Polemics

The Latin American pseudo-left in the mirror of the US elections

By Rafael Azul, 8 November 2016

The suggestion that workers, women and youth turn to Black Lives Matter and the SEIU to build an independent workers party has all the elements of a bad joke.

The pseudo-left and Brazil’s municipal elections: A trial run for mass betrayal

By Miguel Andrade, 2 November 2016

The crushing defeat for the Workers Party, amid record abstention rates, has exposed the crisis of the entire political establishment, particularly Brazil’s pseudo-left.

Britain’s pseudo-left and the party of war

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2016

The election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader one year ago has not changed Labour’s pro-war agenda one iota.

The political anatomy of pseudo-left war propaganda

Part two

By Eric London, 2 November 2016

A Road Unforeseen employs postmodernist political categories and identity politics in an explicit call for US war in the Middle East.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts hold protests to denounce Russia

By John Braddock, 1 November 2016

The rallies were an attempt to whip up support for the US-led intervention in Syria and its reckless confrontation with Russia.

Following meeting, leading Black Lives Matter activist endorses Clinton

By Gabriel Black, 25 October 2016

The meeting and subsequent endorsement express the deepening political collaboration between the Democratic Party establishment and the official Black Lives Matter movement.

The International Socialist Organization campaigns for layoffs, school closures in Chicago

By Eric London, 19 October 2016

A tentative agreement announced by the Chicago Teachers Union, and praised by the ISO, would mark a new stage in the attack on teachers and on public education.

The ISO and the New America think tank denounce opposition to the war in Syria

By Eric London, 17 October 2016

The ISO last week published an interview on its Socialist Worker web site with a journalist linked to the New America think tank who advocates an escalation of the US military intervention in Syria.

German Left Party on a war footing for participation in federal government

By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2016

The Left Party has reacted to the recent Berlin state election with a sharp shift to the right.

New Zealand: Ex-Green Party MP launches pseudo-left think tank

By Tom Peters, 27 September 2016

Economic and Social Research Aotearoa is a nationalist organisation, inspired by identity politics and the anti-Marxism of Syriza and Podemos.

Syria and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

By Alex Lantier, 27 September 2016

The response of leading spokesmen of state capitalist and Pabloite tendencies reflect the increasingly open pro-war policies of substantial sections of the international pseudo-left.

International Socialist Organization backs NATO escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier and David North, 21 September 2016

The close links between CIA war propaganda and the ISO’s writings supporting war in Syria are virtually self-evident.

After the impeachment: Brazil’s pseudo lefts shift further rightward

By Miguel Andrade, 13 September 2016

Uniting around the slogan “fora Temer” (down with Temer), the pseudo left groups are attempting to prevent the drawing up of a balance sheet of Workers Party rule.

Canada’s pseudo-left Socialist Project propagandizes for US imperialism in Iraq

By Roger Jordan, 9 September 2016

Socialist Project is promoting an article by a former US State Department official that advocates a Kurdish state in northern Iraq because it would advance “America’s national interest.”

Brazil’s impeachment crisis provokes split in Morenoite PSTU

By Miguel Andrade, 31 August 2016

The split reflects the deep crisis and broad realignments taking place throughout the Brazilian pseudo-left due to the debacle of the Workers Party (PT) government of President Dilma Rousseff.

UK: Corbyn, Brexit and the so-called progressive alliance

By Julie Hyland, 31 August 2016

There are increasing efforts to link up the Labour Party, the Greens and the various nationalist blocs in Wales and Scotland on the basis of a pro-EU program.

International Socialist Organization promotes Jill Stein, Green Party as “anti-capitalist”

By Evan Blake, 23 August 2016

What the ISO describes as an “anti-capitalist” amendment to the Greens' platform is in fact a tactical maneuver and a declaration of hostility to socialism.

Green Party candidates at CNN town hall: Promoting illusions in the capitalist system

By Evan Blake, 19 August 2016

At the town hall meeting, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka presented a liberal reformist program, combined with demagogic criticisms of war and the promotion of identity politics.

The pseudo-left and identity politics: RIO solidarizes itself with “Gina-Lisa” and promotes law and order

By Johannes Stern, 19 August 2016

As opposition to social inequality and war continues to grow, pseudo-left organizations are using identity politics to advocate increased state powers.

Green Party convention: Left rhetoric in the service of pro-capitalist politics

By Evan Blake, 9 August 2016

In the aftermath of Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton, the Greens are posturing as a party opposed to austerity and war in order to keep workers and youth within the framework of bourgeois politics.

