Perspectives

What must be done to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (United States), 6 March 2020

The resources and technology exist to stop a disease that threatens to kill over a hundred million people. Capitalism cannot be allowed to be an obstacle to saving lives!

The political lessons of Sanders’ Super Tuesday defeat

By Eric London, 5 March 2020

Biden’s victory shows once again it is impossible to transform the capitalist Democratic Party into a vehicle for socialist politics.

Capitalism’s disastrous response to the coronavirus pandemic

By Andre Damon and David North, 4 March 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed, once again, the disastrous consequences of a social order that subordinates all human needs to private profit.

Governments skimp on funds to fight the coronavirus, open cash spigots for the banks

By Andre Damon, 3 March 2020

While only a pittance is available to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, which threatens to kill millions of people, unlimited funds are being made available to bail out the financial elite.

Race vs. class in the South Carolina primary

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2020

Black Democratic Party officials have been mobilized to use racial politics as a barrier to the campaign of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The Trump administration’s incompetent and criminally negligent response to the coronavirus outbreak

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 29 February 2020

The disastrous state of preparedness for the coronavirus is the product of decades of ruling class policy that has subordinated the most basic social needs to war and the endless accumulation of wealth.

For a globally coordinated emergency response to the coronavirus pandemic!

International Committee of the Fourth International, 28 February 2020

Vast resources must be immediately mobilized to contain the spread of the disease, treat and care for those who are infected, and secure the livelihoods of the hundreds of millions of people who will be affected by the economic fallout.

The coronavirus pandemic and the need for global socialized medicine

By Alex Lantier, 27 February 2020

A planned, rational deployment of worldwide medical and industrial resources is essential to keep the disease from potentially claiming millions of lives.

Trump hails Modi as his supporters engulf Delhi in communal violence

By Keith Jones, 26 February 2020

It is Trump’s “true friend,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his government that are politically responsible for the Hindu supremacist violence that has claimed at least 13 lives.

The show trial of Julian Assange begins

By James Cogan, 25 February 2020

The first day of the British court hearing yesterday to determine if WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange will be extradited to the United States left no doubt that what is taking place is a legal travesty that threatens both Assange’s life and fundamental democratic rights.

Democratic Party deploys Russian meddling smear against Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 24 February 2020

The Democratic establishment and the corporate media are now peddling the lie that Sanders is the beneficiary of Russian intervention in the 2020 elections.

A “ceasefire” in Washington’s Afghanistan debacle

By Bill Van Auken, 22 February 2020

After 18 years of war, the killing of nearly 2,400 troops and the squandering of roughly $1 trillion, Washington is negotiating a deal it could have had with the Taliban without a shot being fired.

After the massacre in Hanau

Stop the right-wing terror in Germany!

By Peter Schwarz, 21 February 2020

A right-wing extremist terrorist shot and killed nine people in the German city of Hanau on Wednesday evening.

Growing support for Julian Assange on eve of extradition hearings

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 February 2020

The fight for Assange’s freedom requires the mobilisation of the working class, not moral appeals to capitalist politicians.

Markets soar as companies announce mass layoffs

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.

US-Europe conflict erupts at Munich

By Andre Damon, 18 February 2020

This weekend’s Munich Security Conference was dominated by a breakdown of the NATO alliance amid the resurgence of preparations for “great power conflict.”

Bloomberg’s billions and the politics of oligarchy

By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2020

The rallying of officeholders and media pundits to the billionaire candidate exposes the real class character of the Democratic Party.

#MeToo collaborates with fascistic forces to block showing of Polanski’s film J’Accuse

By Alex Lantier, 15 February 2020

Allied with the reactionary Macron government, #MeToo demands the censorship of Polanski’s brilliant account of the anti-Semitic frame-up of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, which was a seminal event in modern French history.

Spectre of the 1930s

Sound the alarm! Political conspiracy and the resurgence of fascism in Germany

By David North and Johannes Stern, 14 February 2020

Last week’s decision by the Christian Democratic Union in the federal state of Thuringia to elect a state premier together with the right-wing extremist Alternative for Germany exposes the filthy state of German politics.

Growing class conflict in the US and the resurgence of socialism

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.

Trump’s budget proposal: A new offensive in the social counterrevolution

By Eric London, 12 February 2020

The announcement begins the staged process in which the Democratic Party feigns indignation over the proposed cuts only to ultimately accede to many of the demands.

