[Video] Alan Woods on Leon Trotsky’s “Stalin”

aw-on-stalinAlan Woods, editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the latest release by Wellred Books: the most complete edition of Leon Trotsky’s Stalin ever released. Alan explains the background to Trotsky’s masterpiece, which provides an analysis of the degeneration of the Soviet Union from a democratic workers’ state into the Stalinist bureaucratic regime.

[Leaflet] Fight for Socialist Revolution!

imt international marxist tendencyBernie Sanders’s campaign has electrified millions and shown the potential for socialist ideas to get a mass echo. The idea that socialism is somehow “un-American” has been replaced by growing enthusiasm and interest. Most people are concerned about the economy and feel betrayed by the establishment. The Democratic Party clearly cannot serve as a vehicle for fundamental change. The only way forward is to break with both big-business parties and to begin building an independent socialist party, and Bernie should run as its first presidential candidate. Polls show that a majority of young people consider themselves to be working class, oppose capitalism, and are in favor of socialism. With this base of support, such a party would turn US politics upside down!

Lessons of the Paris Commune

For our organization-wide reading we are republishing the following article by Leon Trotsky. In it he draws out the significance of the Paris Commune and what lessons can be drawn from the heroic event in which the working class took power into its own hands for the first time in history.

Marx’s Revolution in Philosophy—Reflections on the Theses on Feuerbach

MarxandEngelsFeaturedWe republish here for our organization-wide reading a summary of Marx’s contribution to philosophy by Alan Woods. The article takes up the philosophical questions dealt with in Marx’s Theses on Feuerbach, where he laid out the dialectical relationship between the material world and human consciousness.

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SubscriptionCampaignLogoThere is a national movement to raise the minimum wage taking place at a time when real wages in general are going down. Bourgeois economists divide the labor force into fifths, from highest to lowest-paid. Adjusted for inflation, between 2009 and 2014, wages declined 2.6% for the highest paid fifth of the labor force. Others lost even more, 3%, 4%, 4.7%, and 5.7% for the remaining divisions in descending order.  This is because it is the 1%—especially the 0.1%—who are benefiting from the “upswing.” In comparison, The New York Times reported that the top 25 hedge fund managers made $11.62 billion, or $467 million per hedge fund manager in 2014. Based on a 40-hour work week and 52 weeks a year, each made more than $224,500 per hour. That is quite a living wage!

There is no quick solution to this problem, but there is a way forward.  We need to build an alternative leadership in all of the unions, unorganized workplaces, high schools, colleges, and universities. We need a press that is supported 100% by the workers—no money from big business, which would compromise our message. This is what the IMT is doing here in the US, Canada, Mexico, and in more than 40 other countries. That is what Socialist Appeal is all about.