After Bush’s reelection, many around the world thought the end of the
world had come. According to them, the American “sheeple” had been
duped once and for all, and Bush would effortlessly ram through his
ultra-reactionary policies at home and abroad. However, Bush’s
honeymoon period disappeared in a flash. Now, seemingly overnight, the
mood of the American people has finally turned against the war in Iraq.
In his weekly Alo Presidente TV programme, Venezuelan
president Hugo Chavez announced that some 136 closed factories are
being surveyed with the aim of expropriating them. Within the workers’
movement this has been enthusiastically received. The main discussion
now is what is meant by socialism, how to apply “co-management” and
what the role of the workers is in the revolutionary process and in the
If you think things in the USA are bad now, wait till after the US
elections. Once the result is in the bag (either for Bush or whoever stands for
the Democrats) economic policy will switch from the present spending spree
(mainly on arms) to cuts in welfare. The present level of indebtedness cannot be
maintained for ever. Sooner or later the capitalists will make the workers pay.
More than two years have passed since George W Bush declared his "war on
terrorism." What has the result been? In Iraq the USA has shown its
impotence to control the situation. It has been unable to build up a stable
base. It is bogged down in a bloody impasse. But what about the other field of
operations – Afghanistan?