The Crisis of American Democracy
SEP presidential candidates Kishore and Santa Cruz file federal lawsuit challenging ballot access restrictions in California
By Norissa Santa Cruz—SEP Vice Presidential Candidate, 2 July 2020
The Socialist Equality Party’s candidates argued in court filings Tuesday that the state’s requirement that the candidates gather 200,000 voter signatures is impossible to meet during the pandemic and a violation of basic democratic rights.
Workers, young people denounce undemocratic efforts to keep Socialist Equality Party off the ballot in Michigan
By our reporters, 2 July 2020
Workers and youth voiced support for the SEP election campaign in the United States.
By Jessica Goldstein, 2 July 2020
Caterpillar is one of many US-based corporations that have laid off workers and cut jobs and pay since the pandemic took hold in the US, as it continued to pay out dividends to investors.
By Barry Grey, 1 July 2020
Fauci's testimony underscored the grim reality that the pandemic in the US is now far more widespread than it was at its previous height in late March and early April.
By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2020
Voter turnout swelled despite the coronavirus threat, with many voters choosing to vote early or cast mail-in ballots.
By Kevin Reed, 25 June 2020
A three-judge panel ruled by two-to-one on Wednesday that the perjury charges against the former Trump national security advisor—to which he had already pleaded guilty—should be quashed immediately.
By Patrick Martin, 22 June 2020
The former Trump national security advisor has given numerous anti-Trump press interviews to promote his newly launched—and lucrative—White House memoir.
By Nick Beams, 17 June 2020
Fed chairman Jerome Powell said it would take some time before employment and economic activity returned to pre-pandemic levels.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 June 2020
Encouraged by President Trump and working in concert with local police departments, far-right elements have been allowed to attack and intimidate peaceful protesters across the country.
By Tom Hall, 17 June 2020
Whatever the friction between the US Attorney’s office and the UAW, both share as their central aim the suppression of the rising tide of opposition among autoworkers.
By Niles Niemuth and Joseph Kishore, 17 June 2020
What is absent from all of the media commentary on police violence, let alone the statements from bourgeois politicians, is any examination of what the police are and their relationship to capitalist society.
17 June 2020
Supporters of the SEP are fighting to gather 5,000 electronic signatures to place Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz on the ballot for the general election in November.
National Guard fired the shot that killed David McAtee in Louisville during protest against police violence
By Kevin Reed, 12 June 2020
Laboratory tests have determined that McAtee was shot and killed by a member of the Kentucky National Guard during an assault on protesters last week.
By Patrick Martin, 12 June 2020
The president is seeking to manufacture a pretext for violent repression and the establishment of an authoritarian regime in America.
By Niles Niemuth, 10 June 2020
The murder of Floyd, caught on bystander cellphone video in excruciating detail, has served as a catalyst for the largest nationwide and international outpouring of political opposition in decades.
Proponents of racial politics react with hostility to multi-racial protests against police murder of George Floyd
By Nick Barrickman, 10 June 2020
Democratic Party officials and their black nationalist supporters have denounced white “outside agitators.”
By Kevin Reed, 9 June 2020
Protests demanding justice for Floyd and against police violence continued on Monday for the fourteenth day in a row.
By Barry Grey, 9 June 2020
The “Justice in Policing” bill, a collection of minor reforms that has no chance of being passed by the Senate and signed by Trump, is aimed at containing and dissipating mounting social protest.
By Patrick Martin, 9 June 2020
The last straw was the publication of a column by Senator Tom Cotton calling for military intervention to suppress the protests against police violence.
By Patrick Martin, 5 June 2020
The White House’s planned use of anti-terrorism units to apprehend “agitators” is aimed at criminalizing opposition to police violence and the policies of the oligarchy.
By Jacob Crosse, 3 June 2020
Curfews, mass arrests and police terror have not quelled the powerful movement of youth and workers of all races and ethnicities in response to the police murder of George Floyd.
