An appeal to support the World Socialist Web Site
21 December 2009
Dear WSWS Reader,
I am writing to ask you to financially support the World Socialist Web Site at this critical time.
As the first decade of the 21st century comes to a close, the world is entering a new period of political and social upheaval. The scourges of the 20th century—imperialist war and colonialism, repression, economic crisis, mass unemployment and poverty—are returning with redoubled force.
The experience of the first year of the Obama administration has been an important one, and not just for the American people. The actions of the candidate of “change” have only served to prove that there will be no positive change within the framework of the capitalist system.
With his belligerent Nobel Peace Prize speech, Obama outlined a policy of unrestrained militarism and aggression. In defiance of public opinion throughout the world, the US president, in collusion with the European powers, is carrying out a massive escalation of the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Under Obama no less than Bush, American imperialism holds out the prospect of barbarism and war.
In its domestic policy, the US has led the way in bailing out the banks with trillions of dollars. The working class is being forced to pay for the rescue of the financial aristocracy, through the destruction of jobs, the driving down of wages, the elimination of social programs. Health care in the US is on the chopping block, and Obama is planning to make 2010 a year of fiscal austerity. The same policies are being carried out in every country.
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By supporting the WSWS, you are helping to support a voice of unwavering opposition to the capitalist parties and the corporate-controlled mass media, as well as their apologists within the upper-middle class opportunist milieu falsely described as “left.”
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