6 December 2018

Washington’s ultimatum on INF treaty heightens threat of nuclear war

By Bill Van Auken, 6 December 2018

While charging Moscow with violating the accord, US imperialism’s real aim is to build up its own forces for aggressive war against both Russia and China.

Sri Lankan plantation workers launch indefinite strike for 100 percent pay rise

By our correspondents, 6 December 2018

This struggle by workers all over the island will compound the political crisis of the ruling elite, which is wracked by bitter political conflict.

Sri Lankan court blocks functioning of Rajapakse cabinet

Ohio autoworkers back fight against plant closures

By a WSWS reporting team, 6 December 2018

Autoworkers throughout Ohio responded enthusiastically to the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter’s call for a united fight by US, Canadian and international autoworkers to stop GM’s planned closure of five plants.

GM, Ford, Bayer, Bombardier
Global investors demand escalation of class war on workers’ jobs and wages

In wake of GM closure announcement, UAW and Democrats stoke nationalism

“We stand with you because all of us are in the same fight”
US autoworkers express class solidarity with French workers

By Jerry White, 6 December 2018

The determination of the “yellow vest” protesters in the face of state repression by the French government has inspired workers in the United States and around the world.

Mobilize the working class against Macron!

The mass protests in France: A new stage in the international class struggle

1937: When Canadian and US autoworkers fought together

By Roger Jordan, 6 December 2018

In the face of GM’s plans to shut down five plants in the US and Canada, we are reposting this article about the history of cross-border collaboration by workers originally published in October 2016.

More on autoworkers issues »

Democrats, union tops seek to isolate Chicago charter teachers’ strike

By Kristina Betinis, 6 December 2018

Hours after staging a photo op at a Tuesday teachers’ rally, Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle announced her education platform.

Chicago charter teachers strike for increased pay, lower class sizes

German chemical giant Bayer slashes 12,000 jobs

By Dietmar Henning, 6 December 2018

Bayer AG has announced plans to cut a tenth of its workforce worldwide and divest parts of its corporate empire.

Special Counsel sentencing memo on Flynn increases pressure on Trump

By Barry Grey, 6 December 2018

Repeating several times in the course of the 13-page filing that Flynn had provided “substantial assistance to the government,” Special Counsel Mueller recommended a sentence with no jail time.

The Guardian attack on Assange exposed as politically-motivated fabrication

By James Cogan, 6 December 2018

The lack of any case against WikiLeaks explains the scurrilous allegations by the Guardian newspaper last week.

Parliamentary debate on Brexit deal begins after three defeats for May government

By Robert Stevens, 6 December 2018

Whatever happens in the Brexit crisis, Britain is in the grip of a historic crisis of rule that threatens to unleash social upheavals.

Britain’s highest paid CEO built fortune on online gambling

Hackers reveal British government’s interference in Spanish politics

By Alejandro López, 6 December 2018

Pitched as a defense of democracy against “misinformation,” the Integrity Initiative does the opposite, spreading fake news against Russia to defend the interests of the UK and its imperialist allies.

Mexico’s new president to grant amnesty to those who profited from corruption

By Don Knowland, 6 December 2018

López Obrador has backtracked on one of his principal campaign pledges.

López Obrador’s rise in Mexico sets stage for explosive class struggles

Australian government to impose encryption-cracking bill with Labor’s support

By Mike Head, 6 December 2018

The anti-democratic legislation hands extraordinary powers to the spy and police forces, setting a global precedent for accessing computers and encrypted private data.

Australian government censors university research funding

New in Norwegian

Elever på videregående og ambulansesjåfører går med i «gul vest»-protestene i Frankrike

Alex Lantier, 4. desember 2018

Med den fjerde påfølgende lørdagen med massedemonstrasjoner mot den franske presidenten Emmanuel Macrons regressive skatter planlagt for kommende helg, har titusenvis av videregåendeelever over hele Frankrike holdt demonstrasjoner på skolene sine.