By Andre Damon, 3 June 2020
In contrast to the heroism of the demonstrators, the Democrats have responded to Trump’s dictatorial measures with their typical display of fecklessness, cowardice and complicity.
By Jerry White, 2 June 2020
Claims that David McAtee was killed after police and National Guard troops “returned fire” from protesters fell apart after the Louisville mayor declared there was no body camera footage of the incident.
By Patrick Martin, 27 May 2020
The president and his son-in-law Jared Kushner are laying the basis for declaring an election defeat in November to be illegitimate.
By Jessica Goldstein, 27 May 2020
The full cost of the massive corporate bailout and the collapse in state and local tax revenues will be borne by the working class.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2020
The firing stemmed from a probe into the Trump administration’s declaration of a “state of emergency” to prevent Congress holding up arms sales to the Saudi monarchy.
Senate hearing for Fed’s Powell, Treasury’s Mnuchin shows bipartisan support for bailout, back-to-work drive
By Barry Grey, 20 May 2020
The prize for sheer demagogy and hypocrisy at the hearing went to Sherrod Brown of Ohio, an economic nationalist and close ally of the trade union bureaucracy.
By Kevin Reed, 20 May 2020
Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray outlined plans to force manufacturers to build backdoor access into consumer mobile devices.
By David Walsh, 20 May 2020
Farrow has been the golden boy of the American media since the publication of his supposed exposé of Harvey Weinstein in the New Yorker magazine in October 2017.
US Senator Richard Burr steps down as intelligence chairman amid investigation into pre-pandemic stock dump
By Jacob Crosse, 15 May 2020
As part of an ongoing Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission’s probe into insider trading, FBI agents have seized the North Carolina senator's personal cell phone.
By Thomas Scripps, 15 May 2020
The “Russian connection” was baldly asserted by the Democratic Party, US intelligence officials and the corporate media
By John Burton, 15 May 2020
The Supreme Court on Tuesday held oral arguments on whether to give Donald Trump immunity from congressional and grand jury investigations.
As US House returns to Washington, Democrats signal readiness to grant companies immunity for worker deaths
By Barry Grey, 11 May 2020
It is already clear that any “Phase IV” stimulus bill that emerges will further enrich the financial aristocracy at the expense of the jobs, the wages and the very lives of the working class.
By Peter Symonds, 6 May 2020
The crude attempt to blame China is aimed at diverting attention from the Trump administration’s criminal negligence in failing to respond to the dangers of COVID-19.
Round two of the “Paycheck Protection Program”: Another disaster for US small businesses and their employees
By Barry Grey, 29 April 2020
The abortive start of the second round of the “small business” program demonstrated that the vast majority of small businesses and their employees will receive little or nothing in relief from the economic collapse.
$310 billion more for misnamed “Paycheck Protection Program”
By Barry Grey, 22 April 2020
The Democrats settled for a mere $75 billion for hospitals and a derisory $25 billion for coronavirus testing. They dropped their demand for relief to state and local governments and funding for food stamps.
By Ron Barzel and Nick Barrickman, 22 April 2020
The program would allow the city government to continuously track the movements of the population utilizing technology developed for the US occupation of Iraq.
By Eric London, 22 April 2020
Trump’s “pause” on immigration is a desperate attempt by the crisis-riddled administration to distract from the criminality of the ruling class’s own response to the coronavirus pandemic.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 April 2020
The shift of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region to operational mode indicates rising concern within the US government that the crisis will unleash social upheavals.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 April 2020
As the US government finalised its bogus charges against Assange, it oversaw dirty tricks operations targeting his partner and their infant child.
By Jacob Crosse, 15 April 2020
Obama’s endorsement, following that of Bernie Sanders, is part of a concerted effort to paint the most right-wing of the Democratic candidates for president as a vehicle for “progressive” change
By Genevieve Leigh, 15 April 2020
In an interview with the New York Times, Ocasio-Cortez did not articulate a single demand as a condition for her support for the Biden campaign.
By David Walsh, 15 April 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020, has been accused by a former Senate staffer of sexually assaulting her.
