US Politics

Final Trump-Clinton debate: A bankrupt political system staggers toward the finish line

By Patrick Martin, 20 October 2016

The 2016 election offers the American people the “choice” between the two most reactionary candidates in modern US history.

Sanders’ damning silence on Clinton’s Wall Street speeches

By Barry Grey, 20 October 2016

As Sanders continues to hustle votes for Clinton, while saying nothing about her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other financial malefactors, there is about him a palpable odor of dishonesty and cynicism.

Is the US election rigged?

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2016

The reactionary character of Trump’s claims that the US election is “rigged” does not lend any credibility to the self-righteous and hypocritical response of the Democratic Party.

DeRay Mckesson and the right-wing character of racialist politics

By Genevieve Leigh, 18 October 2016

A prominent spokesman for Black Lives Matters addressed a political forum sponsored by the online newspaper Voice of San Diego.

In secret Goldman Sachs speeches, Clinton explains why the rich should rule

By Tom Carter, 17 October 2016

Hillary Clinton’s lavishly paid speeches to gatherings of Wall Street multi-millionaires reveal why she is the favored candidate of the corporate and financial elite.

The ISO and the New America think tank denounce opposition to the war in Syria

By Eric London, 17 October 2016

The ISO last week published an interview on its Socialist Worker web site with a journalist linked to the New America think tank who advocates an escalation of the US military intervention in Syria.

Citigroup chose Obama’s 2008 cabinet, WikiLeaks document reveals

By Tom Eley, 15 October 2016

The email listing Citigroup’s personnel choices for cabinet posts came three days after the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was signed into law.

Donald Trump’s campaign takes a fascistic turn

By Patrick Martin, 14 October 2016

The speech delivered by the Republican presidential nominee Thursday in Florida was the manifesto for a fascist movement to emerge from his campaign.

Haiti’s hurricane devastation: A tragedy rooted in capitalist oppression

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2016

Nearly seven years after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Matthew has again exposed the historic oppression of the Haitian masses.

Leaked Clinton email admits Saudi, Qatari government funding of ISIS in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 12 October 2016

The email exchange between Clinton and her campaign manager lays bare the criminality and hypocrisy of the US war for regime change.

Chomsky in Chicago: The thin gruel of lesser-evil politics

By Marcus Day and George Gallanis, 12 October 2016

Noam Chomsky falsely suggested in a recent lecture that the global drive to war could be combated by supporting the “lesser of two evils” in the upcoming US elections.

The Trump scandal and the US gutter election

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2016

The generally degraded state of American politics entered a new low this weekend following the release of video showing Republican candidate Donald Trump boasting of his ability to use his position of wealth and celebrity to assault women.

Vice presidential candidates agree on US military escalation in Syria

By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2016

Most of the 90-minute vice presidential debate consisted of unintelligible squabbling, but the Democratic and Republican candidates agreed on the overriding issue of war.

Sanders’ campaign for Clinton: A “political revolution” in defense of the status quo

By Joseph Kishore, 5 October 2016

Sanders’ bid to drum up support for Clinton in a series of campaign appearances this week is based on sophistries and lies.

Trump’s taxes: Capitalist corruption and class privilege

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2016

The tax dodges that Trump employed provide a glimpse of the real nature of the “free market” system, in which working people are systematically exploited to boost the wealth of the super-rich.

Congress overrides Obama veto of bill allowing 9/11 lawsuits

By Tom Carter, 30 September 2016

The White House is openly protecting the Saudi monarchy against charges that it supported the Al Qaeda terrorists who hijacked four airplanes on September 11, 2001.

Sanders stumps for Clinton at University of New Hampshire

By Barry Grey, 29 September 2016

Sanders evidently believes the American people are infinitely gullible and cannot see through a “political revolution” that consists of supporting the favored candidate of the financial aristocracy and the CIA.

The US presidential debate and the war plans of the ruling class

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2016

Clinton used the debate to continue the war-mongering diatribes against Russia that have dominated her campaign, along with her attacks on Trump as a stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Clinton-Trump debate: A degrading spectacle

By Patrick Martin, 27 September 2016

The 90-minute exercise in reaction and backwardness was an indictment not only of the candidates, but also of the political system that produced them.

