Nor does it show the Pentagon’s military troops deployed in over 150 foreign countries. The far right owes the success of its growth in part to cowardice and abdication of leadership by much of the Left. Trump may be nurturing fascist seeds, but the actual development of fascism is not at all a foregone conclusion. And this means they can be argued with, held to account, occasionally pushed to the left, and sometimes worked with productively in the movements at the grassroots level. But we — humanity and the Earth we live on — don’t have centuries, and not many decades! He appoints open political toadies into powerful positions, not only in his Cabinet, but also in agencies and spheres intended theoretically to be neutral — notably, the judiciary. But by and large, branches are already committed to one or more of these areas of work and are moving forward. The party has shown that jumping in with direct action by working-class united fronts when the neo-Nazi groups are still small is the route to success. In Latin America, 2018 has been called “the year of the feminist uprising.” Women in Argentina led millions in insisting that abortion be legalized. In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has become infamous for his use of state terror and assassination against the population, ostensibly to fight crime. Enormous social upsurges triggered by deprivation and corruption burst forth in Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, India, Ecuador, Chile, and Bolivia. In reality, however, Washington continues to back its economic schemes and coercion with naked military threat. Now the good news: the right wing may be ascendant, but the capacity of workers to fight back is on full display internationally. But the buried details told a different story, providing an education about how capitalism hides its inner workings. And a third cause is the fact that marginalized and abused groups have suffered serious blows and won few solid victories over the past period. As the 2016 political resolution concluded, “As a strategy to return the profit system to its youthful health, neoliberalism has failed. Booms, busts, and capitalism’s inevitable decline, A BULL MARKET …Stock prices have nearly tripled since 2010, and the total assets of the richest 1 percent have risen to five times that held by the bottom 50 percent. This was a result of a super-inflated construction boom, predatory lenders who sold people homes they could not afford at deceptive mortgage rates, and speculators who bought up housing debt in the hope of collecting. Every FSP branch cannot take up all of these causes all of the time. If they are not giving up, how much more obligation does that place on veteran Marxists, who presumably have learned something from the history of other crossroads that humankind has faced? The broad agency announcement issued by DARPA’s Information Innovation Office (I2O) outlined its existing programs that fall into four main areas: Mainly, because of the tendency of productivity to increase. January 15, 2020. In the 2018 midterm elections, the success of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other DSA-affiliated candidates running as Democrats fortified the illusion that capitalist parties can be used against capitalism. This period of heightened class struggle makes a clear grasp of theory and lessons from history even more necessary. They are in the first ranks of defiance against extractivism, a term for turning nature into a commodity for sale and exploiting it without any restraints. PHOTO: Doug Barnes/FS. Although opposition leader Juan Guaidó failed in this instance to gain enough support from Venezuela’s army to stage a successful coup, the threat of U.S.-instigated conflict remains. A lack of revolutionary direction limits valiant struggles. In 2000, the allegedly independent Supreme Court installed G.W. Garment workers are demanding paid maternity leave and sexual harassment protections in Bangladesh, while housekeepers in Hong Kong are pushing for a 44-hour workweek. Her other writings include the Red Letter Press pamphlet “Capitalism’s Brutal Comeback in China.”, In Washington, D.C., friends and members of RW and FSP joined hundreds of thousands to protest Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. The United Nations has recognized the extreme inequality wrapped within the threat to all, warning that the disastrous effects of climate change could be so extreme that they “split the world into the rich and the dead.” The melting of sea ice at both poles, drought and desertification, super-storms, out-of-control wildfires and floods, a whole new population of climate refugees: these are the things nightmares are made of, but they are also now our daily reality. The U.S. has been dubbed “the world’s policeman.” Fair enough, if one acknowledges that the mandate of the police under capitalism is to protect the property rights of the ruling class. The middle caste has less space to broker its deals and is losing control over disgusted working people. Many leftists drew the wrong lessons from the brutal comeback of capitalism in the former workers’ states: that the mistake was to contend for state power and use it to transform society. The overall growth rate in the Eurozone was a sluggish 1.6 percent at the end of 2018. This process is very much marked by a heightened interest by left groups in making a name for themselves in bourgeois politics. Expand international revolutionary regroupment through CRIR. THIS RESOLUTION, drafted for party-wide discussion in the late spring of 2019, was honed and adopted by Freedom Socialist Party members at FSP’s October 2019 national convention in Washington state. Just as Marx predicted, capitalism in its fullest development functions as a planet-wide entity, but one that is fractured and held back by national boundaries. 