The Social Crisis in America
By Henry Seward, 25 January 2017
The 2016 best-selling memoir by a lawyer at a Silicon Valley investment firm is a rehash of reactionary attacks on the working class in Appalachia and the Midwest.
By Christopher Tiberio, 20 January 2017
With an explosion of the city’s homeless population, the NYPD has taken control of security in the shelters as a way to monitor and terrorize their temporary residents.
By Shelley Connor, 16 January 2017
While the media glowingly reviews Obama’s legacy over the last eight years, sobering reports point to significant declines in living standards among young people.
By Shelley Connor, 13 January 2017
Firefighters arrived at the scene quickly, but the three-storey, 107-year-old home was already completely engulfed in flames.
By James Brewer, 13 January 2017
An overflow crowd of anxious and angry residents wasn’t buying the rosy scenario presented by officials on the Flint water crisis.
By Shelley Connor, 9 January 2017
For years, the Pentagon has maintained that child abuse is less common and less severe in military homes than it is among the civilian population.
By Naomi Spencer, 29 December 2016
Social services and foster care programs across the US are overwhelmed by the influx of children from families shattered by the opioid epidemic.
By Eric London, 28 December 2016
There were scenes of panic across the US on Monday as thousands of shoppers, fearing mass shootings, fled shopping malls, revealing an acute level of social tensions as 2016 comes to a close.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 December 2016
The increase coincides with the deepening of poverty and an explosion of painkiller and heroin use in the United States.
By Andre Damon, 20 December 2016
A new study by economists Thomas Piketty, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman gives the most complete picture to date of social inequality in America.
By Shannon Jones, 20 December 2016
A review reluctantly and belatedly conducted by the state shows that 93 percent of claims flagged for fraud between 2013 and 2015 were in fact legitimate.
By Kate Randall, 19 December 2016
CDC research shows that heroin overdose deaths in the US have reached epidemic proportions, surpassing 30,000 in one year for the first time in recent history.
By our reporters, 19 December 2016
Reporting teams from the WSWS spoke to those escaping from deadly cold temperatures at warming centers in Detroit and Chicago.
By Kevin Martinez, 13 December 2016
The legislation, which will raise the retirement age and cut benefits, exposes Donald Trump’s fraudulent campaign promise not to touch the government program for the elderly and disabled.
By our reporters, 13 December 2016
WSWS reporters spoke with workers who came to see the site of the fire that killed 36.
By Naomi Spencer, 13 December 2016
It is the latest in a series of devastating attacks on benefits for one of the lowest-paid public sector workforces in the country.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 December 2016
It is the social catastrophe, rooted in the decline of American capitalism, that underlies the political crisis of both big-business parties and will lead to immense social convulsions.
By Genevieve Leigh, 12 December 2016
The year 2015 marks the first in recent history in which more people died from heroin-related causes than from gun homicides.
By Gabriel Black, 12 December 2016
The average top percentile income earner makes double in a year what an average worker in the bottom half of society makes working their entire life.
By Steve Light, 10 December 2016
Lack of affordable housing and overcrowding of the homeless shelter system results in tragedies, the most recent being the death of two young sisters by radiator steam burns.
By Jerry White, 9 December 2016
The decline is a product of decades of deindustrialization and social retrogression, and is a devastating verdict on the eight years of the Obama administration.
By Kate Randall, 7 December 2016
At the root of the tragedy lies the dysfunctional character of American capitalism, including a housing crisis born of poverty, social inequality and years of neglect by government authorities.
By Shelley Connor, 3 December 2016
The fatalities caused by wildfires in Sevier County, Tennessee are expected to rise as search efforts continue.
By Philip Guelpa, 3 December 2016
The spike in the rate of home foreclosures reflects the combination of growing income inequality and rampant real estate speculation.
By Brad Dixon, 29 November 2016
The pharmaceutical industry, which has contributed to the opioid epidemic, is now hiking the price of naloxone, the treatment for opioid overdoses.
By Kate Randall, 26 November 2016
The attack on Medicare will be a centerpiece of the drive by the Trump administration to destroy all that remains of the social reforms of the past century.
By Marc Wells, 26 November 2016
An examination of social conditions in Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, reveals the intense hardship facing wide layers of the population.
“There are a lot of struggling people in the Detroit Metro area”
By Shannon Jones, 25 November 2016
As we enter the holiday season, residents of Detroit and surrounding suburbs face continued high levels of unemployment, food insecurity and homelessness.
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.
By Debra Watson, 23 November 2016
Following the rejection of a lawsuit on a moratorium, thousands of Wayne County, Michigan residents may soon face eviction as officials seize properties for back taxes.
By Gabriel Black, 22 November 2016
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s annual report points to the growing danger of a general collapse in the US pension system.
By John Marion, 22 November 2016
While raising fares and privatizing jobs since the 2015 snowstorm crisis, the Baker administration has not provided adequate resources to assure basic safety for subway riders.
