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The Socialist Equality Party (UK) held its Third National Congress in Sheffield from October 28 to October 31. The Congress unanimously endorsed the February 18, 2016 statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, “Socialism and the Fight Against War,” and adopted two additional resolutions: “For a new socialist movement against militarism, austerity and war,” and “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: The strategic lessons.”
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Beginning with the first Persian Gulf conflict of 1990–91, the United States has been at war continuously for a quarter century. While using propaganda catchphrases, such as “defence of human rights” and “War on Terror,” to conceal the real aims of its interventions in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa, as well as its confrontation with Russia and China, the United States has been engaged in a struggle for global hegemony.
The essays and lectures in this volume, informed by a Marxist understanding of the contradictions of American and world imperialism, analyse the progression of military interventions and geopolitical crises as they have developed over the past quarter century, not as a sequence of isolated episodes, but as moments in the unfolding of an interconnected historical process.
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David North has played a leading role in the international socialist movement for forty-five years, and is presently the chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party (US). His many published works include The Heritage We Defend; The Crisis of American Democracy; In Defense of Leon Trotsky; The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century; and The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left.
The June 23 referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union raises issues of immense international importance. The outcome will have implications for workers not only in the UK, but far beyond its shores.
The Socialist Equality Party urges workers and young people to boycott the referendum. The Remain and Leave campaigns are both headed by nationalist forces that stand for greater austerity, brutal anti-immigrant measures and the destruction of workers’ rights.
It is only through the creation of the United Socialist States of Europe, established as an integral component of a world federation of socialist states, that the vast productive forces of the continent can be utilised for the benefit of all.
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Fifteen years after the launch of the “war on terror,” the entire world is being dragged into an ever-expanding maelstrom of imperialist violence, which has caused the greatest refugee crisis since the end of World War II.
The world stands on the brink of a catastrophic global conflict, with flashpoints in every part of the globe. The tensions and conflicts between rival nation-states are being fuelled by the global breakdown of the capitalist system.
The drive to World War III must be stopped. A new international movement against war, uniting the great mass of working people and youth in opposition to capitalism and imperialism, must be built.
With this statement, the International Committee of the Fourth International advances the principles that are the essential political foundations of an anti-war movement.
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The betrayal of the struggles of the Greek working class against austerity by the Syriza government (“Coalition of the Radical Left”) is a strategic experience for the working class not only in Greece, but internationally. Assimilating these lessons is vital for political arming workers and socialist-minded intellectuals for the class battles that are on the agenda.
The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) has issued a powerful statement, The Political Lessons of Syriza’s Betrayal in Greece, that is now available as a pamphlet from Mehring Books. It documents the treachery of Syriza and provides a revolutionary perspective for the working class.
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The polemical essays in this volume examine the complex interaction between history, philosophy and politics. The author defends historical materialism against contemporary anti-Marxist philosophical tendencies related to the Frankfurt School and postmodernism.
Among the topics covered are the irrationalist assault on the traditions of the Enlightenment, the reactionary character of modern utopianism, and the importance of a historically-directed consciousness in the understanding of objective political reality. The book evaluates the work of such neo-utopian theoreticians as Hendrik de Man, Ernst Bloch, Wilhelm Reich, and Herbert Marcuse.
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A new pre-revolutionary period has opened up, analogous to the years leading up to the First World War. The objective maturing of the historic crisis of capitalism poses the question: socialism or barbarism.
Only one social force can prevent a new world war—the working class. This requires a struggle against the entire bourgeois order—to be waged by the methods of class struggle.
The crisis of mankind is reduced to the crisis of revolutionary leadership. The building of the Fourth International, under the leadership of the International Committee, is the central strategic question.
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The Socialist Equality Party seeks to mobilise workers and youth against austerity and war through the fight for a workers’ government based on socialist policies.
The financial crash of 2008 marked the start of a systemic breakdown of the profit system. Austerity, social inequality, the assault on democratic rights, and the threat of war are now the new normal.
These matters of life and death are excluded from this election because there are no differences between the main parties. Only the SEP speaks for the working class. The fight against austerity and war requires the international unity of the working class in the fight to end the dictatorship of the super-rich and reorganise society on the basis of social need, not private profit.
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One hundred years after the outbreak of World War I, and 97 years since the Russian Revolution, none of the problems of the twentieth century—devastating wars, economic crises, social inequality, and the threat of dictatorship—have been solved. In fact, they are posed even more sharply today.
David North argues against contemporary historians who maintain that the dissolution of the USSR signalled the “end of history” (Fukuyama}, or the “short twentieth century” (Hobsbawm).
Disputing postmodernism’s view that all history is merely subjective “narrative,” North insists that a thorough materialist knowledge of history is vital for humanity’s survival in the twenty-first century.
David North is the chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site. He is the author of numerous books, articles, and lectures on questions relating to contemporary US and international politics, European and Soviet history, and the history of the Trotskyist movement, including The Crisis of American Democracy; Marxism, History and Socialist Consciousness; Leon Trotsky and the Post-Soviet School of Historical Falsification and The Heritage We Defend.
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David North defends Trotsky’s legacy against the campaign of historical falsification begun by Stalin and continuing to this day. While Stalin assassinated Trotsky in 1940, he was unable to silence the Fourth International, founded to embody the revolutionary heritage of 1917.
This work contains a devastating refutation of biographies of Trotsky published in recent years by three British historians: Ian Thatcher, Geoffrey Swain and Robert Service. The significantly expanded edition contains a new foreword, four new chapters and two appendices.
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