The Crisis of American Democracy
By Tom Carter, 1 July 2017
The Supreme Court’s decision on Monday, which permits Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim ban to go into effect, is one of the most significant cases in the history of the institution.
By Alan Gilman, 22 June 2017
The protracted legal proceeding concerned mass illegal detentions of immigrants in the New York City area, mainly Muslims, after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
By Eric London, 9 June 2017
There is nothing progressive in the Democratic Party’s campaign to bring down Trump on the basis of anti-Russian propaganda.
By Andre Damon, 19 May 2017
Amid the deepening factional struggle gripping Washington, sections of the political establishment are calling for the military to step in.
By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2017
The extravagant praise for Trump’s choice as national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, exposes the complete abandonment of such basic democratic principles as civilian control of the military.
By Eric London, 22 February 2017
Press Secretary Sean Spicer made clear that immigrants with criminal histories are only the first targets of Trump’s anti-immigrant plan.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2017
The appointment of McMaster exposes the utterly reactionary and undemocratic character of the official debate surrounding the Trump administration.
In speech at Florida Air Force base
By Barry Grey, 8 February 2017
Trump gave a speech denouncing the press and suggesting the formation of a presidential-military alliance against the courts and the Constitution.
By Barry Grey, 22 November 2016
The video underscored the ferocious nationalism and militarism, combined with anti-immigrant racism and pro-corporate deregulation, that will define Trump’s administration.
By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2016
Trump lost the popular vote more decisively than any previous winner of the Electoral College vote.
By Josh Varlin, 22 October 2016
“Secret law,” as detailed in a report from the Brennan Center for Justice, is an increasingly routine tool used by the US government to prevent public discussion of its actions.
By David Walsh, 10 September 2016
The foul logic of the media and feminist campaign over the Turner case found expression this week when self-styled “anarchists” showed up outside his Ohio home brandishing weapons.
By Joseph Kishore, 18 August 2016
In the 2016 elections, the consequences of record inequality, unending war and the protracted crisis of American capitalism are coming to a head.
By Barry Grey, 15 June 2016
The question that is imperiously raised by events such as the Orlando massacre is: What is it about American society that so frequently leads mentally unstable individuals to resort to mass murder?
By David North, 3 March 2016
The emergence of Trump marks a new and dangerous stage in the crisis of American democracy.
By Eric London and Barry Grey, 14 January 2016
There is an objective significance to the reduction of the State of the Union address, an American political tradition that goes back to George Washington, to an empty and cynical media spectacle.
By Patrick Martin, 23 September 2015
The Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing tens of thousands of federal, state and local police and intelligence agents for events in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia.
By Kevin Martinez, 21 August 2015
The imprisoned whistleblower was sentenced to 21 days of restrictions but was spared indefinite solitary confinement following public outrage over the trial.
Notes on Police Violence in America
By Evan Blake, 20 August 2015
As a crowd began to gather immediately after the shooting, numerous backup police arrived in full SWAT gear and with an armored vehicle, denying protesters the right to assemble.
By Josh Varlin, 20 August 2015
New documents reviewed by the Wall Street Journal reveal that law enforcement agencies are expanding their use of cellphone-tracking devices.
By Andre Damon, 18 August 2015
The media has maintained near-total silence on last week’s revelation that prisoners were tortured in Upstate New York with the apparent involvement of governor Andrew Cuomo.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 August 2015
Classified NSA documents published this weekend have further exposed the vast scale of collaboration between the NSA and US telecommunications giants.
By Andre Damon, 10 August 2015
The epidemic of police killings in the US is an expression of a diseased society in which unending violence abroad is combined with vast inequality and financial parasitism at home.
By Tom Carter, 10 August 2015
The American Psychological Association overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Friday banning participation in national security interrogations.
By David Walsh, 1 May 2015
A report by health professionals and human rights activists exposes the collusion between the APA and the Bush White House in the torture and abuse of detainees.
By Patrick Martin, 25 April 2015
President Obama’s admission that CIA drone missiles killed two hostages held by Al Qaeda has evoked no significant questioning of the program of targeted killings.
By Kate Randall, 20 March 2015
The political establishment’s continued support for state-sanctioned killing reflects the barbaric and exploitative character of social relations in the United States.
By Eric London, 10 December 2014
The 500-page unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report implicates the US government in crimes that are far more extensive than previously acknowledged.
By Barry Grey, 10 December 2014
The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted?
By Thomas Gaist, 31 October 2014
The distinction between government surveillance agencies and “private sector” technology corporations increasingly exists in name only.
The police-military crackdown in Ferguson, the assault on democratic rights, and the record of the World Socialist Web Site
By Tom Carter, 6 September 2014
The World Socialist Web Site, employing the method of Marxist analysis, has traced the various stages of the assault on democratic rights and sought to explain its relationship to fundamental historical and social processes related to the deepening crisis of American and world capitalism.
By Andre Damon, 22 August 2014
St. Louis police released a video depicting the shooting Tuesday of 23-year-old Kajieme Powell, just ten days after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown that led to mass protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.
By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2014
The release of photographs and eyewitness statements is an attempt to justify the execution-style killing of Michael Brown.
By Zac Corrigan, 16 August 2014
Over a period of decades, federal government programs have been implemented which equip local police forces with military gear and incentivize its use.
“I believe they are trying to move toward martial law”
By our reporters, 15 August 2014
On Thursday, demonstrations and vigils were held across the United States to denounce the police killing of Brown and the military-style occupation of Ferguson, Missouri.
By Jerry White, 13 May 2014
The Michigan legislature is debating a series of bills to impose a permanent financial authority on Detroit that would remain in place long after the city emerges from bankruptcy.
By Ed Hightower, 10 April 2014
Nineteen states have either enacted or taken steps towards measures limiting the right to vote.
By Alan Gilman, 4 April 2014
The suspensions mean that the Democrats lost the two-thirds majority in the upper house that gave them full control of the California state government.
By Eric London, 4 March 2014
New protocols published by the Obama administration standardize widespread First Amendment violations.
Obama’s war on journalism continues
By Ed Hightower, 11 February 2014
Stephen Jin-Woo Kim is one of nine US citizens to be prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act by the Obama administration as part of the latter’s war on journalism.
By Kate Randall, 11 February 2014
A record 87 exonerations were recorded in the United States in 2013.
By Tom Carter and Joseph Kishore, 13 August 2013
The arguments advanced by the white paper are in conflict not only with the letter of the Constitution, but its entire spirit.
By Nick Barrickman, 13 August 2013
Whatever the actions and motives of Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov, a far bigger question pertaining to “obstruction” has to do with the actions of the US government itself.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 August 2013
The FBI has been building teams of hackers and arming them with cyber-weapons.
By Fred Mazelis, 3 August 2013
A New York family got a first-hand look at the preparations for a police state in the era of pervasive government spying.
By Tom Carter, 25 April 2013
A simple comparison of the words of the Bill of Rights with the recent events in Boston underscores the advanced stage of the historical process that is shattering centuries-old democratic forms of rule.