theory

Freedom Socialist movie review: McCarthy Era Nostalgia

Spring 1979

Gently the seeds float down, flowering into sweet, lovely blossoms. And the inhabitants of trendy San Francisco are replaced, one by one, by steely humanoids grown from the pods which developed from the alien seeds. A remake of a 1956, low-budget horror film, the 1978 version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers has more pretension… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial: The Coming Labor Party

Spring 1979

American workers are caught in a political trap. Year after year, they are swindled by their worst enemies, the Republicans and Democrats. Workers are deceived into voting back into power all the devoted representatives of the capitalist class. And what does this capitalist power produce? Rising unemployment, ballooning inflation, soaring taxes, cutbacks in health, welfare… Read more »

Public study launched on “Natural Superiority of Women”

Fall 1979

Are women, by virtue of natural/biological traits or social status, superior to men? And what are the political implications of asserting women’s superiority? Two conflicting approaches to these thorny questions emerged when 130 women and men assembled in Seattle’s Freeway Hall on August 30 to examine the controversial issue. Dr. Jennifer James, anthropologist and associate… Read more »

Malice Aforethought

Spring 1980

We sophisticated watchdogs of the national press are distinguished from the snobbish, the sectarian, and the inexperienced by our comprehension of details to which they are wholly insensitive. I refer, naturally, to those glimpses of American mood and changing political perspectives to be gleaned from the lines of Ann Landers’ column. It is here that… Read more »

Murry Weiss appraises the critical split in the Fourth International

Spring 1980

An exceptionally sharp fissure jolted the Fourth International just as its Eleventh World Congress convened in Brussels in November 1979. Two groupings within the International (the official body of world Trotskyism) walked out or boycotted the meeting — the Bolshevik Faction (the majority tendency in Latin America) and the large Leninist Trotskyist Tendency (of France)…. Read more »

What is the Freedom Socialist Party?

Summer/Fall 1980

The Freedom Socialist Party is a revolutionary, socialist feminist organization, dedicated to the replacement of capitalist rule by a genuine workers democracy that will guarantee full economic, social, political and legal equality to women, people of color, gays, and all who are exploited, oppressed and repelled by the ruthless profit system and its offshoot —… Read more »

Fourth of July Oration

Summer 1982

CURRENT FASHIONS in world leftism decree that our very own, home brew, red-white-and-blue working class be regarded with lofty arrogance. No full-blooded anti-imperialist can pass the course in Revolution II without sneering and sniping at U.S. workers. Indeed, my sisters and brothers in the shops and offices and mines and mills of the USA have… Read more »

Permanent Revolution Betrayed: The SWP Abandons Trotskyism

Autumn 1984

The recent history of the U.S. Socialist Workers Party (SWP) is replete with the unmistakable signs and symptoms of terminal political degeneration. The SWP’s death throes are marked by complete submersion into reformism in the U.S. labor and mass social movements, desperate opportunism in the international arena, and spasmodic convulsions of theory and strategy. For… Read more »

Wall Street:

February 1988

Now that the Wall Street bull has bitten the dust, what are the prospects for the economy? And what lies ahead for American workers? Most everyone agrees on the factors that precipitated the October 19 stock market crash: the soaring U. S. federal and trade deficits; the tumbling U.S. dollar; the continuing stagnation of U.S…. Read more »