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. Latter-day capitalist economy is a complex web, more interdependent globally than ever before. However, its leap to the fore in high tech, its escalating imperialist aspirations, and its rapidly spreading international financial ties are seen as a threat to the U.S. position as Top Capitalist. This is true most of all of the U.S., with its gargantuan military and its heedless greenlighting of ruling-class rapacity. Andy Moxley ... Order your copy here – £3 + p&p 2020 has been a year of turmoil. Today an even more favourable situation exists for the development of the socialist revolution in these countries than when Trotsky developed his ideas. A big part of the problem is that leaders of the labor and social movements are still promoting faith in the Democratic Party — and in bourgeois democracy generally. Women in 11 Latin American countries held demonstrations demanding access to higher education. The meltdown began with the bursting of the U.S. housing bubble in 2007. In the U.S., this involves persuading people that it’s important to support the Democratic Party and channeling activists into electoral politics. Find out just how much extra revenue you can earn by selling Revolution tights to your students for class or the stage! By jumping on the bandwagon, these groups themselves moved deeper into reformism, rather than influencing numbers of people in a left direction. The document that follows explores the nature of the global crisis, highlights the urgent need to find solutions, and offers conclusions about how revolutionaries can formulate, inspire, and lead toward a socialist feminist alternative. In the US, this summer’s burning of a police station during the Black Lives Matter rebellion had more public support than either major presidential candidate. Like … The party has always counterposed the vital role of Black leadership of the working class and of revolutionary integration, a cornerstone of FSP theory and practice, to Black cultural nationalism, which prioritizes race identity over all else. But since 1997, it has again been falling. Its essence is, as comrade Nancy Kato put it, “the elevation and prioritization of one’s specific identity over all others.” It is the umbrella, she wrote, for cultural nationalism, separatism and other forms of chauvinism. Stephen is a lifelong student of Latin American politics and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. And, as a bolster to his populist face, Trump’s “America First” doctrine plays to the workers, small-businesspeople and farmers ravaged by neoliberalism. But it is the poorest and tiniest nations that are hardest-hit now, and they will continue to be in the future. This huge chunk of the federal budget has a dual benefit: it uses public money to pump up the profits of corporations producing arms and military supplies while it funds the armed might needed to keep imperialism operating at the top of its game. It is the expression of the indomitable human determination to meet the challenges of capitalism in decay with courage and solidarity, however modest our forces at this time. Particularly in domestic policies, neoliberalism still holds sway. Revolutionary Ideas - Episode 3 - Trotskyism: An Idea for the 2020's? It is true that Earth is already a changed planet, and to some degree there is no going back. The unifying goal in all our work is to build the party, to work toward achieving the vanguard force the working class and all its battered and impoverished allies deserve. In prior recessions, once business picked up, so did jobs, even if not immediately. As the struggle heats up in country after country, defeating the beast in its home lair is decisive to the entire world’s survival. In early 2019, the ISO imploded, destroyed by decades of bureaucratic misleadership and the group’s failure to acknowledge, let alone solve, its problems of sexual abuse, sexism broadly, racism, and suppression of democracy. To win a world is a big task. The main task of misleaders in the labor and other movements is to prevent a real confrontation between workers and their exploiters. Yet FI loyalists who stayed in NPA still assert that it was right to “try something different.”. A small sample of heartening developments from the first half of 2019: The militancy of workers is impressive and a hopeful sign. And, given that neoliberalism has failed to fulfill the dreams of U.S. capitalists, it is no surprise that Trump has added protectionist policies to his repertoire. Black women were in the lead of a 2019 student occupation at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to protest racial profiling, a university contract with ICE, and the hiring of a private, armed police force. 