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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.

The lessons of Washington's near melt-down

wall street marxFor 16 days, the world waited with bated breath as the US government was shut down and teetered on the brink of default. At the eleventh hour, a deal was rammed through both the Senate and the House and signed by Obama, thus averting the immediate crisis. What is the meaning of all this? What are the ramifications for American politics and the capitalist system itself?

 

USA: Ruling class divisions deepen

usa government shutdownThe worldwide crisis of capitalism is leading to a deep questioning of the structures, institutions, politicians, and parties of bourgeois society. The period of crisis, revolution, and counterrevolution we have entered is necessarily accompanied by splits among the capitalists and their politicians. Simply put, the ruling class is no longer able to rule in the old way. The minor reforms and concessions won by the workers, and even basic democratic rights are no longer sustainable, and must be chipped away.

 

US Elections 2012: The more things stay the same, the more they change

usa democrats republicans$6-billion and over a year of campaigning later, and it would appear that the status quo remains. Obama is still the president; the Democrats control the Senate; and the Republicans control the House of Representatives. On the surface, "nothing has changed." Taken at face value, this is correct. As we have explained many times before, both Obama and Romney are defenders and advocates of the capitalist system. Nothing fundamental was going to change no matter who won. However, looks can be deceiving.

Obama vs. Romney -- Choice? What choice?

obama romney electionTomorrow, Americans will go to the polls to elect a new president. Despite the what the corporate press may trot out, there is little choice for the US working class; Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both represent two sides of the same coin -- the interests of Wall Street and the so-called "1%". There are underlying pressures growing within US society and regardless of who is elected president, these will eventually come to the fore. Here, we re-publish an article from the US Marxists of Socialist Appeal.

 

24,000 teachers on strike in Chicago

chicago teachers strike24,000 members of the Chicago Teachers Union are on strike against the dictates of Democratic Party mayor Rahm Emanuel and his corporate backers. This is the first time in 25 years that the CTU has gone out on strike, and comes in the shadow of the upcoming US presidential election. This marks a new chapter in the nationwide struggle between public-sector unions and the Democratic Party.

 

"We are the 99%"

we 99 percentThe mainstream media has made much ado about the fact that #OccupyWallStreet does not have a unified, cohesive message. In trying to belittle it, they smugly point out that the occupy movement is an amorphous and heterogeneous mix of people. Every shade of political opinion and ideology is present: Makhno anarchists and Ron Paul libertarians; Trotskyist socialists and New Age neo-hippies; Anonymous and Zeitgeist; atheists and hard core believers; the homeless and those who have quit their jobs to become full time protesters against unemployment.

#occupywallstreet: Youth hit the streets; Labour must join them!

occupywallstreet journal“Enough is enough! We are the 99%!” This is the sentiment being expressed by the brave youth now occupying Freedom Plaza in New York City, just a few feet away from Wall Street. This is the pent-up feeling of millions—no—billions of people around the world. Enough unemployment! Enough war! Enough poverty! Enough discrimination!

WikiLeaks Exposes the Secret Dealings of the Empire, Washington Hits Back

In the last year, the world’s governments have been rattled by several major leaks of secret documents through the WikiLeaks website. First releasing thousands of US Military reports from the war in Afghanistan, then the same from the Iraq war and finally tens of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, WikiLeaks has stunned the world.