The Politics of the Pseudo-Left
By Niles Niemuth, 22 January 2021
Efforts are underway to chloroform the public about the realities of the procapitalist, imperialist politics of the Biden administration and the catastrophic economic and social conditions under which it begins.
By Alexander Fangmann, 20 January 2021
In response to overwhelming anger from teachers and parents over the continued drive to reopen schools and businesses in the city, the union’s House of Delegates is calling an emergency meeting Wednesday.
By Andrea Lobo, 18 January 2021
The Mexican president is signaling that he will enforce the untrammeled exploitation of cheap labor and austerity diktats with his own shift toward dictatorship.
By Alejandro López, 18 January 2021
The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government immediately accepted Vox leader Santiago Abascal’s demand that no shelter-at-home be adopted against COVID-19.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 16 January 2021
The attempts by various left journalists to deny that the events of January 6 were an attempted coup undermines resistance to the danger of fascism.
By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2021
As was the case with the federal government in Berlin and every other state government in the pandemic, profits took precedence over human lives for the Left Party’s only state premier, Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia.
By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2021
Callinicos and the Socialist Workers Party have spent months minimising the threat from Trump, despite mounting evidence that he was planning a coup.
By Evan Blake, 14 January 2021
Tuesday’s event, organized by an umbrella group of teacher unions led by pseudo-left officials, was a political stunt aimed at channeling opposition to in-person instruction behind dead-end appeals to the Democratic Party.
By Alejandro López, 13 January 2021
The Workers Revolutionary Current’s complacent response to the coup attempt in America is directly linked to their silence on generals’ calls for a fascist coup in Spain.
By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2021
Socialist Alternative is seeking to chloroform the working class by insisting that there is no fascist threat in the United States, even after last week’s coup attempt.
By Alex Lantier, 11 January 2021
After the storming of the Capitol by a far-right mob, the middle class NPA denied that a coup was attempted and denounced warnings about a coup as “bourgeois.”
By Genevieve Leigh, 8 January 2021
In response to the unprecedented events in the nation's capital, leading members of Jacobin magazine responded by downplaying the seriousness of the attack and opposing those calling it a “coup.”
By Renae Cassimeda, 4 January 2021
The WSWS calls on workers and youth within SFUSD and beyond to fight against the racialist attacks against Lincoln, Jefferson, Madison and Washington in defense of historical truth and democratic rights.
By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2020
The Vermont senator has watered down his supposed “political revolution” to a slightly larger pittance for working people.
By Barry Grey, 24 December 2020
The glorification of Ibárruri by Jacobin and the DSA is by no means an aberration. It is part of a calculated promotion of Stalinism and the American Communist Party as models for radicalizing workers and youth today.
By Jack Turner and Peter Symonds, 24 December 2020
Kelly’s article makes no mention of the role of the UWU, or indeed of any trade union, let alone their decades of betrayals.
By Alice Summers, 24 December 2020
Its letter to the Lancet defends a policy that led to around 50,000 COVID-19 deaths in the first five months of 2020 alone.
By Barry Grey, 23 December 2020
The Stalinist suppression of the Barcelona working class and ensuing blood purge broke the back of the revolution and ensured the victory of Franco’s fascist forces. Ramon Mercader, the GPU operative who murdered Leon Trotsky in Mexico in August of 1940, cut his teeth as a Stalinist killer during the mass repression in Spain. None of this is even mentioned in the Jacobin article.
By Gabriel Lemos, 23 December 2020
Esquerda Diário has promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine after countless trials have failed to confirm its efficacy and as Bolsonaro uses it as a pretext to lift the few remaining lockdown measures in Brazil.
By Alejandro López, 23 December 2020
While Podemos officials downplayed the dangers from COVID-19, the Spanish Ministry of Defence was buying up personal protective equipment in anticipation of a pandemic.
By Julie Hyland, 21 December 2020
The former Labour Party leader made clear to Jacobin, “This isn’t a new political party, but a space in which people can come together.”
