The Politics of the Pseudo-Left

Seattle schools propose race-centric “ethnomathematics” curriculum

By Kayla Costa and Nancy Hanover, 6 December 2019

The curriculum proposal for an Ethnic Studies-based math is part of a broader effort to inject identity politics into public schools.

Catalan nationalists negotiate over support for PSOE-led Spanish government

By Alejandro López, 4 December 2019

The Catalan nationalist parties are negotiating with the social democrats, even as the social democrats assault mass protests in Catalonia and target the nationalist parties.

The DSA on impeachment or: How the DSA learned to stop worrying and love Bolton

By Genevieve Leigh, 3 December 2019

The Democratic Socialists of America has given its full support to the impeachment campaign, lining up behind John Bolton and the other reactionaries promoted by the Democratic Party.

Podemos party backs Spanish internet censorship law

By Alejandro Lopez and Alex Lantier, 29 November 2019

The about-face of Podemos after the November 10 elections to back censorship is yet another bitter lesson in the treachery of this petty-bourgeois, “left populist” party.

Teamsters for a Democratic Union endorses ex-Hoffa lieutenant for union president

By Steve Filips and Tom Hall, 28 November 2019

TDU’s 180-degree turn behind the thuggish Sean O’Brien exposes the critical role it plays in propping up the authority the Teamsters bureaucracy.

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28 November 2019

Audio recording refutes Hannah-Jones’ claim that she was falsely quoted by the World Socialist Web Site

By Eric London, 27 November 2019

The World Socialist Web Site publishes the audio of Hannah-Jones’ remarks.

Spanish pseudo-lefts try to block opposition to Podemos-PSOE regime

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 23 November 2019

Middle-class parties in Spain are peddling illusions in factions of Podemos even after it has agreed to govern with the Socialist Party on a program of austerity and repression.

Canada’s New Democrats and the coup in Bolivia—a reply to a reader

By Roger Jordan, 23 November 2019

With phony rhetoric about Canada’s role in promoting “democracy” and “human rights,” the NDP aids and abets Canadian imperialist intrigue, aggression and war.

Bernie Sanders dispenses with his “political revolution” at fifth Democratic presidential debate

By Niles Niemuth, 22 November 2019

Sanders declared at Wednesday night’s debate that he agreed with Obama that it wasn’t necessary to “tear down the system and remake it.”

Germany: Left Party parliamentary group elects new leadership

By Peter Schwarz, 16 November 2019

The trench warfare within the Left Party expresses tensions and friction stemming inevitably from the right-wing turn undertaken by the whole party.

The Spanish election crisis and the treachery of Podemos

By Alex Lantier, 15 November 2019

With its anti-worker policies, the “left populist” party Podemos allows the neo-fascists to grow by posturing as the only opposition to a corrupt political establishment.

“Opposition to slavery has also been an important theme in American history”

An interview with historian James McPherson on the New York Times’ 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 14 November 2019

The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to McPherson, professor emeritus of history at Princeton University, on the New York Times’ 1619 Project.

Podemos agrees to back Spanish social-democratic government

By Alex Lantier, 13 November 2019

Podemos is aware that the PSOE is organizing violent repression in Catalonia that strengthens the fascistic Vox party, and supports the PSOE on this basis.

Far-right Vox declares itself main opposition party as Spanish government talks begin

By Alejandro López, 12 November 2019

Sunday’s elections resulted once again in a hung parliament, the fourth in as many elections in Spain since 2015.

Amazon-led corporate purge of Seattle City Council fails

By Kayla Costa and Julio Patron, 12 November 2019

Five of six city council members targeted for supporting higher taxes on Amazon won reelection, including Kshama Sawant, a member of the pseudo-left Socialist Alternative group.

The Spanish elections and the rise of the fascistic Vox party

By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2019

Vox is part of a broad trend in European capitalist politics toward the promotion of neo-fascist parties, nationalism and the furious public legitimization of fascist dictators.

As contract vote approaches, DSA defends sellout by Chicago Teachers Union

By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 12 November 2019

DSA is seeking to block political discussion and opposition to the Chicago Teachers Union contract that meets none of the teachers’ central demands.

