The 2016 US Elections
By Barry Grey, 26 April 2016
Kristof employs sophistry and lies to defend a former president and first lady who have shamelessly cashed in on their stint in the White House to make themselves rich.
By Tom Eley, 25 April 2016
Under pressure from party leaders, the campaign of Bernie Sanders has indicated it will mute attacks on Hillary Clinton’s corrupt relations with the banks.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 April 2016
In visits to picket lines in Manhattan and Queens, Jerry White discussed the political issues in the battle with the telecom giant.
The Great Unmentionable: War and the 2016 US elections
23 April 2016
White will speak at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Tuesday, April 26 on the conspiracy of silence in the elections on the war plans of the American ruling class.
By Joseph Kishore, 23 April 2016
A sympathetic article appearing in the New York Times on Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton’s war record underscores the danger of a very rapid military escalation following the 2016 US presidential election.
By our reporters, 23 April 2016
In his first campaign stop, SEP presidential candidate Jerry White spoke with Verizon workers about their strike and the need for the international unity of the working class.
Support White, Niemuth in 2016!
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2016
SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president will advance a socialist program that addresses the needs of millions of workers and youth in the United States and around the world.
By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2016
New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control on declining life expectancy reflect the profound social crisis that is fueling the political convulsions in the US elections.
By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2016
The Democratic and Republican presidential frontrunners each won by double-digit margins and increased their lead in convention delegates pledged to their nomination.
By Sandy English and Patrick Martin, 19 April 2016
Clinton’s once double-digit lead in the state has been cut to as little as six percentage points.
By Patrick Martin, 19 April 2016
The Democratic presidential candidate and the Catholic pope are engaged in similar missions: both seek to put a “left” face on deeply reactionary institutions.
By Sandy English, 18 April 2016
Sawant’s remarks on Saturday underscored the integration of Socialist Alternative into the Sanders campaign and the Democratic Party.
By a WSWS reporting team, 15 April 2016
There is an enormous chasm between the aspirations of workers and youth attending Sanders rallies in large numbers and the proposals advanced by the Vermont senator.
By Patrick Martin, 14 April 2016
Billionaire Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the presidential nomination, has denounced the Republican National Committee and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
By Steve Filips, 13 April 2016
In upstate New York, relatively good-paying jobs have been replaced by low-wage employment.
By Barry Grey, 12 April 2016
Sanders’ advocacy of “breaking up the big banks” while retaining the framework of private ownership of the financial system and upholding the profit system reflects the position of a definite faction within the ruling elite itself.
By Patrick Martin, 11 April 2016
The movement of heavy bombers to the Persian Gulf is a major escalation in the US war, carried out with virtually no public discussion.
By Patrick Martin, 9 April 2016
After declaring that Clinton was “not qualified” to be president because of her ties to Wall Street and support for the Iraq War, Sanders reversed himself.
By Barry Grey, 9 April 2016
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has penned another unprincipled and dishonest attack on Bernie Sanders on behalf of the Democratic Party establishment and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2016
The American working class is moving sharply to the left, destabilizing the corporate-controlled two-party system and setting the stage for the eruption of major social struggles.
By Patrick Martin, 6 April 2016
The vast majority of young voters, including 55 percent of minority voters aged under 45, gave their support to a candidate they believed to be a socialist.
By Niles Williamson, 5 April 2016
Amid mounting signs that interest in socialism is on the rise, Kristof is doing his best to promote racialist politics to divide the working class and block the development of class consciousness.
By Barry Grey, 2 April 2016
Behind the phony economic “recovery,” the entire structure of employment in the United States is being radically altered to reduce the status of workers to that of a super-exploited casual labor force.
By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2016
The Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has an increasingly precarious lead over her self-proclaimed “socialist” challenger, Bernie Sanders.
By our reporters, 2 April 2016
Those attending recent Sanders rallies expressed both hostility to social conditions in the US and illusions in the role of Sanders and the viability of reforming capitalism.
