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Workers Vanguard No. 1169

7 February 2020
The closing date for news in this issue is 4 February.

Workers Vanguard

Democrats, Republicans—They’re All Guilty

Impeachment and U.S. Imperialist Crimes

We Need a New Ruling Class—The Workers!

FEBRUARY 3—The spectacle of the two parties of the ruling class during the recent Senate impeachment trial evoked Shakespeare’s The Tempest: “Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.” On one side stood the Democrats and the national security spies, who have promoted hysteria about Russian electoral “interference” while maneuvering against Donald J. Trump since his 2016 Electoral College victory over her bellicose highness, Hillary Clinton. On the other side were the more undisguised representatives of racism and religious reaction, the Republicans, who represent the same decaying and exploitative capitalist system as the other party. Tellingly, the dog and pony show on Capitol Hill hardly piqued the interest of the majority of the population. The working and oppressed masses had no stake in this bourgeois brawl.

The Democrats knew full well that the Republican-dominated Senate would not convict and remove the president. Trump was impeached for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of justice” based on the allegation that he paused military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure Kiev to investigate his political rival, Democratic primary candidate Joe Biden. Behind the claims of protecting the “legitimacy” of the 2020 elections and stamping out “misconduct,” the impeachment trial was a cynical attempt by the Democrats to manipulate disgust among sections of the population with the vile Trump administration in order to advance their chances to regain the White House. Their beef is that the mercurial Trump, including with his flagrant bigotry and sexism, has brought the imperial presidency into disrepute.

There is true irony in the Democrats indicting Trump for political extortion of the Ukrainian government when in 2014 the Barack Obama administration, supported by the imperialist powers in Europe, was pivotal in fomenting a fascist-infested coup in Kiev. Then president Viktor Yanukovych had rejected a European Union trade agreement, which included an IMF austerity loan, and instead opted for an economic deal with Russia on better terms. He was subsequently overthrown during a series of protests dubbed the “Maidan Revolution” in which neo-Nazis played a leading role. Washington then helped bring to power an ultranationalist, anti-Russian regime headed by billionaire Petro Poroshenko.

Like the long line of Democrats and Republicans before him, Trump has committed real crimes against the working class and oppressed at home and abroad. But the Democrats carry out the same crimes when in power—from the cop killings of black men on America’s streets and the deportation and terrorization of immigrants to the gutting of workers’ wages and benefits and the slaughter of civilians around the world. (read on)

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About the ICL




V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek, Korean and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!