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Durham-López campaign statement: Justice for Manuel Diaz and Joel Acevedo – Curb police violence with elected civilian review boards

July 27, 2012

For a downloadable copy of this statement, click here. [PDF, 101kB] The weekend of July 21 saw another chapter in the long history of racist police violence in Southern California, with Anaheim police shooting to death two young Latino men. The Freedom Socialist Party campaign of Stephen Durham for president and Christina López for vice… Read more »

Cuba: Imperiled and Defiant—Can the Revolution Survive?

March 2010

TABLE OF CONTENTS PREAMBLE INTRODUCTION THE ECONOMY Incursions by Foreign Capital CHARACTER OF THE STATE APPARATUS Bureaucraticism Trumps Workers Democracy THE PROGRAM AND GOALS OF THE CUBAN COMMUNIST PARTY A Study in Contradiction CUBAN MASS ORGANIZATIONS A Force for Democracy or Handmaidens of the State Apparatus? OTHER VIEWS FROM THE LEFT Polarized Perspectives CONCLUSION PREAMBLE… Read more »

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

June 2015

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 »

Open Letter to Walter Lippman of CubaNews Listserv

December 4, 2009

Walter Lippmann Editor, CubaNews listserv Los Angeles, California Dear Walter, You recently disseminated Dr. Susan Williams’ article “Cuba’s Fate: Balanced on a Razor’s Edge” from the September/October issue of the Freedom Socialist newspaper. In your introduction to the posting, you make a point of having been a Trotskyist at some unhappy time in the past… Read more »

An Open Letter to Dr. Néstor García Iturbe from the Freedom Socialist Party, U.S.

December 3, 2009

Dr. Néstor García Iturbe Havana, Cuba Dear Dr. García Iturbe, In a recent article “A Thousand-faced Monster called the CIA,” appearing in the U.S-based Cuba News, you describe the U.S. Freedom Socialist Party as a CIA front to overthrow the Cuban Revolution. Apparently you reached this conclusion after reading “Cuba’s Fate: Balanced on a Razor’s… Read more »

China — Great Leap Into Turmoil

Spring 1977

Eight months after the death of Mao Tse-tung, the decade-long power struggle between his collaborators and the current ruling bureaucracy appears to have ended. The new Communist Party chairman, Hua Kuo-feng, has apparently consolidated control. The sudden arrest last October of “The Gang of Four” — Chiang Ching, Yao Wen-yuan, Chang Chun-chiao and Wang Hung-wen,… Read more »

Murry Weiss on Portugal

Spring 1977

(Excerpts from a speech delivered in August, 1976, summarizing the views of Murry Weiss and Myra Tanner Weiss on the continuing Portuguese revolution and the serious divisions within the Fourth International between the major of world Trotskyism and the Socialist Workers Party in the U.S.) The first task of revolutionaries in the United States is… Read more »

Marxist scholars electrify Seattle audience

Spring 1977

It was one of those occasions that no one present will ever forget. It was one of those incredible experiences in radical politics when the past graphically illuminates the present, new political ground is broken, and the course of the future becomes visible. The air was vibrant with excitement at the historic nature of the… Read more »

Prominent Feminists Evaluate Their Movement

Fall 1977

Seattle — “I don’t think we’re at a crossroads — we’re at a dead end,” said Ti-Grace Atkinson, a founder of radical-feminism. “The crossroads was 1971, when the antiwar and civil rights movements disintegrated. With our former comrades gone, we turned inwards, upon ourselves.” “The moderates back away from confronting the right wing,” said Rosa… Read more »