With reports of the inclusion in the new Cuban constitution of clauses reifying and protecting private property, an analysis of revisionist trends and the ongoing project for capitalist restoration in Cuba and beyond has once again become relevant for the world communist movement. According to TeleSUR, reporting on a series of statements from Granma, the […]

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It has been 50 years since Che Guevara was murdered by the CIA and their accomplices in Bolivia. Among the wretched allies of the west was Klaus Barbie, the famous Nazi responsible for anti-partisan operations during WWII and for the mass murder of Jews and Communists in France, of course history makes no mention of […]

The liberal imperialist rags, e.g. The Guardian & co., have spilled a lot of ink in recent weeks decrying the colonial status of Puerto Rico, often juxtaposing “statehood” to the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the united $tates. They are not alone. This sentiment burns throughout the island’s political leadership, who upon the announcement […]

“If humanity is to be saved from self destruction, we need to better distribute the wealth and technologies available in the planet. Less luxury and less overspending in [the First World] in order to have less poverty and less hunger in [the Third World].” -Fidel Castro, Rio de Janeiro, 1992 We stand on the shoulders […]

“The life of Che is an inspiration to all human beings who cherish freedom. We will always honour his memory.” — Nelson Mandela, while visiting Cuba in 1991 {1} _ One of the favorite libelous smears by right-wing hacks is that Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (1928-1967) was RACIST against blacks. Being shameless, they […]

In light of the recent news of the declining health of Nelson Mandela, a leader and symbol of the South African liberation struggle, it is also a time to remember the anniversary of Cuito Cuanavale. It was a major battle in the war for liberation of Angola. Cuba showed revolutionary internationalism in practice when it […]

This is a speech about Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the Pan Africanist and anti-colonial leader of Ghana and major theorist on neocolonialism.  It is given by Jorge Risquet Valdes, a Central Committee member of the Communist Party of Cuba.  Here he illustrates main points of Nkrumah’s ideas and influence, and Cuba’s strong relationships to Africa displaying […]

The following article by Helen Yaffe was sourced from the Marxist Internet Archive. Reposting here is for critical discussion and does not imply endorsement or affiliation. In January 1962 Guevara told colleagues in Cuba’s Ministry of Industries (MININD): ‘In no way am I saying that financial autonomy of the enterprise with moral incentives, as it is established in the […]

‘The Revolution is Dead, Long Live the Revolution,’ Prince Kapone featuring La Nena and La Java A3 Vida From the album “Prince Kapone Presents… The Revolution Is Dead, Long Live The Revolution (Live From Habana).”

In a positive step for international anti-imperialism, the Political Council of Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) called for the unconditional expulsion of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from its member countries.

A model for how First World wages are based on Third World exploitation Days before his first trip to Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI stated that “Marxist ideology [sic] in the way it was originally conceived no longer corresponds to reality.” Left-leaning commentators concluded with, “says man in giant hat who speaks to invisible cloud people.” […]

Wages and class struggle

Karl Marx’s opening line in the first chapter of Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844 states that, “wages are determined by antagonistic struggle between capitalist and worker.” (p. 19)

This opening line is often cited by nominal leftists as explanation for exorbitantly high wages of many workers in the United States and throughout the First World. The explanation they reach is that First World workers receive such high wages because they have secured them as historic concessions over the course of past class struggle. But this view is narrow and has quite specific limitations.

In terms of scope, this explanatory view negates the workings of capitalism internationally. Wages of all workers have hardly risen, just those within certain spatial and social limitations (i.e., those within the First World and often part of oppressor nations). The notable idea ignored by the First Worldist viewpoint is that while class struggle certainly may have played a role in elevating the status and material fulfillment of First World workers, this class struggle may not have occurred on their part alone. Instead, the raising of wages for a limited number of worker, i.e. those mainly in the First World, was a measure to counteract not merely their own class struggle but that of the international proletariat. During the 20th century, the international proletariat advanced in their struggle in many regards. They were able to establish nominally socialist states which for a time acted as economic and political bulwarks against capitalist-imperialism. As well, the proletariat of the Third World waged several wars of liberation against direct imperialist occupation and neo-colonial puppets. It was no doubt such heightened class struggle which played a large role in determining the wages of First World countries, so as the secure their passivity and tacit support of the system at the moment it was facing its greatest challenges from the international proletariat movement. Continue reading