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Democratic Socialists of America “International Committee” denounces “reckless” withdrawal of US troops from Syria

By Genevieve Leigh, 9 November 2019

The response of the DSA to Trump’s announced troop withdrawals from Syria is indistinguishable from that of the Democratic Party and Trump’s critics within the military and intelligence apparatus.

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Pabloites prepare new betrayal of the Chilean working class

By Andrea Lobo, 8 November 2019

The PTR, while rhetorically glorifying the spontaneity of the protests, has worked to channel them behind the Stalinist PCCH and the Broad Front.

Slavery and the American Revolution: A Response to the New York Times 1619 Project

By Tom Mackaman, 1 November 2019

This is the text of the lecture delivered by Tom Mackaman at the University of Michigan on October 22, 2019 as part of a series on the New York Times' "Project 1619."

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez backs internet censorship

By Kevin Reed and Andre Damon, 25 October 2019

At a hearing Wednesday, Ocasio-Cortez demanded that Facebook “fact-check” political statements and “take down lies,” endorsing calls by the intelligence agencies for technology companies to censor the internet.

Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez use “left” demagogy to channel opposition to Trump behind Democrats

By Isaac Finn, 22 October 2019

At Sanders’ first rally since his heart attack, he did not mention ongoing strikes by autoworkers and teachers, or the impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Workers and students speak at Sanders rally in New York

By our reporters, 22 October 2019

The WSWS discussed issues of war, healthcare and the role of the Democratic Party in capturing and destroying social movements against capitalism.

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Draconian verdict against Catalan politicians exposes bankruptcy of Podemos

By Alejandro López, 21 October 2019

This crisis is giving workers and youth internationally yet another bitter lesson in the reactionary role of affluent middle class, “post-Marxist” populist parties.

New Anti-capitalist Party demands military escalation against Turkey in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 October 2019

The Pabloite NPA bitterly opposes a struggle to unify the working class internationally in a movement against imperialist war and the Middle Eastern bourgeoisie.

Seattle Democrats endorse Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant

By Julio Patron, 12 October 2019

As the working class moves to the left, Kshama Sawant and Socialist Alternative are even more fully integrating themselves into the Democratic Party.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's “Just Society”: Palliatives that will never be implemented

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 October 2019

Most of the proposals involve tweaks and adjustments to existing laws, with little new funding to address social needs.

Bernie Sanders halts campaign activities over health crisis

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2019

The candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination was hospitalized Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada and received two stents in an artery.

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP

Part III: The role of the Revolutionary Workers Party (DİP)

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 4 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and re-run of the vote in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP

Part II: The dead end of the petty-bourgeoisie’s orientation to the CHP

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 3 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and their re-run in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

After the Turkish elections: How the pseudo-left rallied behind the CHP

Part I: A political liquidation into the capitalist establishment

By Ulas Atesci and Alex Lantier, 2 October 2019

The 2019 municipal elections and re-run of the vote in İstanbul were a milestone in the integration of a whole layer of middle-class parties into the ruling establishment.

In photo op at GM picket line, Sanders promotes nationalism, covers for Democrats and UAW

By Tom Hall, 26 September 2019

Bernie Sanders put in a brief media appearance on the picket line at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant Wednesday morning.

Labor Notes, DSA line up with UAW bureaucrats against GM strikers

By Shannon Jones and Barry Grey, 23 September 2019

In the face of the UAW’s strategy of isolating and betraying the powerful strike by US General Motors workers, middle-class “left” groups like Labor Notes and the Democratic Socialists of America are working to keep strikers chained to the union apparatus.

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Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group covers for Steelworkers’ betrayal of ABI workers

By Félix Gauthier and Richard Dufour, 14 September 2019

Fightback’s miserable apologetics for the union bureaucracy goes hand in hand with its promotion of Quebec nationalism.

The Legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 3

By Katerina Selin, 13 September 2019

The intention of this series of articles is to depict what the four years of Syriza’s government policy meant concretely for workers, youth and retirees in Greece.