By Patrick Martin, 1 April 2016
A report by economists Lawrence Katz and Alan Krueger found that nearly one in every six US workers is in “alternative work arrangements,” either temporary, contract or on-call.
By Joseph Kishore, 31 March 2016
While it is not a topic of significant debate among the various candidates contending for the presidential nomination, the growing international war drive, spearheaded by the United States, looms over the election campaign.
By Patrick Martin, 31 March 2016
None of the three remaining candidates for the Republican presidential nomination will commit to supporting the eventual nominee.
By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2016
The former secretary of state is backing out of an agreement for further debates.
By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2016
Sanders’ landslide victories in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska are a further expression of the pent-up social anger directed at the entire political establishment.
By Joseph Kishore, 25 March 2016
A huge proportion of this money has come from 108 super-wealthy donors, who have contributed more than half of all donations to Super PACs and nearly a quarter of financing for the election as a whole.
Following terror attacks in Brussels
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2016
In the wake of the Brussels attacks, Republicans Trump and Cruz called for police state measures, while Democrats Clinton and Sanders backed Obama’s war in Syria and Iraq.
By Barry Grey, 22 March 2016
Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton went out of her way to satisfy the most diehard defenders of the Israeli state and its brutally repressive policies against the Palestinian people.
By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2016
The Democrats will run in the fall campaign as the party of the status quo, complacency and self-satisfaction, essentially conceding the economically discontented to Donald Trump.
By Tom Hall, 21 March 2016
One of the confrontations in Tucson was perpetrated by a plainclothes member of Donald Trump’s hired security team.
By Patrick Martin, 19 March 2016
Leaked remarks by President Obama suggested that it was time for the Democratic Party to unite behind a presidential nominee, presumably Hillary Clinton.
By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2016
From the beginning, Sanders’ role has been to serve as a lightning rod for social discontent and direct it into the dead end of the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2016
Trump’s implied threat of violence against the leadership of his own party follows his instigation of attacks on protesters at his campaign rallies.
By Patrick Martin, 16 March 2016
The Democratic and Republican frontrunners nearly swept the states holding primaries Tuesday, and each passed the halfway mark in terms of delegates needed for nomination.
By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 16 March 2016
Comments by workers supporting various candidates in the Republican and Democratic primary elections Tuesday reflected the widespread social discontent that exists throughout the country.
By Nick Beams, 15 March 2016
The end result of the program of economic nationalism can be seen in the experience of the 1930s, when it brought about social devastation and led to world war.
By Jerry White, 15 March 2016
Trump is seeking to exploit the disaffection of sections of workers and lower-middle class people whose economic and social grievances have long been ignored by the Democratic Party and the trade unions.
By Andre Damon, 14 March 2016
Donald Trump called on protestors to be “thrown into a jail,” and offered to pay the legal fees of a supporter who punched, then threatened to kill, a protestor.
The WSWS Editorial Board, 14 March 2016
With the eruption of violence inside and outside rallies of billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, American politics has reached a turning point.
By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2016
Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s thuggery and racist agitation against immigrants must be taken as a warning of the emergence of a fascistic movement out of the putrefaction of the American two-party system.
By George Marlowe, 12 March 2016
Violence erupted Friday inside a Donald Trump rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago, which was surrounded by thousands of protesters denouncing his presence.
By Andre Damon, 11 March 2016
The Democratic Party candidates declared that President Obama was doing a “great job,” even as his administration continued its mass round-up of children for deportation.
By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2016
The glaring failure of media polling to detect the shift in class sentiment is itself a demonstration of the chasm that separates the entire political establishment from the vast majority of the population.
By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2016
Bernie Sanders’ upset victory over Hillary Clinton reflects the growing anger among working people and youth over the destruction of jobs and living standards.
By James Brewer, 9 March 2016
Clinton and Sanders said nothing about the US Environmental Protection Agency, which concealed its findings of high lead levels in Flint’s water.
