Perspectives

The inequality pandemic: How American capitalism puts profits over lives

By Andre Damon, 2 July 2020

The resurgence of COVID-19 is the outcome of a policy, led by the Trump administration but supported by the entire political and media establishment, of subordinating society’s needs to the interests of the financial oligarchy.

Pandemic profiteering: Gilead Sciences cashes in on COVID-19

By Bryan Dyne, 1 July 2020

Gilead’s declaration that it will charge over $3,000 per patient for the drug remdesivir sends a clear message that pharmaceutical companies plan to use the COVID-19 crisis to make billions of dollars.

Worker opposition grows as coronavirus spirals out of control

By Andre Damon, 30 June 2020

Six months after the world first learned of COVID-19, workers across the globe are going on strike to demand measures to stop the rampant spread of the disease.

Autoworkers initiate new wave of struggles in fight against COVID-19 pandemic

By Marcus Day, 29 June 2020

Workers are forming new democratic organizations in order to protect their lives.

“Back to work” campaign in the US has led to surge in COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 27 June 2020

The resurgence of the pandemic was the entirely foreseeable outcome of the homicidal campaign by the Trump administration, with the support of the Democrats and the media, to force workers back into factories and workplaces.

As COVID-19 cases triple in a month, Latin American elites press ahead with back-to-work campaign

By Andrea Lobo, 26 June 2020

The ruling classes in the most unequal region of the world have based their response to the pandemic and the economic crisis it spurred on protecting their wealth and privileges at all costs.

Racial-communalist politics and the second assassination of Abraham Lincoln

By Niles Niemuth and David North, 25 June 2020

In the one month since the killing of George Floyd, the mass, multi-racial and international demonstrations against police violence are in danger of being hijacked by a faction of the ruling class that is aggressively promoting a brand of racial-communal politics.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global plight of refugees and migrant workers

By Jordan Shilton, 24 June 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to tear through the global population, the disease is having an especially devastating impact on the tens of millions of displaced people throughout the world.

For international working class action against the COVID-19 pandemic!

Statement of the International Committee of the Fourth International, 23 June 2020

Only an independent political intervention by the international working class against the capitalist system can put an end to the mass deaths of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hands off the monuments to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Grant!

By Tom Mackaman and Niles Niemuth, 22 June 2020

The justifiable demand for the removal of monuments to defenders of slavery and inequality has been unfairly accompanied by attacks against memorials to the men who led the American Revolution and the Civil War.

Socialist Equality Party challenges undemocratic ballot access laws in Michigan

By Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP candidates for president and vice president, 20 June 2020

The lawsuit is part of the SEP’s fight against an undemocratic electoral system that is designed to prevent any opposition to the two parties of the ruling class, the Democrats and Republicans.

One month after the reopening: COVID-19 rips through US states and workplaces

By Jerry White, 19 June 2020

US meatpacking plants, auto factories and other large workplaces have been a major vector for the spread of the deadly disease.

The India-China border clash and the inflammable state of world geopolitics

By Keith Jones, 18 June 2020

The Indo-China border dispute is only one of numerous global flashpoints where US aggression has incited or aggravated inter-state conflicts and transformed them into potential catalysts of a global conflagration.

Police violence and class rule

By Niles Niemuth and Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2020

What is absent from all of the media commentary on police violence, let alone the statements from bourgeois politicians, is any examination of what the police are and their relationship to capitalist society.

White House demands end to $600 per week emergency unemployment pay

By Andre Damon, 16 June 2020

The Trump administration’s plan to cut unemployment assistance in July is a naked ploy to force workers back into factories that are hotbeds of COVID-19.

The protests against police murder: The way forward

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 15 June 2020

The fight against police violence must be connected to the struggles of the working class, in the United States and internationally, against inequality, war and the capitalist system.

As pandemic surges, White House presses ahead with back-to-work campaign

By Kate Randall and Andre Damon, 13 June 2020

It is now indisputable that the Trump administration’s campaign to prematurely reopen businesses has led to a surge in COVID-19 infections throughout the United States.

Would-be führer Trump steps up coup plotting

By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2020

The president is seeking to manufacture a pretext for violent repression and the establishment of an authoritarian regime in America.

Social class, capitalism and the murder of George Floyd

By Niles Niemuth, 11 June 2020

As has happened so often in the past, the political establishment and media are promoting a racial narrative to conceal the social and economic basis of police brutality and deflect popular anger away from the capitalist system.

