The Politics of the Pseudo-Left

999 Jimmy Dore appeal for unity with neo-Nazis

28 January 2021

999 France covid update/ pseudo left protests

28 January 2021

Jacobin pleads with Biden and Democrats to make a “psychological shift” left

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 January 2021

Jacobin presents the Democratic Party and its political operatives as if they are naive and cowardly figures who wish to do the right thing, if only they had the brains and courage.

999 DSA and Hunts Point strike

27 January 2021

999 Jimmy Dore appeal for unity with neo-Nazis

27 January 2021

999 Jacobin on Biden

27 January 2021

The Biden administration: Illusion and reality

By Niles Niemuth, 22 January 2021

Efforts are underway to chloroform the public about the realities of the procapitalist, imperialist politics of the Biden administration and the catastrophic economic and social conditions under which it begins.

Chicago Teachers Union postures with “strike” vote as schools continue in-person learning

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 January 2021

In response to overwhelming anger from teachers and parents over the continued drive to reopen schools and businesses in the city, the union’s House of Delegates is calling an emergency meeting Wednesday.

Silent on coup attempt, Mexico’s AMLO defends Trump against “censorship”

By Andrea Lobo, 18 January 2021

The Mexican president is signaling that he will enforce the untrammeled exploitation of cheap labor and austerity diktats with his own shift toward dictatorship.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

18 January 2021

Podemos obeys Spanish fascist Vox party’s demand for no shelter-at-home

By Alejandro López, 18 January 2021

The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government immediately accepted Vox leader Santiago Abascal’s demand that no shelter-at-home be adopted against COVID-19.

What would have happened if Trump’s fascist mob had seized hostages?

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 16 January 2021

The attempts by various left journalists to deny that the events of January 6 were an attempted coup undermines resistance to the danger of fascism.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

16 January 2021

999 Racialist narrative on coup

15 January 2021

How Germany’s Left Party promotes herd immunity

By Peter Schwarz, 15 January 2021

As was the case with the federal government in Berlin and every other state government in the pandemic, profits took precedence over human lives for the Left Party’s only state premier, Bodo Ramelow in Thuringia.

Britain’s Socialist Workers Party and Counterfire apply political chloroform over Trump’s coup

By Chris Marsden, 14 January 2021

Callinicos and the Socialist Workers Party have spent months minimising the threat from Trump, despite mounting evidence that he was planning a coup.

DSA-aligned teachers unions’ “Day of Resistance”: a pathetic appeal to Biden and the Democrats

By Evan Blake, 14 January 2021

Tuesday’s event, organized by an umbrella group of teacher unions led by pseudo-left officials, was a political stunt aimed at channeling opposition to in-person instruction behind dead-end appeals to the Democratic Party.

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

13 January 2021

Spain’s Morenoite CRT denies Trump’s fascist coup in Washington

By Alejandro López, 13 January 2021

The Workers Revolutionary Current’s complacent response to the coup attempt in America is directly linked to their silence on generals’ calls for a fascist coup in Spain.

Australian pseudo-left dismisses Trump’s fascist coup attempt as a “pathetic farce”

By Oscar Grenfell, 12 January 2021

Socialist Alternative is seeking to chloroform the working class by insisting that there is no fascist threat in the United States, even after last week’s coup attempt.

France’s New Anti-capitalist Party denies Trump’s fascist coup in Washington

By Alex Lantier, 11 January 2021

After the storming of the Capitol by a far-right mob, the middle class NPA denied that a coup was attempted and denounced warnings about a coup as “bourgeois.”

Philippines: Stalinist CPP initiating urban guerrilla squads

9 January 2021

999 NPA downplays fascist coup in Washington

9 January 2021

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara on Trump’s January 6 coup: “Nothing to see here!”

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 January 2021

In response to the unprecedented events in the nation's capital, leading members of Jacobin magazine responded by downplaying the seriousness of the attack and opposing those calling it a “coup.”

999 Election of Pelosi/ForcetheVote

4 January 2021

Reject the racialist renaming of San Francisco public schools!

By Renae Cassimeda, 4 January 2021

The WSWS calls on workers and youth within SFUSD and beyond to fight against the racialist attacks against Lincoln, Jefferson, Madison and Washington in defense of historical truth and democratic rights.

