Perspectives

The Biden administration: Illusion and reality

By Niles Niemuth, 22 January 2021

Efforts are underway to chloroform the public about the realities of the procapitalist, imperialist politics of the Biden administration and the catastrophic economic and social conditions under which it begins.

Biden’s inaugural address: Banality and empty abstractions to cover over reality

By Joseph Kishore, 21 January 2021

Amidst an unprecedented political, social, and economic crisis of the entire capitalist order, Biden delivered remarks filled with cliches, incoherent non sequiturs and the emptiest of abstractions.

Inauguration 2021: On the edge of an abyss

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 20 January 2021

The Biden administration is taking office in the midst of an existential crisis of the entire American political, social and economic system.

Biden pledges to continue Trump’s campaign to open schools and businesses

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2021

While Biden has claimed that he would “listen to the science” in the COVID-19 pandemic, he has in reality pledged to continue the Trump administration’s drive to prematurely open schools and businesses.

Free COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Bryan Dyne, 18 January 2021

Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state’s policy of prematurely reopening schools.

What would have happened if Trump’s fascist mob had seized hostages?

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 16 January 2021

The attempts by various left journalists to deny that the events of January 6 were an attempted coup undermines resistance to the danger of fascism.

The pandemic and Trump’s coup attempt

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2021

To implement its homicidal policy of herd immunity, the ruling class is resorting to ever more violent and dictatorial forms of rule.

Growing threats of fascist violence as Democrats appeal for “unity” and “healing”

By Eric London, 13 January 2021

The Democratic Party’s appeals for compromise with Republican conspirators amid the ongoing coup threat makes clear the need for an independent working class intervention to stop the growth of fascism in America.

Mobilize the working class against Trump’s conspiracy! Prepare for a political general strike!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 12 January 2021

The ongoing threats of far-right violence throughout the United States, focused on Inauguration Day, January 20, must be taken seriously and counteracted by the organization of working class opposition.

New details about January 6 riot reveal need for full-scale investigation

By Eric London, 11 January 2021

Trump’s January 6 fascistic insurrection had high level support from within the Republican Party and critical sections of the police and military-intelligence apparatus.

Biden defends Republican Party coup conspirators

By Joseph Kishore, 9 January 2021

Less than 48 hours after hundreds of people, incited by President Trump and backed by top officials in the Republican Party, stormed the US Capitol, Biden called for “unity” with his “Republican colleagues.”

For a full, public investigation of Trump’s January 6 coup!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 8 January 2021

The Democratic Party is joining with the Republicans and the Trump administration to cover up for those politically responsible for fascist violence at the US Capitol.

The fascist coup of January 6

By David North, 7 January 2021

The fascist insurrection in Washington DC is a turning point in the political history of the United States.

Trump intensifies coup plot as Congress meets to certify election results

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2021

The events of this week have made clear that US President Donald Trump is actively engaged in a conspiracy to reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, overthrow the Constitution, and establish a dictatorship in the United States.

UK judge rules against US extradition: Release Julian Assange now!

By Thomas Scripps, 4 January 2021

A political decision has been reached that upholds the threat to democratic rights represented by the prosecution’s case, leaves Assange in danger of continued persecution, and demands the intensification of the campaign to secure his freedom.

The political lessons of the pandemic and the fight for socialism in 2021

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 January 2021

The pandemic is a “trigger event” that manifests in a highly concentrated form the contradictions of the global capitalist system and is unleashing long-suppressed forces of social transformation.

The New York Times scapegoats medical workers in the tragic death of Dr. Susan Moore

By Benjamin Mateus, 31 December 2020

The New York Times has used Dr. Moore’s tragic death to promote its racialist narrative of American society and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The class dynamic of the massive Wall Street speculation

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2020

The year is ending amid the greatest economic contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s, but Wall Street is finishing the year at a record high.

One year into the pandemic, 65,000 deaths in the US in one month

By Andre Damon, 29 December 2020

One year after the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in China, December was the deadliest month of the pandemic both in the United States and the world.

Trump pardons Blackwater killers for Nisour Square massacre

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2020

The four mercenaries, all former Marines, killed 14 unarmed Iraqis in 2007 in an unprovoked slaughter in Baghdad.

Congress to America’s workers: “Let them eat cake”

By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2020

While the government spends money like water to prop up big business and the Federal Reserve funnels trillions into the stock market, nothing is being done to spare the working class.