López Obradors valgløfter setter scenen for eksplosive klassekamper i Mexico

Eric London, 4. desember 2018

AMLOs foreslåtte politikk, pakket inn i pseudo-populistiske formuleringer, gjør det klart at hans velgeres forventninger snart vil bli knust.

Sri Lankas parlamentforsamling utsatt igjen, under den pågående krisen

K. Ratnayake, 4. desember 2018

En appelldomstol avleverte en midlertidig forordning om at Rajapakse og hans ministre måtte opphøre å utøve deres embeter, og tilspisset dermed Sri Lankas politiske krise.

Mens Modi skryter av Indias vekst
I deperasjon begikk fire arbeidsledige ungdommer selvmord

Kranti Kumara, 4. desember 2018

Mer enn 10 millioner nye aktører trer inn på Indias arbeidsmarked hvert år. Men, mindre enn én million nye arbeidsplasser ble opprettet i løpet av de tre første årene av den Modi-ledede BJP-regjeringen, fant en nylig utgitt studie.

New in Spanish

¡A movilizar a la clase obrera contra Macron!

Por Alex Lantier, 6 diciembre 2018

La tarea crítica que enfrentan las protestas contra la austeridad y desigualdad en Francia es expandir la lucha hacia el resto de la clase obrera francesa e internacional.

GM, Ford, Bayer, Bombardier
Los inversores globales exigen una escalada de la guerra de clases a los empleos y salarios de los trabajadores

Por Jerry White, 6 diciembre 2018

Los cierres de planta y los despidos en GM son parte de un asalto más amplio contra la clase trabajadora en todo el mundo dirigido por los intereses corporativos más poderosos.

New in French

Devant le mouvement des Gilets Jaunes, les médias demandent qu’on censure Facebook

Andre Damon, 6 décembre 2018

La presse française et américaine s’est emparée des manifestations des Gilets Jaunes pour exiger directement qu’on réprime l’opposition populaire sur les réseaux sociaux.

GM, Ford, Bayer, BombardierGM, Ford, Bayer, Bombardier
Les investisseurs mondiaux veulent intensifier la guerre de classe contre les emplois et les salaires des travailleurs

Jerry White, 6 décembre 2018

Les fermetures d’usines et licenciements chez GM font partie d’un assaut généralisé contre la classe ouvrière mondiale par de puissants intérêts patronaux

Les craintes sur le commerce et une récession frappent Wall Street

Nick Beams, 6 décembre 2018

Les marchés boursiers américains ont plongé mardi du à la crainte d’une escalade de la guerre commerciale avec la Chine et aux signes croissants d’une entrée en récession de l’économie américaine.

L’Holocauste et la fortune de la famille Bush

Bill Van Auken, 6 décembre 2018

Nous republions ici un commentaire publié par le WSWS en juin 2003 à la suite de la visite des chambres à gaz d'Auschwitz par George W. Bush, qui était alors président.

Sénateurs républicains: que l'assassinat de Khashoggi ait été commandité par le prince héritier saoudien « ne fait pas question »

Bill Van Auken, 6 décembre 2018

Lors d’un briefing à huis-clos de la directrice de la CIA Gina Haspel, celle-ci a confirmé mardi la responsabilité de Mohamed bin Salman dans le meurtre du journaliste saoudien.

Greyhound abolit son service d’autobus dans l’Ouest canadien

Penny Smith, 6 décembre 2018

Greyhound, le plus important fournisseur de services de transport en Amérique du Nord, a cessé ses services dans l'Ouest canadien après y avoir opéré sans interruption pendant près d'un siècle.

New in German

Mobilisiert die Arbeiterklasse gegen Macron!

Alex Lantier, 6. Dezember 2018

Die entscheidende Aufgabe im Kampf gegen Sozialkürzungen und Ungleichheit besteht darin, den Kampf in die französische und internationale Arbeiterklasse auszudehnen.

GM, Ford, Bayer, Bombardier:
Globale Investoren fordern Verschärfung der Angriffe auf Arbeitsplätze und Löhne

Jerry White, 6. Dezember 2018

Die Werkschließungen und Entlassungen bei General Motors sind Teil eines umfassenden weltweiten Angriffs auf die Arbeiterklasse im Sinne mächtiger Wirtschaftsinteressen.

