World Perspectives 2018: A World Pregnant with Wars and Popular Uprisings

 

Theses on the World Situation, the Perspectives for Class Struggle and the Tasks of Revolutionaries

 

By Michael Pröbsting, International Secretary of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), www.thecommunists.net

 

 

This book has been discussed, amended and approved at a meeting of the International Executive Committee of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency on 10 February 2018

 

 

Note of the Editorial Board: The following document is an extensive study of the present state of the world situation and the global class struggle. It contains 23 figures , 9 tables and 2 maps. The figures and maps can only be viewed in the pdf version of the document below for technical reasons.

 

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Contents

 

 

 

Preface

 

 

Introduction

 

 

I.  The Reactionary Offensive of the Ruling Class Inevitable Provokes

Political Crisis, Conflicts, Wars and Popular Uprisings

 

Main Characteristics of the Current World Situation

 

Domestic Crisis and Aggressive Foreign Policy

 

Like the situation before the Balkan Wars 1912-13

 

The Most Explosive Focal Points of the Current World Situation

 

Changes in the Current World Political Phase

 

 

 

II. Excurse: Different Types of Wars in the Present Period

and Consequential Revolutionary Tactics

 

The Importance of Dialectic

 

Revolutionary War Tactics

 

Relationship between War and Revolution

 

 

 

III. The State of the World Economy:

Delaying the Eruption of Accumulated Contradictions

 

Delaying the Beginning of the Next Recession

 

Why the Next Recession will be Worse

 

 

 

IV. Accelerating Rivalry Between the Imperialist Great Powers

 

The Decline of the U.S. and the Rise of China in Numbers

 

Russia Expanding its Influence

 

“Make China Great Again”

 

The Aggressive Strategy of the Trump Administration

 

 

 

V. Middle East and North Africa:

Reactionary Offensive, Wars and Popular Uprisings

 

A new Sykes-Picot Agreement?

 

Wars with different characters

 

The Middle East as a powder keg of social-economic contradictions

 

Wars and Rivalry in the Middle East

 

The Syrian Revolution: In danger of annihilation

 

A new revolutionary upsurge of popular uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa

 

 

 

VI. The Korean Peninsula:

Imperialist Aggression, Capitalist Restoration and Revolutionary Defensism

 

Capitalist Restoration in North Korea and the ruling Stalinist-Donju Class

 

South Korea: an Imperialist State

 

Amid Sanctions and War Threats: Defend North Korea! Defeat U.S. Imperialism!

 

 

 

VII. Building the Revolutionary World Party in the Present Period

 

 

 

Appendix: 6 Points for a Platform of Revolutionary Unity Today

 

1) Recognition of the Accelerating Rivalry between the Imperialist Great Powers – the US, EU, Japan, Russia and China

 

2) Consistent Struggle against Imperialism and for the Liberation of the Oppressed People

 

3) Continuing the Revolutionary Struggle in the Middle East and North Africa against Reactionary Dictatorships, Imperialism and Zionism

 

4) Revolutionary Struggle against Reactionary Attacks on Democratic Rights

 

5) Application of the United Front Tactic in all Mass Struggles

 

6) Start Building a Revolutionary World Party Now!