The Politics of the Pseudo-Left

Teamsters for a Democratic Union to UPS workers: “Whatever you do, don’t fight!”

By Will Morrow, 18 October 2018

If the Teamsters leadership has so far been able to suppress opposition to its defiance of workers’ “no” vote, it is thanks only to its loyal opposition in the TDU.

France’s Mélenchon tacitly backs Wagenknecht’s xenophobic Aufstehen group

By Anthony Torres, 13 October 2018

By his silence, Mélenchon is tacitly supporting forces within his Unsubmissive France party that are orienting toward right-wing populism and the militarization of Europe.

The New York Times’ Alexis Grenell denounces white women for upholding the “patriarchy”

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 October 2018

Grenell’s piece is an extreme example of the obsession with gender and race that has infected the upper middle class and the pages of the New York Times in particular.

Britain’s pseudo-left oppose worker rebellion against Royal College of Nurses leadership

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 11 October 2018

The no-confidence motion against the executive of the Royal College of Nurses is only one example of growing opposition to the decades of betrayals by the trade union bureaucracy.

Socialist Alternative on New York primaries: Burrowing further into the Democratic Party

By Josh Varlin, 8 October 2018

Socialist Alternative’s political activity consists for the most part in promoting the Democratic Socialists of America and supposedly “progressive” Democrats.

The fraud of Amazon’s $15 wage

By Eric London, 4 October 2018

The “raise” announced by Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is a publicity stunt aimed above all at preventing an explosion of the class struggle.

The International Socialist Organization mobilizes behind Democrats’ right-wing diversion on Kavanaugh

By Barry Grey, 4 October 2018

The US pseudo-left has seized on allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh to intensify its promotion of #MeToo and the Democratic Party’s campaign in the November elections.

The Kavanaugh nomination, #MeToo and the politics of petty-bourgeois rage

By David Walsh, 3 October 2018

The New York Times published an opinion piece by journalist Rebecca Traister headlined “Fury Is a Political Weapon. And Women Need to Wield It.” The piece is one of a number along the same lines that have appeared in recent weeks and months.

Campaign grows inside Podemos for alliance with Spanish right

By Alejandro López, 2 October 2018

After figures in the Podemos leadership praised Italy’s far-right government, a movement for nationalism and appeals to right-wing parties is growing inside Podemos.

The New York Times promotes the Democratic Socialists of America

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 September 2018

On Saturday the New York Times featured an article in their online edition headlined with the question: “Are You a Democratic Socialist?”

Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic Socialists of America candidate, covers for CIA Democrats

By Isaac Finn, 24 September 2018

When asked whether she would support CIA Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez avoided a direct answer, saying that she would have to look at their “life experience.”

Anticapitalistas in Spain’s Podemos debate orienting to far-right Italian regime

By Alejandro López, 20 September 2018

While weakly criticising applause from Podemos of the Salvini government’s policies, the Pabloites are only concerned that it would expose them to criticism from the left.

The strange case of Julia Salazar, Democratic Socialists of America candidate for New York Senate

By Josh Varlin, 20 September 2018

In the run-up to her victory in the Democratic Party primaries last week, media reports exposed Salazar’s systematic fabrication and/or misrepresentation of her personal and political history.

Top Spanish pseudo-lefts hail Italian neo-fascist government

By Alejandro López, 18 September 2018

Weeks after Sahra Wagenknecht launched the anti-immigrant #Aufstehen movement, figures in Podemos are discussing alliances with right-wing forces.

In France, Mélenchon advisor hails Wagenknecht’s anti-immigrant Aufstehen group

By Alex Lantier, 17 September 2018

Kuzmanovic applauded Aufstehen’s xenophobic line as a strategy for Melenchon's Unsubmissive France (LFI) to win workers’ votes.

UK: Rival Socialist Party members vie for position as deputy leader of civil servants union

By Robert Stevens, 13 September 2018

The sordid episode demonstrates that the pseudo-left organisations have no independence from the trade union bureaucracy.

Australia: The pseudo-left Victorian Socialists and its pro-capitalist election manifesto

By Patrick O’Connor, 12 September 2018

What is underway ahead of the November state election is a somewhat desperate effort by the pseudo-left to revive illusions in Labor, the Greens and the trade unions.

Podemos proposes to “co-govern” with Spain’s Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López, 10 September 2018

Podemos is signaling to the banks that it will try to stabilize the current pro-austerity government, with which it has at most minor differences.

Podemos joins cover-up of Spanish army brass’ hailing of Franco dictatorship

By Alejandro Lopez and Alex Lantier, 1 September 2018

The concern of Podemos is to keep the exposure of the generals’ fascist sympathies from undermining the “humanitarian” pretenses of NATO imperialist wars.

Mélenchon’s Unsubmissive France opens summer school with overtures to right-wing parties

By Francis Dubois, 30 August 2018

Mélenchon’s invitation of right-wing parties to his summer school marks another milestone in the right-wing trajectory of the middle-class pseudo-left.

Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders praise McCain: An object lesson in the politics of the pseudo-left

By Joseph Kishore, 28 August 2018

The elevation of the Democratic Socialists of America, of which Ocasio-Cortez is a member, is a defensive reaction by the ruling class against growing support for socialism in the US.

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette on Netflix: The disorienting, unfunny impact of identity politics on comedy

By Ed Hightower, 27 August 2018

Australian comic Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special, Nanette, has become a huge success. Great claims, unsupported by the reality of the hour-long program, have been made for it.

Unions stump for big business PQ in Quebec’s October election

By Félix Gauthier, 24 August 2018

The entire history of the PQ shows it to be a faithful and ruthless defender of the interests of the Quebec bourgeoisie.

Spanish Socialist Party government’s progressive veneer cracks

By Paul Mitchell, 23 August 2018

The PSOE’s programme is austerity for the working class and militarism in the service of Spain’s geo-strategic ambitions.

Greek Prime Minister Tsipras claims social cuts over as Syriza prepares more austerity

By Alex Lantier, 22 August 2018

Tsipras’ speech hailing the expiration of the decade-long European Union bailout scheme for Greece was a pack of lies from start to finish.

Parti Quebecois makes “left” feint in hopes of averting electoral disaster

By Laurent Lafrance, 17 August 2018

With Quebec’s provincial election just weeks away, opinion polls continue to show the big business, pro-independence PQ facing an unprecedented electoral debacle.

Australia: Socialist Alternative promotes right-wing Labor leader Bill Shorten

By Oscar Grenfell, 14 August 2018

Amid a deepening crisis of the political establishment, the pseudo-left organisations are seeking to channel growing discontent back behind Labor and the unions.

Podemos backs state cover-up in Barcelona terror attack

By Alex Lantier, 9 August 2018

The pseudo-left party is demanding that the Spanish king be allowed to lead this year’s remembrance ceremony.

Fight back against internet censorship!

By Andre Damon, 9 August 2018

The principal aim of censorship has been, and remains, to shut down left-wing opposition to war, inequality and capitalism.

The demise of another Bernie Sanders fraud

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2018

The latest effort by Sanders—with the assistance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—to give a “progressive” gloss to the corporate-controlled Democratic Party has reached its predictable end in Michigan and Kansas.

Bernie Sanders holds rallies to prop up the Democratic Party in Michigan

By Eric London, 6 August 2018

Sanders’ support for Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed is part of an operation aimed at channeling social opposition behind the Democratic Party.

Politics in bad faith: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaigns in Michigan

By Andre Damon, 31 July 2018

Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign is a cynical effort to put a “left-wing,” “progressive,” youth-oriented, and multicultural gloss on the right-wing, pro-war Democratic Party.

Ocasio-Cortez, DSA seek to give “left” cover to right-wing Democratic Party

By Niles Niemuth, 28 July 2018

Supporters of Niles Niemuth, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for the US Congress from Michigan’s 12th District, are distributing this statement at appearances by DSA member and Democratic candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Bernie Sanders embraces the anti-Russia campaign

By Patrick Martin, 23 July 2018

There is no contradiction between the influx of military-intelligence candidates into the Democratic Party and the Democrats’ making use of the services of Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez to give the party a “left” cover.

The Democratic Socialists of America: Providing a “left” cover for a right-wing Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 21 July 2018

DSA candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are seeking to disguise the drastic shift of the Democratic Party to the right on domestic, and especially, foreign policy.

David Harvey’s Jacobin interview on Marx’s Capital

A promotion of the “life-style” politics of the pseudo-left

By Nick Beams, 21 July 2018

As with all of Harvey’s work, the interview does not provide a clarification or guide to Marx but serves to prevent an understanding of his masterwork, seeking to render him suitable to the political and life-style sensibilities of a middle class “left” audience.

UK: The rotten politics of the SWP’s Stand Up to Racism

By Chris Marsden, 14 July 2018

The Socialist Workers Party’s aim is to promote the “progressive” credentials of the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn and of the Trades Union Congress.

The “anti-fascism” of Podemos: A cover for Spain’s anti-worker Socialist Party government

By Alejandro López, 9 July 2018

Spain’s minority Socialist Party government, backed by Podemos, is announcing symbolic measures targeting Francisco Franco’s fascist regime.

Three years since Syriza’s referendum on EU austerity in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2018

Syriza’s repudiation of the Greek workers’ “no” vote on austerity exposed the class gulf separating the workers from pro-capitalist middle-class parties like Syriza.

Portugal’s Left Bloc fears backlash for its role propping up Socialist Party

By Paul Mitchell, 6 July 2018

Catarina Príncipe, a leading member of the Left Bloc, expresses concerns that it has been exposed by helping to resuscitate the pro-austerity Socialist Party.

