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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...

Peruvian hostage crisis exposes poverty

THE CREAM of Lima’s political elite were present to celebrate the birthday of Japan’s emperor when several of the waiters – instead of serving the caviar – reached for their AK47s, revealing themselves as members of the guerrilla group. Read more...

Cuba: Socialism in a “special period”?

Just over forty years ago Fidel Castro and a handful of fighters landed in Cuba. This initial nucleus, during two years of guerrilla warfare, grew until they were able to overthrow the hated US-backed dictator General Batista. Castro and the great majority of the July 26 Movement leaders were no communists. Fidel sincerely hoped to steer a middle course for Cuba between US imperialism and the Communist bloc; he wanted an “olive green” not a red revolution; a Cuba which had achieved “national independence”, no longer exploited by US imperialism but still capitalist. Read more...

Breaking from Morenoism: The PTS and Argentine Trotskyism

The Partido de los Trabajadores por el Socialismo1 (PTS) originates in the expulsion of 400-600 members from the Moviemiento Al Socialismo2 (MAS) in 1988.

Based primarily in Buenos Aires and consisting mainly of student activists, the expelled group was led by four MAS Central Committee members, including Emilio Albamonte and Hugo Ramirez of the current PTS, and one International Secretariat member of the LIT3, Leon Perez. 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...

Zapatistas: The “first post-modernist guerilla group”?

With Mexico’s economy in deep crisis, in September President Ernesto Zedillo invited the EZLN to particiapte in National discussions on political reform. They immediately accepted. This came in the wake of an unofficial referendum in Chiapas which revealed that a majority of the population wanted the Zapatistas to abandon “the armed struggle” and form a political party. Despite the EZLN’s statement that they would never give up their weapons, the EZLN is on the brink of entry into ‘normal’ Mexican bourgeois politics? Keith Harvey looks at the Zapatistas’ recent evolution and argues that there has always been a reformist logic behind the revolutionary rhetoric. Read more...

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