25 January 2021

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International Viewpoint, the monthly English-language magazine of the Fourth International, is a window to radical alternatives world-wide, carrying reports, analysis and debates from all corners of the globe. Correspondents in over 50 countries report on popular struggles, and the debates that are shaping the left of tomorrow.
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‘We're witnessing a fundamental political realignment'

19 min 30 sec ago

“There's been no other country — certainly no European country, or Australia, New Zealand or Canada — that has seen such a powerful resurgence of the left, or one that is so solidly, generationally specific and anchored. And of course, youth of colour, the coming plurality of the American population, played a central role in this — particularly the Black women who built Black Lives Matter.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

The Dutch Government's Benefits Scandal Is Rooted in Stigma Against Welfare Recipients

Sun, 01/24/2021 - 09:16

“[R]egardless of what government is formed after the elections, mistrust of benefit recipients and institutional racism are likely to remain deeply entrenched in government and in Dutch political culture for some time.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

If Joe Biden Moves Left, You Can Thank the Left

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 09:50

“Above all, we need to build socialist, left, and worker power from the ground up, focusing on local and state government and on our workplaces. That's the only way we can ensure that future generations will be able to expect better than Joe Biden, liberal edition. We cannot allow this complicated and chaotic moment to go to waste.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

Navalny's Return and Left Strategy

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 13:41

Russia has had an eventful week and it's not even finished. First, Alexey Navalny flew back to Moscow, then he was immediately arrested upon crossing the border, and the next day his team published a video illustrating Vladimir Putin's own corruption and calling upon all citizens to come out to the streets against the government on January 23. What is the Russian left to think of all this? Navalny is certainly not its own, but should it stay away from the protests and the brewing political crisis?

- IV552 - January 2021 /

Towards a Year of Crisis and Uncertainty

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 13:25

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the USA's 46th president on 20 January 2021 was characterized as a “return to normality” and that “democracy had prevailed”. What lies ahead?

- IV552 - January 2021 /

After the Pandemic Subsides, We May See a Third Wave of the Arab Spring

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 11:53

“There's still a very long way to go in this long-term revolutionary process. The good news is that people are learning what they're up against and drawing lessons from both defeats and victories.”

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Why the Dutch Socialist Party Is in Crisis

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 08:56

“It is clear that if the SP persists in its current course, further isolation and decline are unavoidable. Forcing changes in orientation will be a difficult struggle. Considering the structural weakness of the Left, there is no guarantee of success.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

Bolsonaro is breaking the country: 200,000 dead, unemployment and poverty

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 10:27

“It is necessary to make 2021 a year of resistance and unitary action, on the streets - while respecting health standards - against this genocidal government. ”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

The 2019 Uprising Produces an Electoral Opening Toward the Left

Sun, 01/17/2021 - 10:19

“If a solid leftist electoral front can be built while maintaining the pressure of street mobilization on a much weakened colonial capitalist regime, a true sea change is not just possible but within reach.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

The Return of Democracy and an Uncertain Future

Sat, 01/16/2021 - 11:06

“Wherever one stands on Evo Morales, and despite the challenges ahead, it is clear that at least for the moment, Bolivians continue to challenge capitalism and its orthodoxies.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

First as tragedy, then as farce? AUR and the long shadow of fascism in Romania

Fri, 01/15/2021 - 14:28

In the current political climate, witnessing an ascendance of far-right parties across Europe, and a more general shift to the right in mainstream politics globally, Romania was often pointed out as an exception in this respect, certainly when it came to the area of Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe. Since 2008, when the Greater Romania Party (Partidul România Mare, PRM) failed to meet the 5% electoral threshold for entering Parliament, there had been no far- or radical-right (...)

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Post-Election 2020: A Crisis of Representation

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 10:13

Failed beer hall putsch re-enactments aside, Donald Trump will be leaving the White House on January 20 if not sooner—at least for the next four years. The focus now shifts to the post-Trump world: what can we expect from the incoming Biden administration?

- IV552 - January 2021 /

Desperado in the White House: Coup Fails, Trump Faces Impeachment

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 14:44

“Our next problem will be Biden and the Democrats' neoliberalism, but Trump is still the issue for the moment.”

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Parliamentary elections – Results and prospects

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 11:41

“Taking control of the AN from the right was vital for the Bolivarian revolution, with elections in the midst of a serious economic crisis, mainly the consequence of the blockade imposed by imperialism. ”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

2021 begins with a new National Assembly. Will it lead to advances?

Wed, 01/13/2021 - 11:41

“We believe that the new National Assembly can be an instrument of the Revolution, but we will not encourage false hopes among the ranks of the peasants, workers and communities.”

- IV552 - January 2021 /

Seven Theses on the Post-Trump Right and DSA's Role in the Fight Ahead

Tue, 01/12/2021 - 12:37

“Our response must be different. It must emerge from our understanding of how this racist, anti-worker, anti-poor capitalist death machine can actually be overcome. That will require organizing, not lobbying. ”

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The Invasion of Capitol Hill

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 23:45

Decaying Institutions, Rightwing Insurrection, and the Need for a Mass Movement

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Trump fanatics invade Capitol as his presidency disintegrates

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 23:32

“Humanity's future also rests on the emergence and consolidation of a new and independent Black, Latinx and Native American leadership to champion the struggles of the most oppressed and exploited and establish democratic control of their communities while opening the way to the formation of independent Black and Brown parties in the political arena.”

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Nationalism and patriotism: the opium of the masses

Mon, 01/11/2021 - 15:31

“Unifying people across racial lines on a national basis has not just resulted in the harmful othering of non-nationals, it has placated us so that we don't think about how our lives are completely in the service of capital.”

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