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.
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.
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.
The war in Iraq drags on and on, and the situation for working
people here in the US continues to worsen, or at best stagnate. Working people
and the youth are beginning to see through the lies of the capitalist class
which could care less that entire families now live on the streets, or that 1.7
million people slid into poverty in 2002.
In a first in US Labor history, nearly 100,000 grocery workers are on strike
or locked out in California, St. Louis, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky,
demanding a halt to the ever-increasing bosses' assault on one of the
working class' most essential needs: health care. Under the heavy skies of
recession, these multi-billion dollar companies want to make the workers pay
the full bill for the economic downturn. In order to maintain their huge
profits, the capitalists are more than willing to put the physical health of
the working class to the ax. This is a threat that the Labor Movement cannot
tolerate, despite the braking action of their own leadership and the
pernicious influence of the Democratic Party.
The recent blackout on
the US East coast highlights the inability of the capitalist class to provide
even the most basic services in the heart of imperialism. The ability of
capitalism to keep even something as important as its global headquarters, New
York, has been undermined by the blind mechanics of the profit-drive, the
central component of capitalism itself. By Kurt Penca. Originally published on
the new issue of the American Socialist