US Politics

Socialist Alternative town hall injects racial politics into COVID-19 pandemic

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 March 2020

The event was an attempt to cover over the conventional Democratic Party politics of Socialist Alternative and the DSA with anti-capitalist rhetoric and empty slogans. This was combined with the foul injection of racial politics, a hallmark of the Democratic Party.

While dumping their stock, US senators misled the public on coronavirus crisis

By Jacob Crosse, 21 March 2020

After receiving classified intelligence briefings, at least four US senators sold millions of dollars worth of stock while downplaying the severity of the virus to the public.

California governor orders statewide lockdown as US coronavirus deaths top 200

By Patrick Martin, 20 March 