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Socialist Revolution

The latest in Marxist theory and analysis, brought to you by Socialist Revolution, the US section of the International Marxist Tendency. In the midst of capitalism's global meltdown, we provide class-struggle perspectives and revolutionary strategy for achieving socialism in our lifetime. More news updates and theoretical analysis available at socialistrevolution.org

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May 13, 2021 55 min

Alan Woods gives an introduction on Marxist philosophy, dialectical materialism, in the 2018 book launch of The Revolutionary Philosophy of Marxism. As Lenin said, without revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement. All revolutionaries must make an effort to study the ideas of Marxism, which is a powerful weapon in our hands to transform society. 

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Video presentation: bit.ly/3tKFqpH...

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This document was approved unanimously at the 2018 IMT World Congress, and its aim is to intensify the theoretical and political struggle against identity politics, postmodernism, and other alien class ideas. Read it on our website at srev.org/marxism-vs-idpol.

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Our fourth episode on the American Civil War covers the course of events from Emancipation Proclamation to the end of the war. After a brief hiatus, we will be back with more episodes to cover the convulsive period of Reconstruction. Full transcript: bit.ly/3mzD0rJ

Part 1: bit.ly/3aWMvg6

Part 2: bit.ly/3tmb8JP

Part 3: bit.ly/3w5sOLF

Music: "Battle Cry of Freedom", University of California, Santa Barbara Library ...

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In this episode of our Civil War series, John Peterson analyzes the events of the war itself, all the way from secession to the Emancipation Proclamation. Full transcript: bit.ly/3w5sOLF

Part 1: bit.ly/3aWMvg6

Part 2: bit.ly/3tmb8JP

Part 4: bit.ly/3mzD0rJ

Music: "Battle Cry of Freedom", University of California, Santa Barbara Library (CC BY-NC 2.5).

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In the second episode of our Civil War miniseries, John Peterson takes a closer look at the Constitutional foundations of the crisis, the economics of slavery, the abolitionists, the political scene at the time, and provides a brief timeline of events leading up to secession and the war itself. Full transcript: bit.ly/3tmb8JP

Part 1: bit.ly/3aWMvg6

Part 3: bit.ly/3w5sOLF

Part 4: bit.ly/3mzD0rJ

Music: "Battle Cry of ...

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Socialist Revolution editor John Peterson kicks off our miniseries on a Marxist analysis of the American Civil War. He lays out the basic theoretical foundations for understanding the events of the War, which Marxists see as the second American Revolution. Full transcript: bit.ly/3aWMvg6

Part 2: bit.ly/3tmb8JP

Part 3: bit.ly/3w5sOLF

Part 4: bit.ly/3mzD0rJ

Music: "Battle Cry of Freedom", University of California,...

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On January 28, at a meeting of leading members of the International Marxist Tendency, Alan Woods provided an overview of the dramatic events unfolding at the start of 2021. The crisis of world capitalism is causing ruptions, dislocation, and class polarization in one country after another. Alan explains that, in this context, the task of Marxists is to present a revolutionary socialist program to the millions of radicalizing worker...

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This weekend, Socialist Revolution editor Antonio Balmer addressed a meeting of our British section, Socialist Appeal. He explained that the storming of Capitol Hill by a mob of Trump supporters on January 6 is a graphic illustration of the deep crisis of American bourgeois democracy and American capitalism. At the same time, Antonio explained that Joe Biden and the Democrats offer no way forward for American workers and youth. The...

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The storming of the US capitol—egged on by the president himself—marks an unprecedented crisis of the regime less than a week into 2021. Listen to our latest article on this topic, published on socialistrevolution.org.

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The whole world is in crisis. The events of 2020 have made it clear that capitalism is at an impasse and offers no way forward for humanity. The choice is one between socialism or barbarism—get organized now and join us in the fight for socialism in our lifetime! In this session from our online Marxist School, we explain what the International Marxist Tendency is and why you should join. We also brought in organizers from across th...

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Not a wheel turns, not a phone rings, not a light bulb shines without the kind permission of the working class. And yet, unionization rates are at a historic low in the US, while homelessness climbs and wages continue to stagnate. How can workers organize to fight back? Socialist Revolution editor Tom Trottier provided an introduction to this question at our online Marxist School. He explained that, in order to win against capital,...

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The George Floyd uprising this summer was the largest protest movement in US history. Starting in Minneapolis, it spread to thousands of cities and towns across the country, with 10% of the population participating. Erika Roedl is an IMT organizer in Minneapolis who was there when the movement started, and she came to our online Marxist School to provide a first-hand account of the protests, as well as a perspective for the way for...

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Over the past several years Mexico has seen a huge increase in violence against women and femicides, with hundreds of women and girls killed every year. We brought in Karen Campos—organizer with the IMT in Mexico, La Izquierda Socialista—to speak on this topic at our recent online Marxist School. Karen explains that the rise of violence against women in Mexico and around the world is evidence of a sick, oppressive system that must ...

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Record forest fires, droughts, and heat waves have devastated the US, but the capitalist system remains paralyzed in the face of climate catastrophe. In this session from our recent online Marxist School, Socialist Revolution editor Antonio Balmer presents the revolutionary socialist solution to climate change.

Read a report from the event: https://bit.ly/35ETXtN

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The election is finally over and Trump has been defeated in the polls this time around. Still, Trumpism is alive and well and the US is more polarized than at any other time living memory. At the same time, COVID-19 infections are rising uncontrollably and the crisis of capitalism continues to deepen. What will the election results mean for the US working class? What should socialists do in the aftermath of the 2020 election? John ...

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Election night has come and gone and, as expected, there are no clear results. Trump has all but declared victory, while the Biden camp calls for patience. The general picture is one of polarization and political crisis. Socialist Revolution editor John Peterson provides an analysis of where things stand one day into the post-election chaos. 

Episode video and transcript: bit.ly/electoral-chaos

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What is the Marxist take on the 2020 election? Should socialists vote for Biden? Listen to our panel discussion where we address these questions and much more! Full video at https://youtu.be/JQqUs3dc7F8?t=608

Host: K. Khan (Bay Area, writer for Socialist Revolution). Panelists: Tom Trottier (New York City, editor for Socialist Revolution), Nick Brancaccio (Phoenix DSA Vice-Chair, writer for Socialist Revolution), Erika Roedl...

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These days, we go from one crisis after another. From the death of RBG, to the so-called presidential "debate," to the spread of COVID-19 to Donald Trump and the White House, events are moving so quickly that you can hardly keep up. What should socialists make of all this? Socialist Revolution editor John Peterson provides a Marxist perspective.

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September 23, 2020 27 min

In the midst of a devastating global pandemic, the US population faces a coming wave of foreclosures, evictions—and hunger—unlike anything experienced since the Great Depression. What is at the root cause of all this? How can we fight the looming eviction wave? Joe Lang, Socialist Revolution organizer and contributing author, explores these questions.  

Read our article: https://bit.ly/eviction-wave

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From May to August of 1934, Minneapolis was rocked by a strike that would forever change the course of US labor history. This was the strike of Teamsters Local 574, a union led by Trotskyists. Today, as the US working class regains its pulse after decades of lull in the class struggle, these events can provide us with many practical lessons for how labor can fight back and win through militant action. Steve Iverson of Boston Social...

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