By Renae Cassimeda and Evan Blake, 16 December 2020
The central purpose of the letter is to congratulate Biden, endorse his plan to reopen schools amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, and lobby for him to appoint a Secretary of Education committed to racialist policies.
Jacobin complains of being frozen out of Biden administration while promoting illusions in the Democrats
By Barry Grey, 14 December 2020
The brazen indifference of Jacobin to the struggles and sufferings of the working class and the onslaught on democratic rights is a function of its class position and its right-wing, pro-capitalist politics.
By Alice Summers, 11 December 2020
The ELISA tool aims to detect “disinformation seeking to generate polarisation” amid mounting social anger at austerity and official handling of the pandemic.
By Oscar Grenfell, 7 December 2020
The Greens have promoted the official cover-up as a “justice process,” while advancing proposals aimed at providing future predatory wars with a democratic figleaf.
By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2020
Silence on the criminal role of the Labour and trade union bureaucracy is fundamental to the purpose of the People's Assembly. Though it presents itself as a “grassroots” movement, it is the construct of pro-capitalist tendencies, hostile to socialism and the working class
By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 5 December 2020
This is a politically criminal attempt to lull workers and youth to sleep as anger mounts at officers’ calls to support fascism and murder of millions of left-wing voters in Spain.
By Andrea Lobo, 5 December 2020
After suffering nearly 150,000 infections and 2,000 deaths, health care workers are demonstrating against unsafe conditions, lack of pay and for other demands.
By David North, 4 December 2020
This is the introduction by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to a volume, available for delivery in January 2021, containing the main interviews and essays published by the WSWS exposing the New York Times’ racialist falsification of American history.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2020
The DSA’s extraordinary tribute to Dinkins shows exactly why this organization is the bitterest opponent of socialism.
“So that rifles shoot”: Germany’s Green Party leader Baerbock pleads for massive arms spending and new war missions
By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2020
In advance of next year’s federal elections, the Greens are spearheading the campaign for the return of German militarism.
By Alejandro López, 2 December 2020
Podemos is far more afraid of explosive opposition on their left, among workers and youth, than it is about far-right coup plots against its own coalition government with the PSOE.
By Alejandro López, 30 November 2020
The integration of Podemos in European Union bailout mechanisms testifies to the bankruptcy of its middle-class and anti-Marxist “Left Populist” politics.
By Jan Ritter and Max Linhof, 30 November 2020
The party made clear that a future Green federal government and/or Green chancellor would continue and expand the right-wing militaristic policies espoused by the current CDU-SPD grand coalition.
By John Malvar, 27 November 2020
While he rejected the armed struggle in the countryside, Lagman, like Sison, sought to subordinate Filipino workers to their class enemies, the bourgeoisie, in the name of national democracy.
By Kristina Betinis, 26 November 2020
A petition opposing the appointment of Emanuel to President-elect Biden’s administration simultaneously exposes the right-wing record of the Democratic Party and the utter bankruptcy of its DSA faction.
By Alice Summers, 25 November 2020
Like Syriza in Greece, the “left populist” Podemos party is supporting the building of mass internment camps to imprison thousands of refugees.
Jacobin and Democratic Socialists of America promote illusions in a “progressive” Biden administration
By Gabriel Black, 25 November 2020
The central role of Jacobin is to prevent any political break with the Democratic Party as Biden constructs a reactionary administration based on Wall Street and the military.
The “Zero-Covid” campaign by Britain’s pseudo-left: a political cover for Labour and the TUC’s back-to-work drive
By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2020
The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs around Corbyn finally, in August, announced its support for a Zero-Covid policy, but its statement was careful to make clear that the measures proposed were in the best interests of capital.
California ballot propositions: Voters reject identity politics, but app-based delivery giants buy protection
By David Levine, 21 November 2020
There were contradictory results on November 3: voters rejected an effort to revive affirmative action programs that discriminate based on race, but they also rejected efforts to protect “gig” workers from exploitation, after a $200 million campaign by corporate giants like Uber and Lyft.