Democratic Socialists of America launches nationwide campaign for Bernie Sanders

By Genevieve Leigh, 12 September 2019

The DSA is a faction of the Democratic Party, which is backing the Sanders campaign as it seeks to divert opposition among workers and youth into safe channels.

The legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 2

By Katerina Selin, 12 September 2019

The Syriza government did not choose its coalition partner Anel despite, but rather because of, its reactionary nationalism, aggressive militarism and xenophobia.

The legacy of Syriza: Four years of austerity, privatizations, militarism and attacks on refugees—Part 1

By Katerina Selin, 11 September 2019

The intention of this series of articles is to explain what four years of Syriza’s government has meant concretely for workers, youth and retirees in Greece.

UAW apologists try to cover up corruption scandal

By Jerry White, 10 September 2019

Organizations and publications in and around the UAW apparatus have responded to the expanding corruption scandal by trying to buttress its political stranglehold over autoworkers.

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3 September 2019

The New York Times’ 1619 Project: A racialist falsification of American and world history

By Niles Niemuth, Tom Mackaman and David North, 3 September 2019

PART ONE | PART TWO | COMBINED
The 1619 Project, launched by the New York Times, presents racism and racial conflict as the essential feature and driving force of American history.

The Democratic Socialists of America Convention: A marketing gimmick for the Democratic Party

By Joseph Kishore, 30 August 2019

The main resolutions adopted at the convention centered on the DSA’s political support for the Democratic Party and its dedication to bolstering the anti-working-class trade unions.

Whitney Biennial 2019: What this year’s “snapshot” of contemporary art reveals

By Clare Hurley, 26 August 2019

It would seem that artists have not responded profoundly, either directly or indirectly, to the social and political crisis that has increasingly gripped the US, particularly since the 2016 Trump election.

Blairites and Zionists escalate witch-hunt of Labour MP Chris Williamson

By Robert Stevens, 20 August 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has refused to issue a single public word in defence of his former shadow cabinet minister.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon hails Mexican government as embodiment of “citizens’ revolution”

By Will Morrow, 20 August 2019

Mélenchon’s hailing of the AMLO government speaks volumes about what type of government he would lead, were he to win the presidential elections in 2022.

Facial recognition technology and identity politics

By Kevin Reed, 17 August 2019

The Democrats are seeking to channel mass opposition to the wholesale invasion of privacy into a campaign to regulate and “equalize” facial recognition technology.

DSA candidate concedes Queens District Attorney race

By Josh Varlin, 15 August 2019

Despite the rhetoric of Democratic Socialists of America member Tiffany Cabán, the Queens election was a conflict between two factions of the right-wing Democratic Party.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Wall Street financial vultures: Please be nice to Puerto Rico

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 August 2019

Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, has intervened to attempt to contain growing social unrest and anger.

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part II

The Democratic Socialists of America shows its hostility to socialism

By Nancy Hanover, 10 August 2019

Part II of the review of a new book by Eric Blanc of the DSA. See Part I

Book Review: Red State Revolt – Part I

The DSA’s dishonest and self-serving account of the US teachers’ strikes

By Nancy Hanover, 8 August 2019

A new book by Democratic Socialists of America member Eric Blanc reviewing the role of the DSA during the teacher strikes in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Arizona aims to boost the credibility of the unions and the Democratic Party.

Bowing to House Democratic leadership, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez purges staff

By Genevieve Leigh, 7 August 2019

The purge came after staff members criticized Democratic Party leaders over the passage of a bill funding Trump’s war on immigrants.

Leading Pabloite Gilbert Achcar provided counter-insurgency advice to British Army

By Thomas Scripps, 6 August 2019

The pseudo-left groups are enlisting in the service of the military and security apparatus, providing their academic expertise on the nations of Africa and the Middle East targeted by imperialism.

As Mexican economy stagnates, ruling Morena party imposes state law to suppress social protests

By Don Knowland, 6 August 2019

The government of Mexican President Lopez Obrador is increasingly turning to authoritarian measures.

Spanish petty-bourgeois groups call on Podemos to install social-democratic government

By Alejandro López, 6 August 2019

Their call to back the PSOE from outside government is a cynical ploy to avoid taking responsibility for the right-wing policies of the PSOE regime they are supporting.

