Part Four is dedicated to the revolutionary
events taking place in Venezuela, still the key to the Latin American
revolution. A conflict is unfolding within the Bolivarian movement between the
revolutionary wing and the reformist. Unless the revolution is carried through
to the end the forces of reaction can make a comeback. The opportunity is there
to complete the revolution. It must be taken in the coming period.
In Part Three we look at how the crisis of
capitalism expresses itself also as a crisis of the ruling class and then we
look at Latin America, the continent where this crisis is most acute with
revolutionary developments erupting in one country after another. Venezuela
will be dealt with in Part Four.
Here we look at the situation in Europe, where a
revival of the class struggle is clearly taking place, the contradictory
process in world relations, the impasse facing the underdeveloped countries,
with a particular emphasis on the situation in occupied Iraq, in Iran and in
Palestine and Israel.
Without correct perspectives it is impossible to conduct
fruitful revolutionary work. This document makes the case that we have entered
the most turbulent period in world history. One shock after another is shaking
the system to its foundations. The world situation is characterised by extreme
instability, which is a reflection of the impasse of the capitalist system on a
In his concluding remarks Alan Woods stresses that we have entered a new period, one in which the working class is moving in all corners of the globe. After the defeats of the past a new generation of working class fighters is coming onto the scene of history, a generation that has no alternative but to fight. We are faced with a new revolutionary perspective, a new period that will unfold over some time. We must grasp the opportunity to build the forces of revolutionary Marxism in all countries.
Alan Woods continues his analysis of events in the rest of Latin America, in particular, the situation in Mexico where Lopez Obrador is seen as a threat to the interests of US imperialism, Argentina and the victory of Evo Morales in Bolivia and what this means. He also stresses the need to defend the Cuban Revolution, but the only way to do this is by spreading the revolution to the rest of Latin America and beyond and returning to the ideas of Lenin and Trotsky.
Here Alan Woods looks at the conflicts between Russia and China on the one side and US imperialism on the other in areas such as Central Asia, the crisis of leadership of the ruling class, the revolutionary wave sweeping across Latin America and the particular role of Chavez who is faced with the stark alternative of either capitulating to the oligarchy and imperialism or continuing along the road he has followed so far and end up putting an end to capitalism.
In January at a meeting of the International Committee of the International Marxist Tendency Alan Woods gave a lead off on World Perspectives, in which he analysed the unfolding class struggle on an international scale, laying special emphasis on the events taking place in Latin America. After a long period of relative lull in the class struggle workers everywhere have started to move once more. The task is to provide this movement with the necessary revolutionary leadership. The present text – in five parts – is based on Alan Woods’ speech. In Part One of his speech he deals with the method of Marxism, the relationship of the economic cycle to the class struggle and the state of the US economy.
In Part Two of his speech Alan Woods looks at the growing protectionist tendencies, especially in the light of the emergence of China as a major world economic power, the long-term decline of Europe, the disaster of Iraq and the growing turmoil in the Middle East.
In this new, 25,000 word document, Alan Woods and Ted Grant analyse the world relations that have emerged after the collapse of Stalinism in the East. It looks at the effects of NATO's bombing campaign over Yugoslavia and Russia's war in Chechnya. It also looks at how the balance of forces between the major power blocs have been affected. The document analyses this new world (dis)order in which the US have emerged as the dominant imperialist power among growing tensions and instability, and draws the lessons for Marxists today.
An update to The New World Disorder -
Relations at the dawn of the 21st Century. Events on an international plane are moving with lightning speed. In just over a month after the present document was written, its general lines have already received striking confirmation. The world crisis expresses itself in continuing instability. The most striking manifestation of this was the revolutionary movement in Ecuador. But no less important in its long-term implications was the surprise resignation of Boris Yeltsin on New Years Eve. The fall of Yeltsin is yet another example of the sudden and sharp changes which reflect the nature of the present period, not just in Russia, but on a world scale.
The document which we are publishing puts forward the position of the Marxist tendency on the perspectives for the world revolution in a comprehensive way. It analyses the global crisis of world capitalism, economic perspectives and the stage reached by the class struggle in the developed capitalist countries, and also the revolutionary developments in the former colonial countries, the worldwide struggle against imperialism, the attitude of Marxists to war, the situation inside the mass parties and trade unions of the working class, and the tasks of the revolutionary tendency.