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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

Latest Marxist & Socialist News and Analysis

Pittsburgh Transit Troubles Continue

On March 4, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported that the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce had alerted its members that a strike could be looming this summer for the city's public transit workers, whose contract expires in June. With gasoline prices predicted to reach $4.00 or more this summer, a militant strike could have a profound effect and put Local 85 in a position to win some major gains for members and riders alike.
 

Gas Prices Shoot Through the Roof

High Gas PricesBy now every driver is well aware of the rising cost of gas. And many are uneasily looking ahead to the spring and summer months when gas prices historically rise even further. According to the Energy Department’s latest prediction, gasoline prices will peak near $3.40 a gallon this spring, and many other analysts expect the cost to go above the government’s conservative estimate, perhaps as high as $4.00 per gallon or more.
 

Temporary Employment Agencies, Privatization, and the Labor Movement

Temporary employment agencies are often touted as a quick and easy way for low income and “unskilled” workers to find a job. This claim has some justification, as the hiring process for these temporary agencies generally only consists of filling out a few forms and providing a Social Security card. Prospective employees do not have to endure a selective hiring process and can often be assigned work the same day they apply. On the surface, this arrangement seems to be an excellent tool to fight unemployment and improve working people’s living conditions. Unfortunately, experience with temporary agencies reveals a much more negative side, one that far outweighs any potential benefits.
   

Support the Freightliner Five!

The Freightliner Five are part of an initial ten workers that were fired for walking off the job during a strike that was called off by the leadership of the UAW leadership. 

The Freighliner Five are five of the ten that were not reinstated.  The failure to fight for the reinstatement of these five is an undermining of workers' solidarity.  

Rank-and-file union members  and labor activists across the United States have rallied to support the Freightliner Five.  Read the article to find out how to support them. 

   

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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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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 characterised capitalism from its birth till 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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