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Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

Workers' Liberty 3/53, published as a pull-out in Solidarity 397. The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign. Click to download as pdf

Debate: Marxists and Democrats

• See here for other articles debating the US election, Trump, etc. The Sanders movement, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Labor Party USA of 1996, are none of them exactly "in" the Democratic Party. Sanders sits as an Independent Senator. The DSA endorses relatively few Democratic candidates, and in Chicago City Council elections, for example, which are formally non-partisan, it runs candidates against mainstream Democrats. They are in different ways "around" the Democrats. The question is whether that should require Marxists to shun them. The US party system is in many ways more...

Fascism and Trump: theory and history

In the discussion we, Workers' Liberty, had with Neil Faulkner of Mutiny on 18 October, he defined fascism as a bringing-together of all the reactionary crap of bourgeois ideology, deployed in capitalist crisis to divide the working class.

"If Trump attempts a coup, all bets are off"

David Van Deusen is president of the Vermont State Labor Council AFL-CIO, the state's union federation. He spoke to Sacha Ismail from Solidarity about how the labour movement can resist a Trump coup. There’s a real possibility that Donald Trump will lose this election, outright, but manipulate the process and use his powers as President to refuse to go. This is not a fringe idea – our United States Senator, Bernie Sanders, is rightly banging the drum about it too. It’s a real possibility, and no joke. There’s various ways it could happen – there could be attempts to discount certain ballots...

24 October 2020 debate on the US presidential election

• See here for other articles debating the US election, Trump, etc. The motions below were debated at a Workers' Liberty committee meeting (by Zoom) on 24 October. Motion 1 was defeated. An amendment to motion 2 to delete the first sentence,"Trump is not likely..." (in square brackets below), was carried, and then Motion 2 as amended was carried. Motion 1 This US presidential election has narrowed down into a contest between a fascistic demagogue with a militant and part-militarised mass base, and a standard-issue neoliberal. Voting Biden to stop Trump requires saying no more "for" him than...

Howie Hawkins interview, part 2: "We need a left party that organises in the unions"

Howie Hawkins, a socialist running in the US presidential election on the ticket of the Green Party, spoke to Stephen Wood from Solidarity. Part 1 of this interview was in Solidarity 567. Workers’ Liberty backs Hawkins in the election. Bernie Sanders, during the Democratic primaries, was clear about his policies. But it looks like now he’s making almost no demands on Biden? Bernie Sanders is saying if we get Joe Biden in there, we can push him. But in the course of this campaign, he’s compromised on his signature issue, Medicare for All. He went on MSNBC and said: I’m willing to compromise to...

Lesser-evilism in the 2020 US elections

• See here for other articles debating the US election, Trump, etc. If there is one proposition that most anti-Stalinist socialists should agree on it is this: capitalism does not need democracy and democracy does not require capitalism. Only socialism does. Socialists in every struggle are the left-wing, the revolutionary wing of democracy. This is what distinguishes us from the left-wing of capitalism and why, in comparison to the small gaps that separate the conservative from the liberal wing of capitalist democracy, we as socialists stand a mile apart from both in irreconcilable opposition...

Trump and epoch

• See here for other articles debating the US election, Trump, etc. Trump is a central part of a global wave of authoritarian nationalist populism, but he goes beyond it towards fascism in that: • the idea of violence and locking up his political opponents is a central part of his political thought. The nature of the US state has made that impossible on a grand scale. However, where he can, by rhetorically encouraging his supporters or using the Department for Homeland Security, he has pushed this violence. • Trump has been in actual dialogue with the existing organisations of the violent far...

Social self-defence against a Trump coup

President Donald Trump has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power no matter who wins the election. What is to be done if Trump loses the election but refuses to concede? Tyrannical regimes from Serbia to the Philippines to Brazil and many other places have been brought down by “people power” — non-violent revolts that made society ungovernable and led to regime change. While the US has a strong tradition of social movements based on people power, it does not have a tradition of using mass action and general strikes for the defence of democracy. However, in other countries where...

Use election to build socialist politics

Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins. • See here for other articles debating the US election, Trump, etc. Much of the debate amongst Workers’ Liberty members about the US election has focused on the question of whether Donald Trump, and the movement around him, can meaningfully be described as “fascist”. Whilst this question has an analytical significance (personally I think “proto-fascist” is a more accurate description), it does not, in and of itself, settle the matter of how we think the class-struggle left should orient in the election. One might think Trump is a fascist, and...

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