There…

The radical history of English republicanism

The following article by Martyn Rush (Labour Momentum) on the history of English Republicanism, to coincide with the Elizabrit’s platinum jubilee, was first published in The Tribune. In modern Britain, the republican movement is largely a forgotten cause. That forgetting comes at the expense of a proud history attested to by writers like Clive Bloom…

On the frontier of whiteness? Expropriation, war and social reproduction in Ukraine

The following article written by Olena  Lyubchenko was first posted by LeftEast. It addresses the tensions amongst the Ukrainian resistance to Russian imperial aggression.  It opposes Ukrainian nationalist attempts to promote  Ukraine’s future as a ‘white European nation’ and champions  the Left’s attempt to  locate the struggle within a global framework against all exploitation and…

The odd couple: Ruaraidh Erskine and John Maclean

We are posting this article by Johnnie Gallacher, who provided his own introduction:- As society stands hesitating at the ecological fork in the road to either ecosocialism or suicide, reflecting upon the unlikely political alliance between John Maclean, the revolutionary socialist, and Ruaraidh Erskine, the aristocratic Gaelic nationalist, can offer valuable insights. These relate to…

Former NATO military analyst blows the whistle on West’s Ukraine Invasion narrative

The following article by Jaques Baud, intelligence and security consultant and former NATO military analyst, has been much posted by those on the Left opposed to giving support to the Ukrainian people in their opposition to Putin’s invasion. The EL&SD Editorial Board  voted by a majority to post this article. Allan Armstrong will write a…

When the Bolsheviks created a Soviet Republic in the Donbas

This article written by Hanna Perekhoda (translated by David Broder) first appeared in The Jacobin. It examines the history of the creation of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, during the 1916-21/3 International Revolutionary Wave    WHEN THE BOLSHEVIKS CREATED A SOVIET REPUBLIC IN THE DONBAS The Donbas is at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s claim…