The paradox of the Wall Street surge

By Nick Beams, 10 June 2020

The rise of the market, taking place in the midst of the greatest health crisis in a century, stands in stark contrast to the underlying real economy.

A reality check on the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic

By Bryan Dyne, 9 June 2020

More than 400,000 men, women and children have lost their lives from COVID-19 and the lives of countless millions more remain in danger as the number of cases continues to grow.

The global protests and the fight against capitalism

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 8 June 2020

The global wave of demonstrations against police violence is the response to decades of unending war, the destruction of basic democratic rights, and a massive concentration of wealth in the hands of a tiny ruling elite.

The police murder of George Floyd sparks mass protests throughout the world

By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2020

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined demonstrations in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Trump intensifies campaign to brand domestic opposition as terrorism

By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2020

The White House’s planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend “agitators” is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy.

A call to the working class! Stop Trump’s coup d’état!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 4 June 2020

The Trump administration is attempting to carry out a coup against the Constitution and establish a presidential dictatorship based on the military and the police.

Democrats cover for Trump’s coup d’état

By Andre Damon, 3 June 2020

In contrast to the heroism of the demonstrators, the Democrats have responded to Trump’s dictatorial measures with their typical display of fecklessness, cowardice and complicity.

Coup d’état in Washington: Trump declares war on the Constitution

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 2 June 2020

In a series of politically criminal acts, Trump is establishing a presidential dictatorship based on the military and police.

Trump incites violent police rampage against protesters

Statement of the Political Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 1 June 2020

Trump’s calls for police violence and repression have been a common theme throughout his administration. Trump views the police as a potential power base for a dictatorial and fascistic regime.

Hundreds of thousands stage multiracial demonstrations against police violence in a powerful show of working-class unity

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 30 May 2020

Mass demonstrations of workers and youth of all races, triggered by the brutal murder of George Floyd, are an expression of tremendous social solidarity. It is not a question of black against white, but the working class against the rich.

American ruling class exploits the pandemic to escalate assault on jobs and wages

By Jerry White, 29 May 2020

Major US corporations that have received billions in government bailout money are slashing thousands of jobs while protecting their corporate executives and biggest shareholders.

The murder of George Floyd and the fight against police violence in the US

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 28 May 2020

The murder of Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is the latest in a long string of killings and abuse which have their roots in the capitalist system.

Dow Jones hits 25,000 as pandemic death toll reaches 100,000

By David North, 27 May 2020

The Wall Street surge anticipates the shutdown of all restraints on corporate operations and capitalist profiteerring.

The global pandemic and global war on immigrants and refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 26 May 2020

As with attacks on the working class as a whole and the drive to war, capitalist ruling classes the world over have responded to the pandemic by intensifying the brutal assault on migrant workers.

Memorial Day in America: 100,000 COVID-19 deaths surpass combined US combat fatalities in Korea and Vietnam

By Barry Grey, 25 May 2020

A false narrative dominates the entire coverage of the expanding pandemic—that human life must be balanced against the “economy,” by which is meant the economy of the rich.

Wealth of US billionaires soars as pandemic expands, nearly 40 million unemployed

By Niles Niemuth, 23 May 2020

The class logic at play in the homicidal push to reopen the US economy before the spread of the coronavirus has been controlled is becoming increasingly clear.

Saving Wall Street, not lives

US pandemic cover-up responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands

By Andre Damon, 22 May 2020

On Wednesday, researchers from Columbia University posted a study showing that the massive US death toll, now approaching 100,000, is a direct consequence of decisions made by the Trump administration.

Build rank-and-file factory and workplace committees to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus and save lives!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 21 May 2020

The government and corporations are demanding a return to work in the midst of a pandemic, which is claiming thousands of lives every week. Their drive for profits takes priority over the health and safety of workers and their families.

Capitalism vs. science: The lessons of the 36-hour Moderna vaccine frenzy

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 May 2020

It took just 36 hours for the media’s frenzied promotion of a “breakthrough” treatment for the coronavirus to collapse under its own weight.

World health conference dominated by US-China conflict as coronavirus spreads across the globe

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2020

Washington sought to turn Monday’s annual conference of the World Health Organization into an arena for its relentless campaign to scapegoat China.

Back-to-work drive places countless thousands at risk

By Patrick Martin, 18 May 2020

Major American factories are reopening today, each one the potential center for a major new outbreak of the coronavirus.

