Betrayed by its organisations, the unions and the socialist parties, the working class was unable to prevent the outbreak of the most terrible war in history. Today, the celebration of Armistice Day - the end of the war - is the occasion for patriotic celebration.
But what was it that really brought the war to an end? Only a few years after the disaster of 1914, the world working class launched the greatest ever attempt by the exploited masses to overthrow the domination of the exploiters and to build, on the ruins of war, a new society free of nations, and warfare. In doing so, the workers forced the ruling classes to put an end to the war.
Readers will recall that we
reprinted in our last issue an earlier article on the Seattle General Strike of
1919, which pointed out the importance of this event in the development of the
class struggle in North America, analyzed its strengths and weaknesses and
showed how, despite persistent myths of the passivity of the working class in
North America, the post-World War I revolutionary wave did not spare North America