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The Crisis: Make the bosses pay! - Manifesto of the International Marxist Tendency – Part Three

We conclude our Manifesto on the crisis of capitalism by pointing out that the resources exist to guarantee decent living conditions for every man, woman and child on this planet. The private ownership of the means of production, where the profit of the few is the driving force, is at the heart of the crisis. It is capitalism that must be abolished, but this is only possible through an international struggle for socialism.

The Crisis: Make the bosses pay! - Manifesto of the International Marxist Tendency – Part Two

We continue publication of the IMT Manifesto which outlines the causes of the present economic crisis and puts forward a programme of action for the international labour movement. In Part Two the IMT offers a programme to combat unemployment and defend living standards, but also specific demands to defend the organisations of the working class and the youth as they come under attack from the bosses in a moment of crisis.

The Crisis: Make the bosses pay! - Manifesto of the International Marxist Tendency – Part One

The crisis capitalism has entered globally is having a deep impact on the real living conditions of billions of workers all over the world. With this comes a growing consciousness among ordinary working people and youth that something is seriously wrong with this system, that this cannot be the way human beings have to live. Workers are looking for an explanation and proposals of how to get out of this mess. We have produced a Manifesto which outlines the causes and puts forward a programme of action for the international labour movement. In Part One we deal with the causes of the crisis and its effects.

US elections: Welcome to the “School of the Democrats”

The U.S. has elected a new president, Barack Hussein Obama. Along with the dramatic turn in the economic situation, this marks a definite turning point in the history of the country and of the world. Big illusions have been created that Obama will provide "change". What American workers have voted for is an end to policies that benefit the rich, but Obama does not represent real change. In the coming years workers will learn from real life experience that what is required is a genuine voice of the US working class, and that can only be a mass party of labor.

Startling revelations about Bush's foreign policy

The Pentagon is continuing intensive planning for a possible bombing attack on Iran. These preparations began already last year, by order of the President. In other words, the decision has already been arrived at. All that Bush is waiting for is a suitable opportunity to put it into practice.

One Year Since Katrina: The disaster continues

Exactly one year ago, the winds and waters of yet another hurricane crashed into the Gulf Coast of the United States. But this was no "routine" tropical storm. This was Hurricane Katrina - a Category 5 killer which swept away levees, homes, communities, memories, and 1,577 lives. Katrina and its aftermath also swept away the illusions of millions in the US and around the world: it was a savage reminder that all is not well in the proverbial "land of milk and honey". Katrina was an important qualitative turning point in the rapidly-changing consciousness of the American working class.

US Perspectives for 2006 -- The US political situation

After Bush’s re-election in November 2004, many so-called “progressives” characterized the American people as “sheep” on the way to the slaughter, and despaired that the working class would now be steamrolled by the Bush juggernaut. They lamented that he would now be able to force through any and all legislation, no matter how reactionary.

US Immigrant Rights: “The Day Without A Mexican”

No longer afraid of "la migra" (the INS), and feeling the strength and solidarity of their numbers, the sleeping giant of the immigrants' rights movement has begun to stir on a grand scale. Over the course of the last few weeks, this has become the most important debate in the United States.

While the Big Three Savage Delphi, Auto Workers Demand: “No Concessions!”

A major attack on trade union rights is also going ahead at Delphi. If the UAW workers there are forced to take a 63 percent pay cut and severe attacks on healthcare benefits and pension rights it will not be long until the bosses begin demanding similar cuts in other industries. A victory for the Delphi autoworkers would be a victory for the whole of the US working class. (by David May)

USA: Events, events, events....

Class contradictions are increasing sharply in the USA, the “richest country in the world”. The recent strike of the New York Transit Workers has brought into sharp relief that there are two Americas, one for the rich and one for the poor. Although that strike was derailed by the union leadership it marks the beginning of a new era in trade union relations in the USA, one of bitter conflict. (by Socialist Appeal editorial board)