The murderous pseudoscience of “herd immunity”

By Andre Damon, 16 May 2020

Proponents of “herd immunity” argue that measures to contain COVID-19 should be abandoned, allowing the disease to infect billions of people and kill countless millions.

The Trump administration vs. science

By Patrick Martin, 15 May 2020

The president’s attack on his top coronavirus advisor, Anthony Fauci, is part of an appeal to the most backward and reactionary forces to support the deadly policy of “reopening” the US economy.

Latin America emerges as new COVID-19 epicenter

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2020

The Americas have now surpassed Europe in terms of infections, even as governments and capitalist employers escalate their back-to-work campaign.

Elon Musk and the economics of class war

By Evan Blake, 13 May 2020

With his decision to illegally restart production at Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California, Musk is forcing 10,000 workers to return to work under unsafe conditions.

The killing of Ahmaud Arbery

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 12 May 2020

The killing of Arbery by a former police officer and public investigator must be seen in the context of the unending wave of police killings in the US, which claim more than 1,000 lives every year.

Capitalist economics and the politics of death

By David North, 11 May 2020

The more terrible the reports of death and human suffering, the more ecstatic the response of Wall Street. The fight against the pandemic is the fight against capitalism and for socialism.

Depression USA

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 9 May 2020

The social desperation of millions of people in the United States is being used by the ruling class to compel a return to work amidst the expanding coronavirus pandemic.

Seventy-five years since the end of World War II in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 8 May 2020

Three quarters of a century after the end of the war, fascism and war are imminent global dangers once again.

Trump’s “Bay of Pigs” in Venezuela

By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2020

The abortive mercenary invasion is part of a campaign of aggression that involves “maximum pressure” sanctions and the deployment of US warships off Venezuela’s shores.

The Trump administration’s war against society

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 6 May 2020

Amidst the expanding coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration is implementing a socially criminal “open up the economy” policy that will result in hundreds of thousands of deaths.

The American oligarchy decides for death

By Niles Niemuth, 5 May 2020

The Trump administration has embraced an approach to the pandemic that will—and that it knows will—result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people in the coming weeks and months.

Scapegoating China for US administration’s failures

Trump and Pompeo’s “big lie”

By Andre Damon, 4 May 2020

Knowing that its policy will lead to a rapid growth in fatalities, the White House is preparing a narrative to argue that whatever happens, it is China’s fault.

Amid back-to-work drive and state reopenings

US government prepares for hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths

By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2020

Press inquiries have found that the federal government is ordering enough body bags for at least five times the current US death toll.

Remdesivir as “miracle drug”: Back-to-work propaganda vs. science

By Bryan Dyne, 1 May 2020

The media’s adulation of this “breakthrough” takes place in the midst of an increasingly frenzied effort to create the impression that the virus is “under control” and the crisis is all but over.

The coronavirus pandemic fuels the class struggle

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 30 April 2020

The response of the ruling class and capitalist governments to the coronavirus pandemic is producing a growing wave of walkouts, sick-outs, demonstrations and other forms of social unrest.

Trump orders meatpacking workers back on the job as opposition mounts to back-to-work campaign

By Niles Niemuth, 29 April 2020

US President Donald Trump’s executive order invoking the Defense Production Act to force employees at meatpacking plants back to work marks a new stage in his administration’s confrontation with the working class.

The Great Wall Street Heist of 2020

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 28 April 2020

2020 will go down not only as the year of the coronavirus pandemic but also as the year of the greatest act of thievery and plunder yet perpetrated by the corporate and financial oligarchy.

The deadly return to work begins

By Marcus Day, 27 April 2020

From Georgia to Minnesota, US states are beginning to ease social distancing measures and reopen businesses this week, despite the growing death toll from COVID-19.

Rasputin in the White House

By Eric London and David North, 25 April 2020

Ignorance, cronyism and gangsterism at the pinnacle of the American state.

“Back to work” campaign in the US will lead to surge in coronavirus deaths

By Joseph Kishore, 24 April 2020

The American ruling class is attempting to rapidly resume production and send workers back to work. If this policy is carried out, countless thousands more people will get gravely sick or die.

Merchants of death: Multibillion-dollar bailout for arms industry amid rising COVID-19 toll

By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2020

Workers in arms plants, classified as “essential infrastructure,” have protested and struck against the coronavirus threat that confronts the entire working class amidst the drive for a return to work.

