|SocialismToday Socialist Party magazine|
Issue 229 June 2019
Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid for the presidency shook up US politics. Attracting hundreds of thousands of people around a radical programme, it showed the potential for a working-class-based alternative to the two main parties. TONY SAUNOIS reviews an account of the campaign, drawing the lessons for the 2020 presidential contest now under way.
The promise of the Corbyn insurgency that began in 2015 is in danger, momentum has stalled. The results of the local elections - and to the European parliament after we go to press, with Labour set to be outpolled by Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party - are a serious warning. By not completing the insurgency set in motion in 2015 and transforming Labour ideologically and organisationally into a mass socialist workers’ party, a vacuum remains which can be filled by other forces dangerous to the working class.
Relations between the two major powers are increasingly strained, with the current standoff on tariffs threatening to escalate into an all-out trade war. That, in turn, could devastate the still sluggish global economy. As ROBIN CLAPP explains, this is part of the new world disorder of increased instability and confrontation.
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