The coronavirus pandemic: A global disaster

By Bryan Dyne, 11 February 2020

The coronavirus contagion has become a disaster and a tragedy for the tens of thousands infected and the tens of millions who remain under quarantine.

The Trump administration’s surveillance dragnet

By Niles Niemuth, 10 February 2020

The massive breach of the right to privacy, first justified by President Bush in the guise of the “war on terror,” then expanded under President Obama, is now being utilized in Trump’s fascistic war on immigrants.

German ruling class commemorates liberation of Auschwitz by planning new wars and new crimes

By Johannes Stern, 8 February 2020

Just one week after official ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, federal parliament President Wolfgang Schäuble has called for Germany to once again take up the “burden” of fighting wars abroad.

Trump gloats over impeachment, but popular opposition mounts to his administration

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

While Trump has emerged victorious over his factional enemies within the state, he heads a crisis-ridden government despised by broad sections of workers and young people.

Trump emerges strengthened after Democrats’ impeachment debacle

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 6 February 2020

From the beginning of the Trump presidency, the Democrats have worked to channel mass popular opposition to Trump behind their own right-wing, militarist agenda.

The Iowa caucuses debacle

By Patrick Martin, 5 February 2020

All the filth and corruption of capitalist politics is being poured into the 2020 elections to counter the shift to the left among youth and working people.

Amidst growth of class struggle, union membership in US falls to historic lows

By Jerry White, 4 February 2020

Workers entering into struggle all over the world increasingly see the unions as agents of management working against their interests.

Amy Klobuchar, endorsed by New York Times, denounced for railroading black teenager to prison for life

By David Walsh, 3 February 2020

Like Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, Klobuchar personifies the use of gender and racial politics to provide a phony “progressive” veneer to the grasping ambitions of middle class reactionaries of all stripes.

US deploys “usable” nuclear weapon amid continuing war threats against Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 1 February 2020

For all the talk of war with Iran having been averted, the reality is that the world remains on the knife’s edge of a catastrophic military confrontation.

Britain leaves the European Union: Against nationalism, For the United Socialist States of Europe!

Statement by the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 31 January 2020

Workers and young people in the UK must orient themselves not to British nationalism or the EU, but to the growing global upsurge of working class struggle.

John Bolton and the “national security” impeachment

By Patrick Martin, 30 January 2020

While the Democrats embrace the war criminal John Bolton, the Republicans portray the president as essentially above the law, an elected dictator.

Oppose French unions’ attempts to strangle the struggle against Macron!

By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2020

Opposing union sabotage of strikes against Macron requires building committees of action, independent of the unions, and a revolutionary leadership in the working class.

The Wuhan coronavirus outbreak and the global threat of infectious diseases

By Bryan Dyne, 28 January 2020

The outbreak in China has exposed the vulnerability of contemporary society to new strains of infectious disease, dangers for which no capitalist government has adequately prepared.

Seventy-five years since the liberation of Auschwitz

By Christoph Vandreier, 27 January 2020

Auschwitz was at the heart of the machinery of industrialised mass murder that spanned the entire continent. Jews, Sinti, political opponents of the Nazi regime and others were deported to the death camp from every part of occupied Europe.

The mass protests in Iraq and the US drive to recolonize the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 25 January 2020

Among the hundreds of thousands who filled the streets of Baghdad were workers and youth whose entire lives have been shaped by the crimes of US imperialism.

Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warns of “civilization-ending nuclear war”

By Andre Damon, 24 January 2020

Amid a global nuclear arms race, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists warned that human civilization is closer to destruction than at any other period in history.

The prosecution of Glenn Greenwald and the global war on free speech

By James Cogan, 23 January 2020

The arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has opened the floodgates for a global war on independent and critical journalism and the imposition of sweeping censorship.

Democratic Party establishment wages war on Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2020

The public and vicious campaign by Democratic Party leaders against Sanders only underscores the political bankruptcy of his perspective of reforming this organization.

The oligarchs assemble at Davos

By Niles Niemuth, 21 January 2020

The bankers, corporate executives and heads of state attending the World Economic Forum this week look on with fear at the eruption of social opposition all over the world.

Lack of action on climate change leads to warmest decade ever recorded

By James Cogan, 20 January 2020

For all the proclamations by corporations and governments that they accept the need to reduce fossil fuel use, carbon emissions rose to the highest ever level in 2019.

The Libya conference and the new scramble for Africa

By Johannes Stern, 18 January 2020

The Berlin meeting is reminiscent of the infamous Congo Conference, also held in Berlin in 1884-85 and aimed at the complete colonization of Africa.