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One year after its conference to “refound” the Fourth International

Argentina’s Partido Obrero splits with longtime leader Jorge Altamira

By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2019

Amidst all of the charges and counter-charges within the PO, what emerges most clearly is that both factions base themselves entirely upon a petty-bourgeois nationalist orientation.

Berlin’s Jewish Museum director Peter Schäfer forced to resign

By Verena Nees, 2 August 2019

The campaign against alleged “left” anti-Semitism and the BDS boycott movement serves to suppress leftist movements and fuel genuine anti-Semitism.

French populist Mélenchon gives advice to AMLO in Mexico amid growing social unrest

By Andrea Lobo, 2 August 2019

While supporting his right-wing policies and crackdown on immigrants, Mélenchon advised AMLO on creating new nationalist traps to divert the movement of the working class.

The Democratic Party politics of the “Democratic Socialists of America”

By Joseph Kishore, 2 August 2019

Under conditions of a growing political radicalization of workers and youth, the DSA serves as a principal block to the development of a genuine socialist movement.

A reply to Die Zeit editor Jochen Bittner

By Johannes Stern, 1 August 2019

The following is a reply by WSWS editor Johannes Stern to a letter from Jochen Bittner, a New York Times contributor and the political editor of Die Zeit.

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Social democrats fail to win Podemos support to form Spanish government

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 29 July 2019

Podemos took a calculated decision not to enter government with the PSOE, fearing rising opposition on its left in the working class in Spain and internationally.

Podemos, Catalan nationalists cover up role of intelligence in Barcelona attack

By Alejandro López, 22 July 2019

The reactionary forces promoted in the bourgeois media as the “left” in Spain are downplaying or ignoring Spanish intelligence’s complicity in the 2017 attacks.

A blow to the #MeToo sexual witch-hunt: The ignominious collapse of the case against actor Kevin Spacey

By David Walsh, 19 July 2019

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe in Massachusetts announced Wednesday that his office was dropping its sexual assault case against Spacey.

Socialism 2019: The ex-International Socialist Organization embraces the Democratic Party

By Alexander Fangmann, 19 July 2019

Amid Trump’s threats of war, unprecedented assaults on immigrants and attacks on democratic rights, Jacobin and the ex-leaders of the ISO hosted an event promoting the Democratic Party and American imperialism.

Syriza’s election defeat: A balance sheet of a political betrayal

By Alex Lantier, 9 July 2019

Hailed as a “radical” alternative to capitalism by the middle-class left, the Syriza-led government of Alexis Tsipras spent four years carrying out austerity measures on behalf of the EU.

Syriza poised to hand over power to New Democracy in Greece’s July 7 elections

By Alex Lantier, 6 July 2019

Syriza called early elections to hand power to fascistic, right-wing forces amid growing opposition among workers to its reactionary policies.

"Socialism 2019" conference: A Democratic Party operation

By Alexander Fangmann, 4 July 2019

The featured speakers and panels at the Socialism Conference reveal an event devoted to channeling the leftward movement of workers and youth back into the confines of the Democratic Party.

DSA-endorsed “progressive” wins Democratic primary for Queens District Attorney

By Isaac Finn, 29 June 2019

Cabán had the backing of Representative Ocasio-Cortez, presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and the New York Times, voice of the Democratic Party establishment.

Artists, writers, film scholars protest Bowling Green State University decision to remove Lillian Gish’s name

By David Walsh, 25 June 2019

More than 50 filmmakers, actors, writers, academics and film scholars have signed a petition urging Bowling Green State University in Ohio to restore the names of famed actresses Lillian and Dorothy Gish to its film theater.

Leaders of dissolved International Socialist Organization openly embrace Democratic Party politics

By David Walsh, 24 June 2019

The demise of the ISO has permitted leading figures and the membership generally to integrate themselves more firmly and decisively into the bourgeois political set-up.

