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The Decline of US Imperialism In the decades after World War II, US imperialism ruled the roost over much of the planet. After the collapse of Stalinism and the USSR, we were told that we had entered a new era—the “Pax Americana”—in which freedom, peace, and plenty would prevail for the whole of humanity. The reality has been very different. Read the Full Story
2014 WIL Congress The United States is a vast country with a sprawling geography. But the Marxists are not daunted as we step up to the plate of the historic task of building a strong and well-organized revolutionary tendency within the labor movement on a national scale. This was the theme and the attitude that emerged at the National Congress of the Workers International League in Pittsburgh over the weekend of May 24–25 this year. Read the Full Story
Perspectives for the US Revolution (2014) This document was originally drafted in early 2014 and was approved by the delegates to the 2014 WIL National Congress held May 24 and 25 in Pittsburgh, PA. It should be read in conjunction with the 2014 IMT World Perspectives and the 2012 WIL US Perspectives documents. Read the Full Story

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The Strike at American Axle: No to Concessions

American Axle StrikeSince February 26th, 3,600 members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) have been on strike at American Axle & Manufacturing. As we go to press, contract negotiations are underway. The nearly three month strike has successfully shut down all key production lines, exhausted the company’s inventory, and sent its profits into a nose-dive. The bosses are against the ropes. So why is the UAW talking wage cuts and plant closings? The UAW must put up a militant fight and defend the jobs and wages of its members!
 

NYPD Gets Away with Murder Again

Sean BellOn November 25, 2006, undercover detectives shot three unarmed black men.  Sean Bell, who was to be married the next day, was killed.  Two of his friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman were wounded.  The NYPD claims that 50 shots were fired at the men.  The NYPD claims that the detectives were investigating the sale of illegal firearms.  However, no fire arms were found on Sean Bell or any of his friends.  This incident occurred even though the NYPD claims that the purpose of undercover policemen is to gather information for later arrests by uniformed police.  Therefore, not only are undercover police not supposed to fire their weapons, they are not even supposed to make an arrest!
 

The War and the Working Class

G.W. BushIt is now official: George W. Bush is the most unpopular U.S. President in modern history. 71 percent of Americans say they “disapprove” of the job he is doing, while just 28 percent say they “approve.” The previous all-time low was set by Harry Truman in 1952, with 67 percent disapproval. In other words, Bush is even more unpopular than Richard Nixon in the days before he resigned from the presidency in August 1974. Much of the discontent is due to the war in Iraq, which just 30 percent support, the lowest rating ever. Just a few months ago, in January, nearly half those polled believed “things were going well” in Iraq. Millions who formerly supported the war are now against it, especially as the economic effects of the war are coming home to roost.

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Report on May Day in Minneapolis

MSP May DayThe Minneapolis / St. Paul branch of the Workers International League helped organize and participated in an Immigrant Rights march through downtown St. Paul to the state capitol building demanding "immediate and unconditional legalization for all" and "stop the raids and deportations". The weather held up - there was rain in the forecast - and an estimated 800 to 1,000 people came out for the march and rally. 
   

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