The Politics of the Pseudo-Left

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.