Perspectives

Vote no on the Italian constitutional referendum!

By Joint statement of the Socialist Equality Party (Britain), Parti de l'égalité Socialiste (France) and Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (Germany), 3 December 2016

The referendum would give the prime minister virtually unchecked powers to impose his party's agenda, in a major step towards authoritarian forms of rule.

Mosul and imperialist “human rights”

By James Cogan, 2 December 2016

The attitude of the imperialist powers to war crimes is determined by whether they benefit from them.

President-elect Trump on flag-burning: The crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 1 December 2016

Trump’s statement on flag-burning reflects not only the authoritarian disposition of the president-elect, but the far-reaching decay of bourgeois democracy in the United States.

New York Times vents Washington’s rage over debacle in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 30 November 2016

The Times has churned out countless lying editorials and columns justifying the bloodbath instigated by US imperialism in Syria as a “human rights” crusade.

The political issues in the campaign for a recount in the US elections

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 29 November 2016

Three weeks after the US presidential election, the political crisis triggered by the initiative to recount the vote in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is escalating.

The political legacy of Fidel Castro

By Bill Van Auken, 28 November 2016

Castro’s legacy cannot be evaluated solely through the prism of Cuba, but must take into account the impact of his politics internationally and, above all, in Latin America.

Growing concerns in Europe over Trump agenda

By Nick Beams, 26 November 2016

The European Central Bank has warned of increased financial turbulence as a result of the rise in interest rates and the trade policies of a Trump administration.

Election of Donald Trump foreshadows trade war in Asia

By Peter Symonds, 25 November 2016

Trump has not only sunk the Trans Pacific Partnership but called into question the entire basis of the post-World War II order in the Asia Pacific.

Thanksgiving 2016 and the social crisis in America

By Andre Damon, 24 November 2016

For millions of American families, the Thanksgiving holiday will only underscore the economic insecurity and social misery they confront.

King Donald meets his media courtiers

By Patrick Martin, 23 November 2016

Trump gave the media executives and anchors a tongue-lashing, creating an atmosphere that one cowed participant compared to a “firing squad.”

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.

Trump’s authoritarian government of nationalism and war

By Joseph Kishore, 21 November 2016

As the Democratic Party seeks to normalize the transfer of power to Trump, the appointments of the president-elect confirm the historically unprecedented character of the incoming US administration.

Trump’s election as seen from Europe

By Alex Lantier, 19 November 2016

Well before the content of Trump’s foreign policy has come into focus, it is clear that his election marks a historic shift in world affairs, raising the specter of global conflict.

After the election of Trump: The realignment of US politics

By Patrick Martin, 18 November 2016

The Democratic Party leadership is moving very rapidly to align itself with Trump, based on a program of economic nationalism and trade war.

As anti-Trump protests spread, Democrats scramble to contain opposition

By Barry Grey, 17 November 2016

An entire generation of youth is entering into politics and being radicalized by the advent of the most right-wing government in American history.

Mass student protests against Trump election: The way forward

By The Socialist Equality Party and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality, 16 November 2016

The opposition expressed by students and young people in demonstrations across the US stands in sharp contrast to the abject capitulation of the Democratic Party to Donald Trump.

Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon: A new stage in the crisis of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 15 November 2016

Trump's rise to power signals a drastic political realignment within the American ruling class.

From “political revolution” to collaboration: Sanders and Warren pledge to work with Trump

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 14 November 2016

As Trump assembles his administration, the Democratic Party and the media seek to normalize a government of the extreme right the likes of which has never been seen in American history.

The myth of the reactionary white working class

By Eric London, 12 November 2016

The claim that the election of Trump was due to the racism of the “white working class” is a false narrative exploded by the most basic analysis of the data.

From monster to Mr. President-Elect: Democrats grovel before Trump

By Andre Damon, 11 November 2016

In rushing to support Trump, the Democrats and the media are largely remaining silent about a significant fact of the election: the president-elect lost the popular vote.

Race, class and the election of Trump

By Barry Grey, 10 November 2016

The lack of enthusiasm for Clinton was fundamentally a class response to a crony of Wall Street with a record of militarism and corruption.

