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Spartacist (édition française) 43

La lutte pour le léninisme sur la question nationale


Spartacist (English edition) No. 65

The Fight for Leninism on the National Question


Spartacist (edición en español) No. 40

La lucha por el leninismo sobre la cuestión nacional


Spartacist (deutsche Ausgabe) Nr. 31

Der Kampf für Leninismus über die nationale Frage

 

Workers Vanguard No. 1141

5 October 2018
The closing date for news in this issue is 2 October.


Workers Vanguard

Democratic Hypocrites, Republican Bigots

Capitalist Parties Spar Over Supreme Court

Millions watched the second set of sordid hearings over Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s ultra-reactionary pick for the Supreme Court. Dripping with contempt, the Republican white old boys on the Senate Judiciary Committee went to bat in defense of Kavanaugh’s “virtue” against allegations of attempted rape and other sexual abuse in his younger years. The Democrats, who had initially given their due deference—albeit critically—to Kavanaugh, now oozed with concern over his moral fitness to serve on the high court of racist American capitalism. With consummate hypocrisy, Democrats seized on the allegations to have their #MeToo moment, grandstanding as defenders of women’s rights without having to deal with such “divisive” issues as abortion on the eve of the midterm elections.

Disappeared from the media spotlight were the crimes and crimes-to-be of Kavanaugh, an avowed enemy of abortion rights, who is dedicated to rolling back black voting rights and other such gains as remain from the civil rights movement. His curriculum vitae includes advocating torture and indefinite detention for “enemy combatants” abroad and the racist death penalty and mass surveillance of the population at home. At bottom, the Democrats agree with their Republican counterparts, including Kavanaugh, on issues like the death penalty even if they are not as vocal in supporting them. Notwithstanding the Democrats’ posturing against torture, earlier this year six Democratic Senators provided the margin of victory to approve Trump’s nominee to run the CIA, Gina Haspel, who was an architect of the Bush/Cheney torture program. As for mass surveillance, the Obama administration was second to none.

The policy differences between the Democrats and Republicans represent different factions within a single capitalist ruling class. The capitalist class—the owners of industry and the banks—runs the Republican and Democratic parties, whose main distinction is not what they do but how they do it. The Democrats offer up the same anti-working-class program with a bit of bread and/or circuses, as the Roman emperors sometimes gave the plebeians.

Every capitalist politician lies for a living—and the biggest lie of all is that “the people” have any control over the government. The working class and the oppressed masses have no side in the donkey and elephant show about which bourgeois candidate wears the black robes. The Supreme Court is and always will be a reactionary institution that is part of the core of the capitalist state, which also includes the police, prisons and military. The purpose of this state is to defend the rule and profitability of American capitalism against the working class and oppressed through repression and subjugation. The rulers also rely on indoctrination and co-optation to maintain their reign. (read on)

Latest Postings

· Workers Vanguard No. 1141

· Alemanya deté Carles Puigdemont
  Llibertat ja pels independentistes catalans

· Workers Tribune No. 1

· Australasian Spartacist No. 235

· Workers Hammer No. 243

· ¡No a las detenciones!
  ¡Plenos derechos de ciudadanía para los inmigrantes!

· Spartakist Nr. 221

· 미제국주의에 맞서 북한을 방어하라!

· Tout le mouvement ouvrier doit appuyer les grutier

· Derrière le masque de La Riposte : ni socialisme ni indépendance

· 가자의 시온주의 킬링필드들

· Mujer inmigrante muere por disparo de la Patrulla Fronteriza de Texas

· Paro del ILWU en protesta contra provocación racista

· Le Bolchévik nº 224

· Ο Μπολσεβίκος Τεύχος 4, Απρίλιος 2018

· The Third Comintern Congress and the Struggle for Bolshevism
  Spartacist Supplement, May 2018

· Espartaco No. 49

· S.F. Airport Atrocity: Moro Activist Tortured, Refused Entry by Border Cops

· Spartaco supplemento at n. 81

· Spartaco n. 81

· République ouvrière nº 2

· Puerto Rico: ¡Libertad ya a los manifestantes del Primero de Mayo!
  ¡Abajo los cargos!
  Puerto Rico: Free the May Day Protesters Now! Drop All Charges!