By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2020
The $2 trillion bill allocates the bulk of its funds to loans and grants to corporations and businesses, with some emergency aid to workers.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The total number infected in the United States is approaching 50,000, with nearly 600 dead.
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2020
The wrangling between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is political theater to disguise the highway robbery being carried out by corporate America.
Attorney general requests suspension of habeas corpus
By Eric London, 24 March 2020
The Justice Department has asked Congress to suspend habeas corpus and due process, even as the military develops plans to deploy troops on US soil to suppress “riots” and “civil disobedience.”
By Patrick Martin, 17 March 2020
The exchanges between the candidates had been rendered largely irrelevant by consolidation of the Democratic Party behind Biden, making him the presumptive nominee.
By Dmitri Church, 17 March 2020
Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been accessing Maryland state driver’s license photos for years to catch undocumented immigrants given licenses by a special state program.
Bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee introduces bill that censors online content and attacks encryption
By Kevin Reed, 17 March 2020
Leading Democrats and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee formally introduced the EARN IT Act, which attacks First and Fourth Amendment rights under the guise of fighting online child sexual exploitation.
By Kevin Reed, 12 March 2020
Leading Democrats forced a bipartisan bill onto the House floor that approves the continued spying on US citizens in violation of fundamental democratic rights.
In blow to US campaign against WikiLeaks, proceedings against alleged CIA whistleblower end in mistrial
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 March 2020
The jury could not agree on the most serious charges against Joshua Schulte, a former CIA employee accused of leaking a trove of material exposing illegal spying and hacking operations.
By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2020
The incoming chief of staff, Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, was the leader of the ultra-right House Freedom Caucus.
By Barry Grey, 6 March 2020
Sanders began running a campaign ad Tuesday consisting entirely of former President Barack Obama speaking in glowing terms of the Vermont senator.
By Eric London, 5 March 2020
Biden’s victory shows once again it is impossible to transform the capitalist Democratic Party into a vehicle for socialist politics.
On eve of “Super Tuesday” primaries
By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2020
The Democratic Party is opposed to raising the prospect of significant social reforms in the 2020 election.
The “Russian meddling” fraud
By Patrick Martin, 3 March 2020
The congresswoman and Democratic presidential candidate attacked planted media articles claiming that Russia was backing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
By Thomas Scripps and Chris Marsden, 3 March 2020
Assange is part-way through a show trial that began last week to decide on his extradition to the US, where he faces 175 years in prison on espionage charges.
By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2020
Sanders’ opponents are warning that he may take an insurmountable lead in delegates in the 14 states voting next Tuesday.
By Shuvu Batta, 27 February 2020
Dennis Turner bragged that he had made more than 6,000 arrests and that Kaia Rolle had “broken the record” for the youngest child he had ever detained.
By Warren Duzak, 27 February 2020
Nicholas Todd Sutton, convicted and sentenced to death in 1986 for the stabbing death of a fellow prisoner, had spent his entire adult life in prison.
By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2020
The campaign against Trump’s attorney general erupted after he intervened in the prosecution of Trump crony Roger Stone to secure a lighter sentence.
SEP (US) announces speaking tour featuring presidential candidate Joseph Kishore
Socialism and the 2020 elections: the international class struggle and the strategy of world socialist revolution
Socialist Equality Party (US), 18 February 2020
The Socialist Equality Party (US) will hold meetings across the United States featuring presidential candidate Joseph Kishore and vice presidential Candidate Norissa Santa Cruz.
By Barry Grey, 18 February 2020
In Monday’s column, Diehl reassures the ruling class that a Sanders administration would not mark a break from the aggressive and militarist policy of American imperialism.
By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2020
The growing support for a self-styled “democratic socialist” has been met by anti-communist diatribes and media smears.
By Andre Damon, 15 February 2020
The new policy was announced as Trump gave a fascistic speech to border patrol agents, pledging to fight the “left.”
By Andre Damon, 14 February 2020
Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.
By Niles Niemuth, 14 February 2020
The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg’s racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.
