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Pseudo-left Popular Unity Candidacy campaigns for Catalan separatism

By Alejandro López, 17 August 2017

Last week, the Catalan pseudo-left separatist Popular Unity Candidacy launched its campaign for the referendum on Catalan independence from Spain planned for October 1.

Irish nationalism versus socialist internationalism: A reply to a reader—Part two

By Steve James, 10 August 2017

Knox proceeds from insisting that the British working class is hopeless to exalting the nationalist revolutionary traditions of the Irish working class.

New Zealand: Pseudo-left International Socialist Organisation backs Labour, Greens in election

By John Braddock, 9 August 2017

The ISO’s election statement confirms that it is not a socialist organisation, but rather a nationalist, middle-class group operating within the political establishment.

Mélenchon denies France’s responsibility for the Nazi-era deportation of the Jews

By Alex Lantier, 31 July 2017

The social movement Mélenchon aims to launch would be a nationalist and petty-bourgeois movement hostile to historical truth and the working class.

Indian Stalinists support Modi government in military standoff with China

By Wasantha Rupasinghe and Keith Jones, 29 July 2017

India’s Stalinists have pledged their support for the BJP government in the India-China border crisis, even as they concede that the crisis has been provoked by India’s emergence as a “subordinate ally of US imperialism.”

Mélenchon hails French army as he launches movement against Macron’s cuts

By Alex Lantier, 24 July 2017

The movement Mélenchon aims to build is a nationalist, pro-war movement that would subordinate the working class to the strategic interests of French imperialism.

A reply to a Socialist Party USA member

By Tom Carter, 20 July 2017

Yesterday, we published an account of the inaugural meeting of a political formation calling itself the Coalition for Peace, Revolution, and Social Justice in Los Angeles. Zach Medeiros, a member of Socialist Party USA, responded in the comments section to the article.

Argentina’s Left and Workers’ Front (FIT): “Podemos in diapers”

By Andrea Lobo, 20 July 2017

Amid a mounting social and political crisis, the FIT’s renewed electoral alliance for Argentina’s upcoming legislative elections is a political trap for workers and youth.

Notes on the pseudo-left

A portrait of an opportunist coalition in Los Angeles, California

By Tom Carter, 19 July 2017

The Coalition for Peace, Revolution and Social Justice advertised itself online as “a new anti-authoritarian, anti-imperialist, and anti-militarist coalition.”

Pseudo-left silent on Seymour Hersh’s exposé of US strike against Syria

By Josh Varlin, 5 July 2017

In the week and a half since Hersh’s article appeared in Die Welt, neither the International Socialist Organization, Socialist Alternative, International Viewpoint or Jacobin has commented on his exposure of US lies and war crimes.

The “People’s Summit:” Sanders wing seeks to give Democratic Party a facelift

By Jerry White, 20 June 2017

The Chicago event brought together political forces seeking to contain social opposition within the confines of the Democratic Party and capitalist politics.

People’s Summit attendees discuss Democratic Party, war, socialism

By Marcus Day and George Marlowe, 20 June 2017

Reporters for the WSWS spoke to young people and other attendees at the People’s Summit.

At “People’s Summit,” Sanders backs Democrats’ anti-Russian warmongering

By Jerry White, 12 June 2017

Sanders lent his support to the anti-Russian campaign of the Democrats while saying nothing about the danger of a military confrontation with the world’s second largest nuclear power.

Demoralization and opportunism reign at annual Left Forum in New York City

By Fred Mazelis, 12 June 2017

The layers that predominate at the forum are in the orbit of the Democratic Party and quite close to the trade union apparatus, and are for that reason very far from the masses of working people.

New Anti-capitalist Party (NPA) election meeting in Paris: The dead end of the pseudo-left

By Alex Lantier, 9 June 2017

Despite the war crisis and growing social anger among workers, NPA leader Alain Krivine insisted that internationalist opposition to capitalism would find no popular support.

The Last Day of Oppression and the First Day of the Same: The Politics and Economics of the New Latin American Left

The pseudo-left’s appraisal of the “pink tide”: A recipe for further betrayals

By Eric London, 9 May 2017

Jeffrey R. Webber’s 2017 book is an agglomeration of the worst threads of Latin American petty-bourgeois radicalism. It is worth studying as a textbook of everything socialism is not.