“Socialist Convergence”: A gathering of political bankrupts in Philadelphia

By Joseph Kishore, 26 July 2016

In the wake of Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton, an array of organizations in the orbit of the Democratic Party are meeting this week to discuss a new political trap for the working class.

A reply to our critics

In Defense of the American Revolution

By Tom Mackaman, 14 July 2016

The American Revolution, the most progressive event in world history in its time, continues to inspire the struggle for equality.

Charles Blow of the New York Times

The right-wing, racialist attacks on the film Free State of Jones

By David Walsh, 30 June 2016

Free State of Jones, about a white farmer in Mississippi who led an insurrection against the Confederacy from 1863 to 1865, has come under sharp attack from the “new right” of identity politics advocates.

Socialist Alternative promotes Labor and the Greens as “lesser evil”

By Peter Symonds, 27 June 2016

“Lesser evilism” has long been the pseudo-lefts’ stock-in-trade at election time, but it takes on added political significance amid the deepening crisis of the two-party system.

Duterte government opens peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines

By Joseph Santolan, 15 June 2016

As government and party leaders meet to negotiate in Oslo, CPP head Joma Sison is calling for a “coalition government” with the fascistic Duterte regime.

The International Socialist Organization embraces the Green Party’s “left” capitalism

By David Brown, 15 June 2016

The ISO and the Greens are working together to prevent those attracted to the campaign of Bernie Sanders from moving in the direction of independent working class and socialist politics.

Pseudo-lefts appointed to leadership of Germany’s Left Party

By Ulrich Rippert, 14 June 2016

Within Germany, the Left Party is increasingly viewed as a right-wing, bourgeois party, which spouts left sounding phrases, but is no different in practice than the established parties.

As more details emerge ISO continues defense of CWA sellout of Verizon strike

By Shannon Jones, 13 June 2016

A coterie of pseudo-left groups that operate in the orbit of the Democratic Party are more and more being called into service to prop up the unions.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party hails CWA sellout of Verizon strike

By Kumaran Ira, 9 June 2016

The NPA's position on the Verizon strike is a warning that it will also support a sellout of the strike movement against the French government's austerity policies.

Maoist Communist Party of the Philippines supports state burial for Ferdinand Marcos

By Joseph Santolan, 8 June 2016

The CPP is entering an alliance with incoming President Rodrigo Duterte and, in doing so, its leader Joma Sison has endorsed the state burial of the dictator Marcos.

UK: Why are the Socialist Workers Party and the Greens debating the merits of the European Union?

By Robert Stevens, 8 June 2016

The stated defence by the Green Party and the Socialist Workers Party of “open borders” and the rights of migrants is a charade.

New TamilNet slanders against WSWS: an admission of political bankruptcy

By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 3 June 2016

The Tamil nationalists did not answer the WSWS’s exposure of its slanders that the WSWS supports imperialism and genocide, but accused it of defending the Sri Lankan state.

International Socialist Organization covers for CWA sabotage of Verizon strike

By Daniel de Vries and Joseph Kishore, 1 June 2016

The ISO’s Socialist Worker, along with Jacobin magazine, are stepping up efforts to provide a left cover for the shut-down of the Verizon strike by the CWA and the IBEW.

The politics and origins of Britain’s Spiked-Online—Part Two

By Zach Reed, 31 May 2016

In the hands of Spiked, invocations of “free speech” are transformed into a justification for attacking broader democratic rights.

Right-wing German academic Jörg Baberowski demands more repression against refugees

By Christoph Vandreier, 31 May 2016

At the Phil.Cologne congress, the Humboldt University professor declared that “men in Germany” were helpless against refugees because they had forgotten how to fight.

Socialist Alternative, ISO work to channel opposition into the Democratic Party

By Eric London, 30 May 2016

Socialist Alternative is calling for Sanders to run a “safe state” campaign to help Hillary Clinton win the election, while the International Socialist Organization is backing the Green Party.

How #UpAllNight seeks to block opposition to French labour law

By Francis Dubois, 12 May 2016

Occupations of public squares led by activists closely tied to the trade unions and the petty-bourgeois left are a dead end for working class opposition to austerity.

A comment on demoralized opportunists

By David North, 19 April 2016

The anti-Trotskyist blog site of Alex Steiner and Frank Brenner recently reported on a meeting that they hosted in Brooklyn, New York, on April 12.

