[Marxism] 2019: A Wave of Renewed Struggle Coming?

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 13:48:35 MST 2018

"As we look back over 2018 and think about what 2019 will bring, we should
keep in mind what Trotsky said – that revolutionaries can be some of the
most conservative of people. That’s because as Marxists we develop an
overall view of the world. But when there is a sudden shift in the world
situation, sometimes we revolutionaries can cling to that past view and
fail to recognize a new world situation until it has hit us over the

[2018 saw a period of reaction.]
"But we also seem to be seeing what may be the reawakening of the fight
against capitalism – in Iran, with strikes, women in struggle as well as
the struggles of Iranian Kurds and Arab people; in Sudan; in Tunisia, and
in Hungary, Serbia and Albania; and of course there is the explosive Yellow
Vest movement in France.

"2011 saw the opening of a wave of struggles – the Arab Spring, the Occupy
movement, the miners’ strikes in South Africa, and the election of Syriza
in Greece. All these were either defeated or fizzled out, leading to a
period of reaction. So, do the struggles mentioned above mean the opening
of a new wave of struggle, maybe on an even more extensive and more
intensive level?"

*“In politics, abstract terms conceal treachery.” *from "The Black
Jacobins" by C. L. R. James
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