By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 14 February 2020
The answers given by Sanders’ campaign to a foreign policy survey published this month by the Times provide a revealing picture of the attitude of the self-styled “democratic socialist” to American imperialism and war.
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 Thomas Scripps, 11 February 2020
The Dunn family’s legal spokesman, Radd Seiger, explained it is “high time that the nation can see with full transparency whether or not the government prioritised protecting the identity of the Sacoolas family over the welfare and rights of Harry’s family.”
By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2020
The effort to conceal or suppress reports of Senator Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Iowa caucuses reached a new stage Thursday with DNC Chairman Tom Perez calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvass the state.
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 Andre Damon, 7 February 2020
While Trump has emerged victorious over his factional enemies within the state, he heads a crisis-ridden government despised by broad sections of workers and young people.
By David Walsh, 7 February 2020
In the course of three days of lurid testimony describing the warped, emotionally pathological and mutually destructive relationship between Weinstein and his accuser Jessica Mann, the trial degenerated into a degrading and horrifying spectacle.
By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020
Writing in the Guardian, Sunkara claims that “we should have confidence” in the “integrity” of the vote in Iowa, arguing that the DNC will not “steal the election from Bernie Sanders.”
7 February 2020
As White House asserts unchecked presidential powers
By Barry Grey, 4 February 2020
The Democrats’ final arguments only underscored the reactionary basis of their impeachment drive.
By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2020
Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.
By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2020
The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump’s increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.
By Harvey Simpkins, 17 January 2020
According to the governor’s executive order thousands of “advocates” will be descending on the city, many armed, with the intent to engage in “violence, rioting, and insurrection.”
By Bill Van Auken, 14 January 2020
The claim by the Trump administration that its drone missile assassination was carried out in the face of an “imminent” threat stands exposed as a lie.
By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2020
The increased support for the Vermont senator is linked to mounting antiwar sentiment in the midst of the Iran crisis.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 14 January 2020
An order issued by Trump in September precludes non-governmental and non-profit organizations from resettling refugees without the consent of state and local governments.
By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next step would be taken Tuesday at a meeting of the House Democratic caucus.
By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 23 December 2019
The move makes clear that, despite the bitter foreign policy differences at the heart of the impeachment drive, the two parties of American capitalism are united on fundamental issues.
By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2019
The real threat to American democracy comes from the national-security state and the capitalist ruling elite, not from any foreign country.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2019
The documents published by the Washington Post constitute a damning indictment of both major parties as well as the media for lying to the American people for two decades.
By Clara Weiss, 10 December 2019
The escalation of warfare within the US ruling class and the intensification of the conflicts between the imperialist powers occur amid the unraveling of the strategy that US imperialism has pursued in the region since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991.
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 Patrick Martin, 6 December 2019
The House Speaker announced Thursday plans to draw up articles of impeachment for President Trump.
By Kevin Reed, 6 December 2019
The report reveals for the first time—with drawings and notes provided by CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah—details of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the US government.
By Nick Beams, 29 November 2019
Entitled the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice, making it veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.
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 Andrea Lobo, 28 November 2019
The step would set the stage for direct US military interventions in Mexico, while pressuring the Mexican government to escalate militarized repression of social opposition.
By Patrick Martin, 25 November 2019
Bloomberg has made a $37 million down-payment on what could well be a billion-dollar campaign.
Modern-day philistinism and reaction: the New York Times considers “canceling” French painter Paul Gauguin
By David Walsh, 25 November 2019
The Times published an article November 18 with a headline that posed the question, “Is It Time Gauguin Got Canceled?”
By Andre Damon, 18 November 2019
A report published Friday confirms many of the central allegations made by the World Socialist Web Site in 2017 regarding Google’s censorship of the internet.
By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2019
Obama declared his opposition to anything “revolutionary” or “crazy” being put forward by presidential candidates whom he did not name, although he was clearly referring to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2019
Edwards won despite three campaign appearances by President Trump and an all-out effort by the Republican National Committee.