New York and New Jersey scandals highlight corruption across political establishment

By Fred Mazelis, 27 September 2016

Charges in a wide-ranging investigation into bribery and extortion by New York Democrats came amid sensational testimony in the trial of close aides to Republican Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey.

On the eve of the US election debate: The politics of the grotesque

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2016

The first debate of the presidential election campaign takes place under conditions of growing crisis, both at home and abroad.

International Socialist Organization backs NATO escalation in Syria

By Alex Lantier and David North, 21 September 2016

The close links between CIA war propaganda and the ISO’s writings supporting war in Syria are virtually self-evident.

The threat of world war: The great unmentionable in the 2016 campaign

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2016

Neither Clinton nor Trump is discussing the increasing likelihood of a US war with Russia or China, although the Pentagon is making active preparations.

“The US has one of the most undemocratic electoral systems in the world”

SEP candidate denounces exclusion of Libertarians, Greens from debates

By Jerry White, 19 September 2016

The US Commission on Presidential Debates is excluding the Libertarian and Green Party presidential candidates, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, from the first presidential debate.

SEP candidate Naomi Spencer denounces “decertification” by West Virginia Secretary of State

By Naomi Spencer – SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 19 September 2016

Naomi Spencer, the SEP’s candidate for West Virginia House of Delegates, issued this statement after being informed that her name is being removed from the ballot.

Clinton’s fall in the polls and the crisis of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2016

Clinton holds only a narrowing lead over Trump because the Democratic Party is incapable of making a genuine appeal to working people and youth facing unemployment, poverty and low wages.

Sanders covers for union isolation of Minnesota nurses’ strike

By Anthony Bertolt, 16 September 2016

The letter by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders does nothing to strengthen the fight against Allina Health and its corporate and political backers.

Socialism vs. Capitalism and War

The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit

By The Socialist Equality Party, 15 September 2016

The purpose of the conference in Detroit is to politically mobilize workers and young people against the war policies of US and world imperialism, which threaten to escalate into a nuclear Third World War.

SEP presidential candidate discusses elections with striking Minnesota nurses

By our reporting team, 12 September 2016

Allina Health nurses on strike for two weeks discussed the political issues in their struggle with SEP presidential candidate Jerry White Sunday.

Two months until the US elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 9 September 2016

Whether it is Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump who occupies the White House, the next administration will be one of war, austerity, repression and violence.

Clinton and Trump bow to the military

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2016

The unstated premise of Wednesday night’s forum before a veteran’s group in New York City was that the military should have veto power in the selection of the next US “commander-in-chief.”

The most unpopular candidates in American history

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2016

The contest between the militaristic Clinton and the fascistic Trump has alienated tens of millions from the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Green Party presidential candidate seeks to corral antiwar sentiment

By Jerry White, 5 September 2016

In a visit to Detroit, Jill Stein criticized Clinton’s policy towards Russia only to say that war could be stopped by appealing to sections of the foreign policy establishment.

Private security forces attack Native American protesters with dogs, pepper spray

By Janel Flechsig, 5 September 2016

Hundreds of members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been peacefully protesting the construction of an oil pipeline that traverses burial grounds they regard as sacred.

The socioeconomic basis of identity politics: Inequality and the rise of an African American elite

By David Walsh, 30 August 2016

A sharp polarization has emerged among African Americans over the past four decades. The privileged layer that has been produced forms an important basis for racialist politics.

Nothing revolutionary about Sanders’ “Our Revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2016

The rollout of the new organization founded by Sanders and his campaign makes crystal clear that its purpose is to direct young people and workers into the blind alley of the Democratic Party.

West Virginia Supreme Court to weigh independent ballot access

Ruling to impact independent candidates statewide

By Naomi Spencer - SEP candidate for West Virginia House District 16, 27 August 2016

The case is a microcosm of the undemocratic maneuvering that goes on in American politics, largely out of sight of the public.

Newly released emails reveal Clinton ties to CEOs, Persian Gulf despots

By Patrick Martin, 25 August 2016

The allegations of a “pay to play” relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department largely obscure the essential basis of the corruption of the Clintons.

