The Trump-Clinton TV debate: Bread and circuses

Written by Alan Woods Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Trump and Clinton - Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 4.0 In ancient Rome the ruling class maintained its hold on power by offering the people bread and circuses. Yesterday millions of people watched the first US presidential debate, held at Hofstra University, New York. This was the modern equivalent of the kind of circus that served as a spectacle to divert the attention of the masses from their miserable conditions of existence.

 

Britain: Corbyn victory was a massive blow to the right - time to finish the job!

Written by Rob Sewell Monday, 26 September 2016

corbyn-warThe sense of shock amongst the Labour right wing was evident from the look on their faces as they streamed out of the Party Conference on Saturday. Their dreams of an Owen Smith victory, the so-called “unity” candidate, were dashed. This has created a sense of turmoil and disarray within Labour’s right wing. Although many had conceded defeat for their candidate, they still hoped they could reduce Corbyn’s margin of victory. Despite everything, they failed miserably.

 

Britain: Victory for Corbyn! The genie is now out of the bottle

Written by Rob Sewell Saturday, 24 September 2016

Corbyn and Blairites - Socialist Appeal UKEcstatic screams and cheers broke out across the country as the news came through that Jeremy Corbyn has again won a decisive victory to become Labour leader, with an even bigger mandate than last September. 313,209 members voted for him, 61.8% of the vote, compared to 59.5% last year. His challenger Owen Smith, the “unity” candidate, got 193,229 votes, or 38.2% of the vote. The turnout was 77.6%, with 506,438 members and supporters taking part.

 

Britain: The ballot for Labour leader has ended - Now Complete the Corbyn Revolution!

Written by Rob Sewell Friday, 23 September 2016

No Return_of_Blairism_-_Socialist_AppealThe ballot for Labour leader has ended. The result will be announced tomorrow at 12 noon. Barring a nuclear attack, all the indications are that Jeremy Corbyn will win convincingly against his challenger Owen Smith, probably with a bigger mandate.

 

400 Years since the Death of Shakespeare: A Revolutionary in Literature – Part three

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 23 September 2016

Elizabeth I Rainbow Portrait - Public DomainThe age of Shakespeare was also the age of Machiavelli. That brilliant Italian philosopher was the man who first explained that the conquest and maintenance of political power has nothing to do with morality. The state itself is organised violence, and the seizure of state power can only be brought about by violent means. Moralists have given the Italian philosopher a very hard time, but history has shown that his analysis was basically sound.

 

Kashmir: A Valley in Revolt

Written by Yasir Irshad Thursday, 22 September 2016

Kashmir revolt 2016 - Public Domain en.wikipedia.org--wiki--2016 Kashmir unrestIndian-occupied Kashmir has been in revolt since the killing of Burhani Wani, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen group, by Indian troops on 8 July. The killing sparked a massive protest movement across the whole of the Kashmir Valley. The Indian state has responded brutally, imposing a draconian curfew, killing over 80 people and injuring thousands. We publish here a comment on the present situation by Yasir Irshad, a Marxist of the IMT in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

 

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Siria: la ruptura del alto el fuego evidencia las inmensas contradicciones entre las potencias

Written by Hamid Alizadeh Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Azaz -_Christiaan_Triebert_CC_BY_2.0La primera señal del inminente colapso del acuerdo entre Rusia y los EE.UU. llegó el sábado cuando ataques aéreos encabezados por Estados Unidos alcanzaron posiciones del ejército sirio que realizaban una ofensiva contra el Estado Islámico cerca de la ciudad de Deir-Ezzour. El ataque aéreo que mató a 90 soldados e hirió a otros tantos, fue un mazazo para las fuerzas leales al régimen que controlan cerca de la mitad de la ciudad central de Siria y que llevan casi dos años asediados por el Estado Islámico.

 

Gran Bretaña: ¡Victoria para Corbyn! El genio está ahora fuera de la botella

Written by Rob Sewell Monday, 26 September 2016

CorbynSmithLabourGritos y aplausos de éxtasis estallaron en todo el país cuando llegó la noticia de que Jeremy Corbyn había vuelto a conseguir una victoria decisiva para convertirse en líder laborista, con un mandato incluso mayor que en septiembre del año pasado. 313.209 militantes votaron por él, el 61,8% de los votos, frente al 59,5% del año pasado. Su rival Owen Smith, el candidato de la "unidad", obtuvo 193.229 votos, el 38,2%. La participación fue del 77,6%, en la que tomaron parte 506.438 afiliados y simpatizantes.

 

¿Qué teoría para Unidos Podemos? Sobre Ernesto Laclau y Chantal Mouffe

Written by Arturo Rodríguez Thursday, 22 September 2016

Unidos Podemos_closing_rally_Madrid_-_Jose_CamoLa teoría es fundamental para cualquier movimiento político. Es la brújula que orienta y que ayuda a elaborar la estrategia y los programas de los partidos. Y es particularmente importante para la izquierda transformadora, que se enfrenta a la formidable tarea de derribar el viejo régimen y construir una sociedad mejor. Una de las teorías más influyentes en Podemos proviene de la escuela “post-marxista” de Ernesto Laclau y Chantal Mouffe, que encuentra en el compañero Íñigo Errejón su principal defensor en la dirección del partido. Presentamos aquí nuestra posición crítica sobre esta teoría, dede el punto de vista del marxismo.