By Carlos Delgado, 21 November 2016
The shutoff notices come as the state challenges a federal order to begin door-to-door water delivery.
By Kate Randall, 19 November 2016
One in seven people in the US will become addicted to drugs or alcohol in their lifetimes, but only 10 percent of them will ever receive any treatment.
By Tom Eley, 5 November 2016
A report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that American children from 10 through 14 are now more likely to die from suicide than from car accidents.
By Brad Dixon, 1 November 2016
Recently unsealed court records shed light on the measures taken by Purdue Pharma to defeat efforts by state officials in West Virginia to limit the sale of OxyContin.
By Kate Randall, 31 October 2016
The columnist downplays the impact of skyrocketing premiums, deductibles and co-pays to tout the pro-corporate health care “reform” as a brilliant success.
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.
By Fred Mazelis, 20 October 2016
A 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment in monthly checks will be completely eaten up by increased Medicare premiums.
By Philip Guelpa, 17 October 2016
Chronically poor maintenance by the private landlord, facilitated by the city, creates dangerous and deadly conditions for working class tenants.
By Carlos Delgado and James Brewer, 6 October 2016
October 1 marked the anniversary of the first acknowledgement by the governor of Michigan of the Flint water crisis, which poisoned an entire city.
By Nancy Hanover, 1 October 2016
On Wednesday Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette ruled that dozens of “failing” public schools in Detroit could face closure at the end of the school year.
By James Brewer, 1 October 2016
The unserious efforts being made in replacing lead service lines in Flint are further discredited by the revelation that even more homes have them.
By Samuel Davidson and James Brewer, 29 September 2016
Belated lead-in-water testing by Pittsburgh authorities showed dangerously high levels of lead in 43 percent of homes.
By Kevin Martinez, 24 September 2016
After a breakdown of a plant that had not been maintained for decades, authorities are trading blame for the failure to maintain the island’s outdated infrastructure.
By James Brewer, 22 September 2016
Six months ago, unbeknown to the public, a resolution from the governor’s office was passed, effectively preventing the city from suing the state over the water crisis.
By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2016
The Obama administration and the Democratic Party have seized on the latest Census Bureau report as support for their bogus claims of a genuine economic recovery.
By Kate Randall, 14 September 2016
Median household income is still 1.6 percent lower than the previous peak of $57,423 in 2007, before the economy sank into recession.
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.
By Debra Watson, 13 September 2016
During the Great Depression of the 1930’s evictions in major American cities like Milwaukee were a fraction of what they are today. Meanwhile, in the US, post-2008 rental housing market rates continue to rise as working class incomes stagnate and even fall.
By Julio Patron and David Brown, 12 September 2016
The spread of Zika in Puerto Rico and the mainland United States is driven by poverty and will impact the area for years to come.
By James Brewer, 10 September 2016
The mayor of Milwaukee has declared that all residents in older homes should use certified filters to remove lead from their drinking water.
Notes on the housing crisis
By Philip Guelpa, 10 September 2016
Extreme economic inequality in New York City is creating conditions that are unlivable for much of the city’s population.
By Nick Barrickman, 8 September 2016
The closure of the for-profit school’s 130 US-based campuses came after an investigation questioned the institution’s organizational integrity, financial viability and academic standards.
By Janel Flechsig, 5 September 2016
Hundreds of members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have been peacefully protesting the construction of an oil pipeline that traverses burial grounds they regard as sacred.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 September 2016
Overdoses, alcoholism and suicide are leading causes of death for young and middle-aged workers nationwide. Appalachia and the “rustbelt” of the Midwest are among the worst hit regions.
By Matthew MacEgan and Kristina Betinis, 3 September 2016
Early Friday morning, a category 1 hurricane named Hermine made landfall in northwestern Florida, marking the first time in 11 years that the state has had such a storm.
By Fred Mazelis, 1 September 2016
A major cause of the deepening homeless crisis is the lack of decent-paying jobs, combined with the even more dramatic decline of affordable housing.
By James Brewer, 1 September 2016
A report submitted as evidence that the Flint water crisis was the result of racism is aimed at concealing the class issues and diverting popular outrage into establishment channels.
By Mike Ingram, 31 August 2016
The Millennium Tower in Boston's downtown provides a playground in the sky for the wealthy, overlooking an increasingly polarized city.
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.
By Jessica Goldstein, 26 August 2016
The disturbing findings of the Indiana study point to the impact of the economic crisis on working people.
By Shannon Jones, 25 August 2016
Water shutoffs affecting 150 customers per day have proceeded without letup during the summer months.
As federal emergency funding ends:
By Carlos Delgado, 25 August 2016
Two residents recount their personal experiences in Flint and express their outrage at the system.
By David Brown, 24 August 2016
In perfunctory remarks in Louisiana, Obama told victims to look to private charities and volunteers.
“I don’t expect the government to do a damn thing”
By Aaron Asa and Tom Hall, 24 August 2016
WSWS reporters traveled to Livingston Parish, Louisiana and spoke to flood victims who are stranded at an emergency shelter after historic floods destroyed more than 40,000 homes.