Sanders’ political stunt over $2,000 stimulus checks fails

By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2020

The Vermont senator has watered down his supposed “political revolution” to a slightly larger pittance for working people.

Jacobin glorifies Dolores Ibárruri, Stalinist executioner of the Spanish Revolution

Part two

By Barry Grey, 24 December 2020

The glorification of Ibárruri by Jacobin and the DSA is by no means an aberration. It is part of a calculated promotion of Stalinism and the American Communist Party as models for radicalizing workers and youth today.

Jacobin publishes whitewash of union sell-out bid at Australian warehouse

By Jack Turner and Peter Symonds, 24 December 2020

Kelly’s article makes no mention of the role of the UWU, or indeed of any trade union, let alone their decades of betrayals.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government defends “herd immunity” policy in the Lancet

By Alice Summers, 24 December 2020

Its letter to the Lancet defends a policy that led to around 50,000 COVID-19 deaths in the first five months of 2020 alone.

Jacobin glorifies Dolores Ibárruri, Stalinist executioner of the Spanish Revolution

Part one

By Barry Grey, 23 December 2020

The Stalinist suppression of the Barcelona working class and ensuing blood purge broke the back of the revolution and ensured the victory of Franco’s fascist forces. Ramon Mercader, the GPU operative who murdered Leon Trotsky in Mexico in August of 1940, cut his teeth as a Stalinist killer during the mass repression in Spain. None of this is even mentioned in the Jacobin article.

Brazilian Morenoites join Bolsonaro in promoting hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19

By Gabriel Lemos, 23 December 2020

Esquerda Diário has promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine after countless trials have failed to confirm its efficacy and as Bolsonaro uses it as a pretext to lift the few remaining lockdown measures in Brazil.

Spain’s Podemos deliberately downplayed COVID-19 danger starting in January

By Alejandro López, 23 December 2020

While Podemos officials downplayed the dangers from COVID-19, the Spanish Ministry of Defence was buying up personal protective equipment in anticipation of a pandemic.

Corbyn launches “Peace and Justice” project to block fight against Labour right-wing

By Julie Hyland, 21 December 2020

The former Labour Party leader made clear to Jacobin, “This isn’t a new political party, but a space in which people can come together.”

999 San Francisco schools propose to remove Lincoln from school name

19 December 2020

US teachers union “lefts” pen love letter to Biden

By Renae Cassimeda and Evan Blake, 16 December 2020

The central purpose of the letter is to congratulate Biden, endorse his plan to reopen schools amid the raging COVID-19 pandemic, and lobby for him to appoint a Secretary of Education committed to racialist policies.

Jacobin complains of being frozen out of Biden administration while promoting illusions in the Democrats

By Barry Grey, 14 December 2020

The brazen indifference of Jacobin to the struggles and sufferings of the working class and the onslaught on democratic rights is a function of its class position and its right-wing, pro-capitalist politics.

999 Jacobin ignores pandemic, Trump coup

12 December 2020

Spain’s ruling PSOE, Podemos use “anti-disinformation” tool for internet spying

By Alice Summers, 11 December 2020

The ELISA tool aims to detect “disinformation seeking to generate polarisation” amid mounting social anger at austerity and official handling of the pandemic.

999 Pseudo-left teachers unions letter to Biden

11 December 2020

999 Morenoites silent on Spain coup threats

11 December 2020

999 Izquierda Diario downplays Spanish coup plots

8 December 2020

Australian Greens on Afghan war crimes: Hypocrisy, hand-wringing and support for militarism

By Oscar Grenfell, 7 December 2020

The Greens have promoted the official cover-up as a “justice process,” while advancing proposals aimed at providing future predatory wars with a democratic figleaf.

UK People's Assembly talk “Zero Covid” while doing nothing

By Julie Hyland, 7 December 2020

Silence on the criminal role of the Labour and trade union bureaucracy is fundamental to the purpose of the People's Assembly. Though it presents itself as a “grassroots” movement, it is the construct of pro-capitalist tendencies, hostile to socialism and the working class

999 US academics/Gates argue for distributing vaccine based on race

5 December 2020

Podemos denies mounting danger of fascist military coup in Spain

By Alejandro López and Alex Lantier, 5 December 2020

This is a politically criminal attempt to lull workers and youth to sleep as anger mounts at officers’ calls to support fascism and murder of millions of left-wing voters in Spain.

