Politics

Los Angeles mayor releases plan for massive budget cutting and city worker furloughs

By Dan Conway, 25 April 2020

The cuts announced by the Democratic mayor herald an onslaught of similar measures in other US cities and states.

As coronavirus cases climb, Chicago city council expands mayor’s emergency powers

By Kristina Betinis, 25 April 2020

After a procedural delay, a vote to approve the measure that gives Lightfoot substantial sway over the city budget took place Friday.

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.

Former leaders of Students for a Democratic Society try to drum up support for Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 April 2020

Last week the Nation magazine published an open letter, signed by 60 former leaders of the Students for a Democratic Society, which calls on Bernie Sanders supporters to vote for Joe Biden.

European Union summit argues over corona bonds

By Peter Schwarz, 23 April 2020

A bitter struggle is raging between the EU member states over how the trillions should be distributed and who will pay for it.

Canada: British Columbia’s New Democrat government defends corporate interests as coronavirus runs rampant

By Penny Smith, 17 April 2020

As confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 1,500 and the death toll mounts, BC’s NDP government is proving incapable of protecting the population from the devastating medical and economic effects of the pandemic.

TNA offers a “democratic” veneer to Sri Lankan president’s coronavirus emergency powers

By S. Jayanth, 17 April 2020

The Tamil National Alliance is providing political cover for Rajapakse’s rapid moves towards a presidential dictatorship.

South Korea’s Democratic Party wins general election in landslide

By Ben McGrath, 17 April 2020

The supposed success of the government’s response to COVID-19 benefited the Democratic Party, but the attacks on the working class will grow as the economy declines.

Sanders tells supporters: It is “irresponsible” not to campaign for Biden

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 17 April 2020

As in 2016, but now under much more explosive social and political conditions, Sanders is exchanging his “political revolution against the establishment” for the thin gruel of “lesser evil” politics.

COVID-19 and the role of Labor and the unions in Australia

By Mike Head, 16 April 2020

In fighting against mass unemployment, financial ruin and the danger to their very health and lives in many workplaces, the chief political obstacle confronting the working class is the Labor and union apparatus.

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.

Spanish government to force workers in non-essential industries back to work

By Alejandro López, 11 April 2020

Podemos and the Spanish social democrats are needlessly sacrificing thousands of workers’ lives in order to boost corporate profits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer pledges stepped-up “anti-Semitism” witch-hunt

By Thomas Scripps, 11 April 2020

Even prior to his election, Starmer was at pains to reposition himself to be acceptable to the Zionist and Blairite right.

Against rising social opposition, Sri Lankan prime minister calls for “unity” against COVID-19

By K. Ratnayake, 11 April 2020

Hundreds of thousands of workers have no income and poor farmers in the rural areas have no means of selling what they grow.

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.

The end of Sanders’ campaign deepens crisis in Democratic Socialists of America

By Eric London, 11 April 2020

The main purpose of a recent forum hosted by Jacobin magazine was to answer the question “Where to go next?” with a definitive: “Nowhere, stay in the Democratic Party.”

A year since the arrest of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 11 April 2020

Assange’s arrest was an historic crime, setting a precedent for escalating attacks on press freedom and the democratic rights of the working class.

Wolves guard the hen house: Who is overseeing the $2 trillion stimulus package?

By Genevieve Leigh, 11 April 2020

The mechanisms established to manage stimulus money primarily exist to bail out the major corporations, further enrich the banks, and to secure Wall Street.

A modest proposal from Thomas Friedman

New York Times columnist urges Biden “national unity” cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 10 April 2020

Friedman's proposal for a Biden “national unity cabinet” is only the crudest expression of the right-wing embrace of the Democratic nominee.

Pandemic accelerates union-government-employer collaboration in Australia

By Mike Head, 4 April 2020

ACTU leader Sally McManus is being feted by the corporate media as a “star” of the deepening coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus freezes Democratic presidential campaign as states postpone primaries

By Trévon Austin and Patrick Martin, 2 April 2020

Fourteen states have either delayed presidential primaries or extended deadlines for voting by mail.

