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.

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.

This is the first part of a draft document on World Perspectives as approved at the recent meeting of the leadership of the International Marxist Tendency. At this stage it is a discussion document. Read the final document here.

In the final part of the document we look at the lessons of Haiti and the threats to the Cuban revolution. The only way of defending it is through an all-Latin American revolution. We also look at indigenous movements, the effects of the free trade agreements and conclude by emphasising the new period we have entered. A new revolutionary wave is spreading across the globe.

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 world scale.

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 is based on Alan Woods’ speech.

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