As the oligarchs make trillions, Congress offers a pittance for the jobless

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2020

The most important fact about the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill, which was moving through the US Congress Monday night, is that it is grossly inadequate to meet the vast social needs exposed by the pandemic.

Britain’s dangerous new COVID-19 strain: A warning to take urgent action now!

By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2020

With hospitals already overwhelmed throughout the world, scientists are sounding the alarm about a new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain and is leading to a major surge in infections.

The World Socialist Web Site and the crises of 2020

By David North, 19 December 2020

The Pandemic of 2020 has revealed before the entire world the irreconcilable economic, social and moral chasm that divides the capitalist drive for profit from the most essential needs of the overwhelming majority of mankind.

“We want them infected:” Emails show White House sought to promote spread of COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2020

The massive spread of COVID-19 in the United States is the result of a deliberate policy of sacrificing lives to protect the profit interests of major corporations.

Almost 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths in Germany: The criminal outcome of keeping businesses and schools open

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2020

Despite the horrific number of deaths, all parties in the German parliament continue to put profit before lives and health.

For emergency action to save lives! Close schools and shut down nonessential production! Full compensation for workers!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 16 December 2020

Every day that emergency action is not taken to stop the pandemic means thousands of more deaths.

After Electoral College confirms Democratic Party victory

Biden staggers toward the White House

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2020

In his remarks Monday night, Biden sought to cover over the collapse of American democracy with appeals for “unity.”

Sweden’s “herd immunity” policy produces disaster

By Bryan Dyne, 14 December 2020

Sweden’s response to the pandemic, which involved allowing schools and businesses to stay open while most of the world enacted lockdowns, was hailed as a model by all sections of the US and European political establishment.

Stop the wave of death! Repudiate the policies of the pandemic profiteers!

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 12 December 2020

Hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved if emergency action is taken, but the working class must intervene with its own program in opposition to the ruling class and the capitalist system.

Europe’s COVID-19 deaths approach half a million

By Johannes Stern, 11 December 2020

Two weeks before Christmas, the COVID-19 pandemic is raging out of control in Europe.

Stop government attack on COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2020

The SEP condemns the fascistic police raid on Jones’ home, meant to suppress her work exposing the spread of COVID-19 in Florida and in schools across the US.

The pandemic and the normalization of death

By Andre Damon and David North, 9 December 2020

The demand by the political and media establishment that society must prioritize “the economy” over the preservation of human life implies that mass death is essentially necessary and unavoidable.

Reopening of New York City schools threatens massive spread of COVID-19

By Evan Blake, 8 December 2020

The driving force behind the homicidal campaign to open schools and nonessential workplaces is not science or public health, but rather the profit interests of the capitalist class.

Trump incites fascist violence in Georgia

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2020

In his first rally speech since his defeat in the November 2020 presidential election, Trump called for overturning the election result, demanded “revenge” against his political opponents and spoke about sending “the military in” to “radical left” cities.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global resurgence of class struggle

Keith Jones, 5 December 2020

Just in the past eleven days, tens of millions have joined strikes or mass protests.

Capitalism’s winter of death

Immediate action is necessary to save hundreds of thousands of lives!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 4 December 2020

Unless urgent measures are taken to shut down nonessential production, a quarter-million lives could be lost to the COVID-19 pandemic within the next three months.

Facebook speech falsely claims massive vote fraud

Donald Trump’s Mein Kampf

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2020

Trump is deliberately inciting fascist forces through his baseless claims of a “stolen election.”

The coronavirus pandemic and the case for expropriating the financial oligarchy

By Eric London, 2 December 2020

As the deaths pile up in every country, the ruling class is taking advantage of the pandemic to orchestrate an unprecedented transfer of wealth from the working class to the rich.

The conspiracy to reopen schools

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2020

Despite a months-long media campaign claiming it is safe to reopen schools, every reputable scientific study has shown that closing schools is one of the most effective ways to contain the pandemic.

New York City schools to reopen amid explosion of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, deaths

By Bryan Dyne, 30 November 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement is a warning to the working class in the United States and internationally that even as numerous coronavirus vaccines are nearing completion, workers and youth will continue to be sent into workplaces and schools to needlessly get sick and die.

