We’ve stood up to and debated with cultural chauvinists of color throughout our history. Many of the recent struggles include radical demands and a broad range of issues. The point is not to go mano a mano with bureaucrats simply for the sake of it. Some were forced from their homes by famine or environmental destruction, but the majority fled because of armed conflict. A mass uprising is no isolated undertaking, which can be conjured up any time one pleases. The Left’s response to the crisis: down the reformist rabbit hole Running scared, moving rightward The far Left not immune, VII. Five years ago, huge protests erupted after the police killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other African American men and youth. Striking charter school teachers and staff walk the picket line in Chicago on Feb. 6, 2019. Case in point: U.S. companies used profits to buy back their own stock to the tune of $1.16 trillion in 2018, “investing” twice as much in pumping up their supposed worth as they did in actual production. PHOTO: Sue Mi Ko / FS, “Three men walk into a bar — a grifter, a bagman and a true believer. And this is an area where capitalism is in trouble today. For our work in the movements, the party needs focus. Already, though, many members of the former group are looking to continue as activists by linking up with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). Perhaps the issue provoking the most hopelessness is the physical state of the planet, exploited by capitalism as mercilessly as that system exploits its workers, as our 2014 political resolution discusses in depth. The growth in their influence is alarming. Another big aspect of this mission currently is the need to do ideological battle with identity politics. Oct 30, 2020 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking for “revolutionary” research ideas that aren’t being addressed in current research projects. In the U.S., this involves persuading people that it’s important to support the Democratic Party and channeling activists into electoral politics. Another example of contemporary single-issue politics is the right wing of the reparations movement, African Descendants of Slavery (ADOS). The working class is linked across national borders, and its building of socialism can only be achieved on an international, unified scale. One’s personally or socially defined category becomes the most important way of orienting to the world. For revolutionary feminism,racial justice, and working-class power. Impeachment — richly deserved, but no solution. This is a social layer of people who are not a class, which is defined in brief by whether you buy other people’s labor-power or sell your own. The ideas developed by Trotsky regarding the Permanent Revolution are crucial for an understanding of the class struggle in the neo-colonial world of Asia, Africa and Latin America today. But, so far, few of their battles are achieving major gains or clear victories. One of the things that this involves is growing concentration of power in the executive branch. The appearance on the scene of Democratic candidates with a socialist tinge, like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is part of this sabotage of working people’s ability to act in their own interests. We know that active engagement by unions is crucial to the fight. It is a basis for division rather than building alliances. The uptick in profits never translated into new jobs. Most threatening of all — the drastic environmental change, which threatens the very survival of humanity and has already made many of Earth’s creatures extinct. Teachers and employees of hotels, casinos and restaurants have filled the ranks of these battles, illustrating with crystal clarity the important leadership role of the people of color, immigrants and women who do the large majority of these jobs. Conclusion: another recession is on its way. Global warming and related ecological disasters creating refugees are predicted to rise exponentially in the next two decades. Trotsky’s ideas live on in the CWI Eighty years after his assassination, the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI) has published a collection of ten essays on the life and ideas of Leon Trotsky. Workers’ real wages have essentially flat-lined. Neither permanent war nor neoliberalism has halted the erratic but inescapable decline of capitalism. Part of the way the middle caste does this is by getting workers and the oppressed to believe in capitalist ideology, like the classic lie “What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.”, To get a picture of this social caste, think of the union heads who bring in $300,000 a year (a fairly typical amount) and understandably have absolutely no intention of ever going back into the regular workforce. Socialist Alternative (SAlt) in the U.S. is affiliated with the Committee for a Workers’ International (CWI), which has a long history of playing footsies with social-democratic and bourgeois parties. It has seen an influx of new members thanks to growing interest in socialism, which Trump’s election intensified. But since then, all the increased profits from greater productivity have gone straight into the pockets of the master class. Join our online discussion featuring analysis of the 2020 election and next steps for action! Expand international revolutionary regroupment through CRIR. The young people leading the charge for climate action in Europe and elsewhere have not capitulated to despair. While the class struggle has intensified, we are not at the door of revolution. But all is not lost. But business owners have expenses in addition to labor costs, like paying for buildings, machinery, equipment, raw materials, energy, etc. The 1 percent could never hold their power without the relative compliance of workers and broad support from the