Perspectives

May Day 2016 and the future of socialism

By Joseph Kishore, 4 May 2016

The global response to the International May Day Online Rally reflects the growing political influence of the ICFI and anticipates a much broader turn of workers throughout the world to genuine socialist politics.

The 9/11 cover-up continues

By Andre Damon, 3 May 2016

Over the weekend, CIA Director John Brennan denied allegations of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the September 11 terror attacks and demanded that documents pointing to its complicity remain hidden from the American people.

Oppose the witch-hunt of Ken Livingstone!

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 2 May 2016

Ken Livingstone, accused of anti-Semitism, is the target of a smear campaign aimed at discrediting all criticism of Israel and shifting the Labour Party still further to the right.

The demise of Sanders’ “political revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 30 April 2016

Sanders’ entire campaign has been dedicated to preventing the rising tide of popular opposition in the United States from breaking out of the straitjacket of the Democratic Party.

Obama touts an economic "legacy" of inequality and poverty

By Andre Damon, 29 April 2016

In summing up the domestic policies pursued under his administration, Obama declared that his greatest failure was not convincing the American people that the economy is in excellent shape.

Trump’s “America First” speech and the US war election

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2016

The leading contenders in both parties, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, are committed to a vast military escalation following the November election.

Far-right victory in Austrian presidential elections: A warning

By Peter Schwarz, 27 April 2016

The responsibility for the rise of the far-right lies with the main establishment parties, as well as the trade unions and pseudo-left groups who cover their backs.

Obama’s war summit in Europe

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2016

Nearly eight years after he addressed 200,000 in Berlin, promising “hope” and “change,” Obama presided over a summit with the European powers on the expansion of war in the Middle East and new provocations against Russia.

Oppose imperialist war! Join the International May Day Online Rally!

By Joe Kishore and David North, 25 April 2016

This coming Sunday, May 1, at 1:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time, the International Committee of the Fourth International will celebrate May Day with an online rally.

War, the Democratic Party and the 2016 elections

By Joseph Kishore, 23 April 2016

A sympathetic article appearing in the New York Times on Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton’s war record underscores the danger of a very rapid military escalation following the 2016 US presidential election.

Socialist Equality Party announces presidential campaign

Support White and Niemuth in 2016!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 22 April 2016

SEP candidates Jerry White for president and Niles Niemuth for vice president will advance a socialist program that addresses the needs of millions of workers and youth in the United States and around the world.

Life expectancy declines for white Americans

By Patrick Martin, 21 April 2016

New figures released by the Centers for Disease Control on declining life expectancy reflect the profound social crisis that is fueling the political convulsions in the US elections.

Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean: An imperialist crime

By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2016

Thousands of deaths by drowning are accepted, if not welcomed, as collateral damage required by the campaign to keep desperate refugees out of Europe.

Brazil’s impeachment crisis and the debacle of the Workers Party

By Bill Van Auken, 19 April 2016

The vote to proceed with the impeachment of Rousseff marks the end of a political era and the opening up of a new period of intense class struggle in Latin America’s largest country.

The political significance of the campaign for an active boycott of the Brexit referendum

By Chris Marsden, 18 April 2016

The SEP urges a rejection of both the defenders of the European Union and the advocates of a British exit from the EU in the official Remain and Leave campaigns.

Where’s the socialism in the Sanders campaign?

By Patrick Martin, 16 April 2016

In Thursday’s debate in Brooklyn, as throughout his campaign, Sanders offered nothing more than minor reforms of the capitalist system.

Zika, social inequality and capitalism

By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2016

The criminal indifference of the US Congress to the spread of the Zika virus stands as an indictment of a social system that subordinates the vital needs of humanity to the accumulation of wealth by a tiny oligarchy.

The political issues in the Verizon strike

By Barry Grey, 14 April 2016

The strike by 39,000 Verizon workers against the corporate behemoth is an expression of the growing class consciousness and militancy that underlies the deepening political turmoil in the United States.

The social reality behind the US elections

By Niles Williamson, 13 April 2016

The reality of life for millions of Americans is highlighted in a new study relating life expectancy to income.

Kerry in Hiroshima

By Andre Damon, 12 April 2016

Amid well-advanced preparations for a “Second Pacific War,” US Secretary of State John Kerry refused to apologize for America’s use of nuclear weapons in the Second World War during a visit to the city of Hiroshima.

Panama Papers destabilise Cameron government in UK

By Chris Marsden, 11 April 2016

Britain stands at the epicentre of an international web of corruption serving the interests of a financial oligarchy that rules the entire planet.