Obama offers pittance to flood victims in Louisiana

By David Brown, 24 August 2016

In perfunctory remarks in Louisiana, Obama told victims to look to private charities and volunteers.

Socialist Equality Party (US) 2016 Congress Resolutions

Perspectives and Tasks of the Socialist Equality Party

24 August 2016

The Socialist Equality Party in the US held its Fourth National Congress from July 31 to August 5 in Detroit, Michigan.

Clinton campaigns among the millionaires and billionaires

By Patrick Martin, 23 August 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate has only two public events for the rest of August—and 54 fundraising events with the wealthy backers who are her real base of support.

International Socialist Organization promotes Jill Stein, Green Party as “anti-capitalist”

By Evan Blake, 23 August 2016

What the ISO describes as an “anti-capitalist” amendment to the Greens' platform is in fact a tactical maneuver and a declaration of hostility to socialism.

Media, Democrats cover up Trump’s fascistic politics

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2016

Last week’s reshuffle has put the Trump campaign under the leadership of an ultra-right publisher linked to “white nationalist” and other fascistic tendencies.

Trump chairman Paul Manafort resigns amidst campaign shift to the right

By Patrick Martin, 20 August 2016

Paul Manafort has been displaced by Stephen Bannon, chairman of the ultra-right Breitbart News, giving the Trump campaign its third chief in three months.

Green Party candidates at CNN town hall: Promoting illusions in the capitalist system

By Evan Blake, 19 August 2016

At the town hall meeting, Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka presented a liberal reformist program, combined with demagogic criticisms of war and the promotion of identity politics.

Trump and Democrats compete on militarism and war

By Patrick Martin, 16 August 2016

The Republican presidential candidate called for a war of extermination against ISIS, while Democrats responded that Vladimir Putin’s Russia was an equally significant enemy.

The real issues in the 2016 US elections

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2016

Regardless of who wins in November, the ruling class is preparing a vast expansion of militarist violence and an intensification of the assault on the social and political rights of the working class.

Tax return places Clintons in the top 0.02 percent of Americans

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2016

Only 30,000 US families had incomes as high as the $10.6 million raked in by Bill and Hillary Clinton in 2015—and even that was a significant drop from the previous year.

US price of EpiPen for allergic reactions skyrockets

By Brad Dixon, 12 August 2016

The price of the EpiPen, relied on by millions to treat severe allergic reactions, has increased by 450 percent in the United States since 2004.

After the Sanders debacle

“Socialist Convergence” meets to prepare a new trap for the working class

By Gabriel Black and David Brown, 12 August 2016

The conference, which ran concurrently with the Democratic National Convention, promoted the Green Party presidential campaign of Jill Stein as the continuation of Bernie Sanders’ so-called “political revolution.”

Democrats, media seize on Trump pro-gun comment to step up right-wing campaign

By Barry Grey, 11 August 2016

The Democratic presidential campaign has evolved into an effort to forge a bipartisan consensus on the basis of right-wing militaristic policies.

What CIA Director Michael Hayden told President-Elect Barack Obama

By our reporter, 11 August 2016

Among other things, Hayden’s column in the Times demonstrates that Obama and Biden knew about the CIA program of abductions and torture from day one and kept their mouths shut.

New emails shed further light on Hillary Clinton’s corruption as secretary of state

By Evan Blake, 11 August 2016

A set of emails released Tuesday highlights the influence of the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state.

The national security state and the US elections

By Patrick Martin, 9 August 2016

A letter against Trump from 50 former top military-intelligence officials of Republican administrations is an unprecedented intervention into a presidential campaign.

Green Party convention: Left rhetoric in the service of pro-capitalist politics

By Evan Blake, 9 August 2016

In the aftermath of Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton, the Greens are posturing as a party opposed to austerity and war in order to keep workers and youth within the framework of bourgeois politics.

White House releases “guidance” for targeted killings

Obama’s drone-missile machinery of murder

By Patrick Martin, 8 August 2016

The document provides essentially unlimited authority to the CIA and Pentagon to conduct assassinations with drone-fired missiles, subject to review only by the White House.

As Clinton seeks support from Republicans, Sanders hails her role in the “political revolution”

By Isaac Finn, 8 August 2016

Following the Democratic National Convention, Sanders has remained silent about leaked DNC emails as he seeks to bolster Hillary Clinton as a progressive candidate.

