The Crisis of American Democracy
By Kevin Reed, 2 December 2020
Democratic Party president-elect Joseph Biden is formulating policies and assembling a team committed to the use of advanced technologies for the purposes of warfare and suppression of free speech.
By Patrick Martin, 1 December 2020
Behind a screen of racial and gender diversity, the Biden administration will be a government of, by and for the ruling class.
By Barry Grey and Jacob Crosse, 26 November 2020
The fact that it is absent from the Times’ November 22 editorial makes absolutely clear one basic fact: the entire anti-Russia narrative is a deliberate fabrication.
By Kevin Reed, 26 November 2020
Trump’s action ends the case against the right-wing White House aide who lied to the FBI during the early days of the investigation into claims of “Russian interference” in the 2016 US elections.
By Kristina Betinis, 26 November 2020
A petition opposing the appointment of Emanuel to President-elect Biden’s administration simultaneously exposes the right-wing record of the Democratic Party and the utter bankruptcy of its DSA faction.
By Jacob Crosse, 26 November 2020
Amid historic levels of unemployment, disorganized partial lockdowns without stimulus are leaving workers and small businesses without protection from the coronavirus or social support.
By Barry Grey, 25 November 2020
Whether or not Biden’s right-wing administration-in-waiting comes to power, Trump’s election coup is a dire warning to the working class.
By Eric London, 25 November 2020
The nomination of a series of right-wing women and minority representatives of the military-intelligence complex encapsulates and exposes the right-wing essence of identity politics.
By Barry Grey, 24 November 2020
The erosion of support for Trump within the corporate-financial oligarchy is driven in part by a recognition that Biden is assembling a right-wing, militaristic administration that will aggressively defend the interests of big business.
By Alex Johnson, 24 November 2020
The police agency’s strategies for tracking youth shed light on the extraordinary lengths the department has gone to carry out repressive measures against underaged Pasco residents.
By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2020
The roll-out of Biden’s first cabinet nominees shows the top priority of the incoming Democratic administration: building a US-led imperialist front against China and Russia
By Joanne Laurier, 24 November 2020
Trial 4 is an eight-episode documentary television series, currently streaming on Netflix that examines the case of Sean Ellis, a black teenager wrongly convicted of the 1993 murder of police officer John Mulligan.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2020
The extra-constitutional attempts to nullify the US elections and overturn basic democratic rights cannot be accomplished without massive state repression.
By Chase Lawrence, 19 November 2020
Clarke spoke at a Milwaukee County Republican event on Saturday, along with Republican State Senator Chris Kapenga.
By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2020
The effective cutoff date for Trump’s efforts to overturn the election through the courts is Dec. 8, when states submit their lists of presidential electors to the federal government.
By Jacob Crosse, 19 November 2020
Seeking to blackmail workers back into dangerous workplaces, Congress continues to ignore the plight of millions of unemployed people left without aid.
Louisville Metro Police Department and city officials implicated in cover-up of child sexual abuse ring
By Dominic Gustavo, 19 November 2020
The department concealed and then destroyed at least 738,000 records documenting the sexual abuse of minors in a youth program designed for children and teens who aspire to be police officers.
By Jacob Crosse, 18 November 2020
As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, food lines snake for miles, and eviction filings increase across the country, Congress refuses to pass emergency jobless aid.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2020
The bombing of Natanz or any other Iranian nuclear facility would be a war crime of world historic proportions.
Justice Department attorney tells appeals court the government can kill US citizens without judicial review
By Harvey Simpkins, 18 November 2020
The Trump administration’s despotic assertion of the right to kill people, including US citizens, without any judicial review is a continuation and extension of powers asserted and acted upon by the Obama administration.
By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2020
The Morenoites’ Izquierda Diaro has lined up with the Democrats in dismissing Trump’s attempt to nullify the US election as of no significance.
By Ray Coleman and Nick Barrickman, 17 November 2020
Over one-third of the members of Biden’s defense transition team are drawn from foreign policy think tanks funded by military contractors or are former national security officials.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos congratulates Biden as the president-elect packs his transition teams with servants of the corporate oligarchy
By Tom Carter, 17 November 2020
Tom Sullivan, Amazon’s director of international tax planning, will sit on Biden’s Department of State team, while Mark Schwartz, an “enterprise strategist” for Amazon Web Services, will serve on the Office of Management and Budget team.
By Renae Cassimeda, 17 November 2020
An understanding of what a Biden administration would have in store for educators requires a sober appraisal of the record of the Obama-Biden administration, the president-elect’s program and the class interests that Biden and the Democratic Party serve.