Trump’s victory and the debacle of American democracy

By Joseph Kishore, 9 November 2016

Such is the level of political crisis in the United States that it has elevated an obscene charlatan and billionaire demagogue to the highest office in the land.

The nightmare election campaign staggers to its end

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 8 November 2016

The contempt felt toward the two candidates expresses a deeper alienation from the entire structure of official capitalist politics.

On the eve of the 2016 US election

By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2016

The election campaign has plumbed new depths of filth and reaction, sparking concerns in ruling circles that it has done lasting damage to the credibility of the United States, both internationally and at home.

US election campaign reveals mass alienation from two-party system

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2016

A New York Times/CBS poll found that voters, by a six-to-one margin, were disgusted by the Clinton-Trump contest.

Class struggle in US intensifies on eve of election

By Jerry White, 4 November 2016

There is growing opposition among American workers to corporate and government demands for endless rollbacks in wages, health care and pension benefits.

Build an international movement against imperialist war!

By Socialist Equality Party, 3 November 2016

The conference this Saturday in Detroit, Michigan, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” will outline a political strategy for building a socialist movement of the international working class against the danger of a Third World War.

New York Times promotes war hysteria over Estonia

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2016

The Times piece amounts to war propaganda, echoing the hysterical claims of the Baltic states that a Russian invasion is imminent and glorifying the legacy of Nazism.

The 2016 US election and the crisis of the two-party system

By Barry Grey, 1 November 2016

The bitter conflict within the political establishment following FBI Director James Comey’s intervention in the election has exposed the deep crisis of bourgeois rule in the US.

Political warfare explodes in Washington

By Patrick Martin and Barry Grey, 31 October 2016

The FBI's announcement of new “investigative steps” against Hillary Clinton has brought to the surface a raging conflict within the American state and ruling elite.

The FBI intervenes in the 2016 election

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2016

The FBI’s announcement of new “investigative steps” related to Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, made only 11 days before the election, is both extraordinary and unprecedented.

Aleppo, Mosul and “war crimes”

By Bill Van Auken, 28 October 2016

Those denouncing Russia for “war crimes” in Aleppo have carried out atrocities over the course of the past three quarters of a century that vastly eclipse the events in the embattled Syrian city.

Obamacare: The reality hits home

By Andre Damon, 27 October 2016

On Monday, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that premiums for health insurance plans sold under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will increase on average by 25 percent in 2017, raising health care costs of millions of working people by thousands of dollars.

US “pivot to Asia” in disarray

By Peter Symonds, 26 October 2016

Far from making a retreat, Washington’s response to its setbacks will be to escalate its diplomatic intrigues and military provocations in the Asia Pacific.

Social inequality and the fight against capitalism

By Nick Beams, 25 October 2016

Facts and figures featured in the analysis conducted by French political economist Thomas Piketty underscore that there is no possibility of combating ever-growing social inequality other than by means of socialist revolution.

The 2016 elections and the dead-end of “lesser evil” politics

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2016

Republican Donald Trump is a billionaire demagogue seeking to lay the basis for a fascistic movement; Hillary Clinton is the representative of Wall Street and the military-intelligence apparatus.

What is behind the anti-Russia campaign in the US?

By Andre Damon, 22 October 2016

A major theme of the 2016 US presidential campaign has been the campaign to depict Russia as intent on manipulating the election through cyber warfare.

The 2016 elections: American democracy in shambles

By Joseph Kishore, 21 October 2016

In condemning statements by Trump that he might not accept the results of the elections, the media and political establishment are rushing to defend a political system that is deeply corrupt and undemocratic.

The siege of Mosul and the crimes of US imperialism

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2016

The offensive against Mosul is the latest in a series of US war crimes that have killed, maimed and displaced millions across the Middle East.

Washington moves to silence WikiLeaks

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2016

The US political establishment is prepared to use whatever measures are required to prevent a further exposure of the real social and political interests underlying the grotesque 2016 presidential contest.

Is the US election rigged?

By Barry Grey, 18 October 2016

The reactionary character of Trump’s claims that the US election is “rigged” does not lend any credibility to the self-righteous and hypocritical response of the Democratic Party.