By Shelley Connor, 24 August 2016
The embrace of “ending welfare as we know it” marked a fundamental shift to the right in the Democratic Party and capitalist politics as a whole.
By Philip Guelpa, 23 August 2016
The rising price of homes coupled with stagnant or declining wages in the wealthiest city in the country means that only those with the highest incomes can afford to own their homes.
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.
By Tom Hall, 20 August 2016
The federal government has promised only paltry sums to compensate flood victims, while Obama has delayed any visit until after his lavish vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
By Naomi Spencer, 18 August 2016
Emergency responders revived 26 people Monday afternoon after an adulterated batch of heroin hit Huntington, West Virginia.
By Fred Mazelis, 18 August 2016
Muslims and others alarmed over growing scapegoating of immigrants see the murders as a threat to their own safety.
By a WSWS reporting team, 18 August 2016
WSWS reporters uncovered landlord neglect at a government-subsidized retirement building in Southwest Detroit.
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.
By Clement Daly and Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016
After twice rejecting directives from the West Virginia Board of Education to slash its budget, the Boone County school board voted to cut salaries for educators.
“If something doesn’t happen, Boone County will cease to exist”
By Naomi Spencer, 17 August 2016
A mother of public schoolchildren in Boone County, West Virginia spoke to the WSWS about the impact of budget cuts and the collapse of the coal industry in the region.
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.
By Brad Dixon, 13 August 2016
Officials believe the explosion was caused by a gas leak.
By Gabriel Black, 3 August 2016
Declining household income and rising rent prices are preventing workers and young people from owning homes.
By Nick Barrickman, 3 August 2016
The storm is being called a “1-in-a-1,000-year rain event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
By Genevieve Leigh, 25 July 2016
The Democratic National Convention opens Monday in Philadelphia, a city where the Democrat's preside over extreme poverty, massive inequality and a dilapidated education system.
By Shelley Connor, 25 July 2016
The ruling, which passed 4-3, struck down an executive order that would have reinstated the voting rights of Virginians who had completed sentences for felonies.
By Carlos Delgado, 23 July 2016
The appointment of BP’s former spokesperson as Michigan’s new environmental director highlights the official cover-up in the Flint water crisis.
Notes on police violence in America
By Isaac Finn, 22 July 2016
Charles Kinsey, the caregiver to an autistic man, was shot as he attempted to calm his patient and explain the situation to officers.
By Marc Wells, 22 July 2016
Home to 131 billionaires, making it the third in the world for number of billionaires, California is also the US state with the highest poverty rate.
By Kate Randall, 20 July 2016
The largest US health insurer has indicated it is drastically scaling back its Affordable Health Care public exchange offerings despite a 13 percent rise in second-quarter profits.
By Kristina Betinis, 18 July 2016
Land of Lincoln Health insurance co-op is set to close after posting more than $1 billion in losses over the last year.
By Steve Filips, 13 July 2016
The housing situation for the working class in Syracuse belies the claims of economic recovery by the Obama administration.
By Nancy Hanover, 11 July 2016
Government policy—of both Democrats and Republicans—is to jettison the funding of public education while transferring vast sums to militarize the police and build prisons.
By Philip Guelpa, 11 July 2016
The de Blasio administration is moving forward with its NextGen program, which will lease open space within public housing complexes to private developers.
By Naomi Spencer, 5 July 2016
Federal and state agencies ignored warnings about inadequate flood protections, home-building standards and the impact of logging and mining.
By Eric London, 4 July 2016
The architects of war are seeking to blame the working class for a veteran suicide crisis caused by the sadistic character of the wars themselves.
By Kate Randall, 18 June 2016
Premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are set to rise in 2017, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF).
By Nancy Hanover, 18 June 2016
The Michigan legislature uses debt crisis as the pretext to dissolve the district and rewrite the rules governing education in the nation’s largest poor city.
Worst-ever US mass shooting
By Bill Van Auken, 13 June 2016
The Democratic and Republican presumptive presidential candidates both issued statements making clear that the massacre will be exploited to promote war abroad and intensified state repression at home.
In the shadow of the Republican National Convention
By Leah Jeresova, 13 June 2016
While millions are being spent for the Republican convention in Cleveland, nothing is being done to improve the lives of the devastated working class suburb of East Cleveland.
By Tom Hall, 10 June 2016
Prosecutors refused to reopen Davontae Sanford’s case even after the real killer stepped forward only weeks after Sanford’s 2008 conviction.
By James Brewer, 10 June 2016
Figures released Monday by state health authorities show that the lead poisoning in Flint is just the tip of the iceberg.
By Jessica Goldstein, 7 June 2016
An 11-month budget impasse and funding cuts threaten basic mental health provision in Illinois.
By Genevieve Leigh, 6 June 2016
As many as 33 major US cities were found to have engaged in deceptive water testing procedures to hide high lead levels in drinking water, according to a Guardian investigation.