Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for United States president, will be speaking over the coming month at a series of meetings in Britain, Germany, and Sri Lanka. The meetings will provide an opportunity for White to discuss the political issues in the 2012 US elections and advance the fight for the international unity of the working class against austerity, the destruction of democratic rights, militarism and war.
The presidential elections in the US have vast international implications. It was the collapse of the speculative bubble on Wall Street in 2008 that set off the worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression in the 1930s. The American ruling class is leading the demands for bank bailouts and austerity throughout the world, and the American military is engaged in a campaign for global control that threatens to unleash a new world war.
In these elections, the two main candidates—Barack Obama of the Democratic Party and Mitt Romney of the Republican Party—agree on all essential questions. Millions of people around the world looked to the election of Obama in 2008 in the hope that it would mark a significant turning point in American foreign and domestic policy. Yet Obama has expanded war abroad, deepened the attack on democratic rights, and led the assault on working people in the United States and internationally.
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