theory

Economic crisis benefits far-right recruiting

June 2009

The stated message of nationwide “Tea Bag” demonstrations on tax day was to protest President Obama’s tax plan. But they revealed a more sinister purpose. In times of economic crisis, the political right builds its movement through racist scapegoating. Tea Bag photos flaunted picket signs referring to “Osama Obama,” and blaming “illegal immigrants” for the… Read more »

Why Obama Is No Socialist. Rush Limbaugh Got It Wrong.

June 2009

A chorus of conservative pundits has been using the ‘S’ word to describe President Obama. During last fall’s presidential campaign, for example, media personality Rush Limbaugh crowed, “the American people reject socialism.” And then he warned, “But this is Obama’s program.” Limbaugh’s scare tactic didn’t prevent a resounding Obama victory. Neither did it transform the… Read more »

A man, and a mentor, for all seasons

August 2009

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the death of James P. Cannon, an American revolutionary from the quintessential U.S. heartland of Rosedale, Kansas. For decades Cannon’s rich writings have guided me as a leader of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP). I also came to know him by working with Clara Fraser, FSP’s founder. Fraser… Read more »

An answer to the crisis: 10-point program of the Freedom Socialist Party

October 2009

No more bailouts for bankers & speculators. Open the books. Nationalize the banking and insurance industries, under the control of workers! • Make public the results of worker audits of allegedly bankrupt and failing companies. • Send corporate crooks to jail, including predatory lenders. Redirect war spending into social services. Redirect the Pentagon’s $500-plus billion… Read more »

The financial crash: painful, pervasive — and predictable

October 2009

Below are excerpts, edited additionally for length, from a 1999 Freedom Socialist Party position paper analyzing the roots of the economic crisis that began in Asia two years earlier. Called “From the Ashes of the Old Century, a Better World’s in Birth,” the entire document is available online (www.socialism.com) and in book form in English… Read more »

The truth about socialism

December 2009

Q. Is Barack Obama a socialist? A. A major clue that President Obama is not a socialist is that Fox News says he is. Another aha! moment is his unqualified endorsement of the historic, multi-trillion-dollar bailout of the capitalist “entrepreneurs” — risk-takers all! — who nearly crashed the economic system a year ago. Never mind… Read more »

Los mortíferos frutos del neoliberalismo

febrero de 2010

Un hemisferio indivisible: la Revolución Permanente y el neoliberalismo en América, de Guerry Hoddersen, fue adoptado en la convención de 2006 en EEUU del Partido de Libertad Socialista. A continuación se encuentran algunos fragmentos. — Los defensores del libre comercio apostaban que el neoliberalismo le daría al capitalismo su segundo aire y, por un tiempo,… Read more »

The deadly fruits of neoliberalism

February 2010

One Hemisphere Indivisible: Permanent Revolution and Neoliberalism in the Americas, by Guerry Hoddersen, was adopted at the 2006 U.S. convention of the Freedom Socialist Party. Excerpts are below. — Free-traders were betting that neoliberalism would give capitalism a second wind, and for a while, it did. But over the past few years it has been… Read more »

Privatization: Resistance spreads worldwide to raids on public wealth

February 2010

“How can you buy or sell the sky? The warmth of the land? We do not own the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water.” These words are often attributed to Chief Seattle in 1854, when the expanding United States sought to buy land from the Duwamish Indians. The sentiment is authentic,… Read more »