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WSWS writer Kate Randall in PDX tonight

Kate Randall, a writer for the World Socialist Web Site, will speak at PSU tonight about the Iraq war and the political crisis in the United States.
The free lecture will be held at Portland State University at 7:30 p.m. in Room 290 of the Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway in downtown Portland. An earlier posting on the Portland Indymedia calendar erroneously indicated 7 p.m.

Randall is a member of the Socialist Equality Party as well as its forerunner, the Workers League. The World Socialist Web Site (www.wsws.org), which has an international editorial board, is published six days a week by the SEP, featuring news and commentary on political, economic, cultural and historical issues.

The SEP believes popular anti-war sentiment in the United States and the deep and entirely legitimate resentment toward the reactionary policies of the Bush administration find no expression in the Democrat or Green parties. Each, in their own way, has made their peace with capitalism.

Through its publication of the WSWS and grassroots political work, the party seeks to raise the political consciousness of the working class by mobilizing workers, professionals, young people and students into a mass socialist party.

The political crisis in the United States, which is bound up inextricably with the crisis of global capitalism, finds several expressions: the disasterous war in Iraq, the all too public tragedy of Terri Schiavo, and the emerging fascist character that distinguishes the alliance between the Republican Party and the Christian right.

"A fascist movement could not win a significant popular base in America by marching under swastika banners or peddling Nordic racial myths," the WSWS editorial board reported in an article today. "It will have its own peculiar national character, utilizing Christian fundamentalism as well as racism and nativism. But if the external trappings will differ from that of the German Nazis or the movements of Mussolini in Italy and Franco in Spain, the historical significance of fascism is the same: it represents the effort of the ruling class, under conditions where the old bourgeois-democratic methods of rule have broken down, to defend its property and power by whipping up a mass movement and hurling it against the democratic rights and organized resistance of the working class."

Randall and other longtime SEP members, including WSWS arts editor David Walsh, are talking about these issues on the West Coast this month. After the lecture, Randall will be available to answer questions and discuss the political program of the SEP.
Go! 28.Apr.2005 07:42

Expat

wsws.org provides the most consistently insightful and outstanding socio-geopolitical analysis I've found on the web. This sounds like a great event.

(Just want to add that while I'm enjoying life north of DER BORDER on Vancouver Island(the most beautiful place I've ever lived), I miss the amazing community of Southeast PDX {along with parts of Northeast). I lived in several different regions of the U.S. and have been through every state and big city, and I've never found anywhere quite like Portland. Hope you can keep it righteous, and weird, amidst the corporate-capitalist onslaught.)

fascism 28.Apr.2005 18:20

makes me wanna HURL

> the historical significance of fascism is the same: it represents the effort
> of the ruling class, under conditions where the old bourgeois-democratic
> methods of rule have broken down, to defend its property and power by
> whipping up a mass movement and hurling it against the democratic rights and
> organized resistance of the working class."

Fortunately for the fascists, in this country they don't have to deal with an organized or resistant working class. No hurling necessary. Bourgeois democracy seems to have imploded on its own.