The following is the draft US perspectives document, outlining the main economic, social, and political developments in the United States over the past period and laying out perspectives for the class struggle in the coming period. Read More +
The 2016 Presidential Election
For ease of navigation, we have compiled our articles covering the 2016 Presidential Election into one place and will update this as our coverage continues. Read More +
IMT Gets National Center in New York City!
Following a hugely successful three-month campaign which received support from around the planet, the US section of the IMT is thrilled to announce that we have obtained offices in New York City. This achievement comes at a time when interest in the ideas of socialism and revolution have reached unprecedented levels in modern memory. Read More +
On Sunday, May 22nd, the Greek Parliament voted in favor of a new austerity package. The austerity measures include a raise in taxes of 2.8 billion euros, the largest privatization program in the history of the country and the acceptance of an automatic mechanism that triggers generalized cuts in the event of excessive budget deficits in the future.
The fight against the labor law has entered a new, decisive phase. The development of open-ended strikes and blockades in several key sectors of the economy has changed the dynamics of movement. Everything is accelerating. After a series of “days of action” in the past two months—to which the government responded with police violence and 49-3 (a special article in the constitution which allows the government to bypass parliament and decree laws)—the immediate logical goal of the movement has now become to paralyze the economy. This is the only path to achieve victory.
Alan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the latest release by Wellred Books: the most complete edition of Leon Trotsky’s Stalin ever released. Alan explains the background to Trotsky’s masterpiece, which provides an analysis of the degeneration of the Soviet Union from a democratic workers’ state into the Stalinist bureaucratic regime.
We received the following letter from a participant in the May 14, 2016 Nevada Democratic Party state convention. As the writer explains, supporters of Bernie Sanders received a harsh lesson in the “School of the Democrats,” as their attempts to bring about real change through that party slammed into a wall of undemocratic bureaucratic maneuvers, cynicism, and Nevada State Troopers. As we have explained many times, we do not think it is possible for the working class to “take over” the existing Democratic Party. Thousands of activists in the Sanders campaign who have tried this are now having second thoughts, and are drawing increasingly radical conclusions. A video graphically showing these events is available here.
The assault against the Bolivarian Revolution has intensified in the recent days and weeks. Editorials and front pages in US and Spanish newspapers are screaming about hunger in Venezuela and demanding the removal of the “dictatorial regime.” Ongoing scarcity problems have led to instances of looting. The right-wing opposition is attempting to trigger a presidential recall referendum, but is also threatening violent action and appealing to foreign powers, including in some case for military intervention. What is really happening in Venezuela and how can these threats be faced?
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Fundamentals of Marxism
Why We Are Marxists
A short introduction to the basic elements of Marxism and why socialism is the only way forward for humanity.