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The Cold War: class-based conflict on a global scale

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, explains the so-called “Cold War,” the half-century conflict between the United States and other imperialists against the socialist countries struggling to break free from colonial and imperialist domination. The Cold War period is marked by both hot wars and cold wars, but most importantly was a class-based conflict between the workers and oppressed on one side and the bosses on the other. This, of course, contrasts with war based on inter-imperialist rivalry exemplified in First and Second World Wars.

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The Sino-Soviet split and its meaning today

Listen now: Brian Becker, a national leader of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, discusses the Sino-Soviet split that began in the 1960s with its underpinnings in differing approaches on survival against U.S. imperialist threats. The pressures of imperialism resulted in a split – first ideologically and later state-to-state – between these sister socialist nations. China moved towards the influence of U.S. imperialism and the USSR became more isolated. This history is important for progressives and revolutionaries to understand today as the United States continues its threats against Russia and its maneuvers to destabilize and overthrow the Communist Party-led government of China.

The Russian Revolution and the struggle to end exploitation of people by people

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Listen now: Brian Becker, a founding member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, explains the Marxist perspective on the Russian Revolution, the Soviet Union, and the gains, challenges and contradictions facing the first socialist government in a world dominated by imperialism. This interview is one part of a larger PSL educational series.