Perspectives

The detection of gravitational waves: a scientific milestone

By Bryan Dyne, 13 February 2016

The discovery of gravitational waves is a vindication of science and the ability of human reason to tackle and overcome the most complex problems.

The US “Plan B” for Syria and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 12 February 2016

With the war for regime change in Syria on the ropes, Washington and its allies are in feverish discussions over implementing a “Plan B” of direct military intervention.

The political role of the Bernie Sanders campaign

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.

The looting of US workers’ pensions

By Andre Damon, 10 February 2016

The assault on the pension benefits of retirees is an escalation of the decades-long drive to reduce American workers to the conditions of life that existed in the 19th century.

A new stage in the global economic breakdown

By Nick Beams, 9 February 2016

The growing financial crisis in China, marked by capital flight and mounting concerns over debt levels, is accompanied by increasing doubts about the stability of the entire global banking system.

Detroit and Chicago teachers fight to defend public education

By Jerry White, 8 February 2016

The struggle to defend the right to education poses political questions that are critical for the entire working class.

Sanders and the left feint in capitalist politics

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.

UN panel condemns detention of WikiLeaks founder

Stop the persecution of Julian Assange!

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2016

Despite a ruling that Assange has been subjected to “arbitrary detention,” both the UK and Sweden vow to continue his persecution.

Pentagon budget: A blueprint for World War III

By Bill Van Auken, 4 February 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s preview of the Pentagon budget spelled out Washington’s advanced preparations for war against both Russia and China.

The Sanders vote in Iowa

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.

Geneva talks begin as US-backed war in Syria expands

By Bill Van Auken, 2 February 2016

The opening of the talks was overshadowed by a vicious bombing attack on a Shia shrine outside the Syrian capital of Damascus.

On eve of first presidential contest: US two-party system in crisis

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.

Wall Street celebrates mounting signs of US slump

By Andre Damon, 30 January 2016

The financial markets responded to a series of reports pointing to a sharp economic downturn in the US by staging a euphoric rally.

Pentagon prepares another war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 29 January 2016

Having first devastated Libya in the name of “human rights,” Washington is now about to attack it again on the pretext of fighting terrorism.

War and the destruction of social infrastructure in America

By Andre Damon, 28 January 2016

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights the slashing of funds for public infrastructure to pay for war and the enrichment of the financial elite.

Sanders and socialism

By Barry Grey, 27 January 2016

The continued and growing support for Sanders has exploded a whole series of fictions about the American people and American politics.

US think tank outlines master plan for war with China

By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2016

The CSIS report represents the voice of the vast American military establishment, which regards China as the chief threat to untrammelled US strategic dominance in Asia.

Five years of the Egyptian Revolution

By Johannes Stern, 25 January 2016

The basic problem of the Egyptian Revolution was to establish the political independence of the working class from all of the different bourgeois forces.

The end of liberal Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 23 January 2016

The shift to the right by the European elites is rooted in explosive social, economic and political contradictions that have been building up since the collapse of the Soviet Union 25 years ago.

The roots of the crisis in Flint and Detroit

By Eric London, 22 January 2016

The catastrophe in Michigan, including the lead poisoning of thousands of residents in Flint, has provoked outrage across the country.

The political significance of the global economic turmoil

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2016

The turmoil on global markets is an expression of the breakdown of the mechanisms and structures that have sustained world capitalism over the past quarter-century.

The Flint water crisis and the criminality of American capitalism

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.

The ruling class meets at Davos

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2016

This year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland takes place against the backdrop of a deepening global crisis and soaring inequality.

What is driving the stock market panic?

By Barry Grey, 18 January 2016

After more than seven years of bailouts and trillions in virtually free cash for the banks and financial markets, the real economy has not only not recovered from the Wall Street crash of 2008, it is rapidly deteriorating.

Washington invokes hunger to promote war in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 16 January 2016

Allegations that Syrian government forces are deliberately starving besieged villagers have become the basis for yet another propaganda campaign for regime change.

Flint, Michigan: Portrait of an American city

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2016

The man-made disaster in Flint has revealed the reality of social relations in America behind the official facade constructed by the media and politicians.

Obama’s State of the Union address and the breakdown 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.

The Detroit teachers’ fight to defend public education

By Jerry White, 13 January 2016

It is no accident that social opposition is taking the form of a rebellion against the trade unions, which have long served as industrial police for the corporations and government.

German media incites racist hysteria

By Peter Schwarz, 12 January 2016

Unsubstantiated and racist allegations of mass sexual harassment are being used to witch-hunt immigrants and legitimize German preparations for an expanded military intervention in the Middle East.

