National Sections of the L5I:

USA

The "American century"" draws to a close

The Twentieth Century ends in economic crisis and deepening political instability the League for a Revolutionary Communist International analyses the period ahead and the tasks facing the working class.

Over the past two years developments in the world economy have shocked the prophets and pundits. In the early nineties there was much talk of the Asian model of high and sustained growth rates and of a globalisation that would force this model on the entire world. Europe was regarded as the sick man of world capitalism, an analysis apparently confirmed by the collapse of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism before the assault of the hedge funds and currency speculators in 1992-3. Read more...

American capitalism on the edge of a nervous breakdown

The last ten years have seen US stock markets boom as the country experienced its longest post war economic upturn. Keith Harvey asks, will the coming stock market crash push the world's superpower into steep decline? Read more...

Race, class and nation in Black America

In a continuing debate over the black question in the USA, GR McColl argues that the comrades of the Trotskyist Fraction remain wedded ahistorically to Trotsky’s slogans of the 1930s rather than developing a concrete analysis of today’s situation. Read more...

Can Labor break with Democrats?

THE TWO main bosses’ parties in the USA – the Republicans and the Democrats – staged their conventions in August to crown Bob Dole and Bill Clinton as their standardbearers in the November presidential contest. But June witnessed the birth of a new political party that claims to be a voice for the organised working class. Read more...

From the Civil War to the Comintern - Fighting racism in the USA

The oppression suffered by black workers in the USA from the last quarter of the nineteenth century eliminated much of the gains of the early post Civil War period. The reformist labor leaders of the time helped entrench this racism within the trade unions. In the first of two articles (concluding part in TI 18), John McKee explains the roots of this apartheid within the labour movement and shows how a radical, if incomplete, break with this legacy formed part of the early years of US communism under the influence of Lenin's Third International. Read more...

The myth of the underclass

The recent events in Los Angeles have led bourgeois commentators and academic “Marxists” to brush up the old concept of an “underclass”. Lesley Day and Colin Lloyd argue that this idea is not only useless for analysing the class structure of the US urban centres but is a positive diversion from the search for a working class solution to the crisis of the US inner cities. Read more...

The LA riots - a revolt against racism

THOUSANDS OF troops, National Guardsmen and police patrolling the streets. A curfew. Over forty people dead. Thousands more injured and arrested. Los Angeles resembled war-torn Kuwait with buildings gutted and neighbourhoods destroyed. Read more...

Democrats no answer for US workers

Only 25% of registered Democratic voters bothered to turn out in the recent New York primary, an area vital to front-runner Bill Clinton’s bid for the White House. Read more...

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