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. Good news gets less press, but it exists! 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. To compete successfully, each enterprise strives to get the most from its employees while paying the least they can get away with for their labor-power. To win radical social transformation requires the partnership of revolutionary ideas with a revolutionary organization — a vanguard party. In 2018, resisters quashed more than five dozen mining concessions and stalled four pipeline projects. One such case has to do with the relationship of productivity to wages. In Spain and Italy, women have fronted the campaign against austerity measures, as they have the opposition to the privatization of water in Ireland. And it’s critical to expose the reality that in the U.S. this system-deep rot is bipartisan. Come contract negotiation time, they urge their members to accept a bad deal as “the best we can get.”. Trump is promoting policies that primarily benefit heavy industry, the main ruling-class sector that put him into office, even as this orientation wreaks havoc for agriculture and many producers of consumer goods. It’s a fact of life, and a truism of dialectical materialism, that things only last as long as they can still grow and change. But, so far, few of their battles are achieving major gains or clear victories. No, and it’s misleading and hazardous to label them so. 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. New developments have only served to underscore and deepen the conclusions presented in this resolution. Calling for and building united fronts and other multi-issue, multiracial alliances and formations to bring our side together is the order of the day. But since 2019 we have had a fightback growing on an international scale – more combative and determined than anything we have seen in decades. PHOTO: Sue Mi Ko / FS, “Three men walk into a bar — a grifter, a bagman and a true believer. Congressional gridlock has become a permanent feature of government along with the overt selling of elections to the highest bidders. PHOTO: Douglas Freitas/alassderivas. A suicidal fracturing is going on worldwide in the working class and among the most oppressed. For many in this country and many more across the globe, the recession never ended. So while stock markets hit new highs, the actual creation of goods and services is slumping in all the world’s major economies. We can take pride in the fact that so many developments today validate our ecosocialist, internationalist, feminist, and revolutionary integrationist program. Again, adaptation to reformism in the Trotskyist movement is not a new phenomenon; it has been happening for some time. The reality of course is that not one single capitalist nation has provided true equality or justice. Vikram Joshi Forbes Councils Member. Five years ago, huge protests erupted after the police killings of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and other African American men and youth. Karl Marx. Neoliberal austerity in the face of the soulless recovery has awakened the fighting spirit of many of the world’s workers and oppressed. Barack Obama’s government bailed out the giant financial corporations with many trillions of taxpayer dollars. But a more apt characterization might be the planet’s most brutal bully and leading terrorist. Identity politics were around, and the FSP was critiquing them, long before the term was even coined. Nov 16, 2020 - Explore William Browning's board "American revolution", followed by 945 people on Pinterest. One state after another has passed laws that amount to reverting women to state property. Radical feminism — essentially the belief that men are the problem, not the system — is also responsible for a 21st-century version of single-issue identity politics. The point is not to go mano a mano with bureaucrats simply for the sake of it. May Day demonstrators in Indonesia confronted police who blocked their march to the national palace to demand higher wages. Elections are one cog in this machine. Part of Trump’s “America First” rhetoric has been to supposedly repudiate the global policeman role. New groups emerged to raise issues faced by lesbians and by Afro-indigenous women. In India, women spearheaded organizing by Dalit sanitation workers. What could go wrong? October 14, 2020. Radical Women’s politics and history are already inspiring and aiding Trotskyists in other countries, which is an awesome development. In Indonesia, where Islam is the main religion, President Joko Widodo shifted significantly rightward to placate Muslims protesting the “blasphemy” of a Christian politician close to him. The growth in their influence is alarming. In 2018, 68.5 million people became refugees. Nevertheless, capitalist economy continues to be chaotic, destructive, and bedeviled by its own contradictions. Together with the fate of the planet, the issues of women, Blacks and other people of color, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants dominate the news cycles. Working its way through the U.S. judiciary is a lawsuit targeting greenhouse gas emissions filed in 2015 by 21 young people ranging in age from eight to 19. The U.S. is the largest national economy. Plus, 2020 is a presidential election year. Our aim is both to convince them of the