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Fifth International volume 3 issue 1

Chávez turns to the right

Hugo Chávez has caused much excitement in the international left and consternation in Washington with his call for “21st century socialism”. But despite some nationalisations and social reforms, Chávez insists on defending the capitalist market. No wonder then, that he is moving right under the pressure of global events, writes Natalie Sedley Read more...

Challenges to a changing US working class

Review: US Labour in Trouble and Transition: The Failure of Reform from Above, the Promise of Revival from Below by Kim Moody, Verso 2007. Reviewed by Andy Yorke.

Moody's book is a contribution to the debate around the US working class and how it can rebuild its strength in the unions, workplaces and communities. What kind of answers does he give? Read more...

The Crisis of Globalisation

Luke Cooper surveys the wreckage of globalisation and the mounting crisis of capitalism Read more...

Nepal's Maoist government defends capitalism

The overthrow of King Gyanendra in 2006 brought Nepal to the attention of the world's anticapitalists. Now, two years since this democratic revolution, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which had been waging an armed struggle in the countryside for over ten years, has won the national elections and become the leading force in a coalition government. Read more...

Taking the capitalist road? The market reforms in Cuba

In February 2008 the resignation of 81 year-old Fidel Castro as Cuban president due to his deteriorating health, and his succession by brother Raul Castro gave rise to debate over the path that Cuba was now to take. Recent economic reforms, particularly those in agriculture have fuelled speculation that Cuba may be about to make a controlled turn towards capitalism, a fate which has already become reality for millions of workers and farmers in states like Vietnam and China. Read more...

James P Cannon and the fight for communism in the USA

Bryan D Palmer, a Canadian based professor and writer on the history of the North American labour movement, has published the first volume of his James Cannon biography, James P Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left (1890-1974) Illinois, 2007. Simon Hardy reviews its lessons for today Read more...

Why is there no socialism in the United States?”

Mainstream American politics is “big business” and the latest presidential contest is no exception. The eye-watering amounts of money thrown at Obama and McCain by the American rich testify to the simple fact that both the Democrats and Republicans are capitalist parties – neither has ever represented the independent interests of American workers. Andy Yorke asks, “Why have American workers never had a party of their own?” The answer, he argues, can be found in the historical struggles of the working class. Read more...

The EU reform treaty: what it is and how to fight it

The following is an abridged translation of a pamphlet published by the Austrian section of the League for the Fifth International. Read more...

Will Barack Obama bring a new deal for American workers?

Barack Obama has electrified the American president elections and fostered the belief amongst American workers, African-Americans and youth, that, if elected, he will bring radical change. Dave Stockton looks beyond Obama’s celebrity and radical language and finds a candidate itching to serve the capitalist class. Read more...