· Spartacist South Africa No. 15

· Kahrolsun ABD Emperyalizmi! Suriye Bataklığı

· Ireland: Repeal the Eighth Amendment! No illusions in capitalist Dáil
  Fight for free abortion on demand!

· Victoire à la grève des cheminots !
  A bas la liquidation du statut !

· Catalunya: Ofensiva neofranquista
  La lluita per l’alliberament nacional, en un atzucac

· Nein zur GroKo!

· Catalunya: Ofensiva neofranquista
  La lucha por la liberación nacional en un impasse

· Australasian Spartacist No. 233

· Spartacist (deutsche Ausgabe) Nr. 31

· Spartacist (edición en español) No. 40

· Por que rejeitamos a demanda por uma “assembleia constituinte”

· Spartacist (English edition) No. 65

· Spartacist (édition française) 43

· Unione Europea: nemica di operai e immigrati
  Fuori l’Italia dall’Unione Europea!
  Per gli Stati uniti socialisti d’Europa!

· Precz z wyrokami sądowymi przeciw komunistom!

· Spartaco n. 79

· 『スパルタシスト』38号

· Крым является русским
  Бюллетень Спартаковцев, Приложение N°22

· !دافعوا عن ليبيا ضد الهجوم الأمبريالى

· مصر: انتفاضة جماهيرية تتحدى الدكتاتورية

· Militant Strike Wave in China (Chinese)

· Deklarasyon ng mga Prinsipyo
  at Ilang Elemento ng Programa

Latest Archival Postings

· Back Bound Volumes of Spartacist (English edition),
  Workers Vanguard and publications of the
  Prometheus Research Library now available in PDF and other formats
  on archive.org

· 트로츠키와 러시아 좌익반대파 (2001)

· 스페인 내전에서의 트로츠키주의와 인민전선주의 (2009)

· 1923년 독일과 코민테른에 대한 한 트로츠키주의자의 비판 (2001)

· "신 계급"이론들의 파산 (1999)

· Дуэль великих держав в Грузии
  Бюллетень Спартаковцев, Приложение N°21

· 맑스주의 원칙들과 선거 전술들 (2009)

· 『スパルタシスト』33号—35号

· Διακήρυξη Αρχών και Μερικά Στοιχεία Προγράμματος
  Διεθνής Κομμουνιστική 'Ενωση (Τεταρτοδιεθνιστική) (2000)

· Η ίδρυση της Τροτσκιστικής Ομάδας της Ελλάδας
  Για ένα Λενινιστικό κόμμα στην Ελλάδα!
  Για μία Σοσιαλιστική Ομοσπονδία των Βαλκανίων! (2004)




About the ICL




V.I. LeninLeon TrotskyThe International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist) is a proletarian, revolutionary and internationalist tendency committed to the task of building Leninist parties as national sections of a democratic-centralist international. Our aim is the achievement of new October Revolutions—nothing else, nothing other, nothing less. The ICL bases itself on Marxist historical, dialectical materialism and seeks in particular to carry forward the international working-class perspectives of Marxism developed in the theory and practice of the Bolshevik leaders V. I. Lenin and L. D. Trotsky and embodied in the decisions of the first four Congresses of the Communist International as well as key documents of the Fourth International such as the Transitional Program (1938) and "War and the Fourth International" (1934). We also look to James P. Cannon, a leader of the early American Communist Party who was won to Trotskyism and went on to become a principal founder of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), working in close collaboration with Leon Trotsky. The origins of the ICL are in the Spartacist League/U.S., which began as the Revolutionary Tendency in the SWP and was bureaucratically expelled in 1963. Our ICL "Declaration of Principles and Some Elements of Program" was modeled on the Declaration of Principles adopted at the 1966 founding conference of the SL/U.S.

Adopted at the Third International Conference of the ICL in early 1998, the declaration presently exists in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, German, Russian, Polish, Italian, Turkish, Indonesian, Greek, Korean and Tagalog. In this post-Soviet period, marked by a deep regression of proletarian consciousness, we continue to be guided by Trotsky's statement that "the task of the vanguard is above all not to let itself be carried along by the backward flow; it must swim against the current." Reforge the Fourth International, world party of socialist revolution!