NPA tacitly backs the French ruling elite’s campaign for Macron vote

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 6 May 2017

Ahead of Sunday’s presidential run-off election, the New Anti-capitalist Party is working to subordinate workers and youth to the candidate of austerity and war, Emmanuel Macron.

Socialist Alternative joins pro-war witch-hunt of Australian academic

By Oscar Grenfell, 3 May 2017

The pseudo-left organisation endorsed the media attacks on Tim Anderson for rejecting the claims about chemical weapons used to justify Washington’s bombing of Syria.

Australian Socialist Alternative conference: In the service of imperialism

By our reporters, 26 April 2017

The gathering issued a full-throated defence of American imperialism and explicitly denounced any fight to build an anti-war movement of the working class.

NPA candidate Philippe Poutou holds pro-war campaign meeting in Paris

By Alex Lantier, 21 April 2017

On Wednesday night, the New Anti-capitalist Party held the final campaign meeting of its presidential candidate, Philippe Poutou, in the north suburbs of Paris.

The issues posed by the worldwide March for Science

Science and Socialism

By the Socialist Equality Party, 20 April 2017

Hundreds of thousands of scientists and other professionals, together with students and working people, will take part this Saturday in the worldwide March for Science.

The silence of the pseudo-left on the danger of war

By Eric London, 20 April 2017

Many political organizations that call themselves left-wing are ignoring or acquiescing to Trump’s dropping of the “mother of all bombs” in Afghanistan and his reckless threats against North Korea

Australian pseudo-left promotes fraudulent posturing of new union head

By Oscar Grenfell, 13 April 2017

The pseudo-left have hailed the attempts by new ACTU head Sally McManus to rebuild the influence of the unions, in order to head-off mounting discontent.

Pseudo-left endorses imperialist onslaught against Syria

By Andre Damon, 11 April 2017

The middle-class political parties with roots in the anti-war protest movement of the 1960s have become cheerleaders for US imperialism.

French NPA candidate Philippe Poutou defends Trump’s bombing of Syria

By Alex Lantier, 11 April 2017

The NPA is defending the war, shamelessly denouncing any opposition to the reckless US military escalation as support for mass murder by the Syrian regime.

France: Libération makes “humanitarian” case for imperialist war in Syria

By Anthony Torres, 8 April 2017

The French “left” daily published front-page pictures of gassed Syrian children in an odious attempt to stampede public opinion into accepting an imperialist intervention in Syria.

A reply to a reader’s comment on a WSWS article on Jean-Luc Mélenchon

By Alex Lantier, 5 April 2017

The WSWS evaluation of Mélenchon as a pro-war, nationalist politician whose call for restoring the draft underscores the growing danger of war is correct.

After Park’s ouster, South Korean pseudo-left orients to pro-US opposition

By Ben McGrath, 4 April 2017

The state-capitalist Workers’ Solidarity group is backing the campaign to install a new president favorable to the US war drive against China.

German Left Party joins right-wing campaign against Turkey

By Ulrich Rippert, 16 March 2017

The German Left Party has heartily welcomed the undemocratic ban imposed on Turkish politicians by the Dutch government.

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

By Joseph Santolan, 15 March 2017

Joma Sison and the Maoist CPP have played a politically criminal role in promoting the fascistic Duterte administration and defusing opposition to it.

The political issues in the “International Women’s Strike”

By Joseph Kishore, 8 March 2017

Both Women’s March and International Women’s Strike USA comprise organizations aligned with the Democratic Party, seeking to channel opposition to Trump behind the political establishment.

Australian pseudo-left forum promotes nationalism

By Will Morrow, 7 March 2017

Speakers from Socialist Alternative and Socialist Alliance shared the platform with two academics, both of whom are avowed nationalists.

Juan Cole promotes Washington’s lies at University of Michigan talk on Syria

By Carlos Delgado, 27 February 2017

The professor sought to whitewash the role of US imperialism in Syria and provide support for the political establishment’s anti-Russia campaign.