The impeachment trial begins as Trump escalates fascistic appeals

By Patrick Martin, 17 January 2020

The Democratic impeachment process will not stop Trump’s increasingly blatant assault on the constitutional foundations of basic democratic rights.

The Suleimani assassination, imperialist strategy and the crisis of the Iranian regime

By Keith Jones, 16 January 2020

The killing of the military leader, widely viewed as second only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran’s power structure, constitutes a dramatic escalation of the Trump administration’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran.

Trump exploits Iran war crisis to incite violence against political opponents

By Barry Grey, 15 January 2020

Following Trump’s order for the murder of Iranian General Suleimani, his denunciations of political opponents for “taking the side of terrorists” can only be interpreted as a threat of violence.

The international witch-hunt of Julian Assange

By Eric London and Thomas Scripps, 14 January 2020

The prosecution of Assange is a travesty of justice that will forever stain the governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Sweden and Ecuador.

The assassination of Qassem Suleimani and the criminalization of US state policy

By Andre Damon, 13 January 2020

The normalization of extrajudicial killing is the outcome of the “war on terror” and decades of continuous war.

The Indian general strike and the global fight against communalism and war

By Keith Jones, 11 January 2020

Tens of millions of workers, youth and rural toilers participated in Wednesday’s all-India one-day general strike, transcending communal, caste and ethno-linguistic divides.

The Democrats pass Pelosi’s phony antiwar resolution

By Patrick Martin, 10 January 2020

On Thursday, House Democrats backed a “concurrent” resolution that places no meaningful restrictions on Trump’s ability to launch a war against Iran.

Trump bides his time, but the preparations for war against Iran will continue

By Bill Van Auken and David North, 9 January 2020

The media falsely claims that Trump’s failure to order immediate strikes against Iran signals an opening for peace.

Australian bushfire catastrophe exposes the contempt of the ruling elites for working people

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.

The US propaganda machine justifies the assassination of Qassem Suleimani

By Andre Damon and David North, 7 January 2020

To present with any degree of honesty the life of Major General Qassem Suleimani would require acknowledging the criminal role the United States has played in subverting the interests of the people of Iran and the entire Middle East for upwards of 70 years.

Oppose Trump’s criminal war against Iran!

The International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, 6 January 2020

Trump’s provocation of a war with Iran is an attempt to find a way out of the increasingly desperate crisis of American capitalism—international and domestic—through spectacular acts of violence.

The murder of Qassem Suleimani and assassination as state policy

By Bill Van Auken, 4 January 2020

In a reckless and criminal act, the Trump administration has effectively declared war on Iran, threatening to drag the whole world into a catastrophic conflict.

The decade of socialist revolution begins

By David North and Joseph Kishore, 3 January 2020

The 2010s were years of intensifying capitalist crisis, which set into motion a global resurgence of class conflict. The 2020s will witness the immense growth of the international movement of the working class for socialism.

The impeachment crisis and US war plans against Russia

By Andre Damon, 31 December 2019

The ferocity with which the entire US national security apparatus responded to a temporary delay in sending anti-tank missiles and radar to Ukraine raises the question: Is there a timetable for using these weapons in combat against Russia?

Edward Gallagher, Donald Trump and America’s criminal wars

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2019

A new report documents the gruesome record of the Navy Seal commander Trump has praised and pardoned.

Billionaires’ wealth surged in 2019

By Barry Grey, 28 December 2019

The wealth of the world’s 500 richest people rose 25 percent in 2019, reaching a combined net worth of $5.9 trillion.

Desperate to stem protests, dozens of governments shut down internet access in 2019

By Andre Damon, 27 December 2019

Amid a global upsurge of political protests and strikes, governments all over the world are shutting down the internet in desperate bids to stem the tide of popular opposition.

Christmas 2019: More than half a million homeless in America

By Niles Niemuth, 24 December 2019

At a time when the ruling elite is celebrating the continued rise in the stock market and patting themselves on the back for historically low unemployment figures, the number of people who are being thrown out on the streets is on the rise.

In midst of impeachment, Pelosi honors Trump with State of the Union invitation

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 23 December 2019

The move makes clear that, despite the bitter foreign policy differences at the heart of the impeachment drive, the two parties of American capitalism are united on fundamental issues.

The fight against communal reaction in India is the fight for socialism

By Keith Jones, 21 December 2019

India has been convulsed by a growing wave of mass protests in opposition to the Modi government’s Hindu supremacist citizenship law.

