Inequality and the social crisis
By Michael Barnes, 4 April 2020
While the super-rich complain of being bored in their gated mansions, masses of workers in London have lost their jobs or are forced to work in unsafe conditions.
By Alice Summers, 4 April 2020
High Pressure Laminate cladding, thought to be used on thousands of buildings across the country, has been shown to be as highly flammable as the cladding used on Grenfell Tower.
By Julian James, 4 April 2020
As of Friday, 21 residents at the Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke, Massachusetts were confirmed to have died from COVID-19 in a span of only 10 days.
By Terry Cook, 4 April 2020
Qantas CEO: “This will be a survival of the fittest and Qantas is one of the fittest and most dynamic airlines in the world.”
By Niles Niemuth, 4 April 2020
The coronavirus does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, nationality or sexual orientation. However, the one factor that is undoubtedly key in avoiding infection and improving the chance of survival is wealth.
By Julio Patron, 3 April 2020
As the pandemic rips across the United States, COVID-19 cases are beginning to be reported among the homeless population in Seattle.
For emergency action against the destruction of jobs! Full financial and social support for all working people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic!
Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 3 April 2020
All sections of the working class must be fully compensated for the economic consequences of the pandemic.
By Bryan Dyne, 2 April 2020
As the US death toll nears 5,000, a report to the federal government from mayors of 213 cities showing a desperate shortage of lifesaving equipment has fallen on deaf ears.
By Jacob Crosse, 2 April 2020
In New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, up to 40 percent of tenants are expected forgo rent payments this month.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 April 2020
Hundreds of millions of people across the globe live in homes that were detrimental to their health and safety even before the onset of the coronavirus.
By Samuel Davidson, 1 April 2020
The situation in Pittsburgh is being repeated throughout the US as more than 3.5 million workers filed for unemployment last week and millions more are expected to do so this week.
Tennessee state officials recommend health care workers use swim goggles, diapers and garbage bags as protection from COVID-19
By Warren Duzak, 31 March 2020
As of Monday, the state has reported 1,818 infections and ten deaths, with a shortfall of the intensive care units needed to treat the critically ill expected to come in the next two weeks.
By Katy Kinner, 31 March 2020
Last week drivers backed up for miles through the streets leading to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. One-third of those seeking assistance had never before sought food assistance.
As 150,000 hotel rooms remain empty, Las Vegas government forces 500 homeless residents to sleep outside on asphalt parking lot
By Jacob Crosse, 31 March 2020
The action follows the closure of one of the few homeless shelters in the city after someone staying there tested positive for coronavirus.
By Patrick Martin, 31 March 2020
Giant American corporations have blocked the development of inexpensive ventilators and are hoarding supplies of materials needing to make billions of N95 masks for health care workers.
Detroit mayor confirms denial of treatment to “extremely sick” patients: “What they put out is honest”
By Kevin Reed, 28 March 2020
One ICU nurse at a local hospital posted a video to social media from her car in tears as she described the COVID unit in her hospital, saying that “it felt like I was working in a war zone.”
House passes Senate “rescue” bill
By Barry Grey, 28 March 2020
The bill amounts to virtually unlimited funding for the corporate and financial aristocracy, with no real strings attached.
Albany, Georgia walloped by coronavirus outbreak as governor refuses to implement state-wide stay at home order
By Aaron Murch, 28 March 2020
As of Friday the Albany area ranked second only to the New York City metro region, the epicenter of the outbreak in the US, in the number of infections per capita.
By Keith Jones, 28 March 2020
While billions are being handed to big business, Canada’s health system, ravaged by decades of austerity, has no "surge capacity."
By David Walsh, 28 March 2020
The bipartisan corporate “rescue” package passed by the US Congress this week provides only $232.5 million for cultural organizations, one-sixteenth of the $4 billion for which the American Alliance of Museums had lobbied.
By Shannon Jones, 27 March 2020
The number of new weekly claims for state unemployment benefits reached the staggering total of 3.28 million, an increase of 1,000 percent over the previous week, and the largest such total in history.
Profits before lives: German parliament passes emergency package for large corporations and the rich
By Johannes Stern, 27 March 2020
All parties in parliament, from the Left Party to the extreme right AfD, are working together to defend capitalism and to shift the burden of the COVID-19 crisis onto the working class.
By Penny Smith, 27 March 2020
The Canadian ruling elite’s policy of malign neglect in the face of the lethal coronavirus pandemic is exemplified by the failure of all levels of government to do anything to protect homeless people.
By Patrick Martin, 26 March 2020
The $2 trillion bill allocates the bulk of its funds to loans and grants to corporations and businesses, with some emergency aid to workers.
By Dan Conway, 26 March 2020
The guilty plea allows the utility to escape further costs and legal liabilities stemming from its refusal to modernize its antiquated electrical grid.
By Clare Bruderlin, 26 March 2020
According to the Murdoch media magazine, the number of billionaires has more than trebled in two years, from 33 to 117.
By Sam Dalton and Clara Weiss, 25 March 2020
The homeless are at heightened risk of infection and death from the coronavirus.
By Mike Head, 25 March 2020
Prime Minister Morrison channeled Donald Trump and insisted on keeping “the economy” going, regardless of the mounting danger to the health and lives of millions of people.
By Benjamin Mateus, 24 March 2020
The total number infected in the United States is approaching 50,000, with nearly 600 dead.
By Patrick Martin, 24 March 2020
The wrangling between Democrats and Republicans in Washington is political theater to disguise the highway robbery being carried out by corporate America.
Attorney general requests suspension of habeas corpus
By Eric London, 24 March 2020
The Justice Department has asked Congress to suspend habeas corpus and due process, even as the military develops plans to deploy troops on US soil to suppress “riots” and “civil disobedience.”
Florida residents on COVID-19 pandemic: “There is no way we can go longer than a month at this rate.”
By Matthew MacEgan, 24 March 2020
Workers and students spoke with the WSWS about lack of supplies, limited testing, and growing concerns over the economic, social, and health impact on their families and friends.
By Phyllis Steele and Jerry White, 24 March 2020
Even as school districts deliver free meals to millions of low-income students, state governments have already begun slashing school spending and reneging on promised pay raises to teachers.
By Martin Scott, 24 March 2020
Tens of thousands of performers are facing an indeterminate period without work.
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.