In our latest episode of IMTV, Alan Woods – editor of In Defence of Marxism, discusses the police killing of George Floyd in the USA and the insurrectionary protests seen in response across America.
The brutal murder of George Floyd has unleashed a massive wave of pent-up fury in cities across the USA, sending thousands of people onto streets.
The mass media is howling about the supposed violence of the protesters. But who are really the violent ones? Who is shooting at innocent and peaceful demonstrators? Who has been systematically carrying out violence against African Americans for centuries? Who maintains the highest incarceration rate in the world?
The answer: It is the US state apparatus. Like all capitalist states, it is in the last instance nothing but armed bodies of men, organised to defend the interests of the capitalist class.
These lessons are rapidly being drawn by thousands of American workers and youth. These are the first battles of the great revolutionary struggles in front of us.