Capitalism and inequality
Chicago high school students hold sit-in in defense of students who refused to stand for national anthem
By Andy Thompson, 15 February 2020
The sit-in is an example of young peoples’ complete rejection of nationalism and racism promoted by the ruling class.
By Tom Hall, 15 February 2020
The reality of American social life is very different than the fantasy of a “blue-collar boom” which Trump delivered during last week’s State of the Union address.
By Kayla Costa, 14 February 2020
The Board of Regents announced the closure on Monday, making the school the most recent victim of the financial pressures that small, private liberal arts schools confront on the privatized education market.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 14 February 2020
Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America say it is possible to fight for socialism from within the Democratic Party. Such a political program is not real socialism and can lead only to disaster.
Joseph Kishore—SEP national secretary and candidate for US president, 13 February 2020
The expansion of the class struggle is the essential factor underlying the shift to the left among workers and the growing interest in socialism.
By Mike Head, 12 February 2020
The bushfire and coronavirus disasters have had an enormous economic and social impact.
By Patrick Martin, 11 February 2020
The budget document issued Monday reveals that the Pentagon views the use of nuclear weapons as a practical necessity.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2020
Between January 1, 2019 and February 10, 2020, there were 2,479 home fire fatalities in the US. Incidents with multiple fatalities accounted for 744 of these deaths.
By George Gallanis, 11 February 2020
Since announcing plans last August to cut costs and boost profits as part of its drive for “organizational efficiency,” Deere has laid off 220 workers at plants across Illinois and Iowa.
Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
11 February 2020
“Everyone who recognises the need, before it is too late, to take a stand against gross injustice and for fundamental democratic rights should attend the rallies.”
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.
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.
By Mike Head, 7 February 2020
By installing Bandt as leader, the Greens MPs demonstrated their concern over the mounting political disaffection.
7 February 2020
By Trévon Austin, 6 February 2020
On the day that US President Donald Trump proclaimed a “blue-collar boom” in his State of the Union Address, the federal government reported that the number of students experiencing homelessness has hit a record high.
By Dermot Byrne, 6 February 2020
The Irish general election takes place under conditions of immense instability and uncertainty, with workers looking for a political alternative.
By Margaret Rees, 5 February 2020
Before even paying back the money wrongly taken from some of society’s most vulnerable people via the “robo-debt” system, the government is moving to punish them again.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 5 February 2020
One month into 2020, the crisis of capitalism threatens youth with the danger of nuclear war, authoritarianism, climate catastrophe and worsening inequality. International socialism is the answer.
By Kate Randall, 4 February 2020
Ashley Menser, 36, and her family were hoping that the fact that she was being treated for cancer would persuade the judge to either delay or defer her sentencing. They were wrong.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 February 2020
The proposal calls for fare hikes and the elimination of dozens of routes.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2020
In working-class areas, young people and other workers are being pushed increasingly into the “gig economy” of casualised, temporary and part-time employment.
By Mike Head, 3 February 2020
Morrison’s removal of McKenzie will intensify the turmoil within the increasingly discredited government and the entire political establishment.
By Charles Hixson and Robert Stevens, 1 February 2020
Evidence revealed as the second phase of the inquiry began demonstrates that the 72 people who were killed in the Grenfell fire inferno were victims of the heinous crime of social murder.
By Kate Randall, 31 January 2020
It is a stain on the record of the US, that in a country that spends more per person on health care than any other, more people die prematurely than in the vast majority of the world’s industrialized and growing economies.
By Julio Patron and Kayla Costa, 30 January 2020
WSWS reporters spoke to workers and youth in Puerto Rico about the social conditions following the recent earthquakes that rocked the island.
“It’s going to be a bureaucratic nightmare”
By Katy Kinner, 30 January 2020
By some estimates, the new rule being implemented in April will cause 20,000 Ohio residents to lose SNAP benefits.
By Joe Mount, 30 January 2020
In 2018, more than 11,000 companies underpaid their workers, while one-in-four workers over the age of 25 on the minimum wage were underpaid in 2019.