Behind the designation of Russia and China as “imperialist”: A case study in theoretical charlatanry

By Johannes Stern, 14 April 2016

The politically reactionary implications of the definition of Russia and China as imperialist powers are exposed by the positions of the German-based Revolutionary Communist International Tendency.

Australia: Socialist Alternative conference endorses US-led Syrian war and Syriza’s betrayal in Greece

By Oscar Grenfell, 9 April 2016

Like their counterparts internationally, Socialist Alternative responded to the global financial crisis of 2008 by junking even nominal opposition to imperialist war.

Australia: Socialist Alternative hails downing of Russian jet in Syria

By Oscar Grenfell, 29 March 2016

The declaration that Turkey’s flagrant act of war was “a small victory for humanity” underscores the pseudo-lefts’ support for imperialist provocations, including those that threaten to trigger world war.

Australia: Socialist Alternative and the US “pivot to Asia”

By Oscar Grenfell, 25 March 2016

Socialist Alternative’s response to the Defense White Paper is aimed at obscuring Australia’s central role in the US drive to war against China.

German Left Party leader’s plea for nationalism and the free market economy

By Peter Schwarz, 25 March 2016

In her book Wealth without Greed (Reichtum ohne Gier), the leading Left Party politician advocates a strong, protectionist, ethnically and linguistically homogeneous national state.

The pseudo-left’s nationalist “Leave” campaign in the UK Brexit referendum

Part one

By Chris Marsden, 18 March 2016

The Socialist Party has played the central role in glossing over the nationalist opposition to immigration on the part of Trade Unionists Against the European Union and its predecessors.

New Zealand: Anti-TPP protests promote Maori nationalism

By Tom Peters, 10 March 2016

At protests against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the opposition parties have promoted Maori identity politics to block a unified struggle by workers against austerity and war.

German Left Party strives for coalition with Social Democrats and Greens in Berlin

By Johannes Stern, 3 March 2016

Having shared power in coalition with the SPD in Berlin between 2001 and 2011 and overseen a social catastrophe, the Left Party is now preparing to carry out similar policies in a new coalition with the SPD and Greens.

Canada’s pseudo-left silent on trade unions’ support for Liberal government

By Roger Jordan, 26 February 2016

A Socialist Project article bemoans the Liberals’ success in donning a “progressive” guise, but is completely silent on the unions’ and NDP’s role in fashioning it.

BAYAN mounts second bogus challenge to US basing deal

By Joseph Santolan, 24 February 2016

The Philippine Maoists are speaking for the most reactionary layers of the Philippine bourgeoisie, who are spearheading the US war drive against China, but want firm guarantees of US support if a conflict breaks out.

A reply to Tamil nationalist slanders against the World Socialist Web Site

An Open Letter to TamilNet

By K. Nesan and V. Gnana, 17 February 2016

TamilNet’s claim that the WSWS is working with imperialism to facilitate genocide by the Sri Lankan state is a grotesque fabrication.

What is behind Varoufakis’s “Democracy Movement to Rescue Europe?”

By Ulrich Rippert, 15 February 2016

Behind Varoufakis’s defence of the European Union is the defence of the sinecures and privileges of the well-off layers for whom Varoufakis speaks.

Socialist Alternative defends Sanders’ support for imperialist war

By Eric London, 13 February 2016

Socialist Alternative declares that Sanders’ support for US-led wars in the Middle East does “not negate the enormously progressive aspects of his campaign.”

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 9 February 2016

A hallmark of the ISO, as with all the other organizations that comprise the anti-Marxist pseudo-left, is a rejection of any class analysis of political developments.

New Zealand’s first Labour Party leader was no socialist: A reply to the pseudo-left ISO

By Tom Peters, 4 February 2016

The claim that NZ Labour was founded as a socialist party in 1916 is a fabrication designed to justify the pseudo-left’s support for this pro-imperialist party.

“Left” propagandists for escalation of imperialist war

By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2015

A collection of pseudo-left groups that have promoted the CIA-orchestrated proxy war in Syria as a “revolution” are now agitating for a major escalation.

After Paris attacks, New Anti-capitalist Party backs police state rule and war

By Alex Lantier, 11 December 2015

The NPA is not denouncing war or the threat of police dictatorship in France, but insinuating that opposition to imperialist war is support for terrorism.