From Cavaignac to Villiers: The class struggle in France and the lessons of history

By Alex Lantier, 20 December 2019

This week General Pierre de Villiers called for more “firmness” in repressing the weeks-long mass strike against President Emmanuel Macron’s austerity agenda.

The impeachment crisis

A plague on both political parties

By Patrick Martin and Andre Damon, 19 December 2019

Despite the ferocity of conflict over impeachment, the Democrats and Republicans represent the twin imperatives of American imperialism: the drive toward war and fascistic authoritarianism.

Chelsea Manning must not be forgotten!

By Eric London, 18 December 2019

Yesterday, the whistleblower celebrated her 32nd birthday in a prison cell.

Build independent committees of action to bring down the Macron government in France!

By Alex Lantier, 17 December 2019

The strike movement in France is part of a global upsurge of the class struggle that has led to mass strikes and protests on every continent.

Democrats combine impeachment and collaboration with Trump

By Patrick Martin, 16 December 2019

In the midst of the impeachment inquiry, congressional Democrats are collaborating with Trump on trade war, attacks on immigrants, and a massive military build-up.

The election of Boris Johnson and the failure of Corbynism

Statement of the WSWS Editorial Board, 14 December 2019

The electoral debacle suffered by the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn in the UK general election is yet another example of the political bankruptcy of what passes for the left and labour organisations.

Boeing executives must be tried for murder

By Bryan Dyne, 13 December 2019

Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration were well aware of deadly safety problems of the 737 Max 8 aircraft that cost 346 human lives.

The impeachment crisis and its political consequences

By Andre Damon, 12 December 2019

Regardless of the its final outcome in the House and Senate, the impeachment proceedings will have reactionary and dangerous repercussions.

The true legacy of US central banker Paul Volcker (1927–2019)

By Nick Beams, 11 December 2019

A full accounting would reveal that his policies, imposed on behalf of the American capitalist class, resulted in untold social misery and the premature death of millions of people, not only in the US but around the world.

The “Afghanistan papers”: The criminality and disaster of a war based upon lies

By Bill Van Auken, 10 December 2019

The documents published by the Washington Post constitute a damning indictment of both major parties as well as the media for lying to the American people for two decades.

America’s torturers and their co-conspirators must be prosecuted

By Tom Carter, 9 December 2019

Five years after the release of the Senate report on CIA torture, the gruesome drawings contained in the Seton Hall Law School paper on “How America Tortures” are a powerful indictment of the entire US political establishment.

The way forward for the mass strike in France

By Alex Lantier, 7 December 2019

The working class faces a fight to bring down the Macron government, drawing into struggle ever broader layers of workers and youth in France and internationally.

Trump administration food stamp cuts spell hunger and destitution for millions

By Kate Randall, 6 December 2019

The Trump Administration announced Wednesday a rule change that will deprive nearly 700,000 people of benefits from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, increasing hunger for countless families.

NATO summit dominated by growing inter-state conflicts

By Alex Lantier, 5 December 2019

Explosive conflicts over trade and military policy between Washington and its main European allies erupted this week at the NATO summit in London.

Fiat Chrysler workers face off against the UAW, an “FCA-controlled enterprise”

By Jerry White, 4 December 2019

The concessions forced on GM and Ford workers were imposed by the United Auto Workers, which a lawsuit by GM describes as an organization that was “acquired” by Fiat Chrysler.

Halt the extradition of Julian Assange!

CIA spying on Assange’s lawyers exposes criminal operation against WikiLeaks founder

By Eric London, 3 December 2019

The surveillance violates the centuries-old right to attorney-client privilege and exposes the prosecution and extradition effort as an illegal frame-up.

Obama spearheads campaign against Sanders’ nomination as Democratic presidential candidate

By Patrick Martin, 2 December 2019

The Democratic Party establishment wants to ensure that issues of social inequality are not a focal point in the elections, even in the toothless form represented by Sanders and Warren.

Groundswell of support for WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 30 November 2019

The surge of support for Assange is a welcome blow to the conspiracy of silence surrounding his persecution, enforced by governments, establishment parties and the corporate media around the world.

A socialist response to the global jobs massacre in the auto industry

By Peter Schwarz, 29 November 2019

The announcement of 9,500 job cuts by the German automaker Audi is part of a global offensive against the jobs and living standards of autoworkers all over the world.

