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U.S. missiles won’t liberate the Syrian people

Trump’s missiles won’t liberate the Syrian people

Anyone who cares about justice and peace needs to mobilize against the U.S. government's new escalation of the bloodshed and repression in the Middle East. Below is a special editorial (PDF) by Socialist Worker—the newspaper of the International Socialist Organization—condemning Trump’s cruise missile attack on Syria and calling for resistance to his escalation of the U.S. war in Syria.

April 8, 2017

The Trump administration's April 7 missile strike targeting the Shayrat Syrian Arab Air Force base in Syria is a frightening escalation of a six-year-old conflict that has already had catastrophic consequences for the Syrian people.

Trump said the decision to launch 59 Tomahawk Cruise missiles was in retaliation for the April 4 Sarin gas attack in Idlib province, carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime, that killed scores of civilians and left hundreds sickened. "I will tell you that attack on children had a big impact on me," Trump said. "My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much."

But this claimed concern about civilian casualties is nothing but rank hypocrisy coming from Trump.Read more

Resistance and Reaction in the Age of Trump—International Socialist Review Issue #104 is now out!

Resistance and Reaction in the Age of Trump—International Socialist Review Issue #104 is now out!

Issue #104 of the International Socialist Review is now out! The ISR is offering new subscribers a 50% discount off their normal rate. Enter discount code “DUMPTRUMP” at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

Below we are publishing the new issue’s editorial—“Resistance and reaction in the age of Trump.” Visit the ISR’s website today to subscribe and view other newly released articles.

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Resistance and Reaction in the Age of Trump

US politics in the past months has experienced, to quote the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, “an abrupt turn in the objective situation.”

Very few of us on the left expected that the next president of the United States would be a corrupt, narcissistic billionaire swindler, an open sexist and self-confessed serial abuser, and a man the Far Right hails for his open racism and nationalist xenophobia. Donald Trump successfully positioned himself as a right-wing populist, anti-establishment candidate who would tear up free trade, deport immigrant “job-stealers,” and restore good jobs for “real” Americans.Read more

Trump made America protest again

Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017
They came to Washington, D.C., by the hundreds and thousands packing trains, buses, vans, and cars.

They washed over streets and through parks as a torrent of humanity flooded into the National Mall to express their rage and sadness at the new presidency of Donald Trump—but also their joy at finding one another.

Similar scenes were repeated in cities and towns across the U.S., making January 21, 2017, the largest day of protest in American history—over 3.3 million people and counting, according to an Internet attempt to gather information on all of the protests.

And there were hundreds of thousands more marching around the globe, all seven continents, even Antarctica—from Berlin to Buenos Aires to Bangkok, from London to Lisbon, and from Rome to Rabat.

After a presidential campaign that put the question of sexual assault front and center, one that most people figured would end with the inauguration of the first woman president, it was President Donald Trump who took the oath of office on January 20, to the dread and revulsion of many millions of people.

So it was only appropriate that millions upon millions of people raised their voices in a collective cry of outrage at the inauguration of a brutish, boastful sexual predator as commander in chief.Read more

And we need organization and politics to win

For that, we need politics and organization. To resist attacks by the ruling class, its two political parties, and the American state in the years ahead, we will need to mobilize as many people as possible to stand together in solidarity against the bigotry and violence they will use to attempt to divide us. We think a key part of that fight is building permanent organizations to defending the vital interests of the working class and oppressed, including an independent organization of dedicated...Read more

We need to build movements

The Democrats’ role as custodians of an increasingly intolerable status quo and their policies to undercut the remnants of the New Deal and Great Society programs, alongside their support for expansive wars of aggressition and mass incarceration, helped set the stage for the disaster result in the U.S. presidential election. As we saw during the whole election season—and as has been confirmed by Clinton and Obama's call for unity with Trump in its aftermath—we...Read more

We need to study

We need to study, educate, and train ourselves. How did Trump win? How can we fight the Right? What can we learn from the successess and setbacks of past movements in order to build the widest possible movement to defend all those who will come under increasing attack during Trump’s presidency? What can be done to build a socialist movement today?

Here are some resources to get you started:

Socialist Worker’s Election 2016 Supplement: “ Don’t let this creep have his way ” (downloadable PDF)

To help understand the results of the election, we’ve produced a special, post-election supplement of Socialist Worker with coverage about what happened and who is ( and isn’t ) to blame for Trump’s impending rise to power.

SW Editorial , “ How could this monster win?

ISO Statement , “ The election of Trump and the struggle ahead

SW Roundtable , “ The resistance starts now

You should also read Socialist Worker’s pre-election issue and subscribe to the electronic and print editions for on-going coverage of fallout of Election 2016 and the fight against Trump and the system who spawned him .

What's next after the Trump election ” perspectives video

Across the United States, the International Socialist Organization is hosting a series of Fall Marxism Day Schools (there are ones in Austin TX, Columbus, OH, and San Diego, CA this Saturday, November 19th). The evening meetings at each day school—which have been attended by hundreds of people across the country— were on the topic “What’s next after the Trump election?” Click here to view a recording of the presentation ISO member Jennifer Roesch gave at the NYC Marxism Day School, which held at Columbia University.

Arm yourself to fight the Right with the International Socialist Review

In order to help arm activists with the ideas they need to fight the Right in the coming period, our partners at the International Socialist Review —a quarterly journal of Marxist theory—are offering a 50% discount on all new subscriptions ! That's $14.50 for a 1-year subscription, $29 for a 2-year subscription, or $49 for the whole next four years (the obvious choice). Add the subscription you want to your cart and then use coupon code “FTR 2016” at checkout. If you have any questions or difficulties, just email circulation@isreview.org . For a glimpse at the kind of analysis you’ll get with your subscription, read Lance Selfa’s “ From "political revolution" to lesser-evilism ” and Neil Davidson’s “ After Brexit: Will the European Union crack up? Read more