Linkspartei denunziert Gelbwesten

Peter Schwarz, 6. Dezember 2018

Die Linke kann in einer sozialen Bewegung, die nicht von den Gewerkschaften kontrolliert und in Schach gehalten wird, nur eine rechte Verschwörung sehen.

Ermittlungsverfahren zum Tod von Oury Jalloh eingestellt

Marianne Arens, 6. Dezember 2018

Die Generalstaatsanwaltschaft Naumburg hat die Ermittlungen zum Tod des 36-Jährigen aus Sierra Leone, der 2005 in einer Arrestzelle der Dessauer Polizei an Händen und Füßen gefesselt verbrannte, endgültig eingestellt.

Klimawandel, Kapitalismus und Sozialismus
Neuer Bericht zum Klimawandel: Globale Erwärmung „schon spürbar”

Brian Dyne, 6. Dezember 2018

Ein US-Regierungsbericht bestätigt die Gefahr, die vom Klimawandel ausgeht. Verschärft wird sie durch die Unfähigkeit der kapitalistischen Regierungen, darauf zu reagieren.

New in Russian

Меркель поддерживает украинские провокации против России

Петер Шварц, 4 декабря 2018 г.

Канцлер Ангела Меркель подвергла Россию острой критике в ходе германо-украинского экономического форума, заявив, что Путин несет полную ответственность за текущий конфликт.

Эта неделя в истории
75 лет назад: Сталин, Черчилль и Рузвельт встречаются в Тегеране

4 декабря 2018 г.

Советский диктатор и лидеры британского и американского империализма собрались для того, чтобы обсудить будущее геостратегических отношений, какими они должны стать после окончания Второй мировой войны.

New in Turkish

Fransa’daki kitlesel protestolar: Uluslararası sınıf mücadelesinde yeni bir aşama

Dünya Sosyalist Web Sitesi Yayın Kurulu, 4 Aralık 2018

Mücadeleyi, işçi sınıfının ve gençliğin en geniş kesimlerine yayacak şekilde derinleştirmek acil bir ihtiyaçtır. Bu, taban komitelerinin, işçi sınıfının bağımsız mücadele örgütlerinin kurulmasını gerektirmektedir.

Fransa’daki üçüncü “Sarı Yelek” protestosu, hükümet baskısına meydan okudu

Anthony Torres, 4 Aralık 2018

Fransa Devlet Başkanı Emmanuel Macron’a ve onun işçi sınıfı karşıtı politikalarına yönelik muhalefetlerini göstermek için sarı yelekler giyen protestocuların üçüncü Cumartesi protestosu, Fransa geneline yayıldı.

Nazilerden AfD’ye: Büyük sermaye, aşırı sağı finanse ediyor

Peter Schwarz, 4 Aralık 2018

AfD’nin mali kaynakları hakkındaki ifşaatlar, bu aşırı sağcı partinin bir tür taban hareketi olmadığını bir kez daha doğrulamaktadır.

Guardian gazetesi, Assange’a ve WikiLeaks’e karşı yeni suçlamalara öncülük ediyor

James Cogan, 4 Aralık 2018

Doğrulanmamış ve sansasyonel iddialar yayınlayan Guardian, Assange’a yönelik zulüm lehine yayın yapan başlıca medya kanallarından biri olarak iğrenç rolünü pekiştirmiş durumda.

New in Dutch

Nederland: 10.000 protesteren tegen pro-zakelijk overheidsbeleid

Harm Zonderland, 17 november 2018

Op zaterdag 10 november protesteerden 10.000 mensen tegen het pro-zakelijke beleid van de liberaal-conservatieve regering van premier Mark Rutte (VVD), die nu één jaar aan de macht is. De regering heeft al de vennootschapsbelasting verlaagd, en is van plan om de belastingen te verhogen op basisbehoeften, zoals voedingsmiddelen en medicijnen.

