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Fifth International volume 2 issue 4

Editorial

Events since the last issue of Fifth International appeared in May have more than confirmed our perspective of a world in deepening social crisis. As we go to press, huge demonstrations led by Buddhist monks are taking place in Myanmar (Burma). Simon Hardy reports on how Bangladesh has joined Pakistan in the growing list of countries convulsed by mass demonstrations with great revolutionary potentialities. South Asia is rapidly catching up with Latin America, which has, since the prolonged revolutionary situation in Argentina at the beginning of the decade, been the continent with the highest levels of class struggle. Read more...

Bangladesh: end of the old order

In mid September, Bangladeshi garment workers in Dhaka organised a 10,000 strong demonstration, in open defiance of the emergency laws, demanding higher wages and improved conditions of work. Garments are Bangladesh’s biggest single export earner, accounting for 75% of total export earnings last year. The company directly involved, the Nassa Group, produces for cheap clothing outlets like Wal-Mart in the US and Primark in the UK. Read more...

Respect’s crisis is opportunity for new workers party

In early September Respect MP George Galloway circulated a letter to the Respect National Council entitled “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. The letter appears to point to a possible early disintegration of the “Unity Coalition.” Galloway makes a series of bitter complaints about how Respect is run, ranging from complaints over office procedures to accusations of ineptitude in election work and a general lack of accountability and democracy. He ends by warning that Respect may be facing oblivion. Although he does not mention by name the organisation he holds responsible for all this, it is quite obviously the Socialist Workers Party. Read more...

Global credit crunch – towards a crisis of globalisation?

The year 2007 has not so far been kind to the ideologues of capitalism – nor to anyone expecting the current boom economy in the US and Britain to continue unabated in the years ahead. A series of sudden events, culminating in a global credit crunch in August and even a good old-fashioned bank run in the UK in September, revealed that the capitalist system remains riven with contradictions that are prone to burst out in periodic crises. Read more...

China: From Mao to the market

Peter Main surveys the changes going on in China which are propelling it forward both economically and politically - but where is it going? Read more...

An immaterial analysis of women’s oppression

In Material girls: Women, men and work, Lindsey German, a member of the Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party, describes the profound changes in the lives of women, predominantly in Britain, over the last 100 years. She sets out in some detail the shift in attitudes towards gender and sexuality; changes in the family structure and the role of the nuclear family in reinforcing the status quo; the increase in the number of women in wage labour; improvements to women’s education; and advances in technology, which have reduced the scale of household drudgery. Read more...