Issue 103 of INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL Published Summer 2004 Copyright © International Socialism
China's economic growth over the last two decades has shifted the global balance of power and it is now the US's greatest potential challenger. Indeed, the Project for a New American Century is focused on repelling this challenge. But who is benefiting from China's growth, and at what price? Charlie Hore examines the contradictions of China's boom, and the impact on workers of a repressive regime tying itself to an increasingly vulnerable system of global capitalism.
The Hindu chauvinist BJP's claims that 'India is shining' failed to convince the voters in May's elections. The results shocked left and right alike, with the BJP losing a third of its seats and Congress returning as the main party after ten years on the sidelines. Chris Harman tackles the question of how the Indian left should respond, arguing that an opportunity exists to form a new left, ditch the old Stalinist certainties, and forge a movement to challenge the whole system.
Sixty years after D-Day Michael Bradley takes us through the day's events and argues that it wasn't the pivotal moment we are told about at school. He looks at the British Communist Party's role in galvanising working class support for the war effort, but argues that the class war was far from over.
Our 'In perspective' series continues with a look at US feminist and anti-war activist Judith Butler. Rachel Aldred brings out Butler's common concerns with Marxism in fighting for a world free from oppression.
Brian Manning, a regular contributor to this journal, died in April this year. Deutscher Prize-winning author of Ehud's Dagger James Holstun appreciates the work of this great Marxist historian of the English Revolution. Book reviews include ancient Rome and a newly discovered review of Tony Cliff's first book.