By Mike Head, 30 January 2020
Under the guise of dealing with bushfires and other disasters, Prime Minister Morrison is seeking to boost the powers of the state apparatus to suppress unrest.
By Terry Cook, 29 January 2020
If the miners’ death is confirmed, it will be the fifth mining fatality in western Tasmania in just six years.
By Nancy Hanover, 28 January 2020
On January 22, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a deeply reactionary case which takes aim at both the democratic principle of separation of church and state and the right to free, universal public education.
By Daniel de Vries, 28 January 2020
The move will exempt more than half of the nation's wetlands from federal regulations.
By Alejandro López, 27 January 2020
Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Pedro Sánchez reiterated that his new Spanish Socialist Party coalition government with Podemos is committed to austerity.
By Trévon Austin, 24 January 2020
In an interview at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Trump said social programs would be targeted to reduce the federal deficit.
By Sam Dalton, 24 January 2020
A new report reveals a rapid rise in the number of homeless deaths in the largest and wealthiest city in America.
Australian government releases whitewash report after more than 1,200 people die waiting for disability services
By Max Newman, 24 January 2020
More than one person a day has died since July 2016 waiting for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support packages.
By Joanne Laurier, 24 January 2020
The Politician centers on the Machiavellian operations of an ambitious California high school senior, determined to win the election for student body president as a stepping-stone, ultimately, to the White House.
By Clare Bruderlin, 23 January 2020
The pressure on over-worked paramedics and other ambulance workers is the result of years of budget cuts and understaffing.
By our reporters, 22 January 2020
The organisers of the Melbourne demonstration provided no way forward beyond the confines of the capitalist system that has led to environmental destruction.
By Barry Mason, 21 January 2020
In 2018, the average FTSE 100 CEO earned £3.46 million, equivalent to £901.30 an hour.
By Frank Gaglioti, 20 January 2020
“If nothing is done to address climate change this wildfire season will be a preview into our future.”
Amid poverty wages and tax cuts for the rich
By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2020
The profit bonanza on Wall Street is the outcome of a bipartisan drive to enrich the financial elite at the expense of the working class.
By Kate Randall, 18 January 2020
Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability free” life after age 50 than the poorest American and English adults.
By Trévon Austin, 17 January 2020
“We know who war benefits. It benefits the rich, and it’s always the poor and the working class who suffer the consequences. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War and it totally destroyed him.”
By Adam Mclean, 17 January 2020
A SWAT team wielding semi-automatic AR-15s broke down the front door of the house with a battering ram and arrested the residents of the house along with two protesters.
By James Cogan, 17 January 2020
The fires have most severely affected low-income workers and welfare recipients, self-employed contractors, small-business owners and family farmers.
By Mike Head, 16 January 2020
By proclaiming “emergencies,” state governments can override any law in order to suppress rising social unrest.
By our reporters, 16 January 2020
“Volunteers are dwindling in numbers and the average age is increasing. You can’t go flogging these people for 11 weeks of fire fighting.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 14 January 2020
Defying threats of firings and massive fines for engaging in what some officials called an illegal strike, teachers rode chartered buses and car-pooled from as far away as Miami, nearly 500 miles from the state capital.
Australia: Kinglake residents speak on government inaction 11 years after Black Saturday blaze killed 173
By our reporters, 14 January 2020
One resident stated: “I don’t care which party they are from—Labor, Liberal, whatever—these politicians only look after their pockets.”
By Douglas Lyons and Nick Barrickman, 13 January 2020
Analysis of the past two District election cycles found that restaurant industry lobbyists contributed more than $236,000 in total to the campaigns of the Democratic mayor as well as multiple city council members.
By Kate Randall, 10 January 2020
The increase in alcohol deaths—along with other “deaths of despair,” including those from opioids and suicides—has contributed to a decrease in life expectancy in the US, which fell each year from 2015 to 2017.
