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Fifth International volume 3 issue 3

The Bolsheviks, the Red Army and the Russian Civil War

In 1917 the working class took power in Russia with remarkably little resistance from the bosses. But shortly afterwards the capitalists regrouped and gathered support from the imperialist powers to wage a bloody war on the young communist regime that became known as the Russian Civil War. Ninety years ago in 1919 was a key turning point when the Red Army turned the tide on the reactionary Whites. Jens-Hugo Nyberg takes the opportunity to recount these events and consider the lessons for defending future workers’ revolutions. Read more...

World economy – heading to a new upswing?

[Note: the graphs and table only appear in the print version]
Many commentators have argued the worst of the crisis is over. Michael Pröbsting asks whether there are grounded reasons for this optimism and looks at the obstacles facing a new wave of expansion. Read more...

An historic crisis of capitalism Part 3: The world class struggle, the character of the situation and the tasks of communists

The last part of this article surveys the world class struggle, in particular looking at the political physiognomy of the key countries and sectors and the prospects for radicalisation and militant struggle. We conclude by drawing on Trotsky’s method to characterise the current world situation and draw out the tasks of communists at this conjuncture. Part one is here and part two is here. Read more...

An historic crisis of capitalism Part 2: The politics of the new world order

The second of this three-part piece looks at the politics of the new world order, considering the increasing multi-polarity of world geopolitics and the cracks opening up inside the ruling class both in policy terms and over the speed and tempo of the attacks required on the working class. Lastly, we analyse the prospects for America’s principal rivals in Europe and Asia.
Part one is online here. Read more...

An historic crisis of capitalism Part 1: The crisis of globalisation: overaccumulation and the re-ordering of the world

The financial meltdown of the fall of 2008 was a profound moment not only for the evolution of the “Credit Crunch”, but also for the whole economic and political order. Luke Cooper presents the preliminary conclusions of discussions on the League’s leadership that provide the background for the elaboration of a new programme to be adopted at the League’s 8th Congress in 2010. The article is broken into three parts. The first part below situates the conjunctural crisis within the context of globalisation and imperialism and draws on Trotsky’s method of periodisation to understand these phenomena. Read more...

Hope in retreat: Obama and the US working class

Barack Obama was elected president under the slogan “sweeping change”. He spoke about the need for healthcare reform to cover everyone, a bill of trade union rights, and a “New Green Deal” to create jobs, protect the environment and “get America back on its feet”. Andy Yorke looks at Obama’s relationship to the unions and how the workers’ leaders have so far failed to fight to hold him to these promises. Read more...