29 September 2020

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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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Retail, aviation, pork, viruses and profits

07/07/2020 - 08:17

Everything is in everything. Two districts in the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia (Gütersloh and Warendorf), or 600,000 people, were again locked down from 18 June, under threat of Covid-19: restrictions on movement in public space and frequenting bars and restaurants, sports establishments, nurseries and schools.

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After the Deluge

06/07/2020 - 06:40

When the National Weather Service issued a flood warning for central Michigan, residents weren't worried because they had been through a similar warning two years before. But this time two of the four dams on the Tittabawassee River burst, causing 10,000 residents to flee from their homes in the middle of the governor's “stay at home” order necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Undocumented Farmworkers Are Refusing COVID Tests for Fear of Losing Their Jobs

05/07/2020 - 07:21

As states reopen for business, the coronavirus is exploding among America's 2.5 million farmworkers, imperiling efforts to contain the spread of the disease and keep food on the shelves just as peak harvest gets underway.

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Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 20th Century US South

04/07/2020 - 07:32

Mainstream commentators in the US, both liberal and conservative, tend to portray the South as a region whose culture makes it a permanent bastion of reactionary, racist, and anti-labor politics. Michael Goldfield's new book, The Southern Key: Class, Race, and Radicalism in the 1930s and 1940s (Oxford University Press, 2020), challenges these truisms, revealing the possibilities for a racially egalitarian industrial unionism in the South during and after the Great Depression and how the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) squandered those opportunities. Spectre's Charlie Post interviews Mike Goldfield about his provocative contribution to discussions of race and class in the US.

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After the epidemic in China: crises and changes?

03/07/2020 - 07:34

Nearly half a million businesses were declared bankrupt in April. For the first time since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, the economy is shrinking because exports, after having been in demand for the US and European markets, ended up not being able to find customers once the world had been confined.

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Statement on upcoming elections in Sri Lanka

02/07/2020 - 22:46

This statement was made by the Fourth International Bureau on 30 June 2020.

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Reactionary school law passed in Greece, but the fight continues

02/07/2020 - 08:33

There was little suspense: the right-wing majority of the Greek parliament voted on Thursday, 11 June for the reactionary law on schools, confirming if it was necessary the dangerous nature of a government whose sole intent is to break up the public services to better offer them to the private sector, preferably to cronies, as evidenced in recent times by a series of scandals of which one alone would have been enough to bring down such a government in other times!

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Defend the Hong Kong Democracy Movement!

01/07/2020 - 07:06

In an act of retribution to the Hong Kong movement beginning last year, which has seen prolonged street clashes between the police and protestors, China has decided to unilaterally impose new national security laws to Hong Kong.

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Glasgow killing raises major questions about treatment of asylum seekers

01/07/2020 - 06:26

In a major event in Scotland, one person was killed by armed police in a Glasgow hotel used to accommodate asylum seekers. The call ‘not to politicise' the incident from SNP and Labour politicians is completely misplaced.

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Indo-Nepal relationship under the cloud of Hinduvta

30/06/2020 - 08:11

The construction of a motorable road by the Indian government, towards the Chinese border and near the disputed Kalapani area on the Indo-Nepal border sparked off a diplomatic row. Although there were minor complications in the past around such isssues, the situation has worsened rapidly since Modi came to powerin 2014.

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1973: The dialectic of growth

29/06/2020 - 21:30

This article was originally published as ‘La Dialectique de la Croissance', Mai, November 1972, pp. 7-14. This translation is based on the Dutch version published in the reader of a 1973 congress on the ‘Crisis in economic theory', VESVU-kongreskommissie (ed.) Krisis in de ekonomiese theorie: lezingen en diskussies van het vesvu kongres vu-amsterdam (Nijmegen, 1973), pp. 55-76, available online in the Marxists Internet Archive here. Translation by Alex de Jong.
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The Romance of American Communism

29/06/2020 - 21:25

As protests work to remake the world, the reissue of Vivian Gornickʼs The Romance of American Communism invites a new generation to reflect on what it means to live a life of political commitment—where the passionate pursuit of justice meets organized political action. The Romance of American Communism by Vivian Gornick Verso.

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1972: The Driving Forces of Imperialism

29/06/2020 - 18:20

This paper was submitted to the Bertrand Russel Centenary Symposium, Linz, Austria, September 11th to 15th, 1972. First published in: Ken Coates (ed.) Spheres of influence in the age of imperialism (Nottingham, 1972).

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If they come in the morning…

29/06/2020 - 06:38

The Labour Party's antisemitism witchhunt has just claimed its highest profile victim, with the sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from Starmer's shadow cabinet for the crime of tweeting a link to an interview with the actor Maxine Peake in the Independent. This decision, taken just a few hours after a peremptory demand by the unrepresentative Board of Deputies of British Jews, makes a mockery of Starmer's claim that he intends to “reunify” the party.

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Daniel Bensaïd: a bifurcation Marxism

28/06/2020 - 10:12

Daniel Bensaïd has the merit of having introduced a new concept into the Marxist lexicon: bifurcation. He has, so to speak, sketched the broad outlines of what one might call a bifurcation Marxism.

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Angela Davis: An Interview on the Futures of Black Radicalism

28/06/2020 - 09:39

"The concept associated with Black Marxism that I find most productive and most potentially transformative is the concept of racial capitalism.... Global capitalism cannot be adequately comprehended if the racial dimension of capitalism is ignored."

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Make Black Lives Matter

28/06/2020 - 08:57

In the middle of a pandemic, with the global economy crashing and a US Presidential election in the offing, George Floyd's murder by police sparked protests across the globe. The movement is led by Black Americans and unites in solidarity people of many ethnicities, colours, and religions who have had enough of police brutality, and police murders of Black Americans.

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More than a Left Foot

27/06/2020 - 19:21

Bob Findlay's final sentence in his book hopes that “it has provided an insight into an array of historical events, socio-political issues and personal narratives worthy of your time”. It certainly does and is in fact several books for the price of one.

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The movement against racism and police violence – an initial assessment

27/06/2020 - 07:54

Hector A. Rivera is the editor of Punto Rojo, a review of the Latin and Chicano socialist left in the United States. He was interviewed on 9 June 2020 by Marine Benjelloun and Alex Guérin for Contretemps.

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Chile: under the pandemic, the class struggle

26/06/2020 - 05:06

This article examines the particular situation of Chile, a country which has been going through one of the biggest popular revolts in the region for months, while being one of the flagship countries of neoliberal capitalism in worldwide terms.

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