Inequality and the social crisis
Retail and service industry workers demand safety measures, store closures and full compensation during coronavirus pandemic
By Trévon Austin, 23 March 2020
Retail and service workers, particularly in grocery stores and coffee shops, are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 as they interact with hundreds of customers on a daily basis.
By Steve James, 23 March 2020
World productive capacity of medical ventilators is far below peak requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.
By Patrick Kelly, 23 March 2020
The chaotic situation reflects the wider disarray and criminal neglect in the ruling elite’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 23 March 2020
The ruling class is seeking to exploit this crisis to engineer another multitrillion-dollar redistribution of wealth, on a scale even greater than the 2008 bank bailout.
By Kevin Reed, 21 March 2020
The claims of the Democratic Party’s mayor of Detroit and Michigan state governor that they would restore shut-off utilities have been exposed as a fraud.
Massive social disaster looms as worldwide job losses from coronavirus pandemic expected to reach 25 million
By Jerry White, 20 March 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is now metastasizing into an immense economic and social crisis.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 March 2020
There are mounting fears among health care workers that they are running unacceptable risks because of the lack of equipment.
By Mike Head, 19 March 2020
Letters, signed by thousands of doctors, warn that a catastrophe “worse” than Italy’s can only be averted by a lockdown and the urgent pouring of resources into hospitals.
By Oscar Grenfell, 18 March 2020
Millions of workers, especially those employed on a casual basis, face financial ruin amid the collapse of the airline, hospitality and tourism sectors.
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 Mike Head, 17 March 2020
Many of these people will die as a direct result of the failure of the governments, both federal and state, to take the urgently needed action and allocate the necessary medical resources.
By Mike Head, 17 March 2020
These laws contain powers only previously used in wartime, such as arbitrarily detaining, imprisoning or imposing massive fines on people, to be imposed now in the name of protecting public health.
By Naomi Spencer, 17 March 2020
The state has, by many metrics, the unhealthiest and poorest adult population in the US, putting a majority in higher risk categories for COVID-19.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 March 2020
Regulators in just six US states—Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois and Massachusetts—have ordered casinos shut down in a criminally belated attempt to halt the spread of COVID-19.
By Terry Cook, 17 March 2020
The coronial report demonstrated that the four tragic deaths in 2016 were the result of the subordination of customers’ safety to the pursuit of profit.
By Sam Dalton, 16 March 2020
Public schools in the largest school district in the United States remained opened until this week, despite objections from parents, students and educators.
Amid growing coronavirus pandemic
Student organized investigation finds that Pomona College in California has denied 70 percent of housing requests
By Owen Mullan and Genevieve Leigh, 16 March 2020
“I’m being evicted from Pomona college. I’ve been homeless since I was 16. I come from an extremely abusive home without access to heat, hot water or food” one student, who spoke to the WSWS under the condition of anonymity, explained.
the IYSSE at Humboldt University, 16 March 2020
Following the refusal of Humboldt University management to condemn the physical attack by right-wing extremist professor Jörg Baberowski on a left-wing student, the “independent student newspaper at Humboldt University” has followed suit.
The coronavirus pandemic crisis intensifies
By Joseph Kishore and David North, 13 March 2020
The spread of the coronavirus has exposed the disastrous consequences of decades of the massive concentration of wealth and inequality spawned by capitalism.
By Mike Head, 13 March 2020
Within hours, Morrison’s “stimulus” package was swamped by the deteriorating economic news from around the world and share prices plunged.
Ontario’s “Roadmap to Wellness” continues austerity for youth mental health services even as demand spikes
By Penny Smith, 13 March 2020
The Ford government is refusing to provide tens of thousands of children and adolescents with ready access to mental health care services that they urgently need.
By Mike Head, 10 March 2020
Morrison’s speech shows that his main concern is to protect corporate profits and prop up his discredited government, not protect people from the coronavirus.
By Katy Kinner, 9 March 2020
The Franklin County coroner recently released data showing a shocking increase in overdose, suicide and homicide deaths in the first two months of 2020.