The ISO’s Socialism 2018 Conference: Socialist phraseology in the service of American imperialism

By Alexander Fangmann, 5 July 2018

The International Socialist Organization’s (ISO) annual Socialism conference this weekend features several speakers who support the US-led regime-change war in Syria.

Ocasio-Cortez on “Meet the Press”: Double-talk, evasion and a disavowal of socialism

By Barry Grey, 2 July 2018

After winning a Democratic congressional nomination in New York City, DSA member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has moved sharply to the right.

What the New York primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez means

By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2018

A member of the Democratic Socialists of America, Ocasio-Cortez offered not a hint of genuine socialism in her campaign.

US primaries choose Democratic, Republican nominees in seven states

By Patrick Martin, 28 June 2018

Four more candidates with backgrounds in the military-intelligence apparatus won Democratic nominations Tuesday in competitive congressional seats.

DSA member Ocasio-Cortez beats incumbent Congressman in New York Democratic Party primary

By Isaac Finn, 27 June 2018

In a major political upset, Democratic Socialists of America member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic Party primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District against incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley.

How the DSA bolsters the Democratic Party establishment: The case of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Isaac Finn, 23 June 2018

The DSA congressional candidate in a New York City district is sowing illusions that the Democratic Party establishment can be pushed to the left.

By their friends you will know them: The International Socialist Organization and American imperialism

By Joseph Kishore, 15 June 2018

A book published recently by the ISO’s Haymarket Books contains a series of endorsements from open supporters of aggressive US military intervention in Syria.

The pseudo-left stabs Assange in the back

By Andre Damon, 11 June 2018

Despite initially voicing opposition to the attack on Assange, the entire gamut of the middle-class “left” has either ignored, downplayed or supported Assange’s persecution.

The ISO and the imperialist politics of the pseudo-left

By Barry Grey, 16 May 2018

The International Socialist Organization is concerned that politically radicalized students and youth who are attracted to socialism are hostile to American military interventions in Syria and elsewhere.

Pseudo-left parties promote US-French-British bombing of Syria

By Will Morrow, 16 April 2018

The DSA and ISO in the US, and the NPA in France are spreading the lies of the media and intelligence agencies to justify the bombings on “humanitarian” grounds.

The pseudo-left’s silent complicity in the drive to war against Syria and Russia

By Tom Hall, 10 April 2018

The major publications of the pseudo-left, including Jacobin and Socialist Worker, have written nothing on the imperialist war drive or on the shutdown of Internet access for Julian Assange.

New Anti-capitalist Party seeks to strangle French rail strikes

By Alex Lantier, 10 April 2018

Fifty years after the 1968 general strike, the Pabloite NPA insists workers should take orders from organizations it admits support the attacks on rail workers.

Pseudo-left groups form new “Victorian Socialists” electoral front in Australia

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 15 March 2018

The latest opportunist manoeuvre by the pseudo-left is a calculated response to immense disaffection within the working class towards the Labor Party.

Young Democratic Socialists of America conference: Propping up the Democratic Party

By E.P. Milligan, 3 March 2018

The annual conference was aimed primarily at turning young people interested in socialism into foot-soldiers for the Democrats organizers for the anti-working class trade unions.

The class issues behind the Democratic Socialists of America’s electoral gains

By Tom Hall, 14 November 2017

The gains made by the DSA last week reflect a shift to the left within the American population, and the determination of the ruling class to use groups like the DSA to direct this into safe political channels.

Pseudo-left groups push identity politics on seventh day of St. Louis protests

By Genevieve Leigh and George Gallanis reporting from St. Louis, 22 September 2017

A “White Allies Only” protest endorsed by the DSA, Socialist Alternative and Black Lives Matter drew several hundred people on the seventh day of protests against police violence in St. Louis.

The “People’s Convergence”: The pseudo-left entreats Bernie Sanders to lead “People’s Party”

By Genevieve Leigh, 16 September 2017

All the groups present backed Sanders in 2016, helping him to channel social anger among millions of workers and youth behind Hillary Clinton.

The anti-socialist politics of the Democratic Socialists of America

By Tom Hall, 3 August 2017

Despite the left-sounding rhetoric that will be on display this week at its national convention, the Democratic Socialists of America is a pro-capitalist organization steeped in a tradition of anti-communism and bitterly opposed to the political independence of the working class.

Marxism and the pseudo-left: David North interviewed at Leipzig Book Fair

1 April 2016

Following a presentation of the new German edition of The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left, North was interviewed by the newspaper Schattenblick on the theoretical and political issues addressed in his book.

What is the pseudo-left?

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 30 July 2015

Political developments in Greece in recent months are a striking confirmation of the WSWS's analysis of “pseudo-left” tendencies.

The theoretical and historical origins of the pseudo-left

By David North, 24 February 2015

This 2012 report by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North provides the critical theoretical and historical background to the events in Greece, where the pseudo-left Syriza has risen to state power and rapidly capitulated to the European banks.