By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2020
The top White House coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, called for the people of Michigan to “rise up” against the new public health measures announced by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
By Joseph Kishore, 16 November 2020
Three events over the past three days cast light on the character of Trump’s post-election conspiracies and the social and economic interests driving them.
By Anthony Bertolt, 16 November 2020
The Democratic Party-dominated Minneapolis City Council voted 7-6 Friday to approve a $500,000 funding increase to hire outside officers to augment the city’s police force.
Citing illegal appointment of acting Homeland Security secretary, judge invalidates Trump’s restrictions on DACA program
By Jacob Crosse, 16 November 2020
It is entirely possible that the acting DHS secretary will be confirmed by the Senate and the restrictions he had imposed will be allowed to proceed, paving the way for the deportation of thousands of young people.
By Shuvu Batta, 13 November 2020
James Kobel, a 28-year veteran of the NYPD, was suspended from his post as head of the NYPD Equal Employment Opportunity Division.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2020
The wholesale shakeup in the Pentagon leadership is one of the most ominous features of Trump’s bid to annul the results of the 2020 elections.
As Biden popular vote lead hits five million
By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2020
Republican efforts are focused on six states, all won by Biden: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.
By Jacob Crosse, 12 November 2020
Brian Maiorana, 54, in expletive-laden and anti-Semitic online tirades, threatened to kill opponents of Trump, according to a federal affidavit.
By Harvey Simpkins, 11 November 2020
After an ACLU lawsuit last month revealed that the parents of 545 immigrant children could not be located, a lawyer tasked with reuniting families revealed this week that the total has now risen to 666.
By Kate Randall, 11 November 2020
Most of the justices gave a skeptical hearing to arguments that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for those who did not purchase insurance.
By Jacob Crosse, 11 November 2020
Lang Holland is the latest high-ranking cop forced to resign after calling for violence against opponents of Trump.
By Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 11 November 2020
The events of the past 48 hours have made clear that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept his electoral defeat and is actively engaged in a coup to overturn the elections and establish a personalist dictatorship.
As US vote-counting continues into second night
By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2020
The states of Wisconsin and Michigan were called for Biden today by the Associated Press and the television networks, including Fox News.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 November 2020
While it appears that the Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden is on the verge of winning enough states to be elected president, Trump’s refusal to accept the results will intensify the political crisis.
By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2020
As of early Wednesday morning, the US presidential election remains undecided. The fact that it is so close, however, is a devastating indictment of the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 3 November 2020
Voter turnout is at record levels, fueled by popular outrage against the Trump administration.
By David North, 2 November 2020
In his speech opening Sunday’s final public meeting of the 2020 election, Socialist Equality Party Chairman David North stated, “A great historical crisis—and the pandemic is of that magnitude—reveals and puts to the test the perspectives and programs of all parties.” The course of events has vindicated the perspective and program of the Socialist Equality Party.
On the eve of the US election
By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2020
The president voiced his approval of an attack by a caravan of his supporters on a Biden-Harris campaign bus in Texas.
By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2020
Record numbers of voters have cast early votes or voted by mail, an indication of a growing politicization of the American population.
By Eric London, 27 October 2020
Monday’s Supreme Court ruling strips tens of thousands of Wisconsinites of their right to vote and facilitates Trump’s plot to remain in power no matter the popular vote.
By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2020
The installation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, without significant resistance by the Democrats, is a key step in Trump’s plans to hijack the presidential election.
By Kevin Martinez, 26 October 2020
The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota is suing Atlas Aegis for recruiting former Special Operations personnel to patrol polling places.
By Eric London, 24 October 2020
Renea Turner is a Trump supporter linked to a group of state legislators who have threatened to impeach DeWine or have him “arrested” for his coronavirus lockdown actions.
By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2020
Biden and the Democrats have significantly outraised Trump and the Republicans, with cash from Wall Street and Silicon Valley accounting for much of the difference.
Fair Wayne Bryant, jailed for life for stealing hedge clippers, granted parole by Louisiana Pardon Board
By Helen Halyard, 21 October 2020
Imprisoned for life at the notorious Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana on one count of attempted simple burglary, he was granted parole by a 3-0 vote of the state Parole Board, after being denied parole on three previous occasions.
By Barry Grey, 21 October 2020
Fauci has already become a target of far-right Trump supporters. He and his wife have received death threats by email, phone and text message.
By Jacob Crosse, 20 October 2020
Meredith Dowty, 59, was charged with criminal threat after sending text messages to a city official in an attempt to ascertain the mayor’s address to facilitate a kidnapping.