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Perspective

The state funeral for George H. W. Bush and the ritual of oligarchy

6 December 2018

The passing of the 41st US president has evoked not the slightest sadness in the American population, despite the massive effort to present George H. W. Bush as a sympathetic and historic figure.

Earlier Perspectives »

Featured Commentary

Sully at George H.W. Bush’s funeral: Washington goes to the dogs

By Eric London, 6 December 2018

A service dog in the (unwitting) service of the political establishment.

The Holocaust and the Bush family fortune

A “kinder, gentler” imperialist butcher, dead at 94
Media, political establishment laud George H. W. Bush

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren glorify the late President Bush

France's “yellow vest” protests expose Jean-Luc Mélenchon's pro-capitalist populism

By Alex Lantier, 6 December 2018

Jean-Luc Mélenchon's attack on socialism and his proclamation of the political irrelevance of the working class reflect his hostility to growing social anger among workers.

French protests spark media demands for Facebook censorship

By Andre Damon, 5 December 2018

International Commitee of the Fourth International

Jaffna (Sri Lanka) meeting celebrates 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

By R. Shreeharan, 6 December 2018

People from all over the Jaffna district heard Socialist Equality Party leaders explain the contemporary relevance of the Trotskyist movement’s historic struggle.

A serious response at Sydney meeting to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

By our reporters, 4 December 2018

Attentive audience at David North’s Sydney launch of The Heritage We Defend

By our reporter, 1 December 2018

Meetings in Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

The meetings will take place in Sydney on Sunday, December 2, in Melbourne on Thursday, December 6, and in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday, December 9.

Commentary

Socialist Equality Party opposes RMT rail union sellout at Liverpool meeting

By our reporters, 6 December 2018

For over two years, RMT and the drivers’ union ASLEF in the UK have sabotaged the fight by thousands of guards in defence of their jobs and the safety of railway users.

Trade and recession fears hit Wall Street

Five years since Detroit bankruptcy
Moody’s warns investors about Detroit’s mounting debt

German prosecutor’s office raids Deutsche Bank

Arts Review

The Front Runner: An American political scandal
And Widows, Bohemian Rhapsody

By Joanne Laurier, 6 December 2018

Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner chronicles the downfall of Gary Hart, the leading contender for the 1988 Democratic Party presidential nomination, whose campaign was abruptly brought to an end by a sex scandal.

Submission: A college professor undone by sexual harassment allegations

By David Walsh, 4 December 2018

“Well-paid journalists have become gormless cyphers of the propaganda of war”
John Pilger discusses his “The Power of the Documentary” film festival

By Richard Phillips, 3 December 2018

Socialist Equality Party

Resolution of the SEP (UK) Fourth National Congress
The resurgence of the class struggle and the tasks of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)

By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 6 December 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Fourth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, which was held October 27-30, 2018.

The fight against mass layoffs at GM

Video: Attend the December 9 meeting in Detroit to oppose the GM plant closures!

GM’s planned closure of five plants in the US and Canada would be a death sentence for Detroit, Youngstown, and Oshawa, Ontario. But workers are organizing a fight back.

Support grows for December 9 Detroit meeting
Autoworkers say fight necessary to stop GM plant closings, UAW betrayal

By Jerry White, 3 December 2018

“The union and Lear must think we are stupid”
Indiana Lear auto parts workers vote down UAW sellout contract second time

By Marcus Day, 3 December 2018

Canadian and US autoworkers call for a united struggle against GM’s assault on jobs

By Will Morrow, 1 December 2018

Industry publication boasts: GM plant closures aimed at extorting more concessions from autoworkers

By Jerry White, 30 November 2018

“Everybody—Ford, Chrysler, GM—needs to strike right now”
Autoworkers’ outrage grows over GM plant closings

General Motors worker on job cuts: “This is all about corporate greed”
Detroit-Hamtramck autoworkers want to fight against plant closures

A call to action to fight the GM plant closings and mass layoffs

Form rank-and-file committees
Reject the UAW-Lear sellout contract! Unite with GM and other autoworkers in a common fight!