By James Cogan, 9 January 2020
With his government under siege, Prime Minister Morrison announced that $2 billion in assistance will be provided over the next two years.
By our reporters, 9 January 2020
One resident of Balmoral, a village in NSW, stated: “We’ve been through tough times before but nothing like this. The size of fires is unprecedented. All the resources are stretched to breaking point.”
By James Cogan, 8 January 2020
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will go down in history as the political leader who secretly went on holiday to Hawaii while the country burned.
By Mike Head, 3 January 2020
The issuing of automated debt letters has been a calculated means of slashing social spending.
By Patrick Kelly, 31 December 2019
The Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Declaration subordinates education policy even more explicitly to the demands of the largest corporations for a trained and readily exploited workforce.
By Nick Beams, 30 December 2019
The year 2019 will go down in economic history as the great turnaround, when the world’s major central banks gave up on their attempt to return to “normal” monetary policy.
By Margaret Rees, 28 December 2019
Patients, carers and medical staff “are being traumatised by an under-resourced system.”
By Barry Grey, 28 December 2019
The wealth of the world’s 500 richest people rose 25 percent in 2019, reaching a combined net worth of $5.9 trillion.
By Kate Randall, 27 December 2019
The tragedy underscores the Trump administration’s vindictive housing policy, which has cut funding for housing programs and strengthened work requirements for obtaining assistance.
“It’s just getting harder and harder to live”
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan and Ryley Koffing, 27 December 2019
San Diego has the fourth-highest number of homeless residents in the United States.
By Steve Filips, 27 December 2019
Fatal on-the-job injuries in the US increased by 2 percent in 2018, according to this year’s report by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.
By Niles Niemuth, 24 December 2019
At a time when the ruling elite is celebrating the continued rise in the stock market and patting themselves on the back for historically low unemployment figures, the number of people who are being thrown out on the streets is on the rise.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2019
The catastrophic fires in Australia follow blazes that have engulfed large areas of California, Siberia, Borneo and the Amazon.
By John Mackay, 23 December 2019
Health professionals have called on governments to take action amid record levels of bushfire haze in towns and cities.
By Jacob Crosse, 23 December 2019
Residents of the Alpine Motel Apartments reported no fire alarms or sprinklers went off, forcing them to leap out of windows to escape.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 December 2019
The findings of the Chemical Safety Hazard Investigation Board report demonstrate that AB Specialty Silicones is responsible for the deaths by willful negligence.
By Gary Joad and Brian Dixon, 21 December 2019
Like Purdue Pharma did in the US, sales representatives for Mundipharma are aggressively marketing OxyContin to physicians in other countries for everyday aches and pains, downplaying its addictive properties.
By Mike Head, 21 December 2019
The financial elite’s enrichment has occurred at the direct expense of the wages, working conditions and social services of the working class.
By Anthony del Olmo, 19 December 2019
The revised settlement retains the incredibly inadequate $13.5 billion payout, a pittance compared to the immense destruction wrought by the company’s criminally negligent practices.
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 December 2019
There are an estimated 758,400 people incarcerated in local jails throughout the US, an increase of 1.8 percent from mid-year 2017.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 18 December 2019
The students, whose demand is a “Cost of Living Adjustment” to their wages as Graduate Teaching Assistants, are withholding submitting the final grades for Fall quarter.
By Martin Scott, 18 December 2019
Already exhausted firefighters are preparing to face horror weather conditions this week.
By Mike Head, 17 December 2019
The government drastically cut its forecasts for economic growth and tax revenues, as well as for wages.
By John Harris, 14 December 2019
Hundreds of thousands of working-class youth and students confront soaring housing and utility costs, and a deepening jobs crisis.
By Fred Mazelis, 12 December 2019
Zimmerman’s legal maneuvers must be treated with the contempt they deserve.
By Evelyn Rios, 11 December 2019
Graduate students at the University of California, Santa Cruz are demanding raises to meet the cost of living in one of the country's most expensive regions.