Medical workers protest across Mexico as President AMLO continues to downplay pandemic

By Andrea Lobo, 5 December 2020

After suffering nearly 150,000 infections and 2,000 deaths, health care workers are demonstrating against unsafe conditions, lack of pay and for other demands.

Introduction to The New York Times’ 1619 Project and the Racialist Falsification of History

By David North, 4 December 2020

This is the introduction by WSWS International Editorial Board Chairman David North to a volume, available for delivery in January 2021, containing the main interviews and essays published by the WSWS exposing the New York Times’ racialist falsification of American history.

The DSA pays tribute to David Dinkins

By Fred Mazelis, 3 December 2020

The DSA’s extraordinary tribute to Dinkins shows exactly why this organization is the bitterest opponent of socialism.

“So that rifles shoot”: Germany’s Green Party leader Baerbock pleads for massive arms spending and new war missions

By Johannes Stern, 3 December 2020

In advance of next year’s federal elections, the Greens are spearheading the campaign for the return of German militarism.

zzz999 Morenoite falsificaton on Trotsky and Zapata

2 December 2020

Podemos silent on Spanish generals’ coup threats

By Alejandro López, 2 December 2020

Podemos is far more afraid of explosive opposition on their left, among workers and youth, than it is about far-right coup plots against its own coalition government with the PSOE.

Spain’s Podemos to oversee distribution of EU bailout funds to the super-rich

By Alejandro López, 30 November 2020

The integration of Podemos in European Union bailout mechanisms testifies to the bankruptcy of its middle-class and anti-Marxist “Left Populist” politics.

German Green Party sets course for government based on promoting militarism and war

By Jan Ritter and Max Linhof, 30 November 2020

The party made clear that a future Green federal government and/or Green chancellor would continue and expand the right-wing militaristic policies espoused by the current CDU-SPD grand coalition.

‘Popoy’ Lagman: A Stalinist rival of the Communist Party of the Philippines

By John Malvar, 27 November 2020

While he rejected the armed struggle in the countryside, Lagman, like Sison, sought to subordinate Filipino workers to their class enemies, the bourgeoisie, in the name of national democracy.

The Democratic Socialists of America pleads with Biden not to appoint Rahm Emanuel

By Kristina Betinis, 26 November 2020

A petition opposing the appointment of Emanuel to President-elect Biden’s administration simultaneously exposes the right-wing record of the Democratic Party and the utter bankruptcy of its DSA faction.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government builds migrant concentration camps on Canary Islands

By Alice Summers, 25 November 2020

Like Syriza in Greece, the “left populist” Podemos party is supporting the building of mass internment camps to imprison thousands of refugees.

Jacobin and Democratic Socialists of America promote illusions in a “progressive” Biden administration

By Gabriel Black, 25 November 2020

The central role of Jacobin is to prevent any political break with the Democratic Party as Biden constructs a reactionary administration based on Wall Street and the military.

The “Zero-Covid” campaign by Britain’s pseudo-left: a political cover for Labour and the TUC’s back-to-work drive

By Julie Hyland, 25 November 2020

The Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs around Corbyn finally, in August, announced its support for a Zero-Covid policy, but its statement was careful to make clear that the measures proposed were in the best interests of capital.

999 Reply to Jacobin on Biden

24 November 2020

21 November 2020

California ballot propositions: Voters reject identity politics, but app-based delivery giants buy protection

By David Levine, 21 November 2020

There were contradictory results on November 3: voters rejected an effort to revive affirmative action programs that discriminate based on race, but they also rejected efforts to protect “gig” workers from exploitation, after a $200 million campaign by corporate giants like Uber and Lyft.

999 California voters reject affirmative action proposition

20 November 2020

Swallowing camels and straining on gnats—Canada’s pseudo-left Fightback group “discovers” top union leader practices “class collaboration”

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 20 November 2020

Echoing the complaints of a section of the trade union bureaucracy, Fightback has denounced Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff for nominating former Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to head the OECD.

Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020

An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.