By the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter, 28 November 2018

In run-up to contract vote
UAW intensifies campaign of intimidation against Indiana Lear workers

UAW negotiates secret deal with Columbia University to block strike action by graduate students

By Alexander Fangmann, 26 November 2018

More on autoworkers issues »

25 years ago: Christian Democrats suffer political collapse in Italy

Millions of voters shifted their support both to the neo-fascist right and the Party of the Democratic Left, the successor organization to the Italian Communist Party.

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50 years ago: Vietnam peace talks to be resumed

Changing its decision in early November to leave the Paris Peace Talks, the government of South Vietnam announced on December 7, 1968 it would re-join the negotiations.

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75 years ago: Italian Jews deported to Auschwitz

On December 6, 1943, 246 Jews were shipped by train from Milan and Verona to Auschwitz.

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100 Years Ago: Constantinople under Allied military rule

Following the defeat of Turkey and its World War I allies, Germany and Austria-Hungary, by the Allied imperialists, the Turkish capital Constantinople was placed under the joint military administration of the victorious powers.

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Science

Last light for the Kepler space telescope

By Bryan Dyne, 1 December 2018

The first and most productive space telescope designed to find planets beyond our Solar System has been retired after exhausting its fuel supply.

NASA InSight mission successfully lands on Mars

By Bryan Dyne, 28 November 2018

The Campaign to Free Julian Assange

SEP meeting and livestream on December 16: What next in the fight to free Julian Assange?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 28 November 2018

The meeting will discuss the Socialist Equality Party’s political perspective to mobilise and lead the defence of Julian Assange.

Special counsel, Democrats step up pressure on Trump over Russia, Assange

By Barry Grey, 1 December 2018

Guardian newspaper spearheads new accusations against Assange and WikiLeaks

By James Cogan, 28 November 2018

Workers Struggles

Police and courts enforce Trudeau’s law criminalizing Canada Post strike

By Roger Jordan, 4 December 2018

Trudeau government illegalizes Canada Post strike

Canada Post workers need socialist strategy to defy and defeat Liberals’ back-to-work law

United Steelworkers push through sellout contract at ArcelorMittal

By Jessica Goldstein, 3 December 2018

Locked-out ABI aluminum workers demonstrate in downtown Montreal

At ABI workers’ protest, USW officials accost and threaten WSWS supporters

Around 100,000 Sri Lankan plantation workers walk out again for pay rise

By our correspondents, 30 November 2018

‬Greyhound axes bus service across Western Canada

By Penny Smith, 29 November 2018

California Wildfires

Rainstorm ends California wildfires, but threatens to cause flash flooding

By Evan Blake, 23 November 2018

Photo Essay: The social cost of the Camp Fire

Refugees from Paradise

The WSWS spoke to some of the thousands who lost everything in the Camp Fire disaster in northern California. Many blame energy monopoly PG&E.

The fire in Paradise, California: From natural disaster to social catastrophe

Mehring Books

Mehring Books launches holiday sale
Most titles 10 to 50 percent off!

By Mehring Books, 23 November 2018

Our annual holiday sale is a great opportunity to introduce friends to socialism and to expand your Marxist library.

David North in conversation with Nick Beams
Book launch of The Heritage We Defend in Sydney, Australia

Why are they back?
New title from Mehring Books explains resurgence of fascism in Germany

New In Arabic

Arabic translation of “Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today”

We are publishing here the Arabic translation of a lecture delivered by World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board chairman, David North in Colombo to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International and the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Equality Party in Sri Lanka.

History

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 November 2018

This is the second part of a two-part series. The first part was posted on November 19.

The centenary of the “Spanish Flu”—Lessons for today
Part one of a two-part series

History of the Fourth International

“Eighty Years of the Fourth International” series continues with meetings in California and Oregon

By our reporters, 17 November 2018

Taking place in the backdrop of the rising death toll from the California fires and the rise of the far-right, the meetings attracted broad audiences of youth, students and workers across the West Coast.