Trump announces plan to halt all immigration to US

By Eric London, 22 April 2020

Trump’s “pause” on immigration is a desperate attempt by the crisis-riddled administration to distract from the criminality of the ruling class’s own response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of economic nationalism

By Nick Beams, 21 April 2020

The pandemic has made clear that the tiny minority of corporate and financial oligarchs, and the profit system over which they preside, stand as an obstacle to the rational organisation and scientific planning of the economy and society necessary to deal with the threat to human life.

As US deaths exceed 40,000, Trump escalates reckless back-to-work campaign

By Andre Damon, 20 April 2020

The government’s overriding concern is to ensure that the pandemic does not interfere with the enrichment of Wall Street and the major corporations.

The pandemic, profits and the capitalist justification of suffering and death

By David North, 18 April 2020

For the financial-corporate oligarchy, the pandemic has been viewed, above all else, as an economic crisis. Its principal concern from the start was not the potential loss of life but the destabilization of the financial markets, the disruption of the process of profit extraction, and, of course, a substantial decline in the personal wealth of the members of the oligarchy.

Trump administration’s “back to work” drive will fuel pandemic

By Bryan Dyne and Andre Damon, 17 April 2020

Trump’s plan is not conceived from the standpoint of public health, but to ensure that major corporations are allowed to get back to the business of squeezing profits out of workers as quickly as possible.

Trump defunds the World Health Organization: A “crime against humanity”

By Bryan Dyne, 16 April 2020

Public health experts have warned that Trump’s move would leave developing countries in the crosshairs of COVID-19 defenseless.

Wall Street feasts on death

By David North, 15 April 2020

Since March 23, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed more than 25,000 lives in the United States. During the same period, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has risen more than 30 percent.

Trump, the media, and the COVID-19 disaster

By Andre Damon, 14 April 2020

Even as they focus on Trump’s obvious negligence, the Democratic Party and the New York Times cannot account for their own failure to warn the public and demand emergency measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reality of American capitalism exposed: Millions line up for food aid as pandemic spreads

By Niles Niemuth, 13 April 2020

The desperate social reality for tens of millions in the US, typically hidden in “normal times,” has been exposed by the coronavirus outbreak for the world to see.

Trump’s campaign to reopen businesses risks hundreds of thousands of lives

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 11 April 2020

By the US government’s own calculations, a premature return to work could lead to 140,000 additional deaths.

Social and economic catastrophe intensifies as 6.6 million Americans file for unemployment

By Jerry White, 10 April 2020

Emergency measures are necessary as the health crisis produced by the coronavirus pandemic develops into the greatest economic crisis in the United States since the 1930s.

Amid mounting COVID-19 death toll, White House demands businesses “open with a big bang”

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 9 April 2020

Even as the pandemic death toll soars, the Trump administration is demanding that workers—including those exposed to COVID-19—get back to work.

Vindictive court rulings prove British state wants Assange dead

By Thomas Scripps, 8 April 2020

Judge Vanessa Baraitser has decreed that Assange will remain behind bars and that his extradition show-trial will proceed in May, even as the coronavirus pandemic spreads rapidly in British prisons.

Fiction, reality and the global crisis of capitalism

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 7 April 2020

As the death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic mounted on Monday, a mood of uncontrollable euphoria prevailed among investors on Wall Street.

As COVID-19 death toll rises, the ruling classes agitate for a premature return to work

By Andre Damon and David North, 6 April 2020

As the surgeon general of the United States warned that the coming week will be “our 9/11 moment,” President Trump demanded that the government stop “paying people to stay home.”

The class issues in the coronavirus pandemic

By Niles Niemuth, 4 April 2020

The coronavirus does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation. However, the one factor that is undoubtedly key in avoiding infection and improving the chance of survival is wealth.

For emergency action against the destruction of jobs! Full financial and social support for all working people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic!

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 3 April 2020

All sections of the working class must be fully compensated for the economic consequences of the pandemic.

Amid growing anger over criminal response to COVID-19 crisis, Washington threatens war

By Bill Van Auken, 2 April 2020

Trump issued threats against Iran and Venezuela yesterday, both weaponizing the pandemic and desperately seeking to divert mounting social tensions in the US itself.

The working class, socialism and the fight against the pandemic

By David North, 1 April 2020

The wildcat strikes and protests by Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods workers are in response to the criminal subordination of workers’ safety to corporate profits.

Support the striking Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods workers!