Labour Party reinstates Jeremy Corbyn after suspension over antisemitism comments

The anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism

By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2020

This speech was delivered by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden to a public meeting titled, “The Blairites’ anti-Semitism witch-hunt and the failure of Corbynism,” held on November 15, 2020.

Morenoites dismiss Trump coup attempt, while sowing illusions in Biden

By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2020

The Morenoites’ Izquierda Diaro has lined up with the Democrats in dismissing Trump’s attempt to nullify the US election as of no significance.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government imposes internet censorship

By Alice Summers, 17 November 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is endorsing state censorship of the Internet, supposedly to fight “disinformation” and “foreign intervention.”

Quebec Solidaire embraces the ruling elite’s criminal “herd immunity” policy

By Louis Girard, 16 November 2020

In the twisted pro-capitalist logic of the pseudo-left Quebec Solidaire, dozens of COVID-19 cases in a slaughterhouse and outbreaks at hundreds of schools are arguments for a further easing of minimal lockdown measures.

Stalinist Podemos minister pledges to keep US military bases in Spain

By Alejandro López, 14 November 2020

Alberto Garzón defended Spain’s deal with the Pentagon, citing the fact that Democrat Joe Biden recently won the presidential elections.

Post-US election rally of US/UK pseudo-left hears praise for dragging neo-liberalism’s corpse “across the finishing line”

By Julie Hyland, 13 November 2020

The British pseudo-left are indifferent to the crisis facing American workers. Their sole interest in the US election is how they can utilise it to justify their own rotten scheming with the Labour Party right-wing.

Mexican president refuses to recognize Biden victory

By Andrea Lobo, 12 November 2020

To the extent that he is hedging his bets on Trump’s staying in power, AMLO’s stance should caution against any skepticism about the threat of a coup to overturn the US election.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos regime rejects lock-downs as COVID-19 soars

By Alice Summers, 10 November 2020

The priorities of the ruling class in Spain are clear: even if lockdown measures could largely eliminate the virus in only a few weeks, they would rather see mass contagion and death in order to ensure the working class keeps producing profits.

As Brazil’s Bolsonaro remains silent, the Workers Party and pseudo-left hail Biden victory

By Tomas Castanheira, 10 November 2020

Aligned with the interests of significant sectors of the Brazilian ruling class, the PT and its pseudo-left supporters enthusiastically celebrated Biden’s election.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pleads for “unity” as Democrats attack the “socialist left”

By Genevieve Leigh, 10 November 2020

Within hours of the declaration of a Biden victory in the 2020 presidential race, the Democratic Party moved to collaborate with the Republicans while launching an attack against its so-called “left” wing.

Lincoln, the Dakota 38 and the racialist falsification of history

By Renae Cassimeda, 9 November 2020

The WSWS condemns the destruction of the monument to Abraham Lincoln in Portland, Oregon last month and rejects the false narrative put forward by the petty bourgeois promoters of identity politics used to vilify him.

Indian Stalinists use Bihar elections to deepen their alliance with big-business Congress Party

By Arun Kumar, 7 November 2020

Under conditions of mounting social opposition, the Stalinists are doubling down on their efforts to harness the working class to the Congress and other right-wing parties.

New York University moves forward with plans to establish segregated residential communities

By John Conrad, 7 November 2020

The establishment of race-based “Themed Engagement Communities” in two NYU dorms is reactionary and part of a broader campaign by the ruling class to divide workers and youth along racial lines.

Spain’s PSOE-Podemos government rejects calls for shelter-at-home policy

By Alejandro López, 3 November 2020

The “left populist” Podemos party is helping keep workers at work and children at school so that profits can continue accruing to major banks and investors.

Jacobin distorts Morales interview to cover for MAS’s turn to right in Bolivia

By Andrea Lobo, 3 November 2020

Jacobin has sought to present the MAS electoral victory as a sign of a “progressive” tide that renders unnecessary any independent political mobilization of workers.

Pseudo-left apologists for Biden and the bankruptcy of “lesser-evil” politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 31 October 2020

In the final days of the election, the Democratic Party and its affiliates are going all out to insist that workers and youth opposed to Trump must subordinate their struggles to electing Biden.

