Friday, December 9, 2011

On Kautsky’s Foundations of Christianity – Part Three of the Introduction to the new German edition By Alan Woods

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By Alan Woods

ChristianityThe growth of Christianity during the first centuries of the modern era was phenomenal, especially among the lower orders. People who had nothing on earth and who lived in poverty were promised immense rewards in the after-life – provided they accepted their lot as slaves. This doctrine had an obvious appeal to the downtrodden masses, but it had equally obvious advantages for the ruling class. Eventually, the latter realized this and took the appropriate measures. But all these measures were in vain. The Church continued to thrive despite persecution – and possibly because of it.

By New Zealand Socialist Appeal Editorial Board

Phil Goff - Agência BrasilFor the Labour Party the 2011 general election defeat was the worst since 1928. The main factor for this was the historic low turnout as many workers stayed at home and were not enthused enough by the right-wing leadership of the Labour Party to go out and vote. The turn out was down from (what was considered then a low turnout) 79.46% at the 2008 general election to 73.83%. This was the lowest turnout since 1878!

By El Militante (Argentina)

¡Hay que resistir los intentos patronales de frenar las conquistas sociales!

Editorial de Militante nro. 66

El nuevo gobierno de la presidente Cristina Fernández asume el 10 de diciembre con el mayor apoyo social y la mayor estabilidad política habidos en el país desde la recuperación democrática; pero también encara sus funciones en medio de la mayor incertidumbre política y económica internacional de la que se tenga memoria.

By Alan Woods

A cada dia que passa, a crise econômica da Europa está se transformando em uma profunda crise política.

A Itália e a Grécia têm ambos novos governos – governos de "unidade nacional", que prometeram resolver a crise econômica e financeira que abalou a Europa em seus alicerces. Que são estes supostos governos tecnocráticos e que representam?

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The 1960s: Lessons for Today By Tom Trottier

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By Tom Trottier

The 1960s: Lessons for TodayThe Occupy movement has many people looking to past movements to see what we can learn from them that can help us in today's struggles.  The period of the 1960s and early 1970s was one of upheaval around the world: May 1968, the Tet Offensive, the revolution in Pakistan, etc. The USA was not exempt from these powerful social movements. In the 1950s, the movement to end Jim Crow segregation helped to spur on movements against the U.S. imperialist war on Vietnam, large strike movements by the working class, and the movements for equal rights for women and the LGBT community.

By Martin Sweeney (Fightback Belfast)

While between 2 and 3 million struck in Britain, in the North of Ireland about 200,000 people took part in the Public Sector  strike action on 30th November. Schools and civil service offices were shut, as were job centres and council services. Rail and bus services were non-existent. Union members held marches, pickets, and rallies throughout the country over the issue of pensions. The main rally took place in Belfast city centre, where around 15,000 gathered and several thousands spread over Craigavon, Omagh, Armagh, Ballymena, Derry and other towns.

By Lucha de Clases

La victoria electoral del 20 de noviembre del PP quedó ensombrecida por la pertinaz crisis de la Unión Europea, que apenas será paliada por los efectos de la Cumbre Europea del 9 de diciembre.


By Alan Woods

Em 21 de março de 1919, a República Soviética Húngara foi proclamada. Em 1º de agosto, 133 dias após, este heróico capítulo da história da classe trabalhadora húngara foi encerrado com a entrada do Exército Branco romeno em Budapeste. Fosse o proletariado húngaro bem sucedido, o isolamento da República dos Trabalhadores Russos não teria ocorrido.

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Old Photographs British India

The daughter of an Indian maharajah seated on a panther she shot, sometime during 1920s.   

A British man gets a pedicure from an Indian servant. 

The Grand Trunk Road , built by Sher Shah Suri, was the main trade route from Calcutta to Kabul . 

A group of Dancing or notch girls began performing with their elaborate costumes and jewelry 

A rare view of the President's palace and the Parliament building in New Delhi . 

Women gather at a party in Mumbai ( Bombay ) in 1910. 

A group from Vaishnava, a sect founded by a Hindu mystic. His followers are called Gosvami-maharajahs 

An aerial view of Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi , built between 1650 and 1658. 

The Imperial Airways 'Hanno' Hadley Page passenger airplane carries the England to India air mail, stopping in Sharjah to refuel.