The International Socialist Organization and the CIA-led anti-Russia campaign

By E.P. Milligan, 24 February 2017

The ISO has been virtually silent on the raging conflict between the Trump White House and the intelligence agencies over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The racialist agenda of the “Decolonise Education” movement

By Joe Mount, 24 February 2017

The classification of philosophers based on their skin colour, rather than their place in the historical development of human thought, is combined with an attack on the entire progressive tradition of the Enlightenment.

A reply to New York Times op-ed author Myles E. Johnson on racialism and “critical thinking”

By David Walsh, 20 February 2017

The author of the op-ed responded to the WSWS article on racialism and the New York Times. David Walsh replies.

2017 French elections: Why is the NPA criticizing the Left Front’s populism?

By Kumaran Ira, 16 February 2017

Jean-Luc Mélenchon's repudiation of the working class as a political force exposes the entire nationalist, pseudo-left milieu to which the New Anti-capitalist Party belongs.

ISO seeks to channel anti-Trump protests behind the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall, 14 February 2017

The International Socialist Organization conceals the reactionary basis on which the Democrats criticize Trump while promoting illusions that the new government’s policies can be stopped through pressure on the two-party system.

Pablo Iglesias re-elected as Podemos general secretary at Vistalegre II congress

By Alejandro López, 13 February 2017

Pablo Iglesias won the internal leadership contest yesterday, amid a bitter faction fight pitting his supporters against those of former Political Secretary Íñigo Errejón.

Socialism and defence of the free movement of labour: Part two

By Julie Hyland, 10 February 2017

The support of the pseudo-left for immigration controls is the outcome of their perspective of national economic regulation under capitalism.

The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones denounces the Russian Revolution and its art

By Chris Marsden and Paul Mitchell, 8 February 2017

Jones paints a lying picture of gratuitous violence by the Bolsheviks, but fails to mention the intervention of the imperialist powers, or to detail the White terror they helped sustain.

“Left populism”: An attack on socialism by the Argentine pseudo-left

By Andrea Lobo, 8 February 2017

The pseudo-left FT-CI advocates “left populism” to subordinate the interests of Latin American workers to the more affluent sections of the middle class.

“Left” Greens faction formed in Australia amid growing discontent

By James Cogan, 14 January 2017

The motivation for the faction’s formation is concern over the fall of support for the Greens.

Racial politics in the service of the CIA

New York Times columnist Charles Blow’s McCarthyite rant on Russian hacking

By Tom Hall, 10 January 2017

Blow’s column is a demonstration of the pro-imperialist, right-wing orientation of the liberal, upper-middle class Democratic Party layers that are obsessively focused on racial and identity politics.

Australia’s Socialist Alternative agitates for escalation of US intervention in Syria

By Will Morrow, 2 December 2016

Socialist Alternative’s commentary on Syria closely aligns with the most hawkish sections of the US military and intelligence apparatus.

New Zealand: International Socialist Organisation glorifies deceased Council of Trade Unions leader

By Tom Peters, 16 November 2016

The ISO portrayed the veteran union bureaucrat Helen Kelly as a champion for workers’ rights, covering up her record of enforcing mass job cuts and other attacks on workers.

Trump’s victory, Brexit and Paul Mason’s call for a new “progressive alliance”

By Chris Marsden, 16 November 2016

Mason and others within Britain’s pseudo-left and liberal commentariat seek to dress up a strategic reorientation of imperialist policy in a progressive cloak.

After backing Clinton, Michael Moore calls for “takeover” of Democratic Party

By Gabriel Black, 14 November 2016

Moore has been brought forward to keep the broadly felt popular opposition to president-elect Donald Trump from breaking free of the political semi-corpse of the Democratic Party.

France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party covers up its support for Libya war

By Kumaran Ira, 10 November 2016

As the Libyan catastrophe produced by the 2011 NATO war exposes the NPA’s bankruptcy, it is trying to bury its own record of supporting imperialist war.

The idiot speaks: Slavoj Žižek endorses Donald Trump

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2016

Slavoj Žižek, the darling of the academic pseudo-left, continued his open embrace of right-wing politics by endorsing the fascistic Republican candidate for president.

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.