A reply to the Morenoites on support for militarization of Brazilian elections

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Group (Brazil), 31 October 2020

The slanderous rant sent to the WSWS by the editor of the Brazilian edition of the Morenoite Izquierda Diario website exposes his own organization’s hostility to Trotskyism.

As social anger mounts, Quebec unions issue craven appeal to Premier Legault to forego austerity

By Laurent Lafrance, 31 October 2020

Quebec’s major unions issued a joint open letter to the province’s right-wing premier earlier this month in which they put forward a series of lies to confuse workers at a time when class tensions are reaching the boiling point.

“What is Left of American Democracy on the Eve of the 2020 Elections?”

David North and Adolph Reed discuss US political crisis at online forum

30 October 2020

North and Reed discussed and debated their views on the unfolding political crisis in the United States and the way forward for the working class, and responded to audience questions at the forum hosted by the San Diego State University.

The fight of the WSWS against the falsification of Marxism

By Alex Lantier, 30 October 2020

The WSWS’s Marxist internationalist perspective set it on an opposed class trajectory to a layer of middle-class parties based on a fusion of Stalinism and identity politics.

999 AFL-CIO and the general strike

28 October 2020

The MAS victory in Bolivia and bourgeois nationalism’s betrayals in Latin America

By Tomas Castanheira, 27 October 2020

The return of the MAS to power in Bolivia is being celebrated by the demoralized bourgeois nationalist parties and the pseudo-left as a political turning point in the region.

Brazilian Morenoites support pro-military parties in mayoral elections

By Miguel Andrade, 27 October 2020

The approaching mayoral elections are exposing all the political forces that claimed a vote for the Workers Party against Bolsonaro in 2018 would advance an “anti-fascist” struggle

Right-wing recall campaign seeks to remove Socialist Alternative’s Kshama Sawant from Seattle City Council

By Kayla Costa, 27 October 2020

The campaign to recall Kshama Sawant is led by the Democratic Party with the active support of Republican and far-right elements.

999 AOC subordinates herself to Biden on CNN

27 October 2020

Jacobin hails New Zealand Labour government’s re-election

By Tom Peters, 26 October 2020

Jacobin magazine, a pseudo-left publication that supports the US Democratic Party, has joined in the international media chorus falsely portraying Jacinda Ardern’s anti-working class and pro-imperialist government as progressive.

Spain’s “left populist” Podemos separates migrant children from their parents

By Alejandro López, 24 October 2020

A dozen children in the Canary Islands had been separated from their mothers or relatives for months, while DNA testing was carried out to verify they were related.

Germany’s Left Party embraces “herd immunity” policy

By Johannes Stern, 23 October 2020

“I am preparing myself for the fact that we must learn to live with coronavirus,” Left Party State Premier Bodo Ramelow said last week.

Why does Jacobin Magazine downplay the danger of fascist violence?

By Eric London, 22 October 2020

A recent Jacobin article on the Michigan coup plot is aimed at reassuring its readers that there is “nothing to see here.”

999 Left Party embraces "herd immunity"

22 October 2020

999 Jacobin and Michigan plot

21 October 2020

As teachers fight deadly return to school, the DSA runs to the defense of the unions and Democrats

By Tom Hall, 21 October 2020

A recent article in Jacobin magazine makes it clear the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is trying to prevent educators from drawing the necessary conclusion that the fight against unsafe school openings must be organized independently of and in opposition to the unions and the Democratic Party.

Socialism and the fight against the pandemic

Labor Notes covers up role of AFT, Democratic Party in betrayal of U of M grad instructors strike

By Judy Ryden and Barry Grey, 20 October 2020

In challenging the back-to-work and back-to-school policy of the university, the grad students entered into what was not simply a trade union but a political struggle. The strike broke out in the midst of the drive by Trump and Democratic governors across the country to reopen the schools and universities.

Australian pseudo-left denies fascist danger in US presidential election crisis

By Oscar Grenfell, 19 October 2020

Socialist Alternative is attempting to chloroform the working class, insisting that the American ruling class would never resort to dictatorial rule.

New Zealand pseudo-lefts support Labour and Greens in election

By Tom Peters, 17 October 2020

The International Socialist Organisation and Socialist Aotearoa support the re-election of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government, which is carrying out a historic assault on the living standards of the working class.