Amid deepening slump, geopolitical and class tensions mount

By Nick Beams, 9 April 2016

The International Monetary Fund has called for enhanced global cooperation, but every tendency is heading in the opposite direction, with economic nationalism and militarism on the rise.

US provocations against China threaten world war

By Andre Damon, 8 April 2016

The United States has sharply escalated its standoff with China, leading the New York Times to conclude that a “confrontation seems increasingly likely.”

The message of Wisconsin

By Patrick Martin, 7 April 2016

The American working class is moving sharply to the left, destabilizing the corporate-controlled two-party system and setting the stage for the eruption of major social struggles.

Imperialism, political corruption and the real face of capitalism

By Andre Damon, 6 April 2016

The publication of the “Panama Papers” has exposed the criminality that pervades the financial elite and its political representatives.

Greece’s Syriza: Full partner in historic crime against refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2016

The police-state measures and summary deportations employed by the Syriza government against refugees are of a piece with its relentless attacks on the Greek working class.

The working class in France mobilizes against austerity

By Alex Lantier, 4 April 2016

The attempt to promote hysteria over terrorism to suppress popular opposition is failing in the face of a growing radicalization of workers and youth.

The social crisis and the US elections

By Barry Grey, 2 April 2016

Behind the phony economic “recovery,” the entire structure of employment in the United States is being radically altered to reduce the status of workers to that of a super-exploited casual labor force.

The drive to impeachment and the dangers facing the Brazilian working class

By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2016

The attempt to oust Rousseff and the PT over corruption is driven by the demand of Brazilian and foreign capital for an acceleration of ongoing attacks on workers’ living standards.

War: The great unmentionable in the 2016 US elections

By Joseph Kishore, 31 March 2016

While it is not a topic of significant debate among the various candidates contending for the presidential nomination, the growing international war drive, spearheaded by the United States, looms over the election campaign.

Warnings of global arms race ahead of Nuclear Security Summit

By Andre Damon, 30 March 2016

As world leaders gather for this week’s nuclear summit in Washington, leading think tanks are warning of a “new arms race” and the need to plan for “Armageddon.”

Japan’s security laws: Another milestone in the drive to world war

By Peter Symonds, 29 March 2016

The implementation of the military legislation is a major step in the revival of Japanese militarism, encouraged by Washington as part of its war preparations against China.

Clinton primary contest losses intensify Democratic Party crisis

By Joseph Kishore, 28 March 2016

Sanders’ landslide victories in Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska are a further expression of the pent-up social anger directed at the entire political establishment.

Obama’s pivot to Latin America

By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2016

Behind Obama’s empty human rights rhetoric, Washington is prepared to carry out new and bloodier crimes in Latin America in pursuit of US profit interests.

The Belgium bombing: Why the dots are not connected

By Alex Lantier and Andre Damon, 25 March 2016

The extent of state intelligence foreknowledge in the Brussels attack explodes the official narrative that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots.”

Corbyn’s six months as UK Labour leader: A record of capitulation and betrayal

By Robert Stevens, 24 March 2016

There is a stark symmetry between the treacherous and cowardly course of Corbyn’s tenure and the betrayal carried out by the Syriza government in Greece.

The terror bombings in Brussels

By Alex Lantier, 23 March 2016

This horrific attack targeted innocent people in no way responsible for the imperialist wars that have devastated the Middle East.

Obama in Cuba

By Bill Van Auken, 22 March 2016

Obama’s “human rights” masquerade is aided and abetted not only by the slavish US media, but also by the Castro government itself.

Trump and the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2016

The Democrats will run in the fall campaign as the party of the status quo, complacency and self-satisfaction, essentially conceding the economically discontented to Donald Trump.

The crimes behind the US lead water crisis

By Andre Damon, 19 March 2016

The revelation of widespread lead contamination in drinking water in the US, and the complete indifference of the government to it, have shown where the priorities of American capitalism lie.

Syrian war enters sixth year with graver dangers still ahead

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2016

The recent “cessation of hostilities” and partial withdrawal of Russian forces will not stop the escalation of US militarism in the region and beyond.

After the March 15 US primaries: The political role of the Sanders campaign

By Joseph Kishore, 17 March 2016

From the beginning, Sanders’ role has been to serve as a lightning rod for social discontent and direct it into the dead end of the Democratic Party.

What is behind the electoral success of the Alternative for Germany?

By Peter Schwarz, 16 March 2016

The Left Party created the conditions that enabled the right-wing nationalist AfD to tap into social frustration and anger and channel it in a reactionary direction.

Economic nationalism, war and the fight for international socialism

By Nick Beams, 15 March 2016

The end result of the program of economic nationalism can be seen in the experience of the 1930s, when it brought about social devastation and led to world war.

