Jerry White, the Socialist Equality Party candidate for United States president, is speaking in London as part of an international tour.
The meeting, hosted by the Socialist Equality Party, 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 US elections 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 international demands for bank bailouts and austerity, and the American military is engaged in a campaign for global control that threatens to unleash a new world war.
In Europe, the global banks and institutions like the European Union have imposed savage austerity measures to make the working class pay for the bank bailouts and economic crisis. Major corporations are carrying out American-style plant closures, mass layoffs and wage cuts with the full assistance of the unions.
The past year and a half has seen the eruption of social protests throughout the world, from Egypt, to Greece, to the United States. This is only the beginning. In all of these struggles, however, the fundamental issue is the need for an independent revolutionary leadership.
'From the beginning of our campaign,' White said, 'the Socialist Equality Party has placed the fight for the international unity of the working class at the centre of our programme. American workers cannot defeat the attacks on their living standards and basic social rights without forging the closest ties and collaborating in their struggles with workers around the world.'
Jerry White will be discussing here the SEPís perspective for building a socialist movement of the international working class.