Dec 182013
 
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By Gaither Stewart
(Rome)

Marx: Insulted by his enemies but rarely read or understood.

Marx: Always insulted and slandered by his enemies but rarely read or understood.

I speak of myself as a Socialist but in my innermost self I think of myself as a Communist. I prefer the Communist name to the beautiful word “Socialist” because the latter has in many places been either altered, weakened, diluted, deformed, its real meaning betrayed by social democrats happy to do capitalism’s bidding, and it has become ambiguous and has been ostracized as in the capitalist homeland, USA. Moreover, as a rule the Socialist designation is qualified in one way or another that detracts from its real meaning: Democratic Socialist, National Socialist, Freedom Socialist, Progressive Socialist, ad absurdum. Anything you want it to mean.  Still, although very few Americans want to be known as Socialists, in recent times one hears it used more and more often, as in the organization, Socialists of America.

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Oct 272013
 
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By Ulrich Rippert, wsws.org

 

As could be expected, Merkel is a hit with the international bourgeoisie.

As could be expected, Merkel is a hit with the international bourgeoisie.

Even before negotiations between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU)/Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) over forming a new German government began and the ministers were named, let alone sworn in, the government has gone on the offensive.

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May 252013
 
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Xenophobia Rising in Sweden

by S.C. HAHN—Stockholm.

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Stockholm has been the scene of riots this week, to much of the world’s surprise, with the unrest flaring up in immigrant-dominated neighborhoods on the city’s periphery. The Stockholm media reports cars burning in at least fifteen suburbs, stone-throwing against police, firefighters and ambulance personnel, injured police and protesters, and dozens of people arrested. Continue reading »

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Mar 152013
 
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By Chris Marsden, wsws.org / From our archives

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The latest annual study by Democratic Audit, a research organization based at the University of Liverpool, accurately depicts important aspects of the decay of democratic rule in Britain under the impact of a growing divide between rich and poor.

The academic think-tank finds, “Almost all available indicators suggest that representative democracy is in long-term, terminal decline” and that this decline, though universal, is particularly evident in the UK. Continue reading »

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Feb 112013
 
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Peter Schwarz, wsws.org

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As usual, it is a social democrat, the ideal Trojan Horse against the masses, that carries out the most brutal “readjustments” for the sake of capitalist viability.

Class tensions in Europe are rapidly intensifying. The ruling class will not rest until it has imposed the full burden of the international financial crisis on the working class. Its aim is to destroy the social gains of the post-war period and slash wages in Europe to a level comparable with those in China and India. Continue reading »

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