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Spartacist (édition française) 43

La lutte pour le léninisme sur la question nationale


Spartacist (English edition) No. 65

The Fight for Leninism on the National Question


Spartacist (edición en español) No. 40

La lucha por el leninismo sobre la cuestión nacional


Spartacist (deutsche Ausgabe) Nr. 31

Der Kampf für Leninismus über die nationale Frage

 

Workers Vanguard No. 1139

7 September 2018
The closing date for news in this issue is 4 September.


Workers Vanguard

DSA and Ocasio-Cortez: No Kind of Socialists

Democrats, Republicans: Class Enemies of Workers and Oppressed

We Need a Revolutionary Workers Party!

With her surprise victory over incumbent Joseph Crowley in the June Democratic Congressional primary, the Bronx’s 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), became an overnight media sensation. She has since been a regular feature of late-night talk shows and the liberal press, which view her and her cothinkers as a shot in the arm of the so-called resistance to Trump. The aim of Ocasio-Cortez and other DSA-backed candidates is to refurbish the Democrats’ image so as to better rope disaffected youth and workers back into the party, which, no less than the Republicans, represents the capitalist system of exploitation, racial oppression and imperialist war.

Ocasio-Cortez’s upset victory is the centerpiece thus far of the various “progressive” challenges to the Democratic Party leadership following Trump’s election. Pennsylvania DSA members Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato won their primaries for seats in the state assembly, while Julia Salazar is challenging a 16-year incumbent for the New York State Senate. Also in New York, Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo is fending off a challenge from Sex and the City star and recently self-identified “democratic socialist” Cynthia Nixon.

The bulk of the Democratic leadership has responded to these challengers with barely concealed contempt, with House leader Nancy Pelosi admonishing people to not get “carried away” by Ocasio-Cortez’s victory: “They made a choice in one district.” For their part, Trump’s friends on Fox News have labeled Ocasio-Cortez “a communist” and “downright scary.” In a Fox News interview, Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis launched into a racist diatribe against Andrew Gillum, the black Democratic candidate supported by Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, warning voters not to “monkey this up” by electing Gillum.

Ocasio-Cortez, Nixon, et al. represent disgruntled elements in the Democratic Party who believe that victories in the midterm and the 2020 presidential elections require more than invented “Russiagate” scandals and the generic sales pitch of being less openly racist, anti-union and reactionary than Trump. The label “democratic socialist” has increasingly come to define liberal Democrats who still rally behind the party, but don’t fancy its establishment leadership. (read on)

Latest Postings

· Alemanya deté Carles Puigdemont
  Llibertat ja pels independentistes catalans

· Workers Tribune No. 1

· Australasian Spartacist No. 235

· Workers Vanguard No. 1139

· Workers Hammer No. 243

· ¡No a las detenciones!
  ¡Plenos derechos de ciudadanía para los inmigrantes!

· Spartakist Nr. 221

· 미제국주의에 맞서 북한을 방어하라!

· Tout le mouvement ouvrier doit appuyer les grutier

· Derrière le masque de La Riposte : ni socialisme ni indépendance

· 가자의 시온주의 킬링필드들

· Mujer inmigrante muere por disparo de la Patrulla Fronteriza de Texas

· Paro del ILWU en protesta contra provocación racista

· Le Bolchévik nº 224

· Ο Μπολσεβίκος Τεύχος 4, Απρίλιος 2018

· The Third Comintern Congress and the Struggle for Bolshevism
  Spartacist Supplement, May 2018

· Espartaco No. 49

· S.F. Airport Atrocity: Moro Activist Tortured, Refused Entry by Border Cops

· Spartaco supplemento at n. 81

· Spartaco n. 81

· République ouvrière nº 2

· Puerto Rico: ¡Libertad ya a los manifestantes del Primero de Mayo!
  ¡Abajo los cargos!
  Puerto Rico: Free the May Day Protesters Now! Drop All Charges!

· Spartacist South Africa No. 15

· Kahrolsun ABD Emperyalizmi! Suriye Bataklığı

· Ireland: Repeal the Eighth Amendment! No illusions in capitalist Dáil
  Fight for free abortion on demand!

· Victoire à la grève des cheminots !
  A bas la liquidation du statut !

· Catalunya: Ofensiva neofranquista
  La lluita per l’alliberament nacional, en un atzucac

· Nein zur GroKo!

· Catalunya: Ofensiva neofranquista
  La lucha por la liberación nacional en un impasse

· Australasian Spartacist No. 233

· Spartacist (deutsche Ausgabe) Nr. 31

· Spartacist (edición en español) No. 40

· Por que rejeitamos a demanda por uma “assembleia constituinte”

· Spartacist (English edition) No. 65

· Spartacist (édition française) 43

· Unione Europea: nemica di operai e immigrati
  Fuori l’Italia dall’Unione Europea!
  Per gli Stati uniti socialisti d’Europa!

· Precz z wyrokami sądowymi przeciw komunistom!

· Spartaco n. 79

· 『スパルタシスト』38号

· Крым является русским
  Бюллетень Спартаковцев, Приложение N°22

· !دافعوا عن ليبيا ضد الهجوم الأمبريالى

· مصر: انتفاضة جماهيرية تتحدى الدكتاتورية

· Militant Strike Wave in China (Chinese)

· Deklarasyon ng mga Prinsipyo
  at Ilang Elemento ng Programa

Latest Archival Postings

· Back Bound Volumes of Spartacist (English edition),
  Workers Vanguard and publications of the
  Prometheus Research Library now available in PDF and other formats
  on archive.org

· 트로츠키와 러시아 좌익반대파 (2001)

· 스페인 내전에서의 트로츠키주의와 인민전선주의 (2009)

· 1923년 독일과 코민테른에 대한 한 트로츠키주의자의 비판 (2001)

· "신 계급"이론들의 파산 (1999)

· Дуэль великих держав в Грузии
  Бюллетень Спартаковцев, Приложение N°21

· 맑스주의 원칙들과 선거 전술들 (2009)

· 『スパルタシスト』33号—35号

· Διακήρυξη Αρχών και Μερικά Στοιχεία Προγράμματος
  Διεθνής Κομμουνιστική 'Ενωση (Τεταρτοδιεθνιστική) (2000)

· Η ίδρυση της Τροτσκιστικής Ομάδας της Ελλάδας
  Για ένα Λενινιστικό κόμμα στην Ελλάδα!
  Για μία Σοσιαλιστική Ομοσπονδία των Βαλκανίων! (2004)




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!