Bowing to Trump’s racist agitation

Obama rejects pleas to halt deportations

By Patrick Martin, 11 January 2016

The White House has rebuffed pleas to call a halt to the summary deportations of women and children fleeing violence in Central America.

The lottery and social despair in America

By Andre Damon, 9 January 2016

For millions of people, the dream of winning the lottery has replaced the “American Dream” of living a decent life.

Lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan

By James Brewer and Jerry White, 8 January 2016

The poisoning of the population in the former manufacturing center for General Motors—and the cover-up by state officials—highlights the socially destructive character of American capitalism.

Crocodile tears from the commander-in-chief

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.

German Luftwaffe joins the Syrian war

By Johannes Stern, 6 January 2016

The entry of the Luftwaffe into the Syrian war, backed by some 1,200 German soldiers and a frigate, opens a new and ominous chapter in the resurgence of German militarism.

The New Year stock sell-off

By Barry Grey, 5 January 2016

The indicators of a deepening crisis in production sent shock waves through the financial markets because they portend the looming collapse of a vast speculative house of cards built up since the 2008 Wall Street crash.

The mass beheadings in Saudi Arabia

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2016

The barbaric killing spree carried out by the royal parasites in Riyadh was a calculated political act driven by both domestic and international objectives.

On the threshold of the New Year

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 31 December 2015

It is characteristic of a period of crisis that more and more the essential nature of capitalism—a system of exploitation, inequality, war and repression—comes into alignment with the everyday experiences of broad masses of people.

A New Year’s sense of foreboding over the global economy

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2015

Economic developments in 2015 were dominated by intensifying recessionary trends throughout the world economy.

US military to expand global operations in 2016

By Thomas Gaist, 29 December 2015

US imperialism is expanding its global Special Forces network, preparing new deployments of combat forces to confront Russia and China, and flooding every region of the world with advanced weaponry.

The fracturing of the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 28 December 2015

In the last century, great power aspirations, nationalism and fascism made the continent the focus of two world wars, which claimed nearly 100 million victims. Now, these same tendencies are spreading once again.

No “peace on Earth” in 2015

By Andre Damon, 24 December 2015

The official promotion of the “Christmas spirit” collides against the reality of ever-expanding war, violence and social misery that dominate capitalist society.

Political issues in the Spanish election crisis

By Alex Lantier, 23 December 2015

Podemos, while posing as a populist opponent of austerity, will prove as hostile to the working class as Syriza in Greece.

WTO buries Doha Round: Another rupture in the post-war order

By Nick Beams, 22 December 2015

The decision to end the Doha Round signifies the end of the multilateralism that formed a crucial foundation of post-World War II economic expansion.

The US terror scare

By Patrick Martin, 21 December 2015

The US ruling elite is whipping up an atmosphere of panic after the killings in San Bernardino, laying the ground for a further military escalation in the Middle East and North Africa.

After Fed rate hike, global economic fault lines deepen

By Nick Beams, 19 December 2015

The growing turbulence in financial markets is a manifestation of deepening recessionary trends in the global economy.

Saudi Arabia and the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 18 December 2015

US officials hailed the Saudi monarchy’s proclamation of a Sunni sectarian alliance “against terrorism,” as the Saudi regime prepares another round of beheadings.

The French regional elections and the threat of dictatorship

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2015

The ascendant neo-fascist National Front aims to win the 2017 presidential election and emerge atop the police state being built by the Socialist Party.

The climate crisis and imperialism

By Andre Damon, 16 December 2015

Far from fostering the international collaboration that would be required to reverse climate change, capitalist society is increasingly characterized by xenophobia, international conflict and war.

“Left” propagandists for escalation of imperialist war

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.

Junk bond panic signals new stage in crisis of world capitalism

By Barry Grey, 14 December 2015

The mounting crisis in the junk bond market has profound and convulsive implications for the entire credit system, in the US and internationally.

Social inequality and the disintegration of the American middle class

By David Walsh, 12 December 2015

The decline of the middle classes in America has profound and revolutionary implications.

The Venezuelan elections and the dead end of Latin America’s “turn to the left”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2015

The defeat suffered by the ruling chavistas in Venezuela is part of a growing crisis of the so-called “left” bourgeois parties throughout Latin America.

Trump: The ugly reality of American politics

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.

Imperialism, the “war on terror” and anti-Muslim hysteria

By Andre Damon, 9 December 2015

The call by Donald Trump that Muslims be prevented from traveling to the United States exemplifies the reactionary politics that go hand-in-hand with the drive to war.

Obama’s San Bernardino speech and the rightward lurch of US politics

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.