International Socialist Organization calls for Greens to support US-backed “revolution” in Syria

By Marcus Day, 6 August 2016

The ISO, while formally endorsing the Green Party’s presumptive presidential candidate Jill Stein, criticized her for an insufficiently aggressive foreign policy towards Russia and Syria.

Clinton steps up right-wing appeal to Republicans and billionaires

By Tom Eley and Patrick Martin, 5 August 2016

The Democratic presidential campaign is using appeals to patriotism and militarism to woo Republican officials and the super-rich.

US Republican presidential campaign in crisis

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2016

Discussions within the Republican Party establishment over the fate of the Trump candidacy coincide with criticisms of Trump by the Democrats from the right.

Stop the war drive in Syria and Libya! Workers of the world unite against war!

By Jerry White, 4 August 2016

Behind the backs of the American people, President Obama has ordered US military jets to bomb Libya even as the White House ratchets up its military intervention in Syria.

The Green Party platform: Reformist politics in the service of imperialism

By Tom Hall, 4 August 2016

The Greens are being falsely presented as a “left” alternative in order to prevent workers and youth from drawing the necessary political lessons from the debacle of the Sanders campaign.

After the conventions, Democrats attack Trump from the right

By Patrick Martin, 3 August 2016

The Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party are seeking to use their Republican opponent Donald Trump as a foil for legitimizing their deeply unpopular program of militarism and war.

US courts strike down “Voter ID” laws in four states

By Ed Hightower, 3 August 2016

Recent court rulings concerning attacks on the right to vote in several states underscore the deeply anti-democratic character of “Voter ID” laws

Democrats seize on Khan-Trump conflict to woo right-wing support

By Tom Eley, 2 August 2016

The Democrats and the Clinton campaign are using Trump’s anti-Muslim comments to whip up patriotism and militarism and pressure right-wing figures to support Hillary Clinton.

Clinton campaign appeals to Republicans and the military

By Patrick Martin, 1 August 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate gave her first post-convention interview to Fox News in a bid for support from right-wing elements disaffected with Donald Trump.

US media celebrates Democratic Party warmongering

By Patrick Martin, 30 July 2016

Leading columnists for the New York Times and Washington Post have hailed Hillary Clinton as a more consistent and ruthless advocate of US foreign policy interests.

Socialist Alternative promotes Sanders’ “political revolution” without Sanders

By Tom Hall, 30 July 2016

Socialist Alternative's role in helping to organize a walkout of a section of Sanders delegates at the Democratic convention was aimed at promoting Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the next political trap being laid for the working class.

The New York Times, the state and the making of an amalgam

Who is James Bennet?

By Tom Hall, 29 July 2016

Bennet's family exemplifies the politically incestuous relationship between the media and the political establishment and state apparatus.

Democratic convention: Obama piles on more lies

By Barry Grey, 28 July 2016

Showing his contempt for the intelligence of the American people, the president concluded by repeating the slogans of his 2008 election campaign, as though America in 2016 was the realization of the empty promises he made back then.

The end of the Sanders campaign: The political lessons

By Tom Hall, 28 July 2016

The full support of Bernie Sanders for the nomination of Hillary Clinton confirms the analysis made by the World Socialist Web Site from the inception of his campaign.

DNC protesters speak out against Clinton and war

By our reporters, 28 July 2016

Workers and young people expressed disgust at Clinton’s nomination, and illusions in Sanders’ intentions.

New York Times concocts amalgam to link Trump and Putin in Democrats’ email scandal

By Isaac Finn, 28 July 2016

The Times is spearheading the Clinton campaign’s effort to pin the leaking of incriminating DNC emails on a supposed plot by Russia to tilt the US election in favor of Trump.

The political bankruptcy of filmmaker Michael Moore and his “5 Reasons Why Trump Will Win”

By David Walsh, 28 July 2016

The tired, cynical, internally illogical piece emerges almost inevitably from the left-liberal milieu to which Moore has belonged since the mid-1970s.

