By Patrick Martin, 13 February 2016
The increased appeal to identity issues reflects concerns in the ruling elite over signs that class questions are dominating the political thinking of broad layers of the population.
By John Burton, 12 February 2016
The Supreme Court has issued a summary order that effectively invalidates the Obama administration’s new regulations to lower carbon emissions from power plants.
By Joseph Kishore, 11 February 2016
Sanders does not speak for the working class, but for a section of the ruling class and political establishment that views the growth of social opposition with fear and is seeking some way of containing it.
By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016
A candidate claiming to be socialist won the largest vote ever in the first US presidential primary.
By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2016
The budget’s proposed increases in domestic spending are empty election-year posturing, but the increases in military and security spending will almost certainly be enacted.
By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 9 February 2016
A hallmark of the ISO, as with all the other organizations that comprise the anti-Marxist pseudo-left, is a rejection of any class analysis of political developments.
By Patrick Martin, 8 February 2016
“I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding,” billionaire Donald Trump declared, evoking applause from the Republican audience.
By Shannon Jones, 8 February 2016
In a visit to Flint on Sunday, Clinton sought to obscure the criminal role of Democratic officials at all levels of government in covering up the lead poisoning of residents.
By Patrick Martin, 6 February 2016
Sanders is not the representative of a working class movement. He is rather the temporary beneficiary of a rising tide of popular opposition that is passing through only its initial stages of social and class differentiation.
By Barry Grey, 6 February 2016
The Des Moines Register published an editorial headlined “Something smells in the Democratic Party,” denouncing state party officials for refusing to agree to an audit or release details of the voting.
By Patrick Martin, 3 February 2016
The mass support for Sanders explodes the myth, peddled endlessly by the American media, that the American people are unalterably wedded to capitalism.
By Patrick Martin, 2 February 2016
Clinton’s margin over Bernie Sanders was razor-thin, while Cruz held a significant lead over Donald Trump and Marco Rubio.
By Patrick Martin, 1 February 2016
Tonight’s Iowa caucuses mark the first primary contest in a presidential election campaign already characterized by political convulsions in both corporate-controlled parties.
“This is not a race issue—we need everyone to support this”
By Nancy Hanover, 1 February 2016
High school students throughout Detroit speak up, walk out and protest to make their stand with teachers.
By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2016
The seven candidates plumbed the depths of fear-mongering and racism even without billionaire demagogue Donald Trump.
By E.P. Bannon, 29 January 2016
The meeting, which was attended by teachers, city workers, autoworkers, students and other sections of the working class, discussed a political strategy for the entire working class.
By Nick Barrickman, 27 January 2016
In an effort to broaden his appeal, Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has shifted gears in recent weeks and begun making appeals to African American voters.
On eve of presidential primaries
By Tom Eley, 26 January 2016
The growth of working class opposition that underlies the support for Sanders is the main factor in the crisis that has emerged, in different forms, in both parties of big business in the current election campaign.
By Andre Damon, 21 January 2016
Amid growing evidence of the Michigan government’s complicity in poisoning thousands of children in Flint, Obama boasted that “all kinds of good things are happening.”
By Jerry White, 20 January 2016
In a State of the State address, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sought to cover up and evade responsibility for the poisoning of an American city.
By Bill Van Auken, 19 January 2016
The attitude taken by the candidates toward the questions of war and US imperialism’s role in the world is the touchstone for understanding the real character of their politics.
By Andre Damon, 18 January 2016
The three Democratic presidential candidates scrambled to out-do one another in populist denunciations of Wall Street in an effort to keep popular opposition bottled up within the Democratic Party.
By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2016
The seven candidates sought to whip up fears over terrorism to justify policies of militarism abroad and attacks on democratic rights at home.
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 Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2016
The incident served to highlight the deep divisions within the US political establishment over the nuclear deal.
By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2016
Neither the US president nor his bipartisan congressional audience were capable of dealing honestly or seriously with the social crisis in America.
By Shannon Jones, 12 January 2016
The lawsuit targets millions of dollars in union revenue from labor agreements that compel public employees to pay a fee to a union even if they choose not to be a member.
By Matthew MacEgan, 12 January 2016
Lamar Smith has issued a subpoena to a group of climate change scientists who have shown that a global warming slowdown has not occurred over the past 15 years.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 January 2016
A delegation of top Obama administration officials met with tech industry leaders Friday as part of efforts to step up government spying on social media and other online communications.
By Patrick Martin, 7 January 2016
Obama professes to mourn for children killed by gun violence while presiding over a never-ending escalation of military violence around the world.
By Tom Hall, 6 January 2016
Sanders’ pledge to break up the major Wall Street banks during his first year in office came with a caveat that rendered it toothless.
