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A new stage in the crisis of capitalism - Part One

Written by Alan Woods Wednesday, 26 May 2010
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A new stage in the crisis of capitalism. Photo by office of the Prime Minister of Greece.After talk of the so called "credit crunch" gave way to optimistic comments about the "green shoots" in the economy, events in Greece caught the bourgeois commentators unaware. Now the world economy has once again been plunged into chaos and uncertainty as the governments of Europe try to contain the fall-out from the near-default of Greece and it is the workers who will be presented with the bill.

 

The Crisis of Capitalism and the tasks of the Marxists – Part Three

Written by Alan Woods Monday, 28 September 2009
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The Crisis of Capitalism and the tasks of the Marxists – Part ThreeIn the final part of his article Alan Woods highlights the significance of the Iranian revolution and the impact it will have on the whole of the Middle East and beyond. He explains how all the conditions emerged for a successful revolution, bar one, that of the revolutionary leadership, which must be built. [Part one]

 

The Crisis of Capitalism and the tasks of the Marxists – Part Two

Written by Alan Woods Tuesday, 22 September 2009
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The Crisis of Capitalism and the tasks of the Marxists – Part TwoThe present world crisis of capitalism means we have entered a new period in which the workers will face a situation of permanent austerity, with cuts in welfare and attacks on working conditions. This is already having a radicalising affect on millions of workers and youth, particularly in Latin America and other underdeveloped parts of the world and it is spreading to the advanced countries also.

   

The Crisis of Capitalism and the tasks of the Marxists – Part One

Written by Alan Woods Wednesday, 16 September 2009
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The Crisis of Capitalism and the tasks of the Marxists – Part OneAt this year’s World School of the International Marxist Tendency held at the end of July, Alan Woods delivered a speech on the nature of the present crisis of capitalism, in which he deals with the relationship between the economic cycle and the class struggle, and also looks into what kind of recovery we can expect, considering the enormous contradictions that have accumulated within the system.

 

At the dawn of a new year

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 02 January 2009
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At the dawn of a new year The year 2009 is a year of many anniversaries. As they will soon be reminding us, this is also twenty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. That was a time when the capitalists and their spokespersons felt triumphant. They announced the end of Communism, the end of Socialism, even the end of History. But now it is clear to all that their predictions were false. What collapsed 20 years ago was not socialism or communism but only a bureaucratic and totalitarian caricature of socialism. The collapse of Stalinism was a great historical drama, but in retrospect it will be seen by history as only the prelude to an even greater drama: the collapse of capitalism, which is already being prepared. Alan Woods looks at the prospects for 2009.
   

World Perspectives 2008

Written by In Defence of Marxism Monday, 01 September 2008
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This document on World Perspectives, first drafted in November 2007, was discussed, amended and approved at the World Congress of the International Marxist Tendency at the beginning of August. The draft was published in two parts here and here.
 

World Perspectives 2008 draft - Part Two

Written by In Defence of Marxism Tuesday, 12 February 2008
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An analysis of the growing political and social turbulence in Europe, the United States, Latin America with an emphasis on Venezuela, the Middle East and Asia with particular emphasis on the explosive situation in Pakistan and ends with an appeal to help build the International Marxist Tendency in all countries. At this stage it is a discussion document. Read the final document here.
   

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