It’s been a stormy week for America’s CEO: a flurry of calls and meetings, a whirlwind of Tweets and press conferences, a blizzard of executive orders flying off his desk. In just a few days, Trump has set his stamp on US and world politics, economics, and relations. Read More +
Steve Bannon: Kingmaker or Pawn?
When Steve Bannon took over as the head of Trump's floundering, disorganized, and underfunded campaign, electoral victory seemed a dim possibility. How different everything looks now. Read More +
Fighting for Socialism in the Trump Era
For ease of navigation, we have compiled our articles covering the 2016 Presidential Election and its results into one place and will update this as our coverage continues. Read More +
Trump’s Inauguration: A Vulgar Display of Capitalist Decay and Desperation
And so begins the Trump era: with worldwide protests, pessimism, and polarization. Read More +
We republish here a letter to the editor, written by John Peterson of the Workers International League, originally published in the July 16th edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune in response to an article that was published under the title "Americans shouldn't fling the 'socialist' label so casually" by Milos Forman.
In my, thus far, rather brief time as a young man, I have had a quite tumultuous history of political beliefs. In secondary school, I was a part of the inaugural core of the “Young Republicans Club” (an affiliation I now regret). Post-secondary school, that is, college, brought with it a new phase in my political leanings—ignorance.
My mind was too full with the issues of a freshman. Among these “more pressing” concerns were: a new educational apparatus, finding new friends, and the misguided social miring of a directionless youth. My political paradigm was one of “ignorance is bliss.” This bliss, however, did not last.
After seeing the state of the world, in both the “foreign” and “domestic” realms, deteriorate, I felt an urge to be political. Much like my ignorance, this urge was short-lived. Faced with the prospect of trying to effect change in a deeply established system, and realizing the apparent futility of such a goal, I became disillusioned nearly immediately. It was in such a state, one of deep cynicism and apathy that I remained for several years; that was, until I stumbled upon the WIL.
A video titled “KONY 2012” recently made the rounds of the internet via various social networks. The video, which is approximately thirty minutes long, is designed to make the Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony internationally known and to justify launching a campaign against him and hunting him down. This campaign, however, reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of social networks.
The following interview with Ulrich Kolbe is centered on his friend and comrade, Harry Fisher. Harry was a veteran of the Abraham Lincoln Battalion, an all-volunteer force made up of more than 2,000 American workers and students who went to Spain during that country's Civil War, in order to fight fascism. Although the party had already undergone the process of Stalinist degeneration, the workers who made up its ranks were convinced that they were fighting for socialism.
With the long-running Republican Party primaries finally winding down, it looks like millionaire front-runner Mitt Romney will face President Obama in the November elections. Not surprisingly, the topic that will likely dominate the elections is the economy. One area where Obama and Romney have already begun debating is over the auto industry. But are the two parties’ policies really that different?
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