After Syria vote, British pseudo-left pledge loyalty to Corbyn and Labour

By Chris Masden, 7 December 2015

Even as they urge deselection and campaigns to “democratise” the Labour Party, the pseudo-left groups oppose drawing any lessons from Corbyn’s surrender.

Security and the Fourth International, the Gelfand Case and the deposition of Mark Zborowski

An open letter from David North to Susan Weissman

10 November 2015

Socialist Alternative proposes electoral alliance with Seattle Democrats

By Eric London, 31 October 2015

The pseudo-left group says that the election of a slate of Democrats to the Seattle City Council “would be a big step forward.”

Pseudo-lefts back Washington hardliners on Syria and Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2015

The International Socialist Organization has weighed in on the Syria policy dispute in Washington, backing the most bellicose factions within the US state.

As opposition to UAW sellout grows, union hack denounces WSWS Autoworker Newsletter

By Eric London, 30 September 2015

In the face of the emerging militancy of the working class, the UAW and its supporters have a message of their own to autoworkers: sit down, shut up, and do as we say.

Foreword to The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique

Part One

By David North, 21 July 2015

The polemical essays in this volume examine the complex interaction between history, philosophy and politics. It is vital reading for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of classical Marxism.

A reply to Louis Proyect’s attack on the WSWS

By David North, 8 June 2015

Proyect claims that the WSWS used a quotation fabricated by a well-known Associated Press correspondent, Robert Burns, that misrepresents the nuclear policies of the Obama administration.

The International Socialist Organization and the Ukraine crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 16 April 2014

The ISO has responded to the events in Ukraine like a State Department-funded NGO tasked with providing a “left” cover for US imperialist policy.

The International Socialist Organization’s silence on CIA spying

By Patrick Martin, 25 March 2014

The pseudo-left International Socialist Organization is covering up the far-reaching assault on democratic rights involved in the CIA spying scandal.

Workers World Party uses demagogy to conceal unions’ collusion in Detroit bankruptcy

By Thomas Gaist and Jerry White, 23 January 2014

A Martin Luther King Day rally was used to whitewash the role of the unions and the Democratic Party in the bankruptcy of Detroit.

Scottish National Party issues independence blueprint

By Steve James and Chris Marsden, 4 December 2013

The 670-page white paper makes clear that the primary function of an independent state would be to establish closer relations with the major banks, corporations and speculators.

Socialist Alternative candidate wins in Seattle City Council election

By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2013

The election of Kshama Sawant is part of a restructuring of capitalist politics.

Socialist Alternative boasts of Democratic Party, union support in Minneapolis City Council election

By Eric London and Mike Stapleton, 5 November 2013

Ty Moore, the Socialist Alternative candidate for Minneapolis city council, is running in an open alliance with sections of the Democratic Party and trade union bureaucracy.

Workers World Party: The pseudo-left face of the Democratic Party

By Jerry White, 24 October 2013

The “International People’s Assembly Against the Banks and Against Austerity” held in Detroit earlier this month was sponsored by organizations united in their opposition to an independent struggle by workers against the Detroit bankruptcy.

A blow against the Post-Soviet School of Historical Falsification

By Wolfgang Weber, 31 December 2011

The letter of 14 historians to the Suhrkamp publishing house in Germany calling on it to abandon publication of Robert Service’s biography of Leon Trotsky has opened the door for an honest and thorough examination of the role of Trotsky and the rise and fall of Soviet power.

A letter on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

25 June 2010

The WSWS has received numerous letters on its two-part article on the International Socialist Organization and its conferences, “Socialism 2010.” We post another of those emails today.

“Socialism 2010”: The politics of the International Socialist Organization Part 2: The ISO and Barack Obama

By David Walsh, 19 June 2010

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) and the Socialist Worker are sponsoring upcoming conferences in Chicago and Oakland, California under the banner “Socialism 2010.” What is the nature of these meetings?

“Socialism 2010”: The politics of the International Socialist Organization

Part 1: The ISO and the American middle-class left

By David Walsh, 18 June 2010

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) and Socialist Worker are sponsoring upcoming conferences in Chicago and Oakland, California under the banner “Socialism 2010.” What is the nature of these meetings?

The presence of Tariq Ali at the “Socialism 2010” conference

By David Walsh, 18 June 2010

If a political meeting is to be judged by its featured speakers, then the presence of Tariq Ali at “Socialism 2010” is pretty definitive. Ali is a political opportunist of the worst sort, as demonstrated by his decades-long political record.