By Patrick O’Connor, 9 March 2020
Australia already has one of the most monopolised media industries in the world, with Murdoch publications comprising more than 70 percent of all newspapers sold.
By Jean Shaoul, 7 March 2020
The film exposes the criminal role of the finance industry, aided and abetted by an army of lawyers, advisors and not least governments, in evicting people and jacking up rents after giving properties a superficial makeover.
By Kevin Reed, 6 March 2020
A new report by the consulting firm Knight Frank shows that the number of super-wealthy people in the world—those with more than $30 million in assets—is projected to increase by 27 percent over the next five years.
By Mike Head, 5 March 2020
The Covid-19 disaster has not yet resulted in large-scale sickness in Australia, but major companies are already unveiling job cuts due to the global impact on production, trade and travel.
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.
By Kevin Reed, 3 March 2020
Although the Department of Justice refused to identify them as neo-Nazis, five members of fascist Atomwaffen Division were arrested and charged on February 26 with conspiracy involving harassment and “swatting” of journalists and political opponents.
By Patrick O’Connor, 3 March 2020
Tram workers ought to vote “no” to the proposed agreement, which undercuts their real wages and conditions.
By Max Newman, 29 February 2020
Children in poorer suburbs can wait hundreds of days for essential support services.
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 Jacob Crosse, 27 February 2020
Anthony N. Ferrill, a 51-year-old Molson Coors Beverage employee opened fire Wednesday morning, killing five coworkers before committing suicide.
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.
As support for wildcat strike spreads
By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 February 2020
The UAW declared in an open letter at Berkeley that it would not defend the UCSC strikers or any UC Berkeley students who took sympathy wildcat action.
By James Brewer, 27 February 2020
The Democratic administrations of both the city and the state insist that water shutoffs in Detroit remain as a “collection tool of last resort.”
By Mike Head, 27 February 2020
The central purpose of the royal commission is to absolve the federal and state governments of responsibility for the disaster, and to introduce unprecedented national emergency powers.
By Warren Duzak, 26 February 2020
Students, alumni and faculty spoke out against the proposed merger of Watkins College of Art with Belmont University at a pop-up art exhibit on Saturday.
By Dan Conway, 26 February 2020
California, the largest state in the US, also has the largest number of homeless people.
By Clare Bruderlin, 25 February 2020
Such is the contempt of the ruling elite for the working class that many elderly people have died while waiting for a home care package.
By Margaret Rees, 22 February 2020
The government knew the scheme was illegal long before it conceded that was the case in the Federal Court last November.
By Dietmar Gaisenkersting, 19 February 2020
In Germany, one of the richest countries in the world, more than 1.5 million children live in families dependent on welfare, and many more in families considered to be working poor.
By Nick Beams, 19 February 2020
The impoverishment of the working class is not an accidental outcome of the accumulation of wealth by a rapacious financial oligarchy—the two are directly linked.
By Mike Head, 18 February 2020
The ruling highlights the driving forces behind the persecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
By Jacob Crosse, 17 February 2020
Passed by the Las Vegas, Nevada, city council in November, the ordinance makes it a misdemeanor crime, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, for “sleeping or camping” in a public space.
By Cesar Uco, 17 February 2020
Thirty-nine private universities and two graduate schools failed to meet basic educational standards, threatening 166,000 students with being thrown in the street.
Chicago high school students hold sit-in in defense of students who refused to stand for national anthem
By Andy Thompson, 15 February 2020
The sit-in is an example of young peoples’ complete rejection of nationalism and racism promoted by the ruling class.
By Tom Hall, 15 February 2020
The reality of American social life is very different than the fantasy of a “blue-collar boom” which Trump delivered during last week’s State of the Union address.
By Kayla Costa, 14 February 2020
The Board of Regents announced the closure on Monday, making the school the most recent victim of the financial pressures that small, private liberal arts schools confront on the privatized education market.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 14 February 2020
Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Socialists of America say it is possible to fight for socialism from within the Democratic Party. Such a political program is not real socialism and can lead only to disaster.