200 years since the birth of Friedrich Engels

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2020

Born on Nov. 28, 1820, Engels was the co-founder of scientific socialism with his friend Karl Marx, who was two-and-a-half years his senior. Two hundred years later, their life’s work is of burning contemporary relevance.

The anti-refugee police riot in Paris: A warning to the working class

By Alex Lantier, 27 November 2020

An irrepressible conflict is emerging between the working class and the financial aristocracy, powerful sections of which support building a fascist police state

What the rich are thankful for

By Andre Damon, 26 November 2020

Amid mass unemployment, hunger and death, America’s financial oligarchy is celebrating a bumper year.

Joe Biden’s cabinet: A rainbow coalition of imperialist reaction

By Eric London, 25 November 2020

The nomination of a series of right-wing women and minority representatives of the military-intelligence complex encapsulates and exposes the right-wing essence of identity politics.

Why are millions of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving as the pandemic rages?

By Niles Niemuth, 24 November 2020

Even as travel this week is expected to decline from last year, with many citing concerns over COVID-19 as a reason to stay home, the movement of tens of millions across the country threatens to massively accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

Thanksgiving in America: Massive food lines and evictions as benefits expire

By Kate Randall, 23 November 2020

As the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continues unabated, working-class families across the US are facing hunger and poverty on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.

Pentagon shakeup aimed at paving path to Trump coup

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2020

The extra-constitutional attempts to nullify the US elections and overturn basic democratic rights cannot be accomplished without massive state repression.

As Europe’s governments preside over mass death, workers must fight for the shutdown of nonessential production and schools

By Jordan Shilton, 20 November 2020

Growing numbers of workers and young people support the demand for the shutdown of nonessential production and ending of in-person teaching in schools to contain the pandemic.

Growing support among workers for shutdown of nonessential production as US death toll tops 250,000

By Jerry White, 19 November 2020

Anger among workers is boiling over as corporations keep operating even though COVID-19 infections are spreading uncontrollably throughout factories and other workplaces.

Amid electoral coup plot, Trump threatens catastrophic war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2020

The bombing of Natanz or any other Iranian nuclear facility would be a war crime of world historic proportions.

Trump adviser calls for people to “rise up” against coronavirus restrictions

By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2020

The top White House coronavirus adviser, Dr. Scott Atlas, called for the people of Michigan to “rise up” against the new public health measures announced by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

The pandemic and Trump’s plots

By Joseph Kishore, 16 November 2020

Three events over the past three days cast light on the character of Trump’s post-election conspiracies and the social and economic interests driving them.

Close all nonessential workplaces! Full compensation for workers and small businesses!

By Andre Damon, 14 November 2020

All sections of the ruling class are opposed to taking measures necessary to contain the pandemic. That is why workers must take emergency action.

Over 300,000 coronavirus deaths in Europe: Capitalism’s crime against humanity

By Will Morrow, 13 November 2020

The thousands of deaths now occurring every day were not inevitable; they are the product of a deliberate policy by the European ruling class.

Workers’ lives are not expendable! Take action to stop the COVID-19 pandemic!

By Marcus Day, 12 November 2020

Rank-and-file safety committees must be expanded and organized to prepare walkouts to shut down non-essential plants, warehouses and other workplaces.

Stop Trump’s conspiracy to nullify the 2020 elections!

By Socialist Equality Party (US) Political Committee, 11 November 2020

The events of the past 48 hours have made clear that President Donald Trump is refusing to accept his electoral defeat and is actively engaged in a coup to overturn the elections and establish a personalist dictatorship.

Possible COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough makes measures to stop virus spread now more urgent

By Andre Damon, 10 November 2020

The announcement of progress on a COVID-19 vaccine makes all the more necessary urgent measures to stop the spread of the virus until the vaccine is widely available.

As COVID-19 surges around the world, governments put profits ahead of lives

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2020

This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19 and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.

Biden appeals to Republicans for “unity” as voters repudiate Trump

By Eric London, 8 November 2020

There is a vast gulf between the sentiments driving millions of workers and youth to vote against Trump and the concerns of the faction of the ruling class represented by the Democratic Party.

Behind the delay in the US election results

By Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2020

There are currently intense discussions behind the scenes over how to resolve the unprecedented political crisis in the United States and the makeup of any future Biden administration.

2020 election results explode the identity politics narrative

By Eric London, 6 November 2020

An examination of the voting results does not support the racial narrative that dominates the politics of the Democratic Party and its political appendages.

