Posts in: theory

Freedom Socialist opinion: Time for action, no time to lament

April 2014

My granny was a single mom with nine children ranging from pre-teen to their 30’s by the time I came along. Mom was also on her own, with me. They rented a house and together supported the family. Grandma, the expert cook, with her food stand in El Mercado de San Martin, a small city… Read more »

RUSSIA: What the Ukraine crisis reveals about the post-Soviet state

April 2014

From the Sochi Olympic Games to the eruption in Ukraine that sparked Russia’s move into Crimea, recent developments have put Russia in the spotlight. But what do the complex events mean? Both Western and Russian mainstream media offer smoke and mirrors, not clarity. Only a look at history and class interests can pierce the fog…. Read more »

Freedom Socialist book review — Imagine Living In a Socialist USA, by Paul Street

April 2014

It is progress that a book entitled Imagine Living In a Socialist USA has been published by Harper, a major mainstream publisher. The brief first section, “What’s Wrong With Capitalism?” by Paul Street outlines the ruthlessness of the capitalist system, its incompatibility with democracy, and why our survival depends on pushing it off the stage… Read more »

Venezuela — Amenazas imperialistas y los límites del populismo

junio de 2014

Cada vez que la clase obrera y los pobres de América Latina tratan de dar un paso adelante y escribir su propia historia, se enfrentan al poder del imperialismo de EEUU, el cual utiliza lo que está de moda en ese momento — golpes de estado, bloqueos, movimientos de protesta fabricados, referendos o sanciones comerciales… Read more »

Venezuela: Imperialist threats and the limits of populism

June 2014

Every time the working class and poor of Latin America try to take a step forward and write their own history they confront the power of U.S. imperialism. It uses whatever is in fashion at the time — coups, blockades, manufactured protest movements, referendums or trade sanctions — to turn back the clock. When longstanding… Read more »

In celebration of a Native American Thanksgiving feast

October 2014

The following salute was given at the Thanksgiving Day celebration in honor of Native Americans held on Nov. 24, 2010 at New Freeway Hall in Seattle, WA. The speaker was Anne Guerry Hoddersen, International Secretary for the Freedom Socialist Party. We all know that Columbus and the Pilgrims got everything wrong when they landed on… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Party political resolution — Amid recession, reaction and rebellion: A world to win, a planet to save

October 2014

This political resolution, written on behalf of the Freedom Socialist Party National Committee and incorporating changes by the FSP membership, was adopted at the party’s May 2014 convention. It is an inspiring call to arms for ecosocialism as the solution for capitalist injuries to workers and the planet. Contents I. Overview II. Capitalism: a twin-headed… Read more »

Soldiers are Uncle Sam’s most disposable workers

December 2014

Clearly war is still hell, since every day 22 U.S. veterans take their lives, and the suicide rate for active duty soldiers is more than 50 percent higher than for civilians. But politicians and military commanders just slap a “hero” label on those returning from battle or leaving the service. Then these same soldiers are… Read more »

The US role in the world: myth and reality

December 2014

The term “American Century” comes from Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune. In 1941, Luce wrote a lengthy editorial to whip up public support for World War II. “Throughout the 17th Century and the 18th Century and the 19th Century,” he wrote, “this continent teemed with manifold projects and magnificent purposes…. Read more »

The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism

December 2014

The barbarism of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has repulsed workers everywhere, especially in the Middle East. For every “jihadist” recruit, more fighters are taking up arms against it. Among the bravest are Kurdish women from Iraq and Syria. Washington screams “evil” at ISIS’ ruthless beheadings, but remains silent at the dozens… Read more »