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Preparing the IIRE for the future - call for donations

9 March 2023
By: IIRE

Our Institute was founded by Ernest Mandel in 1982 and has been very active since then. For over three decades, the International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) has been organising educational courses, seminars and debates, aimed at social and political activists from all around the world. To sustain the IIRE as a unique space for socialist education, we are launching a financial campaign.

1994. Ernest Mandel: All power to the workers' councils

14 February 2023

Council socialism is a social order in which the mass of the population itself decides in a self-governing, self-determining manner what is produced, how production takes places, and how a decisive part of the results of this production is no longer distributed via the market, but according to the principle of satisfying needs.i 

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In memoriam Arend van de Poel

7 January 2023

We mourn the loss of our friend and comrade Arend van de Poel. Arend (1948) passed away on January 4, 2023. He first became politically active in 1966 when he joined protests against the US war in Vietnam. He joined the independent Socialist Youth and some years later was a founding member of the Internationale Kommunisten Bond, the Dutch section of the Fourth International. A comrade remembers Arend in those days; ‘Arend was active in the Amsterdam branch and in the daily leadership. The speed at which he cycled around Amsterdam was legendary.

1983. Ernest Mandel: Marx, Engels and the problem of a double morality

27 November 2022

Marx and Engels have often been accused of advocating double standards, and having a double morality.1 Supposedly, they opposed applying the same ethical principles that usually regulate relations between individuals to the class struggle. Hence the accusation that they and their disciples (Lenin and Trotsky, among others) put forward the principle that in the class struggle ‘the end justifies the means’.

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New publication: Marxists against Stalinism

24 October 2022

As the USSR disintegrated in 1990 and 1991, the Socialist Workers Party and the Fourth International took different views of the impending privatizations. Marxists Against Stalinism brings together powerful contributions from Ernest Mandel and Chris Harman in the long-running debate on the class nature of the USSR.  Chris Harman argued that Soviet Union and the other “socialist” countries were bureaucratic state-capitalisms.

November 8, book presentation: ''Climate Change as Class War. Building Socialism on a Warming Planet''

14 October 2022
By: IIRE

In his book, Huber analyses the struggle against the deepening of the climate crisis as a form of class struggle. In Climate Change as Class War, Huber shows how the ecological crisis must be understood as a consequence of an economic system based on exploitation. The climate struggle, Huber argues, is not a cultural battle against those who produce the most emissions - whether rich individuals or rich countries - but a class struggle against those responsible for the production of fossil fuels. This carbon-intensive capitalist class must be confronted.

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