The Crisis of American Democracy

The new McCarthyism and the suppression of political dissent

By Andre Damon, 29 September 2017

The increasingly hysterical anti-Russia campaign, spearheaded by the Democratic Party, is laying the political and legal basis for the criminalization of dissent in the United States.

Trump’s defense of Nazi violence: The mask comes off

By Joseph Kishore, 17 August 2017

Trump’s remarks on Tuesday defending Nazi and white supremacist violence have exposed the ugly reality of American capitalism.

America’s pro-Nazi president defends Charlottesville rampage

By Barry Grey, 16 August 2017

Trump’s press conference tirade on Tuesday was part of a calculated attempt to develop a fascistic mass movement in the United States.

FBI raid on home of former Trump campaign chairman

By Patrick Martin, 10 August 2017

The extraordinary pre-dawn raid is a signal that special counsel Robert Mueller is stepping up his pressure on the Trump administration through the Russia investigation.

As political warfare in Washington escalates

Attorney General Sessions announces crackdown on leakers, threatens reporters

By Barry Grey, 5 August 2017

Trump’s battle with the press is part of the raging factional warfare within the ruling class and the state centering on differences over imperialist foreign policy.

Trump, targeting special counsel, bashes his own Justice Department

By Barry Grey, 27 July 2017

The bizarre spectacle of a president publicly humiliating his top law enforcement official is the latest expression of a political conflict within the state that is tearing apart Trump’s own administration.

The Supreme Court and Trump’s anti-Muslim executive orders

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.

Supreme Court clears Bush officials for illegal detention of Muslims

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.

Comey’s Senate testimony: A political circus in Washington

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.

Democrats appeal to military in campaign against Trump

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.

As the media hails Lt. General McMaster, the military strengthens its grip on the government

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.

Trump administration adopts ruthless new immigration protocol

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.

Appointment of “Warrior-Scholar” McMaster signals intensification of anti-Russia confrontation

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

Trump appeals to the military against the press and the courts

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.

Trump video outlines trade war and anti-immigrant measures

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.

Popular vote margin against Trump hits 1.7 million

By Patrick Martin, 22 November 2016

Trump lost the popular vote more decisively than any previous winner of the Electoral College vote.

Report reveals vast scale of US “secret law”

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.

Armed protesters threaten former Stanford student Brock Turner with violence

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.

The 2016 elections and the crisis of American democracy

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.

The social roots of the mass shooting in Orlando

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?

What political conclusions must be drawn from Trump’s Super Tuesday?

By David North, 3 March 2016

The emergence of Trump marks a new and dangerous stage in the crisis of American democracy.

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.

Pope arrives in US amid heaviest security ever

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.

Chelsea Manning found guilty of violating prison rules

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

St. Louis police kill 18-year-old, send SWAT teams against demonstrators

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.

US police expanding use of potentially warrantless cellphone trackers

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.

The cover-up of torture in America’s prisons

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.

AT&T collaboration with the NSA reveals US corporate-intelligence nexus

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.

Police murder and class rule in America

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.

US psychologists’ convention bans participation in torture

By Tom Carter, 10 August 2015

The American Psychological Association overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Friday banning participation in national security interrogations.

American Psychological Association played critical role in CIA torture program

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.

Obama’s drone warfare: Assassination made routine

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.

Capital punishment and the brutality of class rule in America

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.

Brutal torture detailed in Senate report on CIA interrogation

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.

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

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?

NSA chief calls for more “permeable” barrier between state and tech corporations

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.

Second St. Louis area police shooting highlights unrestrained police violence in the US

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.

Police, media smear victim of Missouri police shooting

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.

Federal government programs in the US have turned police into military force

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”

Protesters denounce police killing of Michael Brown

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.

The Detroit model: Permanent rule by the banks

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.

More attacks on right to vote in US states

By Ed Hightower, 10 April 2014

Nineteen states have either enacted or taken steps towards measures limiting the right to vote.

California State Senate suspends three Democratic lawmakers under indictment

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.

US Justice Department protocols include sweeping attacks on press freedom

By Eric London, 4 March 2014

New protocols published by the Obama administration standardize widespread First Amendment violations.

Former State Department employee pleads guilty to information leak

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.

Two Brooklyn men freed after 21 years in prison for wrongful murder conviction

By Kate Randall, 11 February 2014

A record 87 exonerations were recorded in the United States in 2013.

Obama’s white paper on NSA spying

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.

Former classmates of Boston Marathon bombing suspect indicted by federal officials

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.

FBI using hacker techniques to spy on Americans

By Thomas Gaist, 5 August 2013

The FBI has been building teams of hackers and arming them with cyber-weapons.

Google searches bring visit by joint terrorism task force in Long Island

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.

The Boston lockdown and the Bill of Rights

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.