The Trump campaign: A new stage in the crisis of American democracy

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 14 March 2016

With the eruption of violence inside and outside rallies of billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, American politics has reached a turning point.

Violence, racism and the Trump campaign

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2016

Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s thuggery and racist agitation against immigrants must be taken as a warning of the emergence of a fascistic movement out of the putrefaction of the American two-party system.

The refugee crisis and the polarization of Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 11 March 2016

Large sections of the population look on the brutal conditions of refugees with horror and disgust, but the official political debate takes place within a narrow spectrum ranging from the right to the ultra-right.

Sanders’ upset win in the Michigan primary

By Patrick Martin, 10 March 2016

The glaring failure of media polling to detect the shift in class sentiment is itself a demonstration of the chasm that separates the entire political establishment from the vast majority of the population.

The arrest of former President Lula and the crisis of rule in Brazil

By Bill Van Auken, 9 March 2016

The detention and questioning of the founder of the Workers Party and former president has dramatically intensified the crisis of Brazil’s ruling party.

US moves to harness India to anti-China “pivot”

By Keith Jones, 8 March 2016

Washington is determined to make India a “frontline state” in its drive to strategically isolate, encircle and potentially wage war against China.

The Flint water crisis and the US elections

By Jerry White, 7 March 2016

The economic nationalist policies promoted by Sanders complement the anti-immigrant racism and xenophobia of Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

TVA pension cuts: A new stage in the assault on American workers

By Niles Williamson, 5 March 2016

The attack on the pensions of federal employees is a warning that no section of the working class is exempt from the social counterrevolution being carried out in the interests of the financial aristocracy.

China and Brazil: Two expressions of the deepening capitalist breakdown

By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016

As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.

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.

Imperialism intensifies pressure on Russia and China

By Andre Damon, 2 March 2016

Leading strategists of US imperialism increasingly see the fomenting of national secessionist movements as a means to destabilize and subjugate the Eurasian land mass.

The Australian Defence White Paper and the drive to war

By James Cogan, 1 March 2016

The militarist agenda spelled out in the White Paper is incompatible with the democratic and social rights of the working class.

For an active boycott of the Brexit referendum!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, British section of the International Committee of the Fourth International

29 February 2016

The Republican debate and the degradation of US politics

By Patrick Martin, 27 February 2016

Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate was a demonstration of the degraded state of American politics and the intellectual and moral decay of the American ruling elite.

Perplexity and divisions mark G-20 meeting

By Nick Beams, 26 February 2016

The G-20 meeting in Shanghai is riven by the widening divisions between the major capitalist powers as the crisis of the global economy intensifies.

Sticking point in Syria truce: Washington’s support for Al Qaeda

By Bill Van Auken, 25 February 2016

Amid bitter recriminations over the “cessation of hostilities” brokered by the US and Russia, all the lies used to promote both regime-change in Syria and the “war on terror” are disintegrating.

The assault on encryption and the drive to expand police state spying

By Joseph Kishore, 24 February 2016

With its highly public court battle over access to an encrypted phone, the Obama administration is seeking to expand spying powers and counter the popular anger that followed the revelations by Edward Snowden.

Nationalism and “Brexit”

By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2016

The first responsibility of a socialist in the referendum on “Brexit” is to reject all appeals for working people to fall in behind one or another faction of the bourgeoisie fighting over which strategy best upholds the interests of British imperialism.

War and the 2016 US elections

By Joseph Kishore, 22 February 2016

There is no discussion in the US presidential campaign of the preparations of the ruling class for an immense escalation of war following the elections in November.

Once again on Sanders and socialism

By Barry Grey, 20 February 2016

Outside of a mass struggle that directly challenges the bases of capitalist rule—private ownership of the corporations and banks and the system of wage slavery—no genuinely progressive changes can be achieved.

White House steps up drive to outlaw encryption

By Andre Damon, 19 February 2016

Tuesday’s ruling by a US judge demanding that Apple create a “backdoor” to its mobile device operating system is part of the drive to weaken, or even criminalize, encrypted communications.

Europe at the breaking point

By Alex Lantier, 17 February 2016

France's denunciations of Germany's policy of accepting Middle Eastern refugees fleeing to Europe have exposed deep divisions within the EU.

The glorification of Antonin Scalia

By Tom Carter, 16 February 2016

The sickening tributes across the official US political and media spectrum to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly on Saturday at the age of 79, are a barometer of the putrefaction of American democracy.

Inequality, class and life expectancy in America

By Barry Grey, 15 February 2016

The widening disparity in life expectancy between the poor and the rich is a stark commentary on the growth of social inequality and class polarization in the United States.

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.