Trump’s refusal to concede sets the stage for post-election crisis

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 November 2020

While it appears that the Democratic Party candidate Joe Biden is on the verge of winning enough states to be elected president, Trump’s refusal to accept the results will intensify the political crisis.

Preliminary observations on the US presidential elections

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2020

As of early Wednesday morning, the US presidential election remains undecided. The fact that it is so close, however, is a devastating indictment of the Democratic Party.

Europe’s COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control

By Alex Lantier, 3 November 2020

European governments’ pretensions to have handled the pandemic more intelligently than the Trump administration have been exposed as a cynical and deadly fraud.

The pandemic and the political record of the SEP in the 2020 election

By David North, 2 November 2020

In his speech opening Sunday’s final public meeting of the 2020 election, Socialist Equality Party Chairman David North stated, “A great historical crisis—and the pandemic is of that magnitude—reveals and puts to the test the perspectives and programs of all parties.” The course of events has vindicated the perspective and program of the Socialist Equality Party.

Pseudo-left apologists for Biden and the bankruptcy of “lesser-evil” politics

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 31 October 2020

In the final days of the election, the Democratic Party and its affiliates are going all out to insist that workers and youth opposed to Trump must subordinate their struggles to electing Biden.

Jeremy Corbyn suspended by Labour leadership in latest outrage during Blairite anti-Semitism witch-hunt

By Chris Marsden, 30 October 2020

The political pretext on which Corbyn’s suspension was carried out, claiming the existence of widespread “left anti-Semitism” in the Labour Party under his leadership, is a slander not only against Corbyn, but of countless party members.

As COVID-19 surges in Europe, governments protect profits over lives

By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 29 October 2020

If the resurgence of COVID-19 across Europe is not halted, it is a matter of only a few weeks before hospitals are overrun and masses of people cut off from treatment.

As election approaches, Trump conspires to repudiate popular vote

Socialist Equality Party Political Committee, 28 October 2020

As Trump conspires to remain in power and overturn the results of an electoral defeat, the Democrats are doing everything they can to disarm and block popular opposition in the working class.

Trump escalates coup plotting with swearing-in of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2020

The installation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, without significant resistance by the Democrats, is a key step in Trump’s plans to hijack the presidential election.

The relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site and the future of socialism

By David North, 26 October 2020

The relaunch of the WSWS and the growth of its influence reflect a process of mass political radicalization under conditions of the greatest crisis since the 1930s.

As US election approaches, New York Times intensifies its anti-Russia disinformation campaign

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 24 October 2020

The propaganda campaign by the Times and US intelligence agencies is aimed at fighting out conflicts within the ruling class over foreign policy while distracting attention from Trump’s ongoing conspiracies.

Ten years since WikiLeaks and Julian Assange published the Iraq War Logs

By Oscar Grenfell, 23 October 2020

The publication was an imperishable contribution to the fight against imperialist militarism, for which the war criminals and their political representatives have never forgiven Assange.

The pianist Igor Levit and the defense of culture against fascism

By David North and Clara Weiss, 22 October 2020

Levit has emerged as a powerful voice against the resurgence of neo-Nazism in Germany, which finds its most putrid expression in the growing political power of the Alternative für Deutschland.

Nigerian government unleashes massacre against police brutality protesters

By Bill Van Auken, 20 October 2020

Nigeria’s protests against police brutality are also fueled by popular anger over conditions of mass unemployment, endemic poverty and unprecedented social inequality in Africa’s largest country.

Democrats call for “patience” as Trump moves forward with coup plot

By Eric London, 20 October 2020

In a position paper issued yesterday, the Democratic Party refused to refer to the ongoing plot against Whitmer and downplayed the threat of dictatorship as “disinformation.”

At Muskegon, Michigan rally

Trump escalates threats of violence and dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 19 October 2020

In the state where his far-right supporters plotted the assassination of the governor, Trump renewed his appeals to violence and denunciations of socialism.

Mobilize the working class against the European Union’s “herd immunity” policies!

By Alex Lantier, 17 October 2020

As Europe emerges as an epicenter of a global resurgence of COVID-19, the EU is pursuing a policy leading to deaths on an unprecedented scale, far surpassing the 200,000 deaths this spring.