The US-directed assault on Mosul and imperialist hypocrisy

By James Cogan, 17 October 2016

In both Syria and Iraq, US objectives are the same: asserting its dominance over the key oil-producing region of the world.

The great diversion: Democrats focus on sex scandal as conflict with Russia escalates

By Andre Damon, 15 October 2016

Behind the scandal-mongering that dominates the presidential election campaign, the United States is weighing a major military escalation against Syria and Russia.

US launches missile strikes against Yemen

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2016

Without any debate, the American people are being dragged into an ever-widening war with catastrophic consequences.

Haiti’s hurricane devastation: A tragedy rooted in capitalist oppression

By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2016

Nearly seven years after the catastrophic earthquake of 2010, Hurricane Matthew has again exposed the historic oppression of the Haitian masses.

The November 5 conference, “Socialism vs. Capitalism and War,” and the building of a new movement against imperialist war

By Eric London and Joseph Kishore, 12 October 2016

Despite the extreme dangers facing the population of the entire world, outside of the International Committee of the Fourth International, there is no organized movement against imperialist war.

Billionaires back Black Lives Matter

By Gabriel Black, 11 October 2016

The $100 million allocated by the Ford Foundation is an acknowledgment by a powerful section of the ruling class that the aims of the Black Lives Matter movement are aligned with its interests.

The Trump scandal and the US gutter election

By Patrick Martin, 10 October 2016

The generally degraded state of American politics entered a new low this weekend following the release of video showing Republican candidate Donald Trump boasting of his ability to use his position of wealth and celebrity to assault women.

One month to the US presidential election—what lies ahead

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2016

The next president will oversee a deepening global crisis of capitalism, mounting attacks on jobs, living standards and social services at home, and the escalation of military conflicts in the Middle East and against Russia and China.

Fifteen years of the war in Afghanistan

By James Cogan, 7 October 2016

The US has been the central instigator of the Afghan tragedy for a period that now spans 38 years, with a toll in dead and wounded that numbers well over a million people.

Beating the drums for war with Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 6 October 2016

The New York Times and other major media are weighing in on the side of escalating the US intervention in Syria and militarily confronting Russia.

Sanders’ campaign for Clinton: A “political revolution” in defense of the status quo

By Joseph Kishore, 5 October 2016

Sanders’ bid to drum up support for Clinton in a series of campaign appearances this week is based on sophistries and lies.

Trump’s taxes: Capitalist corruption and class privilege

By Patrick Martin, 4 October 2016

The tax dodges that Trump employed provide a glimpse of the real nature of the “free market” system, in which working people are systematically exploited to boost the wealth of the super-rich.

The “major and deadly” wars to come

By Andre Damon, 3 October 2016

A report by a leading geopolitical strategy think tank makes clear that the US military is engaged in intensive planning for wars involving massive casualties.

Deutsche Bank and the global financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 1 October 2016

The contradiction between booming financial markets and intractable slump in the underlying economy is assuming an ever more explosive form.

New York Times brands Russia an “outlaw state”

By Bill Van Auken, 30 September 2016

The Times’ hysterical rhetoric reflects a debate within ruling circles over whether to launch a major escalation of war before or after the US election.

Corbyn’s capitulation to the right wing and the lessons of the UK Labour leadership contest

By Chris Marsden, 29 September 2016

Corbyn’s defence of the Labour Party’s grip on the working class and his continued opposition to any struggle against the right wing is a vindication of the political stand taken by the Socialist Equality Party.

The US presidential debate and the war plans of the ruling class

By Patrick Martin, 28 September 2016

Clinton used the debate to continue the war-mongering diatribes against Russia that have dominated her campaign, along with her attacks on Trump as a stooge of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Syria and the pro-imperialist pseudo-left

By Alex Lantier, 27 September 2016

The response of leading spokesmen of state capitalist and Pabloite tendencies reflect the increasingly open pro-war policies of substantial sections of the international pseudo-left.

On the eve of the US election debate: The politics of the grotesque

By Patrick Martin, 26 September 2016

The first debate of the presidential election campaign takes place under conditions of growing crisis, both at home and abroad.

Police violence and the social crisis in America

By Joseph Kishore, 24 September 2016

Both the killing of Keith Scott and the protests that have erupted in Charlotte, North Carolina starkly expose the deep social tensions and class divisions in America.