As threat of militia violence looms
By Eric London, 20 October 2020
Police leaders announced Monday they would not enforce a recent order by the elected secretary of state aimed at preventing fascist militias from interfering with the November election.
Support Socialist Equality Party candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz on Colorado ballot
By Socialist Equality Party (US), 20 October 2020
Coloradans have the chance to officially vote for the genuine opposition—SEP candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz.
By Kevin Reed, 17 October 2020
The social media platforms Twitter and Facebook blocked and suppressed the sharing of links to a news article from the New York Post on Wednesday in a blatant act of online censorship.
By Joseph Lorenz, 17 October 2020
The extent of Leaf’s political connections to the fascist groups remain unclear, but his own political history highlights the rise of the far right into the mainstream of US politics and the danger posed by these fascists in the coming period.
By Adria French, 17 October 2020
Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O’odham lands in southern Arizona.
By Barry Grey, 17 October 2020
In the course of the hearings, the Democrats deliberately downplayed the connection between the rush to confirm and install Barrett on the Supreme Court and Trump’s conspiracy to carry out an election coup.
Questions surround role of presidential adviser Stephen Moore
Trump calls Whitmer “dictator” as evidence emerges of involvement of Wisconsin militia in Michigan coup plot
By Eric London, 16 October 2020
A transcript of a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in the federal case against conspirators in the Michigan coup plot makes clear that only a fraction of the details have yet been exposed.
Day two of hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: Democrats maintain silence on White House plot to overturn election
By Barry Grey, 14 October 2020
At Tuesday's hearing, the Democrats adopted a posture of cringing respect for the far-right judge, echoing Biden's remark in last month’s presidential debate that she is “a very fine woman.”
Democrats silent on Trump’s election coup plans as confirmation hearings begin on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett
By Barry Grey, 13 October 2020
Besides her potential role in an election coup d’etat, Barrett will shift the Supreme Court further to the right, gutting abortion rights, reversing protections for gays, attacking the separation of church and state, lifting restrictions on guns and blocking federal regulation of business.
Eric Trump planned rally at gun store where conspirator worked
By Eric London, 13 October 2020
Today, Eric Trump was scheduled to speak at Hudson Valley Guns in New Huron, Michigan, where one of the 13 men arrested last Thursday for plotting to kidnap and murder Gretchen Whitmer was employed.
Trump intensifies conflict with big tech over Section 230 protections following censorship moves by Facebook and Twitter
By Kevin Reed, 10 October 2020
After Facebook and Twitter both censored Trump for falsely comparing the coronavirus to the flu, the president called for a repeal of the law protecting social media companies from liability for content posted on their platforms.
Thirteen arrested in far-advanced pro-Trump conspiracy to murder Michigan’s governor and overthrow the state government
By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2020
The ultra-right conspiracy in Michigan is part of a national plot inspired by the US president to defy the election results and stay in power.
6 October 2020
A video tweeted by President Trump depicting his return to the White House on October 5, 2020 after being hospitalized with COVID-19 was clearly modeled after Hitler's arrival at the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in the Nazi film Triumph of the Will.
By Nick Barrickman, 5 October 2020
An investigation conducted by the Washington Post details how Trump utilized a legal loophole to deploy National Guard troops from various states on the streets of Washington D.C. to suppress protests on June 1.
By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2020
The Republican Party is emboldened in its attacks on working people by the cowardice of the Democrats and the Biden campaign.
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 October 2020
The White House is the center of a fascistic conspiracy to overturn the Constitution and establish a presidential dictatorship.
By Chase Lawrence, 29 September 2020
US Army leaders have suggested that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a part in the sharp rise in suicides this year.
By Genevieve Leigh, 29 September 2020
One could hardly have a more inane analysis of American politics than that offered by Jacobin, which explains the unwillingness of the Democrats to oppose Trump’s coup plotting as the product of “learned helplessness.”
By Andre Damon, 25 September 2020
The Democrats are determined to prevent the intervention of the broad mass of the population in opposition to Trump, which would challenge the interests of the financial oligarchy and the geopolitical interests of American imperialism.
By David North, 25 September 2020
This lecture was given by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, at a public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party of Australia on December 3, 2000 in Sydney.
By Barry Grey, 22 September 2020
The report documents the role that major banks knowingly play in laundering trillions of dollars in dirty money from terrorist organizations, drug cartels and assorted international financial criminals.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2020
The bolstering of the US force with another 100 troops, armored vehicles, and air power heightens the threat of confrontation between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.
