Michigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President.He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus than the Republicans.”

An active socialist since he was 19, White, now 56, serves as editor of the World Socialist Web Site Autoworkers Newsletter and is the author of Death on the Picket Line: The Story of John McCoyabout a fourth generation West Virginia coal miner murdered during a strike.

Peter B. Gemma: Thanks for taking time off the campaign trail for this interview. I’m afraid I have to start with some very basic questions. On the Socialist Equality Party website, the SEP describes itself as a “revolutionary party” which will, “saturate the workers’ movement with Marxist theory.” Please explain.

Jerry White: Thanks for this opportunity to answer your questions. Marxism is a way of understanding society, history and thinking scientifically. Marx’s philosophy has provided people, a theory of knowledge that enables the people to understand the world in order to change it.

Read the full interview at Independent Political Report.