By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2016
The first television ad released by the Republican frontrunner reiterates his most openly racist comments from the campaign.
After grand jury whitewash in Tamir Rice killing
By Tom Eley, 30 December 2015
Police have taken repeated exonerations, often in the face of overwhelming evidence, as in the murder of Tamir Rice, as a green light for more violence.
By Niles Williamson, 30 December 2015
Trump’s ability to exploit grievances and popular anger for reactionary purposes is due above all to what passes for “left” in official American politics, exemplified by Obama, which has nothing but hostility and contempt for the working class.
By Shannon Jones, 29 December 2015
As usual in such disasters, hardest hit were working class communities where less well constructed homes as well as trailers were flattened by unusual December tornadoes.
By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2015
Most of those targeted are women and children who have sought to escape gang attacks, drug-related violence and brutality by US-backed security services in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
By Eric London, 24 December 2015
Efforts to create a phony “left” veneer for sections of the political establishment have become an increasingly important axis upon which the fate of capitalism relies.
By Patrick Martin, 19 December 2015
The propaganda campaign over San Bernardino aims to shift US politics even further to the right and overcome popular opposition to expanded military operations in the Middle East.
By Kate Randall, 19 December 2015
The deal includes restrictions on the visa-waiver program and a cybersecurity measure that removes restrictions on direct information sharing by companies with government agencies.
Republican “debate” in Las Vegas
By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2015
The event was devoted entirely to whipping up fears over terrorism and presenting mass repression and military violence as the solution.
By Marcus Day, 16 December 2015
The ISO has sought to obscure the class issues surrounding police murder in Chicago, promote racial politics and prevent a break with the Democratic Party.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2015
In remarks at the Pentagon, President Obama sought to counter his critics within the political establishment by vowing to escalate US military operations in Syria.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 December 2015
A collection of pseudo-left groups that have promoted the CIA-orchestrated proxy war in Syria as a “revolution” are now agitating for a major escalation.
By John Burton, 15 December 2015
Last week, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in cases brought to abolish the basic democratic principle that legislative districts be apportioned based on total population.
By David Walsh, 12 December 2015
The decline of the middle classes in America has profound and revolutionary implications.
By Patrick Martin, 12 December 2015
Top party leaders reportedly met in Washington to discuss the possibility of a brokered convention to nominate the Republican presidential candidate.
By Tom Carter, 12 December 2015
Sixty years after court-ordered school desegregation, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia argued that black students would be better off attending schools where classes would not be “too fast for them.”
By Joseph Kishore, 11 December 2015
What most concerns the Times is that the crude politics of Trump shatters the lying rhetoric used by Democrats and Republicans alike to justify the policies of the ruling class.
By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2015
The emergence of an open racist as the leading Republican presidential contender is a consequence of decades of imperialist war and the brutalization of American society.
By Barry Grey, 8 December 2015
The drumbeat for military escalation is the result of a calculated decision to utilize the San Bernardino killings to overcome growing popular disaffection and opposition to war.
By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2015
Obama’s speech Sunday night from the White House reflected the growing political crisis in his administration, amidst mounting calls for an expansion of the US war drive in Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 5 December 2015
The five-year, $305 billion bill provides a huge subsidy to construction companies, agribusiness and export giants like Boeing, while keeping mass transit programs on rations.
By Philip Guelpa, 2 December 2015
In one of two ongoing corruption trials of prominent New York politicians, Sheldon Silver was convicted on seven counts of honest services fraud, extortion and money laundering.
By Tom Carter, 30 November 2015
Responsibility for the deadly attack in Colorado Springs on Friday rests with the ringleaders of the ultra-right campaign against Planned Parenthood.
By Patrick Martin, 28 November 2015
Currently leading in the polls for the Republican presidential nomination, the billionaire backs torture, and forced registration of Muslim Americans in preparation for mass detention.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 November 2015
The leading Democratic candidate advocated a no-fly zone in Syria, along with more special forces troops and intensified bombing.
By Patrick Martin, 20 November 2015
In a speech Thursday, Bernie Sanders presented a version of “socialism” that is based on support for war and “private companies that thrive and invest and grow in America.”
By Roger Jordan, 20 November 2015
In his first formal meeting with Obama, Canada’s Prime Minister pledged closer economic and security collaboration with the US, including in the war in Iraq and Syria.
By David Walsh, 17 November 2015
The student protests initiated over the past two weeks have a decidedly upper middle class character, aimed not at fighting for social equality but at carving out greater privileges for relatively privileged African American and other minority professionals.
By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2015
Nearly seven years after the US president promised to shut down the infamous prison camp, he is again signing into law a bill that mandates it remain open.
