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The Youth and the Socialist Future Today’s youth, the so-called millennials, face a bleak future under capitalism. They carry the highest student debt in history and have entered “adulthood” at a time when housing prices have skyrocketed and the labor market has imploded. Read the Full Story
Notes From Ferguson As the protests in Ferguson, MO, enter their 12th day, following the shooting of Michael Brown by local police, the Workers International League (US section of the IMT) continues to intervene in this spontaneous upsurge, in Ferguson itself, and on the campuses in the area. These events mark a qualitative turning point in the class struggle in the United States. Read the Full Story
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

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25 Years After the PATCO Strike - August 3rd, 1981

PATCO Workers on Strike
On this bitter anniversary, Socialist Appeal would like to re-produce the section from US Perspectives 2006 on the Labor Movement. The ideas of genuine Marxism are not an abstract academic concept. These ideas are a tool for the workers and youth of today to map out the road ahead, based on a scientific understanding of the world economy and society, and enriched with the lessons of the past. The bitter memory of the PATCO defeat is one of these lessons that we must learn from in order to win the future.
 

Where is Your Rebate Check Going?

Economic Stimulus CheckMany U.S. workers have now received economic stimulus checks, generally receiving $600, with another $300 per dependent child.  The government and media have touted these checks as a way to increase consumer spending and help repair an economy in recession.  But where is the money from these checks going?  Is this money, which was created by the working class in the first place, increasing our living standards?
 

Exxon Gets Away with Valdez Oil Spill

Valdez Oil SpillIf there was any question as to whose side the “impartial” judicial system is on, the shocking verdict in the Exxon Valdez case by the U.S. Supreme Court should leave no room for doubt.

Back on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker spilled 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into the sea in Prince William Sound in Alaska, an important habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals, and seabirds. The spill eventually covered 11,000 square miles of ocean, the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Not only did the oil destroy the area’s plant and wildlife, but the Native Alaskans who live there had their livelihoods ruined. To this day, the pollution is everywhere.

   

GM’s Betrayal of Oshawa Workers: The Law Means Nothing When Profits Are at Stake

GM Oshawa PlantThe past few weeks at GM Oshawa have shown that workers cannot trust the bosses to provide well-paying jobs. At the same time, we have seen that workers are prepared to fight to protect their jobs. The only things lacking are a leadership that has the same militancy as the rank-and-file, and the ideas to take this militancy forward.
   

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The Fundamentals of Marxism: A Short Reading List

Marxist theory is the basis upon which our analysis, perspectives, program, and participation in the movement are based. It is our "guide to action." This why the WIL and IMT place so much emphasis on political education. To this end, we have created an extensive Education Plan to assist comrades in their political development. This is an important resource. However, it's length and scope may seem...

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Dialectical Materialism is a way of understanding reality; whether thoughts, emotions, or the material world. Simply stated, this methodology is the combination of Dialectics and Materialism. The materialist dialectic is the theoretical foundation of Marxism.  We provide various educational readings on dialectical materialism and its relation to natural science.

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Only with a Marxist understanding of capitalist society can the conscious worker cut through the lies and distortion of the capitalist economists and combat their influence within the Labor Movement.

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The question of nationalities, that is, the oppression of nations and national minorities, which has characterised capitalism from its birth till the present time, has always occupied a central position in Marxist theory.

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We have received quite a few e-mails from our subscribers asking about the attitude of Marxists to religion.

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The United States

The struggle of the working class in the United States will be a decisive factor in the outcome of the class struggle around the world. We provide here a list of works explaining the important role of the working people of the US.

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