middle class — who are, in the strict Marxist sense, owners of small businesses and farms. As an example, Apple combined materials, components and labor from 34 countries to produce the iPhone 6S. Under capitalism, however, what counts is whether people can pay for them. They do this by scamming voters with the promise of delivering real change. Comrades both new and old should be able to articulate a clear and compelling message to coworkers and people we are shoulder to shoulder with in the movements. This is what is so keenly needed to unite and elevate the many manifestations of rebellion into an unstoppable power for thorough-going change. Trans people, especially those of color, are being beaten and killed. In reality, however, Washington continues to back its economic schemes and coercion with naked military threat. In the U.S., the twin parties of big business, the Democrats and Republicans, compete each four years to decide which one of them will get to reap the benefits from laying their hands on the levers of power. If ever there was a time for us to decide our duty and do it well, that time is now. Yes. In prior recessions, once business picked up, so did jobs, even if not immediately. This “extra” value is called surplus-value. This is sharply evident in Europe, which for years has hosted a fledgling crop of ultra-right forces like the French National Front founded by Jean-Marie Le Pen in 1972. The only way to eradicate fascism for good is to eradicate capitalism, just as it is the only way to finally and definitely get rid of sexism, racism, and all the other bad “isms.” This means that we need to win opponents of fascism, and all the people we work with, to a positive program for socialism and a revolutionary perspective on how to get there. But for middle-caste treachery and betrayal, world revolution would have long since triumphed.”. It is the main consumer of the exports of half the world’s nations. 2842. Plus, 2020 is a presidential election year. As the 2016 political resolution concluded, “As a strategy to return the profit system to its youthful health, neoliberalism has failed. On the opposite pole, the right wing is organizing more boldly, exploiting the frustration and desperation of people caught in the vise of the crisis. To listen to this and other articles from this issue, click here. The people who left the workforce in April outnumbered the ones with new jobs, so there was actually a net drop in employment of 103,000 that month. In recent years, with Kshama Sawant on the Seattle City Council, SAlt has compromised willingly with capitalist party representatives. The classical form of bourgeois democracy enshrined in the U.S. Constitution is a system of checks and balances among three independent branches of government — the executive, legislative and judicial. The Middle East continues to be a flashpoint. In 2009, the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR) in France, then the largest FI section, deserted Trotskyism and dissolved itself to focus on electoral politics through the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA), which LCR led in creating and building. In 1998, after having guest-lectured at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, after completing planning, architecture and design projects in 16 countries, and then with Palafox Associates, I would like to share with you some of the ideas, trends and concepts I wrote 22 years ago, which I think are still valid today to be considered in […] We have to show that it’s not only necessary but possible to bring an end to capitalism’s brutality and replace it with justice and equality. Capitalism, operating on a “profit above everything” basis, has created the conditions for environmental destruction on a level impossible, even unimaginable, under prior systems. Today we face many problems, from epidemics to climate change. The ever-worsening news about the ecological crisis comes from a multitude of directions. Since then, however, they and other dissenters have been under fire, literally, by the military regime now in power. Working in such alliances is also another vital opportunity to win people to our revolutionary feminist program. Trotsky wrote that while fascism as a mass movement is “the party of counter-revolutionary despair,” the communist organization is “the party of revolutionary hope.” That is what FSP must be. So far, attempts by the federal government to crush the case have not succeeded. Such a party categorically opposes capitalism and its every expression and provides the working class with consistent, knowledgeable and courageous leadership, as the FSP aspires to do. To tackle the bad news first: mass dissatisfaction with the failure of neoliberalism to lift economic standards for the majority, together with anger at corrupt and repressive political rule, has allowed dangerous right-wing politics to gain a foothold in many places. They are demanding action at the United Nations and sitting in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. In Lebanon, the horrific explosions in Beirut have rocked the corrupt regime to its core. Shown is a young demonstrator outside Beirut on October 27. Buoyed by Trump’s support, hardline Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced inflammatory plans for further annexations in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Fictitious capital is the make-believe wealth of stocks, hedge funds, financial “derivatives,” etc. Consequently, the Democrats are throwing everybody at the wall to see who sticks, from Joe Biden to the social-democratic reformists. Territory was regained in 2018 and 2019 by Maasai villagers in Tanzania; by indigenous communities fighting a massive rubber company in Ratanakiri province in Cambodia; and by the Udege in far east Russia. The meltdown began with