By Eric London, 9 March 2016
Times columnist Nicholas Kristof’s March 5 article papers over the Democratic Party’s own role in creating the conditions for Trump to win popular support.
Sanders pushes trade war policies
By Barry Grey, 8 March 2016
In his promotion of protectionism, Sanders, who calls himself a “democratic socialist,” complements the overtly fascistic demagogy of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2016
The fascistic character of the Trump campaign was underscored over the past several days by the candidate’s repeated calls for the use of torture methods such as waterboarding “and much more.”
By Tom Hall, 7 March 2016
In its extensive reporting of the email scandal, the American media has virtually ignored the actual content of these emails, which contain a wealth of information about the day-to-day functioning of the Clinton State Department.
By Jerry White, 7 March 2016
The economic nationalist policies promoted by Sanders complement the anti-immigrant racism and xenophobia of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2016
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee attacked the 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner as a “fraud” and a threat to democracy.
By David North, 3 March 2016
The emergence of Trump marks a new and dangerous stage in the crisis of American democracy.
By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2016
While a fascistic movement is emerging from the Republican Party, broad layers of the American population are moving to the left.
By Joseph Kishore, 1 March 2016
Candidates for the two big business parties will be contesting ballots in 12 states, making March 1 the day when the largest number of delegates is chosen for party conventions.
By Andre Damon, 1 March 2016
Christopher Morris was choked and thrown to the ground while fulfilling his duties as a photographer for TIME magazine.
By Patrick Martin, 29 February 2016
The former secretary of state won 76 percent of the vote, but Democratic turnout fell 32 percent from the record set eight years ago.
By a reporter, 29 February 2016
The Republican frontrunner, appearing on “Meet the Press,” boasted of retweeting a quotation from the Italian dictator.
By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2016
Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate was a demonstration of the degraded state of American politics and the intellectual and moral decay of the American ruling elite.
By Patrick Martin, 26 February 2016
The American media gives round-the-clock coverage to the minutiae of capitalist politics, but very little attention is paid to the catastrophe facing the working class.
By Jordan Shilton, 26 February 2016
Sanders’ invocation of Denmark and Sweden to illustrate the type of society he is aiming to construct provides yet another example of just how fraudulent his “socialist” rhetoric is.
By Barry Grey, 25 February 2016
Trump’s candidacy is one expression, on the extreme right, of an unprecedented crisis of political legitimacy of the more than 160-year-old two-party system.
By Joseph Kishore, 22 February 2016
There is no discussion in the US presidential campaign of the preparations of the ruling class for an immense escalation of war following the elections in November.
By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2016
The Republican contest has evolved into a three-way race, with the fascistic Trump facing Cruz and the militaristic Rubio, who is backed by the bulk of party leaders.
By Barry Grey, 20 February 2016
Outside of a mass struggle that directly challenges the bases of capitalist rule—private ownership of the corporations and banks and the system of wage slavery—no genuinely progressive changes can be achieved.
By Jerry White, 17 February 2016
Just months after the UAW rammed pro-company deals past the opposition of rank-and-file autoworkers, the self-described “democratic socialist” praised the discredited organization.
By Shannon Jones, 16 February 2016
Sanders made a direct pitch for the support of the unions based on an appeal to economic nationalism and American chauvinism.
By our reporting team, 16 February 2016
A World Socialist Web Site reporting team spoke with students and others attending the Sanders rally at Eastern Michigan University.
By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2016
The degrading verbal brawl was overshadowed by the unexpected admission by billionaire Donald Trump that the war in Iraq was launched by the Bush administration based on lies.
By Alexander Fangmann, 15 February 2016
With Republican Governor Rauner and state Democrats at an impasse over how to impose deep budget cuts, Obama visited Springfield to encourage a bipartisan agreement.
