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Thursday, 5 October 2017

North West Communists to Celebrate the Centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution

On Saturday 18th November the North West District of the Communist Party will hold a public meeting to celebrate the event which led to the creation of the world's first socialist state.

Appropriately the event will  take place in the Working Class Movement Library, inspired and built by  Manchester Communists Ruth and Eddie Frow, situated close to Salford's border with Manchester, a city twinned with the place which was the cradle of the Russian Revolution, then called Petrograd, now St Petersburg.
                                                                                   



The meeting will start at 1.30pm am and will include a speaker from the national leadership of the Communist Party as well as international speakers to reflect the international character of the revolution and its influences and effects.

There will also be film, entertainment and refreshments.

Further details to follow.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Celebrate the Life of George Brown, Communist and International Brigade Volunteer. Manchester Sat 30th September 2-4pm

Greater Manchester Communists and comrades and friends from the International Brigade Memorial Trust and other groups are holding this meeting to recognise the sacrifices of those, including many Communists and others from this area who went to Spain to fight fascism.

George Brown,who had connections with both Manchester and Ireland, fell in battle in July 1937 and we particularly wish to honour his memory.

Bolton Socialist Choir will be performing and we will have readings from grandchildren of volunteers, as well as guests from Ireland.

All those who want to celebrate internationalism and anti-fascism are welcome.

Venue: Waldorf Pub, 12 Gore Street M1 3AQ just off London Road, close to Piccadilly Station, Manchester.

Regrettably we were unable to obtain a suitable affordable venue with disabled access

Meeting to Congratulate the Prague to Berlin Cyclists Monday 2nd October at Droylesden Library 6.15-7.45 PM

Earlier this summer a number of comrades took part in a cycle ride from Prague to Berlin on the historic and gruelling route of the of the former Peace Race 1948-2006, the largest amateur road race developed to promote peace and co-operation in the aftermath of the victory against fascism.

Their three-day challenge started in central Prague went right to the heart of Berlin, completing the tour at the site of the Soviet war memorial in Treptow Park. 

That’s a total of 350km in the saddle, all in support of the people’s paper.

This year they carried a simple message: “No to Nato, Yes to peace!” Those original riders of the once great race were our couriers of socialism and our present day comrades celebrated that in the best way they knew how.

Come and meet some of those who took part, including an international guest, a young German comrade, and congratulate them for their efforts and for the money raised for the Morning Star!

Meeting organised by Greater Manchester and Merseyside Morning Star Supporters.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

WIGAN DIGGERS FESTIVAL SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2017

Greater Manchester Communists are supporting this year's festival as previously.

We will have a stall with a variety of Marxist literature, badges etc, and it will be an opportunity to meet comrades from around the North West.

There will also be a Morning Star stall and North West Region of Unite the Union have agreed to sponsor 300 copies of the paper for distribution to those attending.

The more volunteers who can get the event to help out the better.

There will be a wide variety of other progressive and labour movement stalls, including food, a great bar and plenty of live entertainment.

For details:https://wigandiggersfestival.org/





Monday, 21 August 2017

Young Communists Summer Camp 2017

The Young Communist League are holding their national summer camp in a beautiful part of the Peak District between Friday 25th - Sunday 27th August 2017.

This event will include political discussion and education, and social activity, including a walk up Kinder Scout,  site of the famous and heroic mass trespass led by YCL members in the 1930s

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Places are still available to YCL members. To book and for details, contact:


                                                                                                 YCL Office office@ycl.org.uk

Monday, 31 July 2017

Does A ‘Ruling Class’ Still Exist?