As COVID-19 pandemic exposes failure of capitalism, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shifts to the right

By Genevieve Leigh, 2 April 2020

Ocasio-Cortez is increasingly lining up behind the Democratic Party establishment at the very point that the coronavirus catastrophe is demonstrating the failure of the capitalist system and discrediting all of its political parties and representatives.

Top US health adviser predicts millions will contract COVID-19 and 100,000–200,000 will die

By Bryan Dyne and Barry Grey, 30 March 2020

As Trump’s top health advisers warn of a rapid escalation of infections and deaths across the country, the White House, visibly in crisis, shifts from one stop-gap policy to another.

House passes Senate “rescue” bill

Democrats unite with Trump to enact massive corporate bailout

By Barry Grey, 28 March 2020

The bill amounts to virtually unlimited funding for the corporate and financial aristocracy, with no real strings attached.

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.

Democratic Socialists of America, Haymarket Books hold online event to boost Democratic Party amid coronavirus crisis

By Eric London, 28 March 2020

The event was called to paper over the role of the Democratic Party in creating conditions for the coronavirus to wreak havoc on the population of the US.

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.

As big business parties near deal on $2 trillion corporate bailout

Trump calls for lifting COVID-19 restrictions by Easter

By Barry Grey, 25 March 2020

With the US death toll from COVID-19 nearing 700 and infections surging, President Trump on Tuesday pledged to “open up” the country and force workers back to work by Easter.

Socialist Alternative town hall injects racial politics into COVID-19 pandemic

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 March 2020

The event was an attempt to cover over the conventional Democratic Party politics of Socialist Alternative and the DSA with anti-capitalist rhetoric and empty slogans. This was combined with the foul injection of racial politics, a hallmark of the Democratic Party.

While dumping their stock, US senators misled the public on coronavirus crisis

By Jacob Crosse, 21 March 2020

After receiving classified intelligence briefings, at least four US senators sold millions of dollars worth of stock while downplaying the severity of the virus to the public.

California governor orders statewide lockdown as US coronavirus deaths top 200

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2020

The number of Americans with coronavirus is nearing 15,000, and more than 200 have died.

Bernie Sanders draws his campaign to an end: The political lessons

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 19 March 2020

For the second time in four years, Sanders has diverted popular hostility to the capitalist system back within the framework of the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Biden sweeps three primaries amid coronavirus crisis

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2020

The former vice president extended his lead over Bernie Sanders to more than 300 delegates, while voter turnout plunged.

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.

New York Times hypocritically accuses Russia of “weaponizing race” in 2020 elections

By Eric London, 14 March 2020

The purpose of the article, published by the primary purveyors of racial politics, is to advance an anti-Russia foreign policy and deny the existence of real social divisions in America.

Sanders begins campaign to drag his supporters behind Biden

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2020

Sanders’ 10-minute speech on Wednesday, after which he took no questions, effectively conceded the Democratic nomination to the former vice president.

Biden racks up decisive victories over Sanders in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi primaries

By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2020

The former vice president has a lead of nearly 150 delegates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“They want to keep the working class divided along racial and ethnic lines to keep all of the money to themselves”

Sanders rally attendees in Michigan discuss socialism and the Democratic Party

By our reporters, 9 March 2020

At each rally, it was evident that the majority of Sanders’ supporters are far to the left of him politically.

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.

On the eve of Michigan primary

Another corporate media smear against Bernie Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2020

A New York Times article claims that Soviet officials saw cultivating ties with Sanders in the 1980s as a political “opportunity.”

After Super Tuesday primaries, Warren drops out, Sanders tacks to the right

By Barry Grey, 6 March 2020

Sanders began running a campaign ad Tuesday consisting entirely of former President Barack Obama speaking in glowing terms of the Vermont senator.

The political lessons of Sanders’ Super Tuesday defeat

By Eric London, 5 March 2020

Biden’s victory shows once again it is impossible to transform the capitalist Democratic Party into a vehicle for socialist politics.