By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2020
The death of liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created a vacancy on the highest US judicial panel that President Trump aims to fill with an ultra-right nominee.
By Tom Carter, 21 September 2020
With around-the-clock tributes, the American media is presenting the late Supreme Court justice as a “progressive icon” and a “trailblazing feminist.”
Corporate publications hostile to revelations that CIA spied on Julian Assange and their own journalists
By Oscar Grenfell, 21 September 2020
Corporate publications rebuffed requests that they publish information on the spying, even when it targeted their own journalists.
By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2020
Bloomberg’s announcement is only the largest pledge of support from the financial oligarchy for the Democratic campaign.
By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 15 September 2020
With polls tightening, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders urged the Biden campaign to do a better job of selling its right-wing program to workers and youth.
By Ray Coleman and Nick Barrickman, 5 September 2020
The office of Washington, DC’s Democratic mayor has been upbraided by the federal prosecutor’s office for trying to “skirt constitutional protections and due process.”
By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2020
While Trump seeks to mobilize fascistic elements, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden condemns “looting and rioting” and directs his main appeal to big business and the military.
By Andre Damon, 29 August 2020
The 2020 election is taking place against the backdrop of the greatest social, economic and political crisis in the modern history of the United States.
By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2020
The convention, dominated by hysterical threats against left-wing political opposition, took place against the backdrop of a shooting of demonstrators by a right-wing vigilante.
By Niles Niemuth, 20 August 2020
The Democrats hope that the endless celebration of the trite, empty symbolism of Harris’ candidacy will serve as a repeat of Barack Obama’s run for president in 2008.
By Patrick Martin, 20 August 2020
Following the example of the 2018 elections, the Democratic Party is putting forward a large new group of military-intelligence candidates for Congress in 2020.
By Kevin Reed, 13 August 2020
In a one paragraph order with no legal explanation provided, the US Supreme Court overturned a decision by a trial judge in Oregon relaxing ballot access requirements in consideration of the restrictions imposed on public interaction during the pandemic.
The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California
By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020
The response of the ruling class and its state to the SEP's legal challenge has been determined by one political motive: Keep socialists off the ballot!
By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2020
The appointment of retired Gen. Anthony Tata was carried out by means of a maneuver designed to bypass opposition from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.
By Kevin Reed, 4 August 2020
The brief replied to Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s claim that April’s right-wing anti-lockdown protests in Lansing means the SEP candidates should have recognized that it was safe to gather signatures.
By Peter Schwarz, 4 August 2020
The American withdrawal plans serve the ruling class in Europe and Germany as an excuse to accelerate their own rearmament plans.
Department of Homeland Security assembles intelligence reports on US journalists covering Portland protests
By Jacob Crosse, 1 August 2020
Such reports have been traditionally used to share information regarding wanted criminals or terrorists across federal and local law enforcement agencies.
Socialist Equality Party (US) National Congress adopts resolution on the coronavirus pandemic and the fight for socialism
The Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 August 2020
The Congress resolution provides an unequaled analysis of the crisis triggered by the pandemic, directed toward the development of socialist class consciousness and the independent action of the working class.
By Niles Niemuth, 30 July 2020
The illegal seizure of the protester in broad daylight signaled the readiness of the New York Police Department to use the authoritarian methods made infamous by Trump’s paramilitary forces in Portland.
By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2020
The former Obama national security advisor is identified with illegal wars, drone missile assassinations and an aggressive posture towards both Russia and China.
By Kristina Betinis, 25 July 2020
Illinois Democratic lawmakers have made public statements aimed at assuaging public fears that the federal forces will crack down on anti-police violence protesters in Chicago, just as they have in Portland.
By Nick Beams, 23 July 2020
The main qualification of Judy Shelton in Trump’s eyes is that she has changed her economic views in line with changes in the occupancy of the White House.
By Mike Head, 23 July 2020
The White House, facing a massive domestic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, is seeking to divert internal tensions outward.
By Kevin Reed, 21 July 2020
Trump said on Monday that he was extending the use of federal law enforcement officers to New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland to arrest protesters.
By Hector Cordon and Julio Patron, 16 July 2020
Portland is being used by the Trump administration as a test case for the deployment of heavily armed federal agents to suppress popular protests against police brutality.
By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2020
Air Force helicopter pilot and war veteran Mary Jennings Hegar, a former Republican, will be the Democratic candidate for US Senate in Texas.
By Barry Grey, 11 July 2020
Biden offered no opposition to Trump’s “back-to-work” drive, mass job destruction during the pandemic or the looming unemployment benefit cutoff.