Social counterrevolution and the decline in US life expectancy

By Niles Niemuth, 28 November 2019

A study published this week by the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms that the fall in life expectancy in the US is the product of a decades-long assault on the working class.

Trump’s war crime pardons: Cultivating a fascistic base in the military

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2019

The unprecedented intervention in defense of Navy Seal Edward Gallagher is aimed not just at facilitating war crimes abroad, but at preparing forces to be used against the working class at home.

The significance of the doctors’ open letter in defence of Julian Assange

By Chris Marsden, 26 November 2019

The doctors’ action marks a new stage in the struggle to free Assange because it has been taken independently by a group of professional workers, animated by profound concern for his fate and for democratic rights.

Leaked email on alleged chemical attack shows 2018 strikes against Syria based on lies

By Niles Niemuth, 25 November 2019

A whistleblower’s memo establishes that the July 2018 OPCW report on the alleged chemical attack in Douma falsified the findings of investigators to justify the attack on Syrian government forces carried out by the US, the UK and France.

Who decided the US should fight a “hot war” with Russia?

By Andre Damon, 23 November 2019

The impeachment inquiry has exposed a US conspiracy to spend billions of dollars to overthrow an elected government in Ukraine and foment a civil war that has killed thousands of people.

GM lawsuit: UAW engaged in criminal conspiracy with FCA to cut labor costs

By Eric London, 22 November 2019

The extraordinary lawsuit filed by General Motors peels back the curtain on the “purchase” of the United Auto Workers by Fiat Chrysler and the other automakers.

The impeachment crisis and American imperialism

By Patrick Martin, 21 November 2019

The principal crime revealed in the impeachment hearings is how American imperialism conducts itself towards smaller and less powerful nations such as Ukraine.

Collapse of Swedish “sexual misconduct” frame-up exposes political conspiracy against Assange

By Oscar Grenfell, 20 November 2019

The discrediting of the Swedish investigation, which played a linchpin role in the US-led pursuit of Assange, exposes the lawless character of the entire operation against the WikiLeaks founder.

The bloodbath in Baghdad

By Bill Van Auken, 19 November 2019

The US media has remained largely silent as more than 330 unarmed demonstrators have been killed in the streets of the Iraqi capital.

Wall Street Journal investigation confirms Google operates censorship blacklist

By Andre Damon, 18 November 2019

A report published Friday confirms many of the central allegations made by the World Socialist Web Site in 2017 regarding Google’s censorship of the internet.

The Trump impeachment and US policy in Ukraine

By Patrick Martin, 16 November 2019

The public hearings on impeachment have brought to light bitter recriminations within the US ruling elite sparked by the failure of its anti-Russia efforts in Ukraine.

The Spanish election crisis and the treachery of Podemos

By Alex Lantier, 15 November 2019

With its anti-worker policies, the “left populist” party Podemos allows the neo-fascists to grow by posturing as the only opposition to a corrupt political establishment.

Bloomberg and his fellow oligarchs lay down the law: Not a penny more in taxes

By Barry Grey, 14 November 2019

The American financial oligarchy is indignant over any possibility of having to give up a part of their fortune to pay for things such as health care, education, housing and a livable environment.

The US-backed coup in Bolivia

By Bill Van Auken, 13 November 2019

Backed by Washington, the violent coup in Bolivia has been facilitated by the political cowardice and treachery of the Morales government and its ruling MAS party.

The Spanish elections and the rise of the fascistic Vox party

By Alex Lantier, 12 November 2019

Vox is part of a broad trend in European capitalist politics toward the promotion of neo-fascist parties, nationalism and the furious public legitimization of fascist dictators.

In Berlin Wall speech, Pompeo advances crusade against Russia and China

By Bill Van Auken, 11 November 2019

In a hypocritical address invoking a worldwide crusade for “freedom,” Pompeo escalated US threats of global war.

The Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship: Who is to determine what are “lies”?

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2019

While couched in demagogic language accusing Facebook of “profiting” off of “disinformation,” the Democrats’ campaign for internet censorship is aimed at silencing political opposition and dissent.

The expanding UAW corruption scandal and the case for rank-and-file committees

By Tom Hall, 8 November 2019

The United Auto Workers is currently trying to ram through a concessions contract at Ford following the shutdown of the GM strike, even as its president faces imminent charges for stealing workers’ money.

German imperialism’s new drive for world power

By Johannes Stern, 7 November 2019

In a lecture on the theme of “Germany’s role in a globalised world,” the president of the parliament, Wolfgang Schäuble, called for a return to a foreign policy of military violence.