At Republican presidential debate
By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2015
Tuesday night’s Republican debate was a blunt expression of the class policy of the US financial elite: cut wages to boost corporate profits.
By Patrick Martin, 11 November 2015
The main topic of discussion was a bid to increase the US military subsidy to Israel from $3 billion a year to $5 billion.
By Philip Guelpa, 9 November 2015
The corruption trials of two prominent New York politicians, Democrat Sheldon Silver and Republican Dean Skelos, on fraud, extortion, bribery, and other charges, begin this month.
By a reporter, 6 November 2015
Scattered state and local elections saw extremely low turnout and high levels of campaign spending by “independent” political action committees financed by the wealthy.
By Peter Symonds, 4 November 2015
The violation of Chinese maritime claims has nothing to do with upholding international law but is part of Washington’s “pivot to Asia” aimed at subordinating China to US interests.
By Gabriel Black, 3 November 2015
The new judicial standard for insider trading cases established in a federal appeals court ruling in December amounts to a legal green light for illegal financial manipulation.
By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2015
Ryan’s political views, once considered so extreme that even most Republicans were reluctant to cast votes for his budget plans, are now presented as “mainstream” or even “moderate.”
By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 31 October 2015
Pakistani authorities have issued increasingly alarmed warnings that the US has upset the balance of power in South Asia through its military-strategic embrace of India.
By Eric London, 31 October 2015
The pseudo-left group says that the election of a slate of Democrats to the Seattle City Council “would be a big step forward.”
By Patrick Martin, 30 October 2015
The debate was dominated by demands for an end to all government regulation of big business and the destruction of social programs like Medicare and Social Security.
By Patrick Martin, 28 October 2015
The bipartisan agreement favors the Pentagon and includes new cuts in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security disability benefits.
By Robert Stevens, 26 October 2015
US officials and advisors have warned that London is “playing a dangerous game” in developing its economic relations with Beijing.
By Patrick Martin, 26 October 2015
An advocate of the privatization of Medicare and elimination of most federal social programs, Ryan was nonetheless considered not right-wing enough by many in the House Freedom Caucus.
By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2015
The recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics is based on studies showing that 16 million US children are “food insecure.”
After the Democratic presidential debate
By Barry Grey, 24 October 2015
Behind the squabble over how to adapt to and promote the Sanders campaign, both Socialist Alternative and the ISO work to block the emergence of an independent political movement of the working class.
By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2015
The televised circus in Washington covered up the real issue: the alliance of the US government with Al Qaeda forces in regime-change operations in both Libya and Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2015
The Democratic candidate for president refused to rule out unilateral US military action.
By Tom Hall, 17 October 2015
The call by Sanders for Snowden to be jailed for his exposure of illegal NSA spying starkly reveals his support for the American military-intelligence apparatus.
By Joseph Kishore, 15 October 2015
Sanders proposes nothing that is genuinely socialist, combining a series of modest reform proposals with a defense of capitalism and support for imperialist war.
By our reporter, 14 October 2015
The five candidates feigned sympathy with the problems of working people, but offered no solutions to the crisis of the capitalist system.
By Barry Grey, 13 October 2015
Under aggressive questioning from moderator Steve Kroft, Obama was unable to present a coherent explanation of either the purpose of the war in Syria or the reasons for the fiasco to date of Washington’s drive to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
By Patrick Martin, 9 October 2015
The Republican crisis has something of the character of a political iceberg, with nine-tenths or more beneath the surface.
By Evan Blake, 8 October 2015
The congressional hearing for Planned Parenthood, the most recent target of a right-wing smear campaign, showcased the degraded state of official politics in Washington.
By Eric London, 8 October 2015
The UAW has called on the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO’s lead counsel, Bruce Miller, to launch a dishonest and desperate attack on the WSWS and the Autoworker Newsletter.
By David Walsh, 8 October 2015
Damon, who made a series of critical comments about President Barack Obama starting in 2011, has had a change of heart.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015
The Vermont senator and presidential candidate issued a statement supporting the Obama’s policy of airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2015
According to an editorial in the leading US newspaper, voters should have fewer choices.
By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2015
The Vermont senator raised $26 million in the third quarter, compared to $28 million for the Democratic Party presidential frontrunner.
By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2015
The ouster of the speaker of the House of Representatives demonstrates the growing influence of the ultra-right in official Washington.
By Sampath Perera, 28 September 2015
In the run-up to today’s meeting between Indian Prime Minister Modi and US President Obama, New Delhi and Washington have further enhanced their military-security ties.
By Peter Symonds, 26 September 2015
Obama and Xi both paid lip service to the need for greater cooperation, but the lack of agreement on key issues highlights the danger of confrontation and conflict.