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.
In his new book, Alan Woods examines the broad sweep of American history from a Marxist perspective. Many Americans view the ideas of socialism and Marxism with suspicion and distrust. In Marxism and the U.S.A., the author shows that these ideas are not at all foreign to the history and traditions of the American people. The book can be ordered from Wellred USA for $15 within the U.S. and for $20 for International orders.
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.
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?
Forty years ago, yesterday, Malcolm X stood up at the Audubon Ballroom
in Harlem (New York) to speak. He was going to speak against the racial
segregation all over the US. He was going to appeal to his brothers and
sisters to resist and fight back against the “oppression of the white
man” when he was gunned down. More than one or two breathed a sigh of
relief at the top of the US establishment. One of the loudest voices
against injustice had been lost.