Growing interest in socialism at Chicago meeting on 80th anniversary of Fourth International

By the IYSSE at University of Illinois at Chicago, 14 November 2018

David North lecture tour
Nearly 100 attend meeting in New York City on the 80th anniversary of the Fourth International

David North lecture tour
More than 100 attend meeting at MIT on anniversary of the Fourth International

David North begins US speaking tour in Michigan to mark 80 years of the Fourth International

Eighty Years of the Fourth International: The Lessons of History and the Struggle for Socialism Today

By David North, 9 October 2018

Large Colombo audience hears David North’s lecture on the history of the Fourth International

On the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International

By David North, 3 September 2018

Security and the Fourth International

The origins and findings of the Security and the Fourth International investigation

By Eric London, 14 November 2018

This is the text and audio of a lecture delivered by Eric London in Detroit, Michigan reviewing the monumental investigation conducted by the International Committee of the Fourth International titled Security and the Fourth International, which exposed the infiltration of the movement by agents of the FBI and Stalinist GPU.

SEP 2018 Election Campaign

Significant vote for SEP candidate Niles Niemuth in Michigan’s 12th district

By our reporters, 8 November 2018

Final campaign meeting for Niles Niemuth reviews experiences from campaigning

By our reporters, 7 November 2018

Vote Niles Niemuth, Socialist Equality Party, for US House of Representatives in Michigan’s 12th district!

Democratic Party mailer removes SEP candidate Niles Niemuth from sample ballot

Campaign website »

Socialist Equality Party (Australia)

Watch: Two Hundred Years Since the Birth of Karl Marx

By Nick Beams, 31 October 2018

Nick Beams delivers successful lectures on the contemporary relevance of Karl Marx at Australian universities

By our reporters, 31 October 2018

Science

World vertebrate populations have fallen 60 percent since 1970

By Bryan Dyne, 1 November 2018

The latest Living Planet Report demonstrates the far-reaching implications of human activity on both the climate and the degradation of the natural environment.

Book review

DSA covers for unions and Democrats in new book on walkout by West Virginia teachers
55 Strong, Inside the West Virginia Teachers’ Strike

By Nancy Hanover, 18 October 2018

A new book promoted by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is centered on the lie that the West Virginia teachers’ strike, which set off the series of strikes nationally last spring, was a “victory” in which the unions played a heroic role.

International Committee of the Fourth International

Resolution of the SEP (US) Fifth National Congress
The Resurgence of Class Struggle and the Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

8 August 2018

This resolution was unanimously adopted by the Socialist Equality Party Congress, held from July 22–27, 2018.

Opening report to the Fifth National Congress of the Socialist Equality Party (US)

By David North, 4 August 2018

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the SEP (Sri Lanka)
The lessons of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Great Betrayal

By Rohantha De Silva and Vilani Peiris, 24 September 2018


PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

Support the Socialist Equality group in Turkey!
Statement of the SE group, in sympathy with the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), on the snap elections in Turkey

Security and the Fourth International

An “Exemplary Comrade”: The Socialist Workers Party’s 40-year-long cover-up of Stalinist spy Sylvia Callen: Part one

By Eric London, 14 August 2018

This is the first part in a four-part series examining the cover-up by the Socialist Workers Party beginning in 1947 of information exposing the role of Sylvia Callen, the personal secretary of long-time party leader James P. Cannon, as a Stalinist agent.

Part two | Part three | Part four

Seventy-eight years since the assassination of Leon Trotsky

By Eric London and David North, 21 August 2018

On August 21, 1940, Leon Trotsky, the founder of the Fourth International and the co-leader of the Russian Revolution, died from wounds inflicted the day before by an assassin, the Stalinist GPU agent Ramon Mercader.

WSWS 20th Anniversary

Twenty years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998–2018

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 14 February 2018

As the WSWS marks its 20th anniversary of daily posting, it is taking the lead in exposing the conspiracy by governments and corporations to censor the Internet as the ruling class prepares for war and domestic repression.

Lenin, Trotsky and the Marxism of the October Revolution

By David North, 19 March 2018

David North, chairperson of the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and of the Socialist Equality Party (US), delivered this lecture at the University of Leipzig on March 16.