The new imperialist carve-up of the Middle East

By Joseph Kishore, 7 December 2015

The reasons presented to the public for the rapid escalation of war in Syria have little to do with the strategic discussions taking place in top ranks of the military and the intelligence agencies.

The significance of the elevation of the Chinese renminbi

By Nick Beams, 5 December 2015

The renminbi’s elevation to the status of a global reserve currency is an expression of vast shifts in the world economy that underlie the rise in geopolitical tensions.

The mass killing in San Bernardino, California

By Joseph Kishore, 4 December 2015

The mass killing at the Inland Regional Center is only the latest in a long string of tragedies that point to the deeply diseased and dysfunctional state of American society.

Chicago police brutality and the Democratic Party

By Jerry White, 3 December 2015

The brutal police murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and the subsequent orchestrated cover-up lift the veil on the reality of class relations and class rule in the United States.

Parasitism and the slump in US manufacturing

By Andre Damon, 2 December 2015

The money that corporations are refusing to spend on productive investment is being channeled back to the financial elite in the form of share buybacks, dividend hikes and increased CEO pay.

Corbyn opens door to Labour backing for British bombing of Syria

By Chris Marsden, 1 December 2015

In declaring a “free vote” for Labour MPs on military action against Syria, Jeremy Corbyn has given the green light for the Labour right wing to join with the Tories and drag Britain into war.

The police crackdown in Paris and the drift towards dictatorship in France

By Alex Lantier, 30 November 2015

Yesterday, police seized upon the standing ban on all public protests during the state of emergency to stage a brutal crackdown on ecological protesters in Paris.

No to German intervention in Syria!

By Statement by the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit—German section of the ICFI, 28 November 2015

The decision of the German government to participate in the war in Syria marks a new stage in the resurgence of German militarism.

Syria and the South China Sea: Two flashpoints for world war

By Peter Symonds, 27 November 2015

US strategists have long regarded the Eurasian landmass as the key to world domination and view China and Russia as the chief obstacles to American ambitions.

A police killing and a criminal conspiracy in Chicago, Illinois

By Patrick Martin, 26 November 2015

The brutal police murder of Laquan McDonald was followed by a line-up of the police, the political authorities, the media and the “civil rights” establishment to cover up the crime under a barrage of lies.

Turkey’s downing of a Russian jet and the danger of world war

By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 November 2015

The downing of a Russian jet threatens to provoke all-out war between Russia on the one hand, and Turkey and the rest of the NATO alliance on the other.

Financial parasitism and the destruction of democracy

By Andre Damon, 24 November 2015

Under conditions of deepening economic and political crisis, the world’s ruling classes are willing to use any means necessary to ensure their continued monopolization of society’s wealth.

Lessons of the autoworkers’ battle

By Jerry White, 23 November 2015

The resort to gangster-like methods has further discredited the UAW and taught workers that the only way they can defend their interests is by casting off the dead weight of this corporate-labor syndicate.

Paris terrorists operated “in plain sight”

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2015

At least six of the nine men involved in the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris were known to the French and Belgian security services.

The vote at Ford and the way forward for autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 20 November 2015

Whether or not the UAW succeeds in securing or manufacturing a “yes” vote, the developments at Ford have once again exposed the unbridgeable gulf between the UAW and the workers it claims to represent.

The state of emergency and the collapse of French democracy

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2015

Hollande’s proposed amendments to the French Constitution provide the legal basis for transforming France into a presidential dictatorship.

The media and the Paris terror attacks

By Barry Grey, 18 November 2015

It is virtually impossible to find in the saturation media coverage of the Paris events any questioning of the legitimacy of the policies of the imperialist governments.

After the Paris terror attacks: A drumbeat for military escalation and internal repression

By Bill Van Auken, 17 November 2015

Terrorism, from the standpoint of the American state, is a useful tactic when directed against Washington’s enemies. It is merely part of the cost of doing business when it hits the US and its allies.

The Paris terror attacks

By Alex Lantier and Barry Grey, 16 November 2015

The criminal assault on innocent civilians in Paris is the predictable outcome of US and European imperialism’s relentless escalation of military operations in the Middle East.

Class justice in America: Eight-year-old charged with murder

By Eric London, 14 November 2015

Every social problem in the United States is treated as a police question, an occasion to increase the powers of the state and its bodies of armed men.

The way forward in the struggle against austerity in Greece

By Alex Lantier, 13 November 2015

The growing opposition to Syriza’s austerity policies raises the urgent need for a comprehensive strategic and political reorientation of the working class.

US Supreme Court expands immunity for killer cops

By Tom Carter, 12 November 2015

The Supreme Court’s decision reflects the fact that, in the face of rising popular anger over police killings, all of the branches of government are closing ranks behind the police.