Britain: How the ex-left groups politically disarm the working class

By Dave Hyland, 22 May 2010

The role of the so-called “left” in the aftermath of Britain’s General Election has been politically instructive.

French NPA covers for military escalation in Afghanistan

By Kumaran Ira, 28 December 2009

The NPA has responded to plans for a French escalation in Afghanistan with calls for street protests.

Australian Pabloites prepare NPA-style dissolution

By Laura Tiernan, 12 November 2009

The Democratic Socialist Perspective will dissolve itself into the ailing Socialist Alliance electoral front in January 2010. Modelled closely on France’s New Anti-capitalist Party, the DSP is making a pitch for allies in official bourgeois politics, above all the Greens.

Public Meeting in New York City

Historians in the service of the Big Lie:

29 October 2009

These public lectures on November 15 in New York and December 13 in London will be given by David North, chairman of the international editorial board of the World Socialist Web Site and US national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party.

“The pain of recovery”: Rudd’s declaration of war on the working class

By Nick Beams, 31 July 2009

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s latest essay “Pain on the road to recovery”, published in the Sydney Morning Herald on July 25, could be more accurately titled “A declaration of war against the working class”.

The significance of the British Socialist Workers Party’s call for a new “left alternative”

Part two

By Tony Robson and Chris Marsden, 29 July 2009

This is the conclusion of a two-part series on an open letter issued by the Socialist Workers Party in Britain.

The significance of the British Socialist Workers Party’s call for a new “left alternative”

Part one

By Tony Robson and Chris Marsden, 28 July 2009

This is the first of a two-part series on an open letter issued by the Socialist Workers Party in Britain.

Olivier Besancenot in Poland

By Ulrich Rippert, 23 May 2009

Olivier Besancenot’s participation in the European election congress of the Polish Party of Labour (PPP) last weekend makes clear the real aims of his newly founded Anti-Capitalist Party (Parti Anticapitaliste).

Adam Haig responds to Alex Steiner’s burst of outrage

6 January 2009

ICFI supporter Adam Haig responds to Alex Steiner’s frustration over his principled Marxist critique of the Steiner-Brenner embrace of the reactionary critical theorist Herbert Marcuse of the Frankfurt School.

Steiner, Brenner and Neo-Marxism: The Marcusean Component

By Adam Haig, 2 January 2009

As a supporter of the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) who has been following the political and philosophical charges of Alex Steiner and Frank Brenner, the author of this paper is interested in addressing their embrace of critical theorist Herbert Marcuse.

Letters on “The Frankfurt School vs. Marxism”

8 November 2008

The WSWS received the following letters on “The Frankfurt School vs. Marxism: The Political and Intellectual Odyssey of Alex Steiner” and “Marxism and Science: An addendum to ‘The Frankfurt School vs. Marxism’”

Marxism and Science: An addendum to “The Frankfurt School vs. Marxism”

By Ann Talbot and Chris Talbot, 28 October 2008

This essay supplements “The Frankfurt School vs. Marxism: The Political and Intellectual Odyssey of Alex Steiner” by David North, recently published by the WSWS.

The Frankfurt School vs. Marxism:

The Political and Intellectual Odyssey of Alex Steiner—Part 2

By David North, 23 October 2008

In the autumn of 1978, as the Workers League was in the final stages of moving its political headquarters from New York to Detroit, Alex Steiner left the party without any explanation. Steiner had previously resigned from the movement in 1973, during a political crisis in the Workers League that culminated in the resignation of its national secretary, Tim Wohlforth. Steiner rejoined the party in the summer of 1974. But his second departure in 1978 brought his career in the revolutionary movement to an end. In his last discussion with me prior to his departure, Steiner said, “Life is very grim.” I often recalled these words, because they articulated not simply the personal dejection of an individual, but also the pessimism and demoralization of the broader milieu of petty-bourgeois radical intellectuals. Nevertheless, I regretted Steiner’s departure from the Workers League. Particularly after he rejoined the Workers League in 1974, we had collaborated on several theoretical projects. However, Steiner’s intellectual abilities were undermined by his extreme emotional volatility, susceptibility to discouragement when confronted with problems, and pessimistic view of life.