By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2016
The increased appeal to identity issues reflects concerns in the ruling elite over signs that class questions are dominating the political thinking of broad layers of the population.
On-the-spot report from NH primary
By Kate Randall, 13 February 2016
University of New Hampshire students expressed their opposition to income inequality and the disregard of the wealthy for the conditions facing the vast majority of the population.
By Eric London, 13 February 2016
Socialist Alternative declares that Sanders’ support for US-led wars in the Middle East does “not negate the enormously progressive aspects of his campaign.”
By Joseph Kishore, 11 February 2016
Sanders does not speak for the working class, but for a section of the ruling class and political establishment that views the growth of social opposition with fear and is seeking some way of containing it.
By Patrick Martin, 11 February 2016
After his embrace of torture and “a hell of a lot worse” during last Saturday’s debate, the Republican frontrunner has now advocated assassination, targeting North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.
By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016
A candidate claiming to be socialist won the largest vote ever in the first US presidential primary.
By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 9 February 2016
A hallmark of the ISO, as with all the other organizations that comprise the anti-Marxist pseudo-left, is a rejection of any class analysis of political developments.
By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2016
“I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” billionaire Donald Trump declared, evoking applause from the Republican audience.
By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2016
In a visit to Flint on Sunday, Clinton sought to obscure the criminal role of Democratic officials at all levels of government in covering up the lead poisoning of residents.
By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2016
Sanders is not the representative of a working class movement. He is rather the temporary beneficiary of a rising tide of popular opposition that is passing through only its initial stages of social and class differentiation.
By Barry Grey, 6 February 2016
The Des Moines Register published an editorial headlined “Something smells in the Democratic Party,” denouncing state party officials for refusing to agree to an audit or release details of the voting.
By Barry Grey, 4 February 2016
Already in the 2016 election, the total amount of super PAC money from banks and financial firms is 70 times the level 12 years ago.
By Patrick Martin, 3 February 2016
The mass support for Sanders explodes the myth, peddled endlessly by the American media, that the American people are unalterably wedded to capitalism.
By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2016
Clinton’s margin over Bernie Sanders was razor-thin, while Cruz held a significant lead over Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.
By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2016
Tonight’s Iowa caucuses mark the first primary contest in a presidential election campaign already characterized by political convulsions in both corporate-controlled parties.
By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2016
The seven candidates plumbed the depths of fear-mongering and racism even without billionaire demagogue Donald Trump.
On eve of presidential primaries
By Tom Eley, 26 January 2016
The growth of working class opposition that underlies the support for Sanders is the main factor in the crisis that has emerged, in different forms, in both parties of big business in the current election campaign.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2016
The attitude taken by the candidates toward the questions of war and US imperialism’s role in the world is the touchstone for understanding the real character of their politics.
By Andre Damon, 18 January 2016
The three Democratic presidential candidates scrambled to out-do one another in populist denunciations of Wall Street in an effort to keep popular opposition bottled up within the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2016
The seven candidates sought to whip up fears over terrorism to justify policies of militarism abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home.
By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2016
The first television ad released by the Republican frontrunner reiterates his most openly racist comments from the campaign.
By Niles Williamson, 30 December 2015
Trump’s ability to exploit grievances and popular anger for reactionary purposes is due above all to what passes for “left” in official American politics, exemplified by Obama, which has nothing but hostility and contempt for the working class.
By Eric London, 24 December 2015
Efforts to create a phony “left” veneer for sections of the political establishment have become an increasingly important axis upon which the fate of capitalism relies.
By Andre Damon, 21 December 2015
The three Democratic candidates—Clinton, Sanders O'Malley—encouraged the hysterical fear of terrorism being whipped up by the American media.
Republican “debate” in Las Vegas
By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2015
The event was devoted entirely to whipping up fears over terrorism and presenting mass repression and military violence as the solution.
By David Walsh, 12 December 2015
The decline of the middle classes in America has profound and revolutionary implications.