Joseph Kishore—SEP national secretary and candidate for US president, 13 February 2020
The expansion of the class struggle is the essential factor underlying the shift to the left among workers and the growing interest in socialism.
By Mike Head, 12 February 2020
The bushfire and coronavirus disasters have had an enormous economic and social impact.
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 Kate Randall, 11 February 2020
Between January 1, 2019 and February 10, 2020, there were 2,479 home fire fatalities in the US. Incidents with multiple fatalities accounted for 744 of these deaths.
By George Gallanis, 11 February 2020
Since announcing plans last August to cut costs and boost profits as part of its drive for “organizational efficiency,” Deere has laid off 220 workers at plants across Illinois and Iowa.
Dr. Lissa Johnson calls for workers and young people to rally in defence of Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning
11 February 2020
“Everyone who recognises the need, before it is too late, to take a stand against gross injustice and for fundamental democratic rights should attend the rallies.”
By Kevin Reed, 10 February 2020
The Trump administration is scheduled to release a 2021 budget plan on Monday that includes deep reductions in entitlement programs and other mandatory spending while increasing funding for the military and the Department of Homeland Security.
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 Mike Head, 7 February 2020
By installing Bandt as leader, the Greens MPs demonstrated their concern over the mounting political disaffection.
7 February 2020
By Trévon Austin, 6 February 2020
On the day that US President Donald Trump proclaimed a “blue-collar boom” in his State of the Union Address, the federal government reported that the number of students experiencing homelessness has hit a record high.
By Dermot Byrne, 6 February 2020
The Irish general election takes place under conditions of immense instability and uncertainty, with workers looking for a political alternative.
By Margaret Rees, 5 February 2020
Before even paying back the money wrongly taken from some of society’s most vulnerable people via the “robo-debt” system, the government is moving to punish them again.
the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (Australia), 5 February 2020
One month into 2020, the crisis of capitalism threatens youth with the danger of nuclear war, authoritarianism, climate catastrophe and worsening inequality. International socialism is the answer.
By Kate Randall, 4 February 2020
Ashley Menser, 36, and her family were hoping that the fact that she was being treated for cancer would persuade the judge to either delay or defer her sentencing. They were wrong.
By Nick Barrickman, 4 February 2020
The proposal calls for fare hikes and the elimination of dozens of routes.
By Mike Head, 4 February 2020
In working-class areas, young people and other workers are being pushed increasingly into the “gig economy” of casualised, temporary and part-time employment.
By Mike Head, 3 February 2020
Morrison’s removal of McKenzie will intensify the turmoil within the increasingly discredited government and the entire political establishment.
By Charles Hixson and Robert Stevens, 1 February 2020
Evidence revealed as the second phase of the inquiry began demonstrates that the 72 people who were killed in the Grenfell fire inferno were victims of the heinous crime of social murder.
By Kate Randall, 31 January 2020
It is a stain on the record of the US, that in a country that spends more per person on health care than any other, more people die prematurely than in the vast majority of the world’s industrialized and growing economies.
By Julio Patron and Kayla Costa, 30 January 2020
WSWS reporters spoke to workers and youth in Puerto Rico about the social conditions following the recent earthquakes that rocked the island.
“It’s going to be a bureaucratic nightmare”
By Katy Kinner, 30 January 2020
By some estimates, the new rule being implemented in April will cause 20,000 Ohio residents to lose SNAP benefits.
By Joe Mount, 30 January 2020
In 2018, more than 11,000 companies underpaid their workers, while one-in-four workers over the age of 25 on the minimum wage were underpaid in 2019.
By Mike Head, 30 January 2020
Under the guise of dealing with bushfires and other disasters, Prime Minister Morrison is seeking to boost the powers of the state apparatus to suppress unrest.
By Terry Cook, 29 January 2020
If the miners’ death is confirmed, it will be the fifth mining fatality in western Tasmania in just six years.
By Nancy Hanover, 28 January 2020
On January 22, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a deeply reactionary case which takes aim at both the democratic principle of separation of church and state and the right to free, universal public education.