Swallowing camels and straining on gnats—Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group “discovers” top union leader practices “class collaboration”
By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 20 November 2020
Echoing the complaints of a section of the trade union bureaucracy, Fightback has denounced Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff for nominating former Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to head the OECD.
Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states
By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020
An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.
Labour Party reinstates Jeremy Corbyn after suspension over antisemitism comments
By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2020
This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden to a public meeting titled, “The Blairites’ anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism,” held on November 15, 2020.
By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2020
The Morenoites’ Izquierda Diaro has lined up with the Democrats in dismissing Trump’s attempt to nullify the US election as of no significance.
By Alice Summers, 17 November 2020
The “left populist” Podemos party is endorsing state censorship of the Internet, supposedly to fight “disinformation” and “foreign intervention.”
By Louis Girard, 16 November 2020
In the twisted pro-capitalist logic of the pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire, dozens of COVID-19 cases in a slaughterhouse and outbreaks at hundreds of schools are arguments for a further easing of minimal lockdown measures.
By Alejandro López, 14 November 2020
Alberto Garzón defended Spain’s deal with the Pentagon, citing the fact that Democrat Joe Biden recently won the presidential elections.
Post-US election rally of US/UK pseudo-left hears praise for dragging neo-liberalism’s corpse “across the finishing line”
By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2020
The British pseudo-left are indifferent to the crisis facing American workers. Their sole interest in the US election is how they can utilise it to justify their own rotten scheming with the Labour Party right-wing.
By Andrea Lobo, 12 November 2020
To the extent that he is hedging his bets on Trump’s staying in power, AMLO’s stance should caution against any skepticism about the threat of a coup to overturn the US election.
By Alice Summers, 10 November 2020
The priorities of the ruling class in Spain are clear: even if lockdown measures could largely eliminate the virus in only a few weeks, they would rather see mass contagion and death in order to ensure the working class keeps producing profits.
By Tomas Castanheira, 10 November 2020
Aligned with the interests of significant sectors of the Brazilian ruling class, the PT and its pseudo-left supporters enthusiastically celebrated Biden’s election.
By Genevieve Leigh, 10 November 2020
Within hours of the declaration of a Biden victory in the 2020 presidential race, the Democratic Party moved to collaborate with the Republicans while launching an attack against its so-called “left” wing.
By Renae Cassimeda, 9 November 2020
The WSWS condemns the destruction of the monument to Abraham Lincoln in Portland, Oregon last month and rejects the false narrative put forward by the petty bourgeois promoters of identity politics used to vilify him.
By Arun Kumar, 7 November 2020
Under conditions of mounting social opposition, the Stalinists are doubling down on their efforts to harness the working class to the Congress and other right-wing parties.
By John Conrad, 7 November 2020
The establishment of race-based “Themed Engagement Communities” in two NYU dorms is reactionary and part of a broader campaign by the ruling class to divide workers and youth along racial lines.
By Alejandro López, 3 November 2020
The “left populist” Podemos party is helping keep workers at work and children at school so that profits can continue accruing to major banks and investors.
By Andrea Lobo, 3 November 2020
Jacobin has sought to present the MAS electoral victory as a sign of a “progressive” tide that renders unnecessary any independent political mobilization of workers.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 31 October 2020
In the final days of the election, the Democratic Party and its affiliates are going all out to insist that workers and youth opposed to Trump must subordinate their struggles to electing Biden.
By Statement of the Socialist Equality Group (Brazil), 31 October 2020
The slanderous rant sent to the WSWS by the editor of the Brazilian edition of the Morenoite Izquierda Diario website exposes his own organization’s hostility to Trotskyism.
By Laurent Lafrance, 31 October 2020
Quebec’s major unions issued a joint open letter to the province’s right-wing premier earlier this month in which they put forward a series of lies to confuse workers at a time when class tensions are reaching the boiling point.
“What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections?”