Democratic Party leaders engineer Biden victory in most Super Tuesday states

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2020

The outcome is a rebuff to the claims by Bernie Sanders that the Democratic Party can become the vehicle of a political revolution in America.

Federal appeals court rules Congress cannot enforce White House subpoena

By John Burton, 4 March 2020

The DC Circuit ruling, if it stands, is expected to affect a number of other congressional inquiries, including ongoing House efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

Detroit State of the City 2020: Pro-capitalist promises, lies and omissions

By James Brewer, 4 March 2020

Mayor Mike Duggan painted a rosy picture of a city which has become a Mecca for cheap labor.

Race vs. class in the South Carolina primary

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2020

Black Democratic Party officials have been mobilized to use racial politics as a barrier to the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

On eve of South Carolina and “Super Tuesday” primaries

Democratic establishment steps up campaign against Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 29 February 2020

There is increasing talk of using the anti-democratic procedures of a “brokered convention” to block the nomination of the Vermont senator.

The Trump administration’s incompetent and criminally negligent response to the coronavirus outbreak

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 29 February 2020

The disastrous state of preparedness for the coronavirus is the product of decades of ruling class policy that has subordinated the most basic social needs to war and the endless accumulation of wealth.

New York Times posts anti-Semitic caricature of Harvey Weinstein

By David North and Andre Damon, 26 February 2020

The illustration, which has multiple characteristics associated with anti-Semitic depictions of Jewish people by the Nazis, strikingly resembles an image published in October 1936 in the Nazi propaganda magazine Der Stürmer.

Nashville art school students, alumni oppose takeover by Christian college

By Warren Duzak, 26 February 2020

Students, alumni and faculty spoke out against the proposed merger of Watkins College of Art with Belmont University at a pop-up art exhibit on Saturday.

The New York Times gloats over the destruction of “the Monster” Weinstein

By Eric London, 26 February 2020

Weinstein’s conviction has established the “breakthrough” principle that a criminal conviction can be secured without reliable and verifiable evidence. The working class and poor will suffer the consequences.

Sanders on “60 Minutes” spells out willingness to use US military power

By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2020

The Democratic presidential frontrunner said he would go to war in support of NATO and other US military allies, and to defend Taiwan against China.

Trump to promote anti-China strategic alliance in visit to India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 February 2020

Reflecting the importance the US now places on India and the Indian Ocean in its strategy to counter China, the Pentagon recently renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command.

Democratic Party deploys Russian meddling smear against Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 24 February 2020

The Democratic establishment and the corporate media are now peddling the lie that Sanders is the beneficiary of Russian intervention in the 2020 elections.

Sanders wins sweeping victory in Nevada

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2020

Despite the intervention of the intelligence agencies, the corporate media and the Democratic Party establishment, young and working class voters gave overwhelming support to Sanders.

US intelligence agencies meddle in Nevada primary to sabotage Sanders

By Barry Grey, 22 February 2020

On the eve of Nevada Democratic caucuses, the Washington Post reported that “US officials” told Sanders the Russian government was working to aid his campaign.

Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union stumps for “anybody but Bernie”

By Adam McLean, 22 February 2020

The CWU’s attack on Sanders’ proposal for “Medicare for All” is motivated by its financial interests in the health care fund that it operates.

Las Vegas debate reveals deepening Democratic Party crisis

By Patrick Martin, 21 February 2020

All five rivals of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders indicated they would deny him the nomination even if he won the most votes in the primaries.

Young Democratic Socialists of America’s winter conference props up the Democratic Party

By Genevieve Leigh, 21 February 2020

Those who attended were told to integrate themselves fully into the Democratic primary election campaign of Bernie Sanders. The fundamental aim of the event organizers was to disabuse young people of the notion that socialism entails an independent struggle for political power.

Trump pardons ruling class criminals

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2020

The criminal in the White House expunged the lawbreaking records of two billionaires and two political hatchetmen for big business.

