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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 27 September 2016
The Left Party has reacted to the recent Berlin state election with a sharp shift to the right.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An open letter from David North to Susan Weissman
10 November 2015
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.”
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
By Kumaran Ira, 28 December 2009
The NPA has responded to plans for a French escalation in Afghanistan with calls for street protests.
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
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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’”
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
10 March 2001
To the WSWS,
A reply to an LTTE supporter
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.
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.”
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.
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.