By Daniel de Vries, 28 January 2020
The move will exempt more than half of the nation's wetlands from federal regulations.
By Alejandro López, 27 January 2020
Speaking at the World Economic Forum, Pedro Sánchez reiterated that his new Spanish Socialist Party coalition government with Podemos is committed to austerity.
By Trévon Austin, 24 January 2020
In an interview at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Trump said social programs would be targeted to reduce the federal deficit.
By Sam Dalton, 24 January 2020
A new report reveals a rapid rise in the number of homeless deaths in the largest and wealthiest city in America.
Australian government releases whitewash report after more than 1,200 people die waiting for disability services
By Max Newman, 24 January 2020
More than one person a day has died since July 2016 waiting for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support packages.
By Joanne Laurier, 24 January 2020
The Politician centers on the Machiavellian operations of an ambitious California high school senior, determined to win the election for student body president as a stepping-stone, ultimately, to the White House.
By Clare Bruderlin, 23 January 2020
The pressure on over-worked paramedics and other ambulance workers is the result of years of budget cuts and understaffing.
By our reporters, 22 January 2020
The organisers of the Melbourne demonstration provided no way forward beyond the confines of the capitalist system that has led to environmental destruction.
By Barry Mason, 21 January 2020
In 2018, the average FTSE 100 CEO earned £3.46 million, equivalent to £901.30 an hour.
By Frank Gaglioti, 20 January 2020
“If nothing is done to address climate change this wildfire season will be a preview into our future.”
Amid poverty wages and tax cuts for the rich
By Gabriel Black, 18 January 2020
The profit bonanza on Wall Street is the outcome of a bipartisan drive to enrich the financial elite at the expense of the working class.
By Kate Randall, 18 January 2020
Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability free” life after age 50 than the poorest American and English adults.
By Trévon Austin, 17 January 2020
“We know who war benefits. It benefits the rich, and it’s always the poor and the working class who suffer the consequences. My father fought in World War II and the Korean War and it totally destroyed him.”
By Adam Mclean, 17 January 2020
A SWAT team wielding semi-automatic AR-15s broke down the front door of the house with a battering ram and arrested the residents of the house along with two protesters.
By James Cogan, 17 January 2020
The fires have most severely affected low-income workers and welfare recipients, self-employed contractors, small-business owners and family farmers.
By Mike Head, 16 January 2020
By proclaiming “emergencies,” state governments can override any law in order to suppress rising social unrest.
By our reporters, 16 January 2020
“Volunteers are dwindling in numbers and the average age is increasing. You can’t go flogging these people for 11 weeks of fire fighting.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 14 January 2020
Defying threats of firings and massive fines for engaging in what some officials called an illegal strike, teachers rode chartered buses and car-pooled from as far away as Miami, nearly 500 miles from the state capital.
Australia: Kinglake residents speak on government inaction 11 years after Black Saturday blaze killed 173
By our reporters, 14 January 2020
One resident stated: “I don’t care which party they are from—Labor, Liberal, whatever—these politicians only look after their pockets.”
By Douglas Lyons and Nick Barrickman, 13 January 2020
Analysis of the past two District election cycles found that restaurant industry lobbyists contributed more than $236,000 in total to the campaigns of the Democratic mayor as well as multiple city council members.
By Kate Randall, 10 January 2020
The increase in alcohol deaths—along with other “deaths of despair,” including those from opioids and suicides—has contributed to a decrease in life expectancy in the US, which fell each year from 2015 to 2017.
By James Cogan, 9 January 2020
With his government under siege, Prime Minister Morrison announced that $2 billion in assistance will be provided over the next two years.
By our reporters, 9 January 2020
One resident of Balmoral, a village in NSW, stated: “We’ve been through tough times before but nothing like this. The size of fires is unprecedented. All the resources are stretched to breaking point.”
By James Cogan, 8 January 2020
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will go down in history as the political leader who secretly went on holiday to Hawaii while the country burned.