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Perspectives for the US Revolution 2017 (Draft Document)

Womens March RallyWe live in an epoch of instability, austerity, war, crisis, revolution, and counterrevolution. Sharp and sudden changes that erupt seemingly out of nowhere  are implicit in the situation. Capitalism is at an impasse on a world scale and can no longer meaningfully develop the means of production or improve the quality of life of the majority. The crisis is expressed in every country and at every level of society, with intense polarization to both the left and the right.

Trump's First Week: Welcome to the New Normality

DonaldTrump WhitehouseIt'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. It was not mere hyperbole when the Marxists said that sharp and sudden changes were on the order of the day, that the process of crisis and class struggle was accelerating, that this was merely the beginning of the beginning of a new era.

The World vs. Donald Trump

womens march on washington 2017Saturday January 21st 2017 witnessed possibly the largest demonstration in US history. Approximately 4-million hit the streets of the USA against the inauguration of Donald Trump, and were joined by many more around the world. Protests occurred in all 7 continents, and yes, that includes Antarctica. This mobilization marks a dramatic turn in mass consciousness, primarily, but not only, in the United States.

America’s Brexit: To Fight Trump, Fight Capitalism!

Trump Simpsons_-_Fox_Fair_UseThus ends the “School of the Democrats.” What once seemed unthinkable—akin to an episode of the Twilight Zone—has become a surreal reality. As Hillary’s “blue wall” of “secure” states came tumbling down, tipping irreversibly in The Donald’s favor, the media pundits tried to maintain their composure, but they were clearly shellshocked—along with millions of others.

US Election 2016: On the Eve of Armageddon

trump clinton ap debateThe world waits with bated breath as the “leader of the free world” is selected. Election 2016 has been a rollercoaster for voters, pollsters, pundits, and candidates alike. The campaign has been like no other seen in the US for a century or more.

Kaepernick’s Stand Against Police Brutality

kaepernick kneelColin Kaepernick, a second-string NFL quarterback of former Super Bowl fame, provoked an eruption of vitriol and solidarity when he refused to stand during the national anthem. His explanation reverberated around the country: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

What Next for the Sanders Campaign? How to Defeat the Billionaires!

thumb sanders stage Michael VadonThe 2016 presidential election is not like most recent US elections—it is actually interesting and exciting! For the first time in US history, a mainstream candidate who calls himself a socialist and says we need a “political revolution against the billionaire class” is having a major impact.

The Sanders phenomenon: What does it mean and where is it going?

Bernie Sanders RevolutionAlthough it had been widely predicted, the landslide victory of Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary produced shock waves. After narrowly losing in Iowa (and it is quite likely the result was rigged), Sanders beat Clinton by a margin of more than 20 last Tuesday. This result has produced bewilderment among the commentators. That was something that was not supposed to happen.

Reformism, Revolution, and the Crisis of US Capitalism

bernie sanders reformismThese days, it would seem that nearly everyone is a socialist of some sort or another. That was certainly not the case back when Socialist Appeal was founded fifteen years ago. To be sure, what most people understand as “socialism” at the moment is far from the fully revolutionary conception defended in the program at the back of our paper. This marks a dramatic change in consciousness nonetheless.

The Murder of Michael Brown: Enough is Enough

stlouiscountyprotestThe shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, followed by the breaking up of a protest march by police in riot gear and dogs, has let loose the pent-up anger and frustration of ​b​lack youth in the otherwise quiet working class St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which saw a night of looting and vandalism. These events above all show that huge pressures are building up in US society, just one scratch below the surface.