From  
Morning Star 
Monday 31st July 2017
YES, it does, though it’s changed a bit since Marx’s time. Most industrial and commercial capital — factories, machinery, distribution and communication systems — the means whereby wealth is created (with a little help from workers, of course) is rarely any longer owned directly by individuals but by companies.
Though most land is still privately owned (and that’s excluding the house and garden that you and I may own — land becomes “capital” only when it can be used to make a profit) increasing amounts are held as investment by financial institutions.
However despite the significant sums that are held by pension funds, local authorities, universities and other institutions that you and I may feel we have a stake in, capital — stocks, shares, bonds and other “investments” — are overwhelmingly in the hands of a relatively small number of individuals.
Their assets are spread to minimise any risk (that’s what “hedging” is all about) and most have little involvement in the processes of production, unlike the entrepreneurial capitalists of Marx’s and Dickens’s day.
Don’t let the fact that you may receive some benefit from your own Isa or pension fund (if you are lucky enough to have one) fool you into thinking you’re a capitalist yourself.
The interest of course does come from other people’s labour but you have no control over how these funds are used and you probably don’t reinvest most of the income you get from them.
Even if you do it’s likely to be pretty small stuff compared to the power of the funds themselves and of the large investors who make the decisions as to how they are used.
Those who lived through the Thatcher years will remember the privatisation of British Gas and the “Tell Sid” television campaign meant supposedly to persuade people to buy shares.
Over 94 per cent of shares in Centrica (British Gas’s current owner) are today owned by institutional investors, not by individuals.
Today public assets are simply flogged off without any pretence of creating a share-owning democracy.
From aerospace to the water companies, privatisation has put hardwon public assets into the hands of the powerful, at enormous cost to working people.
The housing crisis, exacerbated by the ongoing sale of council housing, has proved a bonanza for developers.
Where wholesale privatisation has proved impractical, as in the NHS, the profitable bits are hived off or outsourced.
In general the ruling class comprises those who (in any social system) are able to appropriate the surplus produced by labour and who therefore have a collective interest in enforcing and reproducing the social conditions needed for its extraction.
Marx and Engels wrote in the Communist Manifesto how “the bourgeoisie cannot exist without constantly revolutionising the instruments of production and thereby the relations of production and with them the whole relations of society. […] Constant revolutionising of production, uninterrupted disturbance of all social conditions, everlasting uncertainty and agitation, distinguish the bourgeois epoch from all other ones.”
This has proved as true in relation to the composition of the capitalist class — and to the way that they rule — as to everything else.
Our former Tory chancellor George Osborne is an example. His inherited wealth includes an annual income of some £40,000 from his father’s wallpaper business.
But Osborne himself is no industrialist. His income as the new editor of the Evening Standard remains a secret. But it comes on top of his £650,000 for less than one day’s work a week as “adviser on the global economy” to Blackrock, an investment management firm (everything from commodities to armaments), over £1 million for speeches given in the six months from September 2016 (some £65,000 for every speech!), £120,000 per annum as Kissinger fellow for the McCain Institute (a US “do-tank” seeking to promote “Western values” around the world) — and an honorary chair (as professor of economics) at the University of Manchester. All good compensation for the loss of his £74,000 salary and influence as an MP.
While the engine of capital is profit, individual capitalists are driven by complex motivations — money, power, security. Donald Trump, for example, said: “I don’t do it for the money. I’ve got enough, much more than I’ll ever need. I do it to do it. Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks.”
And, in similar vein: “Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”
Quite what the game (beyond money) is for Osborne is not clear — one theory is that he has ambitions to “return” to politics, as if he had ever left it!
Most capitalists, unlike Osborne, Trump etc (you list them, starting with “Sir” Philip Green) prefer to keep a lower profile.
Others still like to front their money-raking activities with “good works,” but in a rather different way from Dickens’s day when some at least did endow local libraries, hospitals, schools, public parks and sports facilities — the very assets which are now being flogged off or closed.
A recent study of the Bill Gates Foundation (he of Microsoft, the world’s biggest philanthropic donor) by Global Justice Now, demonstrates how “philanthrocapitalism” acts as a cloak for super-exploitation, ultimately enhancing Microsoft’s profits and power.
Corporate sponsorship is today much more than merely an advertising gimmick. It seeks to draw people into believing that the very system that exploits them works in their favour.
And of course the domination of the media by a handful of giant corporations — and powerful individuals — is just the most obvious manifestation of the way that public consciousness is controlled and manipulated in the interests of capital and the status quo.
Yes, capitalists exist all right, and both directly — through their capital (the “means of production”) — and through their domination of the media, the state that they control and ultimately their coercive supremacy (think International Monetary Fund, Orgreave or a thousand other instances) that guarantees them their power, they constitute the “ruling class.”
June’s election results represented an important first step in challenging their power and building a better Britain.