Vietnam

US troops in VietnamThe war in Vietnam, which completely transformed the situation in the U.S.A., did not begin in a planned way. The U.S.A. was sucked into it almost by accident. It began with a covert operation, the sending of officers and “advisers” to prop up an unpopular and corrupt government against its own people. This is the usual style of U.S. imperialism! The regime of Ngo Dinh Diem was guilty of vicious repression in South Vietnam. Buddhist monks burned themselves alive in protest. Finally, Diem was assassinated by his own generals. Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.

Imperialism

US ImperialismThe end of the 19th century saw the birth of imperialism. Germany, France, Britain and Belgium struggled to gain possession of markets, territory, raw materials and spheres of influence. As Germany emerged as a great power after victory in the Franco-Prussian War, so the U.S. would emerge as a great power after the victory of the North in the Civil War.  Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.

America After 1945 and McCarthyism

Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.

Sen. J. McCarthy On February 9, 1950 Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin claimed that there were no fewer than two hundred Communists in the State Department. This outrageous allegation unleashed a witch-hunt against everyone who was even slightly “tainted” with left wing, progressive or even vaguely democratic opinions in public life. The hysteria that accompanied this campaign closely resembled the kind of pathological collective hysteria of the notorious Salem witch trials of the 17th century.

An "Un-American" Idea?

Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred

In order to understand the ideas of Marxism, it is first necessary to approach them without prejudice. This is difficult, because until now, the great majority of Americans have only heard of Marxism in connection with that monstrous caricature that was Stalinist Russia. The collapse of the Stalinist U.S.S.R. apparently proves the inadequacy of socialism. What more needs to be said?

Well, there is a great deal more to be said.

Europe and America

Originally published in the book Marxism and the USA, published by and available from Wellred.

Anti-Americanism is not confined to poor countries. Some Europeans have somewhat negative attitudes to America. They resent the subordinate role they have been compelled to accept on the world stage, and they fear the consequences of the colossal economic and military domination of the transatlantic giant. Behind the polite façade of diplomacy between the “allies” lies an uneasy and contradictory relationship, which manifests itself in periodic trade conflicts and diplomatic rows... Behind the cultural resentments of the European intellectuals lies a deep-seated feeling of inferiority that seeks to hide behind a kind of cultural snobbishness. This feeling has a material basis, and in fact reflects the real state of affairs.