The Frankfurt School vs. Marxism:

The Political and Intellectual Odyssey of Alex Steiner—Part 1

By David North, 22 October 2008

In May-June 2006, I wrote Marxism, History & Socialist Consciousness, a reply to an attack on the International Committee of the Fourth International by Alex Steiner and Frank Brenner, two former members of the Workers League (predecessor of the Socialist Equality Party) who had left the revolutionary socialist movement in the late 1970s. Unabashed by the many years that they had spent in political retirement, Steiner and Brenner, in a document entitled Objectivism or Marxism, denounced the theoretical work, political activity, and organizational practices of the SEP and ICFI. Steiner/Brenner claimed that the International Committee was opposed to dialectics and failed to conduct a struggle against pragmatism.

Letters and a reply on “Professor Chomsky comes in from the cold”

By David Walsh, 17 April 2004

A number of readers have sent in comments on an article by David Walsh, “Professor Chomsky comes in from the cold,” posted April 5, 2004. Below we publish the author’s reply, followed by the letters.

History, program and the “unity of the left”: an exchange of letters

8 October 2003

Posted below is a letter sent by one of our readers, followed by a reply from Jerry Isaacs of the World Socialist Web Site.

A German ex-radical adds to the anti-Trotskyist slanders

By Stefan Steinberg, 31 July 2003

German journalist Robert Misik is the latest to join in a peculiar international campaign seeking to link the activities of neo-conservative ideologues in the Bush government to the politics of Trotskyism.

Oil and “conspiracy theories”: a reply to a liberal apologist for the US war in Afghanistan

Part two

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2002

Below is the concluding part of a two-part article replying to a recent commentary attacking so-called “conspiracy theories” about the US response to the September 11 terror attacks, including an article posted last November on the World Socialist Web Site. The first part appeared Friday, September 20.

Oil and “conspiracy theories”: a reply to a liberal apologist for the US war in Afghanistan

By Patrick Martin, 20 September 2002

Below is the first part of a two-part article replying to a recent commentary attacking so-called “conspiracy theories” about the US response to the September 11 terror attacks, including an article posted last November on the World Socialist Web Site. The second part was posted on Saturday, September 21.

The political depravity of journalist Christopher Hitchens

By David Walsh, 5 October 2001

A historical turning point has this benefit: it brings out an individual’s true political physiognomy. What has been extraneous or cosmetic falls away, and the essence emerges.

A reply to an LTTE supporter

Marxism and the national question in Sri Lanka

Part Two

By Peter Symonds, 12 March 2001

The following is the concluding part of a two-part reply to SK, a supporter of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which has for the last 18 years been fighting in Sri Lanka for a separate Tamil state in the north and east of the island. SK's letter was written in response to a previous exchange between the General Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka, Wije Dias, and SR, who criticised the SEP for failing to give uncritical support to the LTTE and its political perspective.

Letter from SK

10 March 2001

To the WSWS,

A reply to an LTTE supporter

Marxism and the national question in Sri Lanka

Part One

By Peter Symonds, 10 March 2001

The following is part one of a two-part reply to SK, a supporter of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which has for the last 18 years been fighting in Sri Lanka for a separate Tamil state in the north and east of the island. SK's letter was written in response to a previous exchange between the General Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in Sri Lanka, Wije Dias, and SR, who criticised the SEP for failing to give uncritical support to the LTTE and its political perspective.

Conference at New York University: a demoralized attack on Trotskyism

By Bill Vann, 14 November 2000

“Explorations of the History of US Trotskyism” was the title of a conference held at the end of September at New York University. Anyone not familiar with this history but attracted to the gathering, out of interest in either the indelible works of Leon Trotsky or the legacy of the movement that fought for his revolutionary socialist perspective in the United States, would have scratched his or her head in wonder at the content of these “explorations.”

Zimbabwe: Promotion of the MDC by middle class radicals politically disarms the working class

By Barbara Slaughter and Chris Marsden, 7 October 2000

In the parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe in June this year, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won 57 of the directly elected parliamentary seats. Having been launched as a political party only a few months earlier, it reduced the ruling Zimbabwean National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) majority to only five seats. Many workers in the urban areas, enduring worsening poverty and unemployment, supported the MDC. They were misled by its populist denunciation of the government's corruption and mismanagement of the economy into believing that the new party would defend their interests.

A reply to a radical activist in New Zealand

By John Braddock and Linda Tenenbaum, 12 August 2000

Between mid-May and late July, New Zealand university students held a number of protests over the deepening crisis in the country's tertiary education system. Sharp funding cutbacks initiated by previous governments, and continued by the current Labour-Alliance coalition, have resulted in rising fees and ballooning student debt, institutions falling into the red, unprecedented course cutbacks and staff reductions, and a reversal in the ability of working class students to access higher education.