The Return of the Working Class “with Chinese Characteristics”
The recent protests in China are a symptom of the times. It puts back in play the dangerous power of the working class that the CCP has kept in the shadows through coercion and repression amidst the country’s capitalist restoration.
André BarbieriDecember 19, 2022
Bolsonarism Will Not Be Defeated in Brazil without Organizing Independently of the Lula Government
Lula won by a narrow margin in yesterday’s elections in Brazil, but his government is unwilling to truly challenge the Right’s advance. A Brazilian socialist describes the fight ahead for the country's workers and Left.
André BarbieriOctober 31, 2022
Fascism or Bonapartism? Lessons from Trotsky for Understanding Brazil Under Bolsonaro
Is genuine fascism rising in Brazil? How should the working class respond if so? Marxism helps us to characterize the Bolsonaro government and spells out the method for confronting the extreme Right.
André BarbieriOctober 29, 2022
Lula Finishes Ahead of Bolsonaro, but the Elections Will Be Decided in the Second Round
Lula and the PT came out on top in the first round of Brazil’s elections, but it’s far from clear that their conciliatory program can stop the Right.
André BarbieriOctober 2, 2022
Pelosi in Taiwan: A Risky Provocation for Imperialism
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan has made the bad Washington-Beijing relationship worse. What was her purpose?
André BarbieriAugust 3, 2022
China’s Evergrande: A Serious Crisis, But Hardly an Asian Lehman Brothers
The Evergrande Group, a giant Chinese real estate developer, is on the brink of default. For the Chinese bureaucracy, the crisis is not only an “opportunity to regulate the sector,” as some would have us believe. But it is too early to declare this a Chinese version of the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse, since the Chinese government will not likely wait for things to reach that level.
André BarbieriSeptember 21, 2021
Afghanistan: Between Imperialism, the Taliban, and the Chinese Bureaucracy
Two decades after the invasion of Afghanistan, the Taliban have returned to power and the United States’ hegemonic project has come to an end. Trotskyism — unlike impotent Stalinism and post-Marxism — has some light to shed on Afghanistan’s necessary struggle for emancipation from imperialist oppression and capitalist exploitation and for the conquest of all democratic rights for women and ethnic minorities. National bourgeoisies cannot accomplish any of that.
André BarbieriSeptember 3, 2021
Lula and the Coup Regime
Lula’s convictions have been annulled, paving the way for him to run in Brazil’s 2022 presidential elections. But the regime’s goal is to save the legacy of the institutional coup, using Lula as an escape valve for social discontent. For Lula’s Workers’ Party, the task is not to fight the coup regime but to take its place within it.
André BarbieriMarch 11, 2021