The UK military, Jeremy Corbyn and the threat of dictatorship

By Chris Marsden, 11 November 2015

The public attacks on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn by members of the military must be taken as a warning of the preparations for state repression against the working class.

Washington’s big lie of “peace and stability” in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 10 November 2015

“Stability,” in Washington’s lexicon, is synonymous with American dominance, which it has always pursued through ruthless and violent means.

UAW scabs do bidding of US auto companies

By Jerry White, 9 November 2015

The UAW is seeking to rush through a new contract on Ford workers, finalizing its campaign to impose the dictates of the auto executives and Wall Street.

Turkey after the elections

By Peter Schwarz, 7 November 2015

Erdoğan’s AKP government is a regime of crisis. The wars carried out by the US and its imperialist allies have shattered the social and political structures of the entire region.

The blood on Obama’s hands: Kunduz hospital attack designed “to kill and destroy”

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2015

The attack on the Doctors Without Borders hospital was neither an error nor even unique, but rather the outcome of a codified policy of criminality.

Washington prepares for World War III

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2015

Three congressional hearings Tuesday discussed the preparations of the US military for a Third World War against China, Russia or both.

Capitalism and mortality: Death rate soars for middle-aged US workers

By Joseph Kishore, 4 November 2015

The mortality figures reflect a catastrophic decline in the social position of the working class resulting from the protracted decay of American capitalism.

Obamacare open enrollment: A widening health care disaster for workers

By Kate Randall, 3 November 2015

As Obamacare enters its third year, its reactionary, anti-working class character is becoming ever more clear. It is a health care counterrevolution.

The elevation of Paul Ryan as US House speaker

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.”

FBI Director James Comey’s apology for police murder

By Andre Damon, 31 October 2015

The implication of Comey’s argument is that those who expose police brutality serve to promote violent crime and should be suppressed.

The mergers boom, the financial oligarchy and imperialism

By Andre Damon, 30 October 2015

The rapid growth of mergers and acquisitions is an expression not of economic vitality, but of the rot and parasitism at the heart of global capitalism.

Dangerous developments in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 29 October 2015

Recent weeks have seen an intensified effort to use the refugee crisis to build up and legitimize extreme right-wing forces in Germany.

Washington’s South China Sea provocation and the spectre of World War III

By Peter Symonds, 28 October 2015

The entry of the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen into Chinese-claimed waters raises the danger of a military confrontation between two nuclear-armed powers.

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

By Peter Schwarz, 27 October 2015

Supposedly democratic governments have moved to strengthen their security forces, seal off borders, build internment camps and dispatch vulnerable refugees back to the war zones from which they fled.

Central banks boost stocks as world economy sinks deeper into slump

By Nick Beams, 26 October 2015

There is no recovery in the global economy, as one emergency measure is piled on another, and those in charge of economic and monetary policy have no idea how to engineer one.

After the Fiat-Chrysler ratification: The way forward for autoworkers

By Joseph Kishore, 24 October 2015

For autoworkers and the working class as a whole, the critical task is to assimilate the political lessons of the contract fight at Fiat Chrysler in order to prepare the next stage of the struggle.

Netanyahu’s apology for Hitler

By Jean Shaoul, 23 October 2015

The Israeli prime minister has foully slandered the Palestinian people by attributing to them the responsibility for the Holocaust.

The Canadian election and the intensification of class conflict

By Keith Jones, 22 October 2015

The unions and the NDP promoted the lie that the Liberal Party was an ally of working people in the fight against the Harper government.

The refugee crisis, war and socialism

By Peter Schwarz, 21 October 2015

With the influx of refugees seeking to escape the living hell created by imperialism in the Middle East, the reality of war has arrived in the centre of Europe.

The significance of the Fiat Chrysler workers’ fight

By Jerry White, 20 October 2015

The new contract agreed to by the UAW is a deal between two business entities to restructure Fiat Chrysler’s global operations and divvy up the profits obtained through the intensified exploitation of the workers.

UK Labour Party paves way for Syria intervention

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 19 October 2015

Labour’s right wing has been handed a victory without a fight by party leader Corbyn

The Afghan hospital bombing: An imperialist war crime

By Joseph Kishore, 17 October 2015

In the wake of the October 3 massacre at the Doctors Without Borders hospital, details have emerged exposing a war crime for which the entire political establishment is responsible.

Obama extends unending US war in Afghanistan

By Bill Van Auken, 16 October 2015

Seven years after his election based on promises to end US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama has ordered thousands of troops to continue fighting in both countries.