By Jerry White, 31 March 2020

With their work becoming ever more essential, grocery and delivery workers are fighting to protect themselves and those they serve from the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

The coronavirus pandemic and the perspective of socialism

the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 30 March 2020

On Sunday, March 29, the World Socialist Web Site and the Socialist Equality Party held an online forum, “The COVID-19 pandemic: Capitalism and the making of a social and economic catastrophe.”

As General Motors demands profits, ventilator shortage in US threatens tens of thousands of lives

By Andre Damon, 28 March 2020

The capitalist system has proven entirely unable to provide the most basic necessities to fight the COVID-19 pandemic—including ventilators and protective equipment—threatening hundreds of thousands of lives.

As US cases of COVID-19 surpass all other countries

Trump’s “Get back to work” demagogy aids the spread of the pandemic

By Joseph Kishore, 27 March 2020

Amidst an expanding pandemic, which is still in its early stages, the Trump administration is intensifying its efforts to force a return to work, which would endanger the lives of millions of workers.

How many must die for Wall Street?

By Andre Damon, 26 March 2020

Amid growing evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic is spreading through American workplaces, powerful representatives of finance capital are demanding that the country be “open for business.”

A tale of two surges: Wall Street soars amid New York City’s coronavirus toll

By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2020

As billionaires gorged themselves on the prospect of trillions more being poured into the financial markets, the pandemic was wreaking havoc in America’s largest city.

Message from big business on coronavirus pandemic: Save profits, not lives

By Andre Damon, 24 March 2020

As the death toll from the coronavirus soars and hospitals fill up, the White House and the US media are insisting that the profits of the corporate-financial elite must take precedence over the lives of millions.

No corporate bailouts! Direct financial resources to the working people, not the capitalist elite!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 March 2020

The ruling class is seeking to exploit this crisis to engineer another multitrillion-dollar redistribution of wealth, on a scale even greater than the 2008 bank bailout.

The spread of the pandemic and the lessons of the past week

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 21 March 2020

Over the past week, the coronavirus pandemic has developed from a global public health emergency to a social, economic, political and moral crisis of world capitalism.

US imperialism exploits coronavirus as a weapon of war

By Bill Van Auken, 20 March 2020

The maintenance and tightening of punishing economic sanctions against Iran as it confronts one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the coronavirus constitutes a US war crime.

Reject capitalist xenophobia! For international socialist solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic!

By Andre Damon and David North, 19 March 2020

Seeking to draw attention from their own disastrous response to the pandemic, governments are attempting to direct the population’s fears into xenophobia and national hatreds.

Mounting anger as workers demand protection from unsafe conditions

By Tom Hall and Joseph Kishore, 18 March 2020

There is growing outrage among workers in the United States and internationally over the fact that they continue to be kept on the job in nonessential industries and workplaces amidst the spreading coronavirus pandemic.

How to fight the COVID-19 pandemic: A program of action for the working class

the National Committee of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 17 March 2020

The essential principle that must guide the response to the crisis is that the needs of working people must take absolute and unconditional priority over all considerations of corporate profit and private wealth.

US capitalism’s response to the pandemic: Nothing for health care, unlimited cash for Wall Street

By Andre Damon, 16 March 2020

US President Trump announced another massive handout to the financial oligarchy Sunday night, even as congressional Democrats made clear they would offer no paid sick leave to workers affected by the pandemic.

The response of the ruling elite to the coronavirus pandemic: Malign neglect

By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 14 March 2020

Governments around the world are making a deliberate decision to minimize their response to the pandemic, threatening the lives of millions of people.

The coronavirus pandemic crisis intensifies

Capitalism is at war with society

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 13 March 2020

The spread of the coronavirus has exposed the disastrous consequences of decades of the massive concentration of wealth and inequality spawned by capitalism.

Trump’s coronavirus address: Ignorance, xenophobia and helplessness

By James Cogan and Andre Damon, 12 March 2020

In remarks consisting largely of self-praise, Trump proposed no measures that would slow the spread of the disease and mitigate its effects.

The response of the working class to the coronavirus pandemic

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 11 March 2020

The working class cannot remain passive as this crisis develops. It must organize and fight for its interests.

The coronavirus pandemic and the failure of capitalism

By Andre Damon and David North, 10 March 2020

The crisis produced by the coronavirus pandemic has delivered a powerful message: the capitalist system and the needs of society are fundamentally incompatible.

The Democratic Party rallies behind Biden

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2020

In its support for this corrupt, senile figurehead, the Democratic Party is demonstrating the political bankruptcy of Sanders’ campaign.