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21 June 2019

London: Julian Assange Defence Committee lobbies Jeremy Corbyn’s Constituency Labour Party

“This is not a time for fence-sitting”

By our reporters, 21 June 2019

The Julian Assange Defence Committee urged rank-and-file Labour Party members in leader Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency to oppose US extradition proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Video shows neo-Nazis attacking woman at Detroit Pride festival while police look on

By Muhammad Khan, 20 June 2019

The fascistic attackers openly carried firearms, which is legal under Michigan’s open carry laws, and threatened festival-goers and pedestrians with violence while police looked on.

Bernie Sanders and the myth of Franklin Roosevelt

By Tom Hall, 18 June 2019

Sanders’ speech last week at George Washington University exposed his effort to combine populist and “socialist” rhetoric with a defense of American capitalism and the Democratic Party.

Cuba conference tailors Trotsky to the politics of bourgeois nationalism

By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2019

A collection of pseudo-lefts and Pabloite revisionists was invited to Havana to suppress the revolutionary content of Trotskyism.

Six months of AMLO: Jacobin defends the Mexican president

By Alex González, 8 June 2019

Jacobin claims that Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s “progressive agenda” is being restrained by opposition parties and finance capital.

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Bernie Sanders answers attacks on socialism with defense of capitalist “democracy”

By Tom Hall, 6 June 2019

In response to attacks on socialism from within the Democratic Party as well as by Trump and the Republicans, Bernie Sanders has published a cowardly op-ed piece in the New York Times that omits the “S” word and makes clear he was no intention of challenging the profit system or the property of the ruling class.

Workers Party theorist pens diatribe against Brazilian “white trash”

By Miguel Andrade, 5 June 2019

The use of this reactionary term to describe poor whites exposes the anti-working class character of the PT.

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Germany: Left Party suffers massive vote loss in European elections

By Gregor Link, 1 June 2019

The Left Party is rightly perceived, not as an opposition to the reactionary policies of the German government, but as part of them.

Jacobin editor Bhaskar Sunkara makes a fool of himself

By Joseph Kishore, 31 May 2019

Anyone under the impression that Bhaskar Sunkara, Jacobin or the Democratic Socialists of America have anything to do with socialism should listen to an interview with Sunkara published by the New York Times on Thursday.

Why is the Democratic Socialists of America silent on the persecution of Julian Assange?

By Andre Damon, 29 May 2019

The DSA and its affiliated publication Jacobin have maintained a complicit silence on Assange’s indictment under the Espionage Act.

Financial Times hails four years of Syriza rule in Greece

By John Vassilopoulos, 25 May 2019

To be favourably featured in a leading mouthpiece of the global financial aristocracy is testament to the high regard in which Alexis Tsipras is held in ruling circles.

Knock Down the House and the Democratic Party politics of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 May 2019

Knock Down the House reviews the election campaigns of several Democratic Party primary candidates in the 2018 congressional elections, focused on Ocasio-Cortez in New York City.

The bankruptcy of Lutte ouvrière’s European election campaign

By Alex Lantier, 25 May 2019

Despite growing social anger over the period since the 2002 elections, when it won 10 percent of the vote, the so-called “far left” expects to get only 1 percent.

“Identity politics has created a prison of the mind…while Julian rots in one which is far more real”

Oxford University student calls for defence of Julian Assange

24 May 2019

The following letter was received from a student at Oxford University who attended the May 12 public meeting in London convened by the SEP, in defence of jailed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and whistleblower Chelsea Manning.

Washington revives Syria chemical weapons propaganda as pretext for war

By Bill Van Auken, 23 May 2019

The threat of a new US attack on Syria follows a report exposing the last chemical weapons incident attributed to the Syrian government as a staged provocation.

Spain: No “red lines” in talks for a Socialist Party-Podemos coalition government

By Alejandro López, 11 May 2019

Iglesias stressed that during their parliamentary collaboration, both parties were able “to build a relationship of trust” and dealt with each other “with frankness and empathy.”

German Young Socialist leader unleashes storm of debate about socialism

By Peter Schwarz, 11 May 2019

Kühnert, an unscrupulous careerist, can only pose as a socialist because he relies on the inexperience and lack of knowledge of today’s young generation.