30 October 2020
North and Reed discussed and debated their views on the unfolding political crisis in the United States and the way forward for the working class, and responded to audience questions at the forum hosted by the San Diego State University.
By Alex Lantier, 30 October 2020
The WSWS’s Marxist internationalist perspective set it on an opposed class trajectory to a layer of middle-class parties based on a fusion of Stalinism and identity politics.
By Tomas Castanheira, 27 October 2020
The return of the MAS to power in Bolivia is being celebrated by the demoralized bourgeois nationalist parties and the pseudo-left as a political turning point in the region.
By Miguel Andrade, 27 October 2020
The approaching mayoral elections are exposing all the political forces that claimed a vote for the Workers Party against Bolsonaro in 2018 would advance an “anti-fascist” struggle
Right-wing recall campaign seeks to remove Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant from Seattle City Council
By Kayla Costa, 27 October 2020
The campaign to recall Kshama Sawant is led by the Democratic Party with the active support of Republican and far-right elements.
By Tom Peters, 26 October 2020
Jacobin magazine, a pseudo-left publication that supports the US Democratic Party, has joined in the international media chorus falsely portraying Jacinda Ardern’s anti-working class and pro-imperialist government as progressive.
By Alejandro López, 24 October 2020
A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.
By Johannes Stern, 23 October 2020
“I am preparing myself for the fact that we must learn to live with coronavirus,” Left Party State Premier Bodo Ramelow said last week.
By Eric London, 22 October 2020
A recent Jacobin article on the Michigan coup plot is aimed at reassuring its readers that there is “nothing to see here.”
By Tom Hall, 21 October 2020
A recent article in Jacobin magazine makes it clear the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is trying to prevent educators from drawing the necessary conclusion that the fight against unsafe school openings must be organized independently of and in opposition to the unions and the Democratic Party.
Socialism and the fight against the pandemic
By Judy Ryden and Barry Grey, 20 October 2020
In challenging the back-to-work and back-to-school policy of the university, the grad students entered into what was not simply a trade union but a political struggle. The strike broke out in the midst of the drive by Trump and Democratic governors across the country to reopen the schools and universities.
By Oscar Grenfell, 19 October 2020
Socialist Alternative is attempting to chloroform the working class, insisting that the American ruling class would never resort to dictatorial rule.
By Tom Peters, 17 October 2020
The International Socialist Organisation and Socialist Aotearoa support the re-election of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government, which is carrying out a historic assault on the living standards of the working class.
By Genevieve Leigh, 17 October 2020
The decision to campaign for Biden violates the decision at the DSA’s own convention to not campaign for any Democratic Party candidate other than Bernie Sanders.
By Alex Lantier, 13 October 2020
The WSWS replies to a denial by the Greek affiliates of the New Anticapitalist Party (NPA) that it is linked to the NPA’s support for austerity and herd immunity policies.
The lifestyles of the pseudo-left
By Alice Summers, 12 October 2020
The interview with the partner of Podemos general secretary Pablo Iglesias aimed to reassure Vanity Fair’s affluent readership that Podemos is utterly corrupt.
By Genevieve Leigh, 7 October 2020
Martin Kulldorff, who was interviewed and endorsed by Jacobin to support the reopening of schools, met Monday with top Trump officials to discuss the policy of “herd immunity.”
By Anthony Torres and Alex Lantier, 6 October 2020
The New Anticapitalist Party’s (NPA) web site is silent on the mass struggles in Greece because it supports the official policy of herd immunity on COVID-19.
By Alejandro López, 3 October 2020
This week, the Spanish government reached a deal with Madrid regional authorities on policies for the working class districts hardest hit by the virus.
By Genevieve Leigh, 29 September 2020
One could hardly have a more inane analysis of American politics than that offered by Jacobin, which explains the unwillingness of the Democrats to oppose Trump’s coup plotting as the product of “learned helplessness.”