“We should have socialized medicine in the United States”

Video: Socialist Equality Party campaigns in San Diego, California

By our reporters, 28 July 2016

Workers in the Encanto neighborhood of San Diego expressed frustration and contempt with the two presidential candidates being put forward by the Democrats and Republicans.

Democratic convention: Sanders caps off a day of deceit and demagogy

By Barry Grey, 26 July 2016

Bernie Sanders sought to turn reality on its head by presenting Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party as fighters for the interests of the common people.

Protesters at Democratic Convention denounce nomination of Hillary Clinton

By our reporters, 26 July 2016

Sanders supporters expressed a range of reactions to his endorsement of Clinton, from hope that it was just a ploy to a feeling of betrayal.

Democratic convention opens: An agenda of militarism and war

By Barry Grey, 25 July 2016

The program of global militarism at the heart of the Clinton campaign is combined with the ferocious promotion of racial and gender politics.

Clinton’s VP pick Tim Kaine: A supporter of war and big business

By Tom Hall, 25 July 2016

The selection of a figure with Kaine’s political resume is a clear indication of the right-wing administration that Clinton intends to form if she is elected president.

Leaked emails show Democratic National Committee targeting Sanders campaign

By Isaac Finn, 25 July 2016

WikiLeaks released thousands of emails that detail the Democratic Party’s dirty dealings and collusion with mainstream media.

In signal to military, Hillary Clinton picks Senator Tim Kaine as running mate

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2016

In selecting Kaine, Clinton is making clear that she plans on running a right-wing, pro-war campaign targeted at winning over the military and sections of the Republican Party dissatisfied with Trump.

The pro-capitalist program of the US Green Party

By Tom Hall, 23 July 2016

The Green Party is a bourgeois party, representing the interests of privileged strata of the upper-middle class.

Biden confirms US warship will visit New Zealand

By Tom Peters, 22 July 2016

The American visit, the first in more than 30 years, represents a significant further step in New Zealand’s integration into US war preparations against China.

In Australia, US vice president issues belligerent challenge to China

By Mike Head, 20 July 2016

Biden’s trip to Australia came in the immediate aftermath of the arbitration court decision in The Hague declaring illegal Chinese land reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

The Republicans plumb the depths

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 20 July 2016

In the long and protracted decay of American democracy and the political culture of the United States, a fundamental boundary is being crossed.

Republican Party officially nominates Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 20 July 2016

For the first time, one of the two major capitalist parties in America has chosen as its presidential nominee an individual of openly authoritarian and semi-fascist views.

Leading US historians issue warning on the rise of Trump

By Gabriel Black, 20 July 2016

The historians see Trump as the product of decades of decay of American society, including academia, the press and the court system.

Amid massive police presence, Republicans push law-and-order, militarism

By David Brown, 19 July 2016

The theme of the first day of the RNC was “Make America Safe Again,” with a focus on attacking immigrants, militarism and expanding the powers of the police.

Trump chooses right-wing Indiana governor as running mate

By Patrick Martin, 16 July 2016

The announcement came on the eve of the Republican National Convention, as the last organized opposition to Trump’s nomination was brushed aside.

US releases Saudi documents: 9/11 coverup exposed

By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2016

The declassification of the section of the 9/11 commission report on Saudi ties to 9/11 point to a deliberate distortion and exploitation of the attacks as a pretext for war.

Fresno video shows police murder of Dylan Noble

By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2016

Two cops fired two shots into the white youth as he stood a few feet away, then two more, including a shotgun blast, as he lay twitching on the ground.

After Sanders, Green Party seeks to trap workers and youth within capitalist politics

By Jerry White, 15 July 2016

The Greens hope to become the “big tent” for protest groups in the orbit of the Democrats, which promote identity politics, economic nationalism and “green business” opportunities.

After endorsement, Sanders attempts to convince angry supporters to back Clinton

By Isaac Finn, 14 July 2016

Sanders is now engaged in the political alchemy of convincing the 13 million people who voted for him and other supporters that the deeply hated Clinton would champion their interests.

The New York Times, Michael Eric Dyson and the politics of race

By Barry Grey, 14 July 2016

The Times is on guard and ready to denounce anything—a political development, a book, even a movie—that challenges its racialist agenda. This agenda has become more and more central as the class struggle has grown more intense.