The New York bombings: Feeding the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2016

As with virtually every other terrorist act on American soil since 9/11, the latest bombings were carried out by someone known to US intelligence agencies.

The police murder in Charlotte, North Carolina

By Patrick Martin, 22 September 2016

The police killing and eruption of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina are expressions of seething social tensions and the class divide in America.

UN General Assembly convenes amid global military escalation

By Andre Damon, 21 September 2016

US President Barack Obama delivered remarks at the UN assembly on Tuesday against the backdrop of escalating conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia.

New York Times peddles alibi for US bombing in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 20 September 2016

Acting as a propaganda outlet of the US government, the Times parrots Washington’s claims that the air strikes that killed scores of Syrian troops were merely an unfortunate accident.

The threat of world war: The great unmentionable in the 2016 campaign

By Patrick Martin, 19 September 2016

Neither Clinton nor Trump is discussing the increasing likelihood of a US war with Russia or China, although the Pentagon is making active preparations.

The international significance of the Berlin election

By Peter Schwarz, 17 September 2016

Amid the widespread discrediting of the established political parties, the German ruling class is contemplating the formation of a “Red-Red-Green” government to suppress opposition to militarism and austerity.

Clinton’s fall in the polls and the crisis of the Democratic Party

By Patrick Martin, 16 September 2016

Clinton holds only a narrowing lead over Trump because the Democratic Party is incapable of making a genuine appeal to working people and youth facing unemployment, poverty and low wages.

Socialism vs. Capitalism and War

The SEP and IYSSE schedule November 5 antiwar conference in Detroit

By The Socialist Equality Party, 15 September 2016

The purpose of the conference in Detroit is to politically mobilize workers and young people against the war policies of US and world imperialism, which threaten to escalate into a nuclear Third World War.

The witch-hunt against Chinese influence in Australia

By Peter Symonds, 14 September 2016

The campaign against politicians, commentators and businessmen not fully supportive of the US “pivot” against China is a warning of the advanced character of war preparations in Asia.

Hunger and the social catastrophe facing America’s youth

By Kate Randall, 13 September 2016

As two new reports document the shocking consequences of food insecurity, the social disaster in America is being ignored in the elections and the contest between Clinton and Trump.

Fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks

By The WSWS editorial board, 12 September 2016

The attacks of September 11, 2001 provided a pretext for a vast escalation of global military operations that threaten a Third World War.

Media misinformation and the US election’s war agenda

By Bill Van Auken, 10 September 2016

The arrest of two young men in North Carolina for hacking into the accounts of top officials and government agencies casts a stark light on the media’s anti-Russia campaign.

Two months until the US elections: The political issues facing the working class

By Joseph Kishore, 9 September 2016

Whether it is Democrat Hillary Clinton or Republican Donald Trump who occupies the White House, the next administration will be one of war, austerity, repression and violence.

Clinton and Trump bow to the military

By Patrick Martin, 8 September 2016

The unstated premise of Wednesday night’s forum before a veteran’s group in New York City was that the military should have veto power in the selection of the next US “commander-in-chief.”

White House to maintain nuclear “first strike” policy

By Andre Damon, 7 September 2016

The US is reportedly keeping its “first strike” policy amid relentless threats against Russia and China and an election campaign aimed at preparing for war.

Obama and the US secret war in Laos

By Peter Symonds, 6 September 2016

Obama is the first US president since the Vietnam War to visit Laos, the scene of one of US imperialism’s bloodiest crimes, even as his administration is preparing new wars on a far greater scale.

The most unpopular candidates in American history

By Patrick Martin, 5 September 2016

The contest between the militaristic Clinton and the fascistic Trump has alienated tens of millions from the corporate-controlled two-party system.

The ouster of Brazil’s Workers Party government

By Bill Van Auken, 3 September 2016

The downfall of the PT marks the end of a political era, posing sharply the need for a new revolutionary leadership in the Brazilian working class.

Clinton’s “American exceptionalism” speech: A bipartisan policy of militarism and war

By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate’s speech to the American Legion was an attack on Trump from the right, pledging to be more ambitious and decisive in the use of American military power.