Wall Street celebrates Milken pardon

By Nick Beams, 20 February 2020

Milken was a pioneer of the financial mechanisms which have led to the greatest accumulation of wealth by the financial oligarchy ever seen, at the expense of the working class.

“For once we actually know where the money is coming from”

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams covers for the billionaire Bloomberg

By Niles Niemuth, 20 February 2020

Abrams said Bloomberg’s spending hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the Democratic nomination is like a candidate “using their dog” to get support.

Sanders’ surge in the polls triggers new provocations by media, Democratic establishment

By Barry Grey, 19 February 2020

There are growing concerns within the party apparatus and much of the corporate elite that wins for Sanders in Nevada and South Carolina could make his nomination unstoppable.

Sanders fails to get endorsement from Chicago Teachers Union

By Kristina Betinis, 19 February 2020

The CTU leaders are cultivating ever-closer ties to the Democratic Party political establishment, which is campaigning to defeat a Sanders nomination.

New York Times falsifies history to claim Sanders is “transforming” the Democratic Party

By Eric London and Tom Mackaman, 17 February 2020

Georgetown historian Michael Kazin’s February 13 column falsifies history in an attempt to convince an increasingly radical population that they must not break from the Democratic Party.

Stop all anti-immigrant raids! Abolish ICE and CBP! For a socialist policy of open borders!

Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 17 February 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of militarized police forces to cities throughout the country is aimed at terrorizing immigrant neighborhoods and is a warning to the entire working class.

Bloomberg’s billions and the politics of oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2020

The rallying of officeholders and media pundits to the billionaire candidate exposes the real class character of the Democratic Party.

Sanders surge in poll sparks backlash in Democratic establishment

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2020

The growing support for a self-styled “democratic socialist” has been met by anti-communist diatribes and media smears.

White House orders militarized border patrol unit to carry out raids in “sanctuary cities”

By Andre Damon, 15 February 2020

The new policy was announced as Trump gave a fascistic speech to border patrol agents, pledging to fight the “left.”

Trump administration’s national counterintelligence strategy focuses on “hacktivists, leaktivists and public disclosure organizations”

By Kevin Reed, 15 February 2020

A major assault on First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of the press is being prepared.

Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2020

Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.

Black Democrats endorse Bloomberg after release of racist boasts on “stop-and-frisk”

By Niles Niemuth, 14 February 2020

The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg’s racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.

Sanders tells New York Times he would consider a preemptive strike against Iran or North Korea

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 14 February 2020

The answers given by Sanders’ campaign to a foreign policy survey published this month by the Times provide a revealing picture of the attitude of the self-styled “democratic socialist” to American imperialism and war.

Market surge continues ahead of confirmation hearings for New York Fed Governor nominee

By Nick Beams, 13 February 2020

Markets are soaring as the Federal Reserve makes clear it stands ready to inject still more cheap money into the financial system in the event of any significant market downturn.

Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention

By Barry Grey, 13 February 2020

Following the Democrats’ failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.

Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2020

The self-styled “democratic socialist” defeated two more right-wing candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.

New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans

By Sam Dalton, 12 February 2020

While the Democrats wasted no time jettisoning their facade of ‘progressive’ politics in the face of resistance from the NYPD and other law-and-order advocates, the Republicans have taken the opportunity to push their fascistic appeals.

Trump’s budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution

By Eric London, 12 February 2020

The announcement begins the staged process in which the Democratic Party feigns indignation over the proposed cuts only to ultimately accede to many of the demands.

A comment on American Factory, the award-winning documentary

By Lily Zhao, 12 February 2020

The work won in the best documentary feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. It was the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.

On eve of New Hampshire primary

Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2020

With polls showing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the likely first-place finisher in tomorrow’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, Sanders’ opponents have focused their attacks on his public identification as a “democratic socialist.”

Trump outlines massive cuts in Medicaid and Medicare in 2021 budget plan

By Kevin Reed, 10 February 2020

The Trump administration is scheduled to release a 2021 budget plan on Monday that includes deep reductions in entitlement programs and other mandatory spending while increasing funding for the military and the Department of Homeland Security.

