Matías is a sociologist at the University of Buenos Aires and a leading member of the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) in Argentina. He is co-author, together with Emilio Albamonte, of the book Estrategia socialista y arte militar (Buenos Aires: Ediciones IPS, 2018).
A Democracy of a Different Class
Trotsky, Gramsci, and the Emergence of the Working Class as Hegemonic Subject
Employing the words of Trotsky and Gramsci, the authors analyze the development of the working class as a social and political subject in “Western” countries, with their complex socio-political structures. To argue against the idea of conquering spaces within the regime and coexisting peacefully with the bureaucracies of the mass movement, as well as against the adaptation to administering the state’s social assistance or to the current structure of unions, they draw on Trotsky’s writings on France, in which he introduces the concept of “committees of action” of the vanguard and sectors of the masses as a way to unify and coordinate their struggles.
Socialism, Technology, and Ideologies of Misery
Engels as a Strategist of Socialism
Pandemic and Capitalism: The Two-Pronged Struggle of the Working Class
The coronavirus poses the question of halting nonessential economic activity and converting production to what is needed to fight the pandemic, along with who should be in control. It turns out that what is essential depends on the class from which you view the situation.
Revolutionary Theory and Practice after the “End of Ideology”
In the current cycle of the class struggle, revolts are taking place all over the world. But how can these become revolutions? Revolutionary theory is central.
A Brief History of the Workers Left Front
The revolutionary socialist left in Argentina has gotten up to 1.2 million votes. How did the Trotskyists gain so much influence?
Making Sense of the Imperialist Attack on Iran
What are the political implications of the recent imperialist attack on Iran?
At the Limits of the “Bourgeois Restoration”
On the Relevance of the Legacy of Leon Trotsky and the Fourth International (first published in Estrategia Internacional (International Strategy) No. 27, March 2011.)
The Globalization of the Class Struggle and the Utopia of a Revolutionary Party in One Country
In earlier articles we looked at the relationship between revolt and revolution from a number of different angles. Here we explore the relationship between different national revolutionary processes from an international point of view, in order to focus on the significance of the internationalist struggle today.
From Fragmentation to Hegemony: Turning Points in Class Struggle Today
With class struggle erupting across the world—from Chile and Bolivia to Iraq and Algeria—how does the working class use this momentum to unite mass movements and build a force capable of toppling existing regimes?
Bolivia: Class Struggle and Strategic Positions
The confrontations in Bolivia since the recent coup raise the issue of how the working class can best mount its resistance. Just as history has always shown, targeting the strategic positions workers hold in production, services, and transport likely is the key—and offers the potential to unlock a more profound, revolutionary path.
Revolt and Revolution in the 21st Century
Since the outbreak of the capitalist crisis in 2008, there have been two major international cycles of class struggle. We are now going through the second cycle. Its opening bell was sounded by the eruption of the Yellow Vests in France in late 2018.
Chile and the New Cycle of Class Struggle in Latin America
The revolutionary days in Chile are the high point of a new political cycle that has begun across Latin America. It is not an isolated case, but falls within the framework of the return of the class struggle at an international level, from France and the Spanish State to Hong Kong, through Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere.
Which Way Forward for the Trotskyist Left?
The Partido Obrero (PO, Workers Party) of Argentina is experiencing a major crisis. In this article, two leading members of the PTS, which is part of the Workers Left Front (FIT) alongside the PO, take a look at the crisis of the PO to begin a discussion about which strategy is needed to build revolutionary parties today.
Anti-Imperialism and Socialism—A Reply to Charlie Post
The struggle for consistent anti-imperialism is a question of the first order for the socialist movement. A contribution to the current debate about the legacy of Karl Kautsky, focusing on the concept of the “labor aristocracy.”
Revolution or Attrition: Reading Kautsky Between the Lines
Karl Kautsky argued that one could switch from a “strategy of attrition” to a “strategy of overthrow” as the situation changed. In this piece, one of the authors of “Socialist Strategy and Military Art” argues that these two strategies are irreconcilable.
Social Democracy and Imperialism: The Problem with Kautsky
The ongoing debate about the legacy of Karl Kautsky has touched on many issues of socialist strategy today. In this article, originally published in the magazine Ideas de Izquierda from Argentina, the author focuses on a central question: imperialism.
On Yellow Vests, Unions, and Intellectuals
The gilets jaunes (Yellow Vests) are breathing new life into an international scene brimming with “organic crises” but lacking hegemony. Similarities and differences are noted between Macri and Macron according to Argentine literary and cultural critic Beatriz Sarlo, and a comparison is made between Brazil in 2013 and France today with regard to the institutionalist “essentialism” of Brazilian philosophy professor Marilena Chaui.
Argentina: The National Crisis and the Proposal for a Constituent Assembly
As Argentina’s economic crisis deepens, agreements have been signed behind the backs of working people that ensure the country’s continued plunder. Meanwhile, debate on the left has centered on the call for a Constituent Assembly and the role that this could play in the struggle for a workers’ government.
Marxism and Military Strategy
How does Lenin's application of Carl von Clausewitz's military strategy run counter to postmodern thinkers like Michel Foucault, as well as neo-reformist political organizations like Syriza?
Left and Workers’ Front: once again on the United Front
Debates within the Left and Workers’ Front (FIT) in Argentina.
Debate in the Frente de Izquierda: United Front and electoral front
The Partido Obrero (PO - Workers’ Party) continues to develop its confusion around the concept of the United Front. PO deepens this confusion in his “response” to our new proposal for a common list to take to the PASO (first round of elections).