Bush has outlined an aggressive foreign and domestic agenda for his
second term. Internationally, he will continue to focus on the Middle
East, but Latin America will increasingly be targeted by his
administration. His overall international approach will remain
aggressive and arrogant, but due to the quagmire in Iraq and the
growing global resistance to U.S. imperialism, he will be forced to
seek broader alliances.
The world situation can only be characterized as highly volatile and
unstable. The profound economic, political, social, and military
instability, outlined in previous issues of Socialist Appeal,
has intensified over the past year. Without a doubt, we are in the most
turbulent historical epoch since the end of World War II, if not the
most tumultuous in human history.
Amnesty International published a report last Wednesday, condemning the
US and UK betrayal of the cause of human rights in the so-called “war
on terror” and urged the US to shut down its Guantanamo Bay camp. The
report is a condemnation of the hypocritical policies and actions of
the two imperialist powers.
Once upon a time, during the dark ages in the Middle East when tyrants
and one party rule were the norm in countries like Egypt, Iraq and
Israel/Palestine, there lived a great and wise man who believed that
one day “freedom” and “democracy” would rule the earth. This man’s name
was George W. Bush.
Over the past couple of years the U.S. economy has gained some momentum
and avoided slipping back into recession, but this was based on the
increased squeezing of the U.S. and world working class, not job growth
or significant investment in productive capacity. Even if the U.S.
economy miraculously takes off in the second half of 2005, the damage
has already been done for millions of working Americans.
Marxism and the USA is an updated and greatly expanded version of an essay on this question originally written in 2002. We produce here Alan Woods’ introduction to give our readers an idea of what the book is about.