After impeachment debacle and Iowa chaos

Hillary Clinton launches new attack on Sanders

By Barry Grey, 8 February 2020

The Democratic leadership is determined to suppress the issue of social inequality in the 2020 campaign for fear of encouraging the growth of social opposition and anti-capitalist sentiment.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduces bill that threatens end-to-end encryption

By Kevin Reed, 8 February 2020

The assault on end-to-end encryption is part of the ongoing drive by the state to censor and regulate content on the internet.

South Dakota House passes reactionary anti-transgender bill

By Noel Katsuki and George Gallanis, 8 February 2020

House Bill 1057 targets transgender youth by criminalizing the provision of gender transition care to minors by doctors.

Democrats seek to suppress Sanders victory in Iowa

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2020

The effort to conceal or suppress reports of Senator Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Iowa caucuses reached a new stage Thursday with DNC Chairman Tom Perez calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvass the state.

Democratic governor gives right-wing response to Trump State of the Union address

By Joseph Lorenz, 7 February 2020

The Democratic Party rebuttal included hypocritical invocations of democracy, demagogic appeals to struggling workers and falsification of the party’s reactionary record.

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara on the Iowa caucuses: Don’t lose faith in the Democrats

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

Writing in the Guardian, Sunkara claims that “we should have confidence” in the “integrity” of the vote in Iowa, arguing that the DNC will not “steal the election from Bernie Sanders.”

Montana state representative calls for socialists to be shot

By Bryan Dyne, 6 February 2020

The diatribe by Rodney Garcia mirrors the fascistic appeals of President Trump.

Trump emerges strengthened after Democrats’ impeachment debacle

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 6 February 2020

From the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Democrats have worked to channel mass popular opposition to Trump behind their own right-wing, militarist agenda.

Trump delivers right-wing tirade against socialism in State of the Union address

By Andre Damon, 5 February 2020

The annual State of the Union address has long been an exercise in delusion and fraud, but Trump’s remarks yesterday raised this ritualistic exercise to new heights.

The Iowa caucuses debacle

By Patrick Martin, 5 February 2020

All the filth and corruption of capitalist politics is being poured into the 2020 elections to counter the shift to the left among youth and working people.

As White House asserts unchecked presidential powers

Democrats double down on anti-Russia war-mongering in impeachment arguments

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2020

The Democrats’ final arguments only underscored the reactionary basis of their impeachment drive.

On eve of Iowa caucuses

Corporate media and Democratic establishment target Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 3 February 2020

Sanders’ response to the barrage of smears was to reiterate his support for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

Amy Klobuchar, endorsed by New York Times, denounced for railroading black teenager to prison for life

By David Walsh, 3 February 2020

Like Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, Klobuchar personifies the use of gender and racial politics to provide a phony “progressive” veneer to the grasping ambitions of middle class reactionaries of all stripes.

Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal

By Andre Damon, 1 February 2020

The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.

Trump administration announces major attack on Medicaid, capping benefits

By Kate Randall, 1 February 2020

The Trump administration’s proposed Medicaid changes could slash benefits for millions of recipients, while opening the door for a broader assault on other entitlement programs.

Sanders surges in polls amidst attacks from media, Democratic Party establishment

By Jacob Crosse, 1 February 2020

The campaign from top Democratic Party officials against Sanders and their determination to undermine his candidacy only exposes the bankruptcy of Sanders’ claim that the Democratic Party can be reformed.

Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2020

While nominally directed against Russia and right-wing “trolls,” the proposal would open the way to a sweeping attack on the democratic rights of the American people.

John Bolton and the “national security” impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2020

While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.

Psychologist responsible for devising torture methods testifies at Guantanamo Bay hearing

By Adam Mclean, 30 January 2020

James Mitchell, an Air Force veteran and psychologist who was a leading architect of torture methods used at US “black sites” testified that he threatened to cut the throat of the son of detainee Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.