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The Logic of Imperialism The 2003 invasion of Iraq was a disastrous and criminal adventure. Hundreds of thousands were killed or dislocated and millions continue to suffer the worst imaginable miseries and deprivations. It is a humiliating condemnation of imperialism that, due to its actions, a group once denigrated by Obama as the “junior varsity team” of terrorist outfits is now giving the planet’s mightiest military force a run for its money. Read the Full Story
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

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Letter from an Auto Worker

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"Reading about the GM Ottawa plant [in Issue 40 of Socialist Appeal], I must say that its just like deja vu here in Fenton MO, at the Chrysler mini-van Plant. It goes to show that, just because it’s in your contract, it doesn’t seem to hold much water anymore. By Nov. 1st The St. Louis South Van Plant will be idled, just a nice word for now till they start pulling equipment Nov 2nd..."

 

Letters: Fighting the Klan in Coal Country

In this letter, NB makes note of the history of Klan activity and resistance against the KKK in Western Pennsylvania's coal fields.  The letter goes on further, making note of the KKK being a tool of the capitalists that needs to be fought.

 

Same Sex Marriage Gains Threatened in California

Marriage EqualityIn June 2008, the first legal marriages between same sex couples were performed in accordance with a California Supreme Court ruling a month earlier. These ceremonies were held in jubilant triumph and celebration, marking a forward advance in civil rights...

This victory, however, is quite fragile and under attack. In November 2008, Proposition 8, which aims to repeal same sex marriage, will be on the ballot in California. The success of Prop. 8 would be a set back for everyone who fights for equal rights for all.

   

Equal Treatment for Equal Work at Portland’s Emanuel Legacy Hospital

Emanuel LegacyOn July 28, in a solid display of union solidarity across AFL-CIO and Change to Win lines, members of the ATU, ILWU, painters, carpenters, postal workers and more came out in support of the workers at Emanuel Legacy Hospital, organized by SEIU Local 49. Emanuel Legacy’s workers are currently bargaining without a contract. The Legacy administration has not missed an opportunity to display their contempt for SEIU Local 49 and their disdain for the workers it represents.
   

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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, its length and scope may seem daunting...

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Introduction to "Four Marxist Classics"

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Science and Dialectical Materialism

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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Historical Materialism

Marxists attach enormous importance to the study of history; not for its own sake but so as to study the great lessons it contains. Without that understanding of the development of events, it is not possible to foresee future perspectives.

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Marxist Economics

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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Marxism and Anarchism

What are the differences between Marxism and anarchism? What relationship have followers of these two philosophies had in the past?

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Marxism and Feminism

The oppression of women has been a key question for Marxism. After all, women constitute half the human race, and have faced discrimination and degradation in many areas of life.

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The National Question

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

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Marxism and Religion

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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