Factional provocation, middle-class hysteria, and the collapse of the International Socialist Organization
By the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 April 2019
Factionally motivated denunciations of an alleged cover-up of sexual assault in 2013 were revived to instigate a leadership purge and liquidate the ISO.
By Will Morrow and Alex Lantier, 16 March 2019
Algeria’s Socialist Workers’ Party seeks to tie protests to discredited bourgeois parties and block a revolutionary working class challenge to the regime.
By Alex Lantier, 18 December 2018
Hensman’s attempts to provide a moral-humanitarian rationale for supporting imperialist wars as “democratic revolutions” form an obscene political lie.
By Alex Lantier, 14 December 2018
Hensman’s arguments tend inescapably in one direction: That US wars have been the main liberating force over the last quarter century.
By Sandy English, 8 November 2018
The International Socialist Organization withdrew its endorsement of the Green Party candidate on the grounds that his campaign was associated with opposition to the US intervention in Syria.
David Harvey’s Jacobin interview on Marx’s Capital
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.
By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2018
At the EU summit last week, measures against refugees were discussed that recall the darkest period of German and European history.
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.
Leadership of Argentina’s Partido Obrero maintains silence on ties to right-wing Russian nationalism
By Bill Van Auken, 29 June 2018
As more information emerges about the right-wing connections of the Russian Stalinist introduced as a “comrade” in “refounding the Fourth International,” the leadership of the PO has maintained complete silence.
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.
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.
By Eric London and Bill Van Auken, 7 June 2018
The attempt to create an international tendency based on suppressing the lessons of the history of the Fourth International can result only in the betrayal of the working class.
By David North, 7 June 2018
This examination and exposure of the inveterate opportunism of Savas Michael-Matsas, was originally published on August 11, 1989 and appeared in the Fourth International magazine.
By Thomas Scripps, 18 May 2018
Writing in his New Statesman article, Paul Mason parrots the predatory agenda of British and American imperialism against Russia.
By David North, 17 May 2018
Alex Steiner attempts to justify his repudiation of Trotskyism by slandering the International Committee.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 May 2018
Socialist Alternative is attempting to cover up the fact that Labor and the unions have become the central political instruments of the corporate elite.
By Alex Lantier and Kumaran Ira, 15 May 2018
Workers cannot rely on an alliance of capitalist powers proposed by pro-war politicians like Jean-Luc Mélenchon to stave off the growing danger of global conflict over Iran.
By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2018
Following the latest attacks against Damascus, the pseudo-left Marx 21 tendency has stepped up its campaign for a more aggressive military intervention in 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.
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.
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.
By Eric London, 9 March 2018
Jacobin and the ISO’s role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 March 2018
The “open letter” was clearly addressed to Washington and its allies, demanding the escalation of their use of armed force against the war-ravaged country.
By Marianne Arens and Peter Schwarz, 2 March 2018
The driving force behind this new Italian electoral alliance is Rifondazione Comunista, which for many years played a crucial role in stabilising the bourgeois order and suppressing the class struggle.
In merging with split-off from big business Parti Quebecois
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 26 February 2018
Québec Solidaire’s aim is to convince Québec’s ruling elite that it is ready to play a larger role in establishment politics.
By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2018
As Paris threatens to bomb Syria, and Washington threatens Russia and China, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is stampeding behind calls to build a European war machine.
A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”
By Keith Jones, 16 February 2018
The only viable basis for opposing imperialism is the revolutionary mobilization of the workers and toilers of Iran and the Middle East, based on an appeal to their democratic and social strivings.
A reply to a proponent of “Iranian Islamic socialism”
By Keith Jones, 14 February 2018
The history of Iran and the global struggle against imperialism demonstrates that a viable anti-imperialist strategy can only be founded on the independent political mobilization of the working-class in opposition to all factions of the bourgeoisie.
By Andrea Lobo, 10 January 2018
With only one-fourth of the electorate voting for Piñera, the results reflect overwhelming hostility to the entire establishment and herald a new stage in the political crisis.
By Keith Jones, 6 January 2018
The WSWS’s attitude toward Iran is based on two fundamental factors: Iran’s character as a historically oppressed country that must be defended against imperialism and the antagonistic relationship between the Iranian bourgeoisie and working class.
Daphne Merkin’s “Publicly, We Say #MeToo. Privately, We Have Misgivings”
By David Walsh, 6 January 2018
In a column Friday, critic and novelist Daphne Merkin acknowledges there is considerable hostility to the current sexual misconduct witch-hunt even within its target demographic.
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 24 October 2017
Despite winning 5 million votes, Podemos neither wanted nor sought to mobilize opposition to the turn to authoritarian rule by Madrid, backed by the European Union.
By Kristina Betinis, 24 October 2017
Ramirez-Rosa’s stint as running-mate for Democratic candidate Daniel Biss exposes both the character of the Democrats and the role of the Democratic Socialists of America in providing them with political cover.
By Paul Mitchell, 12 October 2017
With calls for ‘patriotism’ and national unity, the pseudo-left Podemos is seeking recognition as a potential saviour of Spanish capitalism at a time of acute crisis.
By Alex Lantier, 10 October 2017
Rather than advance a principled policy to unite the Spanish and Catalan working class against Spanish state repression, the Pabloite New Anti-capitalist Party is lining up behind the Catalan bourgeoisie.
By Alejandro López, 29 September 2017
Podemos is presenting itself as the only alternative able to resolve the Catalan secessionist crisis without sparking social opposition.
By Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 29 September 2017
Butson, national secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), responded angrily to a WSWS article exposing the union’s complicity in attacks on workers.
At site of Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech
By Tom Hall, 26 September 2017
Sanders’ speech, which denounced Russia and promoted the war in Syria, was an affirmation of support for the imperialist and militarist foreign policy of the American ruling class.
By Roger Jordan, 16 September 2017
Fightback, the International Socialists and Socialist Action hope that Ashton’s tepid “left” rhetoric can rehabilitate the deeply discredited New Democrats under conditions where working class struggle in Canada and internationally is rapidly intensifying.
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.
By Oscar Grenfell, 15 September 2017
The pseudo-left organisation welcomed the anti-democratic campaign targeting parliamentarians accused of holding an “allegiance to a foreign power.”
By Alex Lantier, 12 September 2017
Macron traveled to Greece to hail the austerity measures imposed by the Syriza (“Coalition of the Radical Left”) government, which show the future for the workers of France.
By Oscar Grenfell, 5 September 2017
The pseudo-left outfit signaled it will deepen its collaboration with Labor and the trade unions amid a crisis of the entire political establishment.
By Laura Tiernan, 4 September 2017
Theresa May’s Tory government, like the Cameron government before it, has relied on local Labour councils to slash millions of pounds from public spending.
By Paul Mitchell and Alejandro López, 24 August 2017
Podemos is now indistinguishable from the PSOE in its pursuit of power in bourgeois institutions on a pro-capitalist programme and an imperialist foreign policy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 16 March 2017
The German Left Party has heartily welcomed the undemocratic ban imposed on Turkish politicians by the Dutch government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.