Eighty years since the first Moscow Trial

By Fred Williams, 1 September 2016

In carrying out these trials, Joseph Stalin was launching an assault on the legacy and the leaders of the first successful socialist revolution.

EpiPen price gouging: Capitalism and the US health care crisis

By Kate Randall, 31 August 2016

The EpiPen scandal has become a focal point of anger over the subordination of health care to huge corporations driven by an insatiable quest for profit.

The socioeconomic basis of identity politics: Inequality and the rise of an African American elite

By David Walsh, 30 August 2016

A sharp polarization has emerged among African Americans over the past four decades. The privileged layer that has been produced forms an important basis for racialist politics.

Nothing revolutionary about Sanders’ “Our Revolution”

By Patrick Martin, 29 August 2016

The rollout of the new organization founded by Sanders and his campaign makes crystal clear that its purpose is to direct young people and workers into the blind alley of the Democratic Party.

“Godfather” Biden visits Turkey

By Andre Damon, 27 August 2016

One month after the failed coup, the vice president met with Erdogan.

Air of crisis overhangs central bankers’ meeting

By Nick Beams, 26 August 2016

The central bankers and financial authorities gathered at Jackson Hole have no economic answer to the crisis of the profit system over which they preside.

Stop the German government’s preparations for war!

By Socialist Equality Party of Germany, 25 August 2016

The “Civil Defence Concept” presented by German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday proposes a range of measures to prepare the population for war.

Biden’s blank check to the Baltic states: US will wage war on Russia in your defense

By Andre Damon, 24 August 2016

Vice President Biden said Washington’s commitment to militarily defend the tiny states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia was a matter of America’s “sacred honor.”

Twenty years since Clinton’s welfare “reform”

By Jerry White, 23 August 2016

The Clintons’ welfare bill marked the complete abandonment by the Democratic Party of the policy of liberal reform associated with Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s and Johnson’s War on Poverty in the mid-1960s.

Media, Democrats cover up Trump’s fascistic politics

By Patrick Martin, 22 August 2016

Last week’s reshuffle has put the Trump campaign under the leadership of an ultra-right publisher linked to “white nationalist” and other fascistic tendencies.

The ruling class and the spectre of Leon Trotsky

By Chris Marsden, 20 August 2016

Seventy-six years after his assassination at the hands of a Stalinist agent, Trotsky remains not only a towering historical personality, but also a figure of acute contemporary political relevance.

“Human rights” propaganda campaign paves way for military escalation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 19 August 2016

The saturation of the airwaves and the press with images of a five-year-old child in Aleppo should be taken as a warning that Washington is preparing public opinion for a major military escalation.

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 Louisiana flooding—a failure of American capitalism

By Patrick Martin, 17 August 2016

Eleven years after Hurricane Katrina, the social infrastructure and the US political system are no more prepared for a natural disaster.

The social roots of unrest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

By Niles Niemuth, 16 August 2016

The growth of poverty and inequality, the eruption of social anger and the build-up of the police forces are interrelated components of the same class dynamic.

The real issues in the 2016 US elections

By Patrick Martin, 15 August 2016

Regardless of who wins in November, the ruling class is preparing a vast expansion of militarist violence and an intensification of the assault on the social and political rights of the working class.

The provocation in Crimea and the threat of world war

By Bill Van Auken, 13 August 2016

The terrorist attack in Crimea and ratcheting up of the war threat in Eastern Europe have exposed the real purpose of the anti-Putin hysteria in both the US election campaign and the Rio Olympics.

The Justice Department’s whitewash of police violence in Baltimore, Maryland

By Niles Niemuth, 12 August 2016

The DOJ report on Baltimore is another in a series of investigations that will do nothing to stop the violence meted out by police on a daily basis.

The slump in US productivity: Another symptom of capitalist crisis

By Andre Damon, 11 August 2016

Behind the continuing slump in productivity and business investment is an immense growth of financial speculation.

The battle for Aleppo and the hypocrisy of US war propaganda

By Bill Van Auken, 10 August 2016

Fifteen years after launching a “global war on terror” in the name of wiping out Al Qaeda, Washington is arming and funding its associates in Syria to counter Russia.