Socialism From Below

The International Socialist Tendency (IST) is a current of revolutionary socialist organisations, based in different countries, which share a political outlook and seek to help each other by exchanging experience and practical support.

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Statement by En lucha / En lluita on the Catalan elections (English, Catalan, Spanish)

Tuesday 4th December 2012

The Candidatura de Unitat Popular - Alternativa d’Esquerres (CUP-AE – Popular Unity Candidature-Left Alternative) has achieved a strong breakthrough in the Catalan parliamentary elections. 126,219 people voted for a clear alternative that seeks change: a candidature organised from the rank and file, capable of breaking the anti-democratic dynamic of the electoral blocks by means of militant activism. Over 450 meetings, street stands, posters stuck up everywhere and electoral vans have enabled another way of understanding politics in order to reach thousands, reinvigorate left-wing politics from below in a way that is a long distance from traditional politics.

This is a shortened version of the statement. Full statement in Catalan and Spanish below.

We in En lucha applaud the results of the CUP-AE, the electoral front in which we have participated. Once again working in unity proved the best tool for mobilising. More than 100,000 people have identified with a ...

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Julie Waterson (1958-2012): our most fearless fighter

Wednesday 21st November 2012

Julie Waterson, who died absurdly young at the age of 54 on Friday 16 November, was one of the most outstanding figures to have emerged from the Socialist Workers Party. Whether as organiser, party leader or activist, she inspired everyone who came into contact with her. Alex Callinicos pays tribute to this inspiring socialist campaigner.

Julie came from Bathgate, West Lothian, and the close and loving ties binding her to her large family stayed with her in London, where she spent most of her adult life. She joined the SWP in 1978 while a student at Paisley Tech—she had been elected president of the student union there.

Julie moved to London in 1980 to work on the SWP magazine Women’s Voice. This was a time of intense discussion on the left about the relationship between Marxism and women’s liberation, and Julie threw herself into these debates. She never lost a ...

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Statement on Gaza by the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists

Wednesday 21st November 2012

At the start of Israel's current attacks on Gaza, the Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists issued the following statement:

When will you cut relations with the enemy, if not now?

The Revolutionary Socialists

15 November 2012

Read the original statement in Arabic

In the midst of what is called ‘The Arab Spring’, Gaza’s Winter continues. Zionist shelling has so far killed more than ten martyrs, including children and even babies. Hundreds have been wounded, Gaza’s hospitals are overflowing, and the ‘good citizens’ of the world are rolling up their sleeves and preparing to provide relief, as if the people were victims of a volcanic explosion or an earthquake, rather than facing Zionist colonialism which enjoys the support of the Great Powers, and acts as the watchdog for their interests in the region. Even the “democratic” president of the United States, whose re-election the liberal world celebrated, did not hesitate in describing the Zionist ...

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Obama's re-election: hopes of the poor and profits of the rich

Thursday 15th November 2012

Alex Callinicos analyses why Barack Obama won a second term as US president—and what his victory will mean for the future of US capitalism.

Barack Obama’s re-election is undoubtedly the best outcome for American capitalism. This may seem surprising. After all, the higher a voter’s income the more likely he or she was to support the hapless Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The stock market fell after Obama won.

Moreover, as the Financial Times reported before the election, “Although there are some notable exceptions in Hollywood, high tech and clean energy industries—big business and wealthy executives across the country are cheering for the US president’s defeat. Goldman Sachs, [along with] executives at AT&T and General Electric, are now putting most of their campaign contributions behind Mitt Romney. From industrial magnates like the conservative Koch brothers to Wall Street and big oil executives, most of whom never supported Mr Obama in ...

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