United States

Interview with an “all-American” sort of guy from Houston

Written by In Defence of Marxism Tuesday, 12 October 2004
We’ve changed his name, but other than that 100% accurate. Not a socialist, but an honest man, “all-American” sort of guy – short hair, goes to Church, works out at the YMCA. But his whole world has been turned upside down in the last few years – from a confident, satisfied kind of guy, to one totally disillusioned with the system.

The Growing Crisis of Confidence: A Sign of Things to Come in the U.S.

Written by John Peterson Friday, 01 October 2004
After decades of relative prosperity, peace and stability, the world of the American worker has been turned upside down. The depth of the distrust felt by millions of Americans was revealed in a Reuters/DecisionQuest poll according to which, fully 61 percent of Americans have lost faith in their leaders and institutions over the past four years. At the top of the list contributing to this feeling was the war on Iraq, followed by the 2000 presidential election fiasco, the numerous financial scandals, and terrorism. John Peterson looks at the meaning of these findings.

How September 11th was used by Bush

Written by Fred Weston Friday, 10 September 2004
Three years on the world is no safer after Bush's so-called "war on terror". What is becoming ever clearer is that the war in Iraq is not about fighting terrorism, but about the economic, military and strategic interests of US imperialism.

The RNC Demos and the American Working Class

Written by John Peterson Sunday, 05 September 2004
Last week, the Republican National Convention met in New York City, but while inside the delegates were busy worshipping Bush, oustide massive protests – the largest in the history of U.S. political conventions – took place with an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 participating throughout the day. The mood was one of anger against Bush, but there was also a growing realisation that the Democrats are not much different.

US Perspectives 2004 - Part One: Introduction and the Economy

Written by the Workers' International League Monday, 12 July 2004
The Workers International League's annual perspectives document is now available. Part One looks at the real state of the US economy and the effect this is having on the consciousness of the working class. Coming soon: the Iraq War and Occupation, and the US Elections.

USA - John Kerry's Foreign Policy

Written by John Peterson Wednesday, 16 June 2004
Supporters of John Kerry and the Democratic party continue to call for "anybody but Bush" in 2004, while the majority of Americans are ready to resign themselves to accepting a "lesser evil" for president. Yet, Kerry's platform is set to be "more Bush than Bush"; and his intentions for dealing with the biggest issues facing Americans are "just as evil" as the methods of GW! John Peterson examines the three most important subjects of American foreign policy, and exposes the merging of Bush and Kerry's positions on them.

A Farewell to Ronald Reagan

Written by Rob Lyon Monday, 14 June 2004
Former US president Ronald Reagan passed away on June 5. The state funeral, which was little more than a crude exercise in propaganda on the part of the Bush administration, was held the following weekend. The historical revision at the ceremony was astonishing. The working class of the United States and the world must know and understand the real legacy and meaning of the Reagan years in order to understand the lessons of the past and lead the struggle against capitalism and imperialism today.

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