the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble in 2007. We can take pride in the fact that so many developments today validate our ecosocialist, internationalist, feminist, and revolutionary integrationist program. A refreshing sign of stirring militancy is that more than a hundred organizations (including FSP) endorsed the 2019 Reclaim Pride Coalition in New York City, which put together a political march and rally aiming to recapture the spirit of the Stonewall Rebellion. Indigenous women continue to play a heroic role in Latin America and around the world. From Chile to Iraq, from Belarus to Hong Kong, explosive struggles have emerged that have rocked the very foundations of the regimes of the ruling class. Meanwhile, some of the once-normal features of capitalism are changing in ways that expose its limits and harm workers. The news will have shocked, but not entirely surprised, many scousers as general stories of backhanders and dodgy deals have been circulating for some time now. The majority, however, share problematic aspects in the areas of both program and organizing principles. Identity politics, as the term is commonly used, is completely different than the party’s perspective on special oppression. Share Tweet Share. Most of the biggest capitalists survive the crisis and in fact make out like the bandits they truly are. So a Bonapartist regime is an authoritarian one headed by a “strongman” who acts on behalf of the ruling class while spouting anti-elitist rhetoric to delude regular folks into thinking he’s on their side. Yet FI loyalists who stayed in NPA still assert that it was right to “try something different.”. Revolution 2020 is a three-day festival of Marxist ideas, hosted online and across Britain by Socialist Appeal on 23-25 October, with 20 sessions covering current events, history, philosophy, and economics. Jack Beswick . His policies and actions are brutal, racist, misogynist, xenophobic crimes against the working class. But Trump has done no better at providing solutions, and voters will be searching for candidates in 2020 who seem once again to have more to offer. Given our capabilities and the nature of the times, it seems that these would be: the labor movement, always our natural sphere; homelessness and housing, where perhaps the main battle against poverty is taking place today; the fights against police violence and the far right/white supremacy, which are related; feminist issues, especially reproductive rights; and the struggles of people of color, especially Blacks, as public workers and as leaders in opposing racism, from the halls of Congress to the streets of Baltimore. However, drought and desertification are also main factors forcing people from their homelands. In the UK, Johnson’s bumbling has led to the Tory government limping from scandal to scandal in less than a year since the fanfare of the general election. The party can help people appreciate that, to a significant degree, we still have our democratic rights in the U.S. — and we need to use them while we can! Another is the longstanding vacuum of radical leadership in the movements. The best thing FSPers can do for people and our planet, as revolutionaries, is to organize and fight for ecosocialism, especially drawing a target on the greatest abuser of the Earth, the U.S. ruling class and government. Most recently, a spate of harsh anti-abortion laws, some of which amount to near-total bans, are causing a feminist outcry. Donald Trump was the second president within two decades to be sent to D.C. despite the majority voting for someone else. It produces roughly a quarter of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP — a figure representing the total of goods and services produced). Radical Women and FSP have a wealth of experience as Marxist feminists built on top of programs that put feminism at the heart of revolutionary politics. But the environment is also an issue that is provoking some of the most dynamic action to win a better world, engaging young people especially in a vital and dramatic way. Is he helping pave the way for possible fascism? FSP’s Leninism — our conviction that the seasoned, principled leadership of a vanguard party is indispensable in making and defending the transformation to socialism — also sets us apart from some supposedly revolutionary leftists who are fleeing from this position. Share . This process is very much marked by a heightened interest by left groups in making a name for themselves in bourgeois politics. Both in the U.S. and elsewhere, national economies owed their partial revivals to the most massive transfer of public funds into private hands in history. Countries around the globe continue to privatize publicly owned services, facilities and resources, like schools, energy, transportation, telecommunications, banks and water. But a “jobless recovery” followed the recession of 1990-91. The FI, led by Ernest Mandel, accommodated to the SWP’s retreat from revolutionary politics and also rejected feminism and women’s leadership. Today, robotics and other high-tech systems are booming in what has been called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Young people are also on the march. The permanent revolution has been pushed back on some fronts, but is making gains on others. Many low-lying small Pacific Island nations are already in the process of being submerged and face imminent evacuation. But it is the poorest and tiniest nations that are hardest-hit now, and they will continue to be in the future. Since his election, Trump has extended the parameters of executive authority considerably. What contributes to this narrow approach to making change? Rather, the story went, we should focus on microcosms of democracy in our neighborhoods and at our workplaces, or on creating an alternative culture. 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