validity of our program and to motivate them to work with us putting ideas into action as we build protests, united fronts, campaigns, and job actions. Of course, other issues come up and cry out for our organizing attention, like the acute need to defend immigrants and refugees against threats to their rights and their lives. The state of permanent war that became a fixture under neoliberalism continues today. How to transform your revolutionary idea into a reality: $100K Nokia Bell Labs Prize April 15, 2020 The Hacker News Revolutionary ideas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics don't occur every day. Two million Hong Kong residents hit the streets in June, facing tear gas and rubber bullets. However, bourgeois democracy only works if enough of the common people believe in it. Our support for autonomous organizing was strongly manifested from the very beginning, when women party leaders helped launch Radical Women just a year after FSP itself was founded. On the upside, although the reactionaries made some headway in the May elections to the European Union parliament, their gains were not nearly as large as expected. A spotlight was shone on domestic violence in the region, which is believed to host 60 percent of the killings of women by partners. And the Australian state government of the Northern Territory was forced to pay compensation for stolen Aboriginal lands. And, in fact, some socialist groups are expressing more interest than before in joining together with other left organizations in united fronts. Investment blogger John Mauldin described it as “years of astonishing, amazing, unprecedented and astronomically huge monetary stimulus by the Federal Reserve, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank, and others. After facing a historic number of deportations under Barack Obama, immigrants and refugees found themselves slandered as rapists, murderers and parasites by his replacement. Share. It is a basis for division rather than building alliances. As Marx famously said, “The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide which particular representatives of the oppressing class are to represent and repress them.”. So far, attempts by the federal government to crush the case have not succeeded. Share Tweet Share. One thing it has done, though, is increase global instability and the ever-present danger of more war. Many of the recent struggles include radical demands and a broad range of issues. In the U.S., the average rate of profit fell steadily in the 1970s, reaching a low point in 1982. COUNCIL POST. The Democrats promoting impeachment claim to have nothing but high-minded, constitutionally based intentions. It has seen an influx of new members thanks to growing interest in socialism, which Trump’s election intensified. But if the workers miss their chance, and the ruling class has still discovered no “normal” way out of its crisis, then a capitalist-backed fascist regime may arise. As Karl Marx explained, the chaos of the marketplace made the alternation of crises and booms a basic fact of capitalism. Rather, the story went, we should focus on microcosms of democracy in our neighborhoods and at our workplaces, or on creating an alternative culture. Our principled persistence pushed a number of initially hostile labor leaders to support affirmative action, respect women and people of color at the utility, and defend these workers’ rights. 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. They have also mobilized in large numbers in the wake of school shootings, with many of them indicting the militarization of society from the top that fosters gun violence. The supposed basis of the U.S. political system is democratic rule by the majority, protections for civil liberties, and an equal voice for all. While in office he has played to the reactionary forces who supported his election and he has refused to denounce racist, anti-immigrant, and explicitly fascist groups. The insurgency around women’s rights in Latin America has stimulated growing interest there in socialist feminism, and in RW specifically. Already, though, many members of the former group are looking to continue as activists by linking up with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). The majority, however, share problematic aspects in the areas of both program and organizing principles. In Southeast Asia, regressive and authoritarian elements are also tapping into collective frustration, especially among workers and small-business owners. Trump has further fanned the right-wing and proto-fascist flames with anti-communist rhetoric. They forced the government to give up its plan to undercut civil rights by extraditing people arrested in Hong Kong to mainland China for trial. These were the ideals touted by the rising bourgeoisie in its triumph over feudalism, embodied in the French and American Revolutions. And, in the long run, it can do nothing to reverse capitalism’s terminal prognosis. While much of the LGBTQ+ movement has slid into mainstream respectability, there is a vibrant sector, particularly among trans and gender-nonconforming youth who are challenging patriarchal norms and definitions. Of grassroots organizing, fragmented in part to cowardice and abdication of by. 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