The Great Barrington Declaration: A manifesto of death

By Andre Damon, 16 October 2020

The White House’s embrace of “herd immunity” is a statement of malicious intent to allow hundreds of thousands more people to die amid a global resurgence of the pandemic.

Amid record long-term unemployment, US government denies aid to workers

By Jerry White, 15 October 2020

Whatever the political maneuvering in Congress, the bottom line is that both parties are denying relief to tens of millions of people who are confronting the worst economic and social crisis since the Great Depression.

Trump’s “herd immunity” policy and right-wing terror

By Andre Damon, 14 October 2020

On Tuesday, Newsweek reported that two Trump administration officials said the White House supports the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement advocating for the mass infection of the population with COVID-19 through a policy of “herd immunity.”

The betrayals of the UAW and the rise of right-wing militias in Michigan

By Jerry White, 13 October 2020

Decades of union collaboration in the destruction of jobs and promotion of economic nationalism have created conditions for the extreme right to recruit and find support.

Trump continues far-right appeals as details of Michigan plot emerge

By Eric London, 12 October 2020

The exposure last weekend of a plot to assassinate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has uncovered the existence of a nationwide underground far-right terror network.

Democrats and corporate media cover-up Trump’s role in Michigan coup plot

By Eric London, 10 October 2020

The silence of the Democratic Party and corporate media is giving Trump an opening to move forward with his plot to use fascist militia to overturn the outcome of the election.

The Michigan conspiracy, Trump, and the 2020 election

By Eric London, 9 October 2020

Donald Trump is engaged in a plot to deploy fascist militia to overturn the outcome of the election. The working class must demand answers in order to expose and stop the conspiracy.

German state and political parties promote anti-Semitism

By Peter Schwarz, 8 October 2020

Seventy-five years after the holocaust, anti-Semitic violence is on the rise in Germany.

Trump escalates political conspiracy despite White House pandemic

By Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, 7 October 2020

Trump’s decision to return to the White House from the Walter Reed Medical Center Monday night was intended to get his plot to overturn the election back on track.

Ranks of long-term jobless soar as US unemployment aid dries up

By Jerry White, 6 October 2020

Both parties are using mass unemployment and the threat of destitution as a bludgeon to force workers back into unsafe factories and workplaces.

Trump’s illness and the Democrats’ call for unity

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 October 2020

The response of the Democratic Party to Trump’s illness is determined, as always, by the class interests that it represents and its fear of working-class opposition from below.

Trump falls victim to his own “herd immunity” policy

By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2020

While the short-term political consequences are highly unpredictable, the Trump diagnosis does not alter the fundamental trajectory of the social and political crisis of American capitalism.

Welcome the relaunch of the World Socialist Web Site!

By David North, 2 October 2020

Today the World Socialist Web Site is being relaunched with an entirely new design and with vastly enhanced functionality.

Trump’s Operation Dictatorship: What the debate exposed

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 October 2020

The White House is the center of a fascistic conspiracy to overturn the Constitution and establish a presidential dictatorship.

With one million dead, governments abandon efforts to contain COVID-19 pandemic

By Andre Damon, 30 September 2020

The fall and winter months in America and Europe are expected to bring a major resurgence of the disease.

Trump’s tax returns and the parasitism of the financial oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 29 September 2020

The New York Times has exposed more than Trump. He personifies the corruption of the US ruling elite as a whole, and both its political parties.

Is Trump preparing an “October Surprise”?

By Bill Van Auken, 28 September 2020

With the US presidential election barely five weeks away, Washington is stoking conflicts across the globe, first and foremost with China.

After the exoneration of Breonna Taylor’s killers: The way forward in the fight against police violence

By Niles Niemuth, 26 September 2020

The ubiquity of police violence in the US, with approximately 1,000 people killed every year, is bound up with the extreme growth of social inequality and class tensions.

Why won’t the Democrats fight Trump?

By Andre Damon, 25 September 2020

The Democrats are determined to prevent the intervention of the broad mass of the population in opposition to Trump, which would challenge the interests of the financial oligarchy and the geopolitical interests of American imperialism.

Trump’s coup d’état election

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 24 September 2020

Trump has publicly declared that he will not transfer power peacefully if he loses the November 3 election.

Trump on coronavirus pandemic: “Virtually nobody” affected

By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US President, 23 September 2020

The indifference expressed by Trump to death on a mass scale expresses not only his personal outlook but the social policy of the ruling class.