By Sam Dalton, 11 December 2019
Last semester 1,933 students, nearly 10 percent of the school’s undergraduates, utilized the Courtesy Meals Program.
By Tom Peters, 11 December 2019
Despite the Labour Party’s promises, poverty, housing unaffordability and food insecurity have increased significantly in the past two years.
By Jessica Goldstein, 10 December 2019
A stark contrast exists between the official US jobs report numbers and the reality that many of the jobs available are of low quality and the result of betrayal by the trade unions.
By Erik Schreiber, 10 December 2019
The New Jersey Department of Health’s annual report shows that scandalous levels of lead contamination in public water are not limited to the city of Newark, where local officials’ criminal response made headlines this year.
By Terry Cook, 10 December 2019
The latest tragic death brings the number of fatalities in the sector for 2019 to 22.
By Mike Head, 10 December 2019
Corporate profits and share prices have soared in 2019, but at the expense of falling real wages and rising unemployment.
By Matthew Taylor, 7 December 2019
At least nineteen police officers fire 200 rounds into a UPS delivery truck which had been hijacked after a jewelry store heist, killing the driver, the two carjackers and an nearby motorist.
By Anthony Bertolt, 7 December 2019
Farm debt in the US stands at a combined $416 billion, which is an all-time high, and more than half of all farmers have lost money every year since 2013.
By Kate Randall, 6 December 2019
The Trump Administration announced Wednesday a rule change that will deprive nearly 700,000 people of benefits from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, increasing hunger for countless families.
By Jacob Crosse, 6 December 2019
The inequality that is endemic to the capitalist system finds expression in the lack of access to the most basic of human needs in the richest country in the world.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 5 December 2019
The rule will lead to 688,000 losing their SNAP benefits in the coming year.
By Kate Randall, 4 December 2019
The HGSU-UAW has made only token appeals to other sections of workers at Harvard to support the grad student workers’ strike and has offered substantial concessions to the university on virtually all issues.
By Kate Randall, 3 December 2019
Harvard officials’ hard line in relation to collective bargaining on grad students’ pay is in line with a recent NLRB proposal that would curb the establishment of graduate student unions at private universities.
By Margaret Rees, 3 December 2019
Firefighters and residents are continuing to suffer ill effects from the huge fire in Melbourne’s West Footscray.
By Francis Dubois, 30 November 2019
Anas K.’s desperate action and his scathing denunciation of the Macron government and of capitalism have reverberated powerfully among tens of thousands of students who face the same dire conditions.
The Triumph of Injustice, by Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman: How tax cuts for the rich fuel inequality
By Andre Damon, 30 November 2019
Saez and Zucman argue that the systematic reduction of taxation of the rich and widespread tax evasion by corporations have been major factors in the growth of social inequality.
By Jacob Crosse, 29 November 2019
After arresting 161 students in January and February earlier this year, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement revealed that they had detained an additional 91 students in an ongoing sting operation conducted by the federal agency.
By Jessica Goldstein, 29 November 2019
The study’s finding that 44 percent of the US workforce earn low wages paints a devastating picture of the realities of capitalism and working class life in the world’s wealthiest country.
Workers underpaid by $1.35 billion a year
By Nick Beams, 29 November 2019
A survey conducted by the accounting and financial firm PwC has found that 13 percent of the Australian workforce is being underpaid.
By Nick Beams, 28 November 2019
Last Monday alone, takeover deals amounting to more than $70 billion were announced as multinational firms sought to tighten their grip on the markets in which they operate.
By Matt Rigel, 28 November 2019
Most of the victims were Somali immigrants in a neighborhood near the city’s downtown area.
By Niles Niemuth, 28 November 2019
A study published this week by the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms that the fall in life expectancy in the US is the product of a decades-long assault on the working class.
By Trévon Austin, 27 November 2019
Steven Small was the subject of an anonymous complaint from a parent after he gave students an assignment discussing the 1987 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Fences” and its use of the racial slur.