By Alice Summers, 25 September 2020
The Morenoite Workers Revolutionary Current, and its daily publication Izquierda Diario, is refusing to oppose the return to classrooms, aiming instead to divert opposition to it into impotent channels.
By Anthony Torres, 22 September 2020
Factions of France’s New Anti-capitalist Party linked to Argentina’s Socialist Workers Party (PTS) tacitly back a return to school endangering millions.
By Andre Damon, 21 September 2020
On Saturday, Jacobin magazine published an extended interview with anti-lockdown activist Martin Kulldorff, who demanded that “schools and universities should reopen” because “young, healthy people contribute to…herd immunity.”
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka), 18 September 2020
Sri Lanka is one of the countries, like the Philippines, where groups following Maoism brought one disaster after another to workers, young people and rural poor.
By our reporters, 17 September 2020
The Communist Party of the Philippines “is scapegoating an historian for having the principles and courage to tell the truth to the whole world about the anti-democratic and anti-working class role of the Stalinists.”
By Kevin Reed, 16 September 2020
The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to reject a lawsuit by the Green Party candidates seeking an injunction against the distribution of ballots to voters without their names on them.
By our reporter, 14 September 2020
Sison hails “Stalin’s great achievements,” and Anakbayan prints this statement without any attempt to distance itself from such an assertion.
10 September 2020
In a detailed and engaging interview, Dr. Scalice answers the slanders of the Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Maria Sison.
By Kayla Costa, 7 September 2020
Jeremy Logan was snatched by five plainclothes police officers, and held in jail for over a day, where federal agents attempted to interrogate him, before being released.
By Jacob Crosse and Joseph Kishore, 7 September 2020
The eclectic combination of individuals brought together to form a new “People’s Party” lacked a common conception, outside of a general orientation to the Democratic Party and bourgeois politics.
By Tom Peters, 5 September 2020
The Green co-leader’s decision to approve nearly $12 million in funding for an elite private school is in keeping with the pro-business politics of the party.
Statement of the Brazilian Socialist Equality Group (In solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International), 1 September 2020
Far from an objective presentation of the political legacy of Leon Trotsky, the FT’s video is, in essence, an attempted second assassination directed against Trotsky’s entire revolutionary historical legacy.
By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2020
This web site, linked to the Socialist Workers Party (PTS) of Argentina, hailed a putsch led by a junta of colonels that has proclaimed its loyalty to the French occupation of Mali.
By Niles Niemuth, 18 August 2020
The effective ban on criticism of identity politics within the DSA and vicious denunciations of Marxism as “class reductionism” are in line with the Democratic Party’s broader goals of promoting racialist divisions.
By Genevieve Leigh, 15 August 2020
There is truly nothing too foul the Democratic Party could do that would lead Jacobin and the DSA to conclude that the party cannot be reformed.
From Medicare-for-All to “Masks-for-All”: Bernie Sanders and the incredible shrinking “political revolution”
By Genevieve Leigh, 5 August 2020
Under conditions of the greatest political, economic, social, and health catastrophe in US history, Sanders’ proposal amounts to less than a Band-Aid for a bullet wound.
By Louis Girard and Richard Dufour, 31 July 2020
Quebec Solidaire’s exhortations to "buy local" and its promotion of a “Quebec vaccine" are part of a pronounced shift by ruling elites in Canada, the US and globally toward the promotion of national protectionism and chauvinism.
By Martin Scott, 29 July 2020
COVID-19 public health orders were used to suppress the demonstration in a blatant attack on democratic rights.
What led Argentina’s Left Workers Front (FIT) to vote for banning criticism of Israel under the guise of combatting anti-Semitism?
By Andrea Lobo, 29 July 2020
The FIT legislators voted for a bill introduced by the right-wing Macristas to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism aimed at criminalizing opposition to Israel.
By Alejandro López, 28 July 2020
The EU bailout Iglesias calls a “breath of fresh air” is the roll-out across Europe of the model of Greek bailouts after the 2008 crash, to repay trillions of euros given to the rich.