Polemics

Conference at New York University: a demoralized attack on Trotskyism

By Bill Vann, 14 November 2000

“Explorations of the History of US Trotskyism” was the title of a conference held at the end of September at New York University. Anyone not familiar with this history but attracted to the gathering, out of interest in either the indelible works of Leon Trotsky or the legacy of the movement that fought for his revolutionary socialist perspective in the United States, would have scratched his or her head in wonder at the content of these “explorations.”

Zimbabwe: Promotion of the MDC by middle class radicals politically disarms the working class

By Barbara Slaughter and Chris Marsden, 7 October 2000

In the parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe in June this year, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) won 57 of the directly elected parliamentary seats. Having been launched as a political party only a few months earlier, it reduced the ruling Zimbabwean National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) majority to only five seats. Many workers in the urban areas, enduring worsening poverty and unemployment, supported the MDC. They were misled by its populist denunciation of the government's corruption and mismanagement of the economy into believing that the new party would defend their interests.

A reply to a radical activist in New Zealand

By John Braddock and Linda Tenenbaum, 12 August 2000

Between mid-May and late July, New Zealand university students held a number of protests over the deepening crisis in the country's tertiary education system. Sharp funding cutbacks initiated by previous governments, and continued by the current Labour-Alliance coalition, have resulted in rising fees and ballooning student debt, institutions falling into the red, unprecedented course cutbacks and staff reductions, and a reversal in the ability of working class students to access higher education.

Letter from John Carolan in response to John Braddock's article on New Zealand students

12 August 2000

John Braddock's article (31st May) on NZ students' national campaign for Free Education examines in some depth the privatisation of the NZ tertiary system. However, as a member of the Fightback! campaign, I feel he misunderstands the dynamic of our movement, especially in regards to how we deal with reformists and trade union bureaucrats.

Letters to the WSWS

3 July 2000

The WSWS received the following letters in response to our June 27 article “US Green Party candidate Ralph Nader courts Buchanan supporters” http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/jun2000/gp1-j27.shtml

A reply to US Green Party supporters

By Barry Grey, 3 July 2000

Two letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site in response to our June 27 article “US Green Party candidate Ralph Nader courts Buchanan supporters” (http://www.wsws.org/articles/2000/jun2000/gp1-j27.shtml) warrant detailed replies, not, as will become clear, because they have any intrinsic political or intellectual merit.

How the Socialist Workers Party (US) changed its line on the Elian Gonzalez case

By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2000

The Socialist Workers Party did not arrive at its public opposition to the rescue of Elian Gonzalez overnight. Its political line underwent a distinct evolution, which can be followed in the pages of the Militant over the six months since Elian Gonzalez was found floating in the Atlantic Ocean on Thanksgiving Day.

Socialist Workers Party (US) denounces rescue of Elian Gonzalez

By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2000

The US Socialist Workers Party has publicly solidarized itself with the right-wing Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez, denouncing the April 22 raid by Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agents which rescued the six-year-old boy and returned him to the care of his Cuban father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez.

Answers to a radical numbskull: once more on the gulf between Marxism and protest politics

By Patrick Martin, 12 April 2000

On March 7, reader ML sent a letter, under the heading “Making the World Safe for Globalization,” which criticized the series of articles by Nick Beams of the WSWS Editorial Board contrasting the Marxist analysis of globalization to the attitude of middle class radicals. This letter denied that globalization represents anything new, or has any progressive aspect, contending it is merely a newfangled label for imperialism and that nothing more is required intellectually than to restate Lenin's analysis of world capitalism made some 85 years ago. Beams replied to this letter with a lengthy and carefully reasoned explanation, published March 15.

Workers Revolutionary Party member resigns and declares his support for the International Committee of the Fourth International

16 December 1998

The World Socialist Web Site has received the following letter written by Paul Day, resigning his membership in the Workers Revolutionary Party in Britain.

Permanent Revolution and the National Question Today

By David North, 17 May 1998

The following lecture was given by David North, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, on February 3, 1993 in Montreal. It was in commemoration of the life and political contribution of Keerthi Balasuriya, the longtime leader of the Sri Lankan section of International Committee of the Fourth International (then called the Revolutionary Communist League). Comrade Balasuriya died tragically of a heart attack in December 1987 at the age of thirty-nine.

Permanent Revolution and the National Question Today

By David North, 16 May 1998

The following lecture was given by David North, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the US, on February 3, 1993 in Montreal. It was in commemoration of the life and political contribution of Keerthi Balasuriya, the longtime leader of the Sri Lankan section of International Committee of the Fourth International (then called the Revolutionary Communist League). Comrade Balasuriya died tragically of a heart attack in December 1987 at the age of thirty-nine.