25, 50 and 75 Years Ago

January 22, 2024

January 25, 1999

The Clinton administration is on the offensive to get Black farmers to quit their struggle against discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Capitalist newspapers across the country are carrying stories presenting the consent decree signed by lawyers for the government and for Black farmers as the end of the fight.

But the struggle is far from a settled matter because hundreds of Black farmers don’t accept the decree. Black farmers have explained that no amount of money can compensate for the government’s assault on their dignity, loss of livelihoods, and the havoc wreaked upon their families.

The outcome of this fight is inseparably linked to the breadth of support among the toiling majority. Now is the time to organize as many trade unionists as possible to turn out in Washington for the March 2 demonstration!

January 25, 1974

In a breakthrough for the socialist suit against Watergating, the government has admitted conducting a broad spy operation against the Socialist Workers Party dating back to 1945, and more recently, against the Young Socialist Alliance.

The government revealed the existence of an “SWP Disruption Program” from 1961 to 1969, admitted “limited national security electronic surveillance of certain plaintiffs” from 1945 to 1963, and placing a “mail cover” on all correspondence to the SWP national headquarters from January to May 1973.

The government also concedes that its agents single out members and supporters of the SWP and YSA for special victimization, including intimidation from FBI agents and visits to families or employers. This discriminatory treatment is justified on the basis that the SWP is on the attorney general’s “subversive” list.

January 24, 1949

The announcement of the Chiang Kai-shek dictatorship that its government headquarters will be shifted from the capital of China at Nanking to the southern city of Canton sounds the death knell of Chiang’s hated regime. Chiang himself is evidently preparing to move to the island of Formosa.

Chiang’s defeat at the hands of the Chinese people is a major defeat for the foreign policy of American imperialism. Wall Street calculated on using this regime as a puppet government to give preference to American investments over the needs of the Chinese people.

The spotlight thus focuses on the program of the Chinese Stalinists. Basing themselves on the insurgent peasantry in their bid for government power, the Stalinists seek to prevent the revolution from advancing to the stage where the working class takes the lead and establishes a workers state.