The struggle against imperialism isn't only in the United States, but in every country where the working class is being exploited, cheated and held down, James Warren, Socialist Workers Party candidate for president, said Friday in Salt Lake City.
Warren, who campaigned in Utah Thursday, told about two dozen people gathered at the Pathfinder Bookstore, 147 E. Ninth South, that he wants to help the working class around the world. He also said his name will appear on the Utah ballot in November.He urged workers to join the Socialist Workers Party, to embrace his party's platform and to promote the party's principles, not piecemeal, but in their entirety.
The presidential candidate said people everywhere have a basic human right to a job. He asked for the debt of emerging Third World counties to be erased.
He said oppressed nationalities in America should be defended against imperialism and a comprehensive jobs program and an affirmative action program that works - including quotas - be set up. He said American workers should have a 30-hour work week without a reduction in pay or benefits.
Warren blamed politicians, industrial leaders and the rich for the world's problems and said the stock market crash of Oct. 19, 1987, signaled an economic crisis in not only this country, but around the world and the beginning of a new era in socialism.
"The rich are worried, world leaders are worried - but don't kid yourself. They are not worried about the poor, but are worried only about themselves - the rich and powerful. They care nothing about the workers of the world or the poor."
Warren said the strides workers had taken in the 1930s were aborted by World War II and the complacency that followed. But, he said, there cannot be another world war because the rich and powerful know it would be the end, even of themselves. "Nobody would profit by a Third World War."
He said the world is farther away from world war today than at any time in the past 60 years.
Unhappily, he said, the methods used by workers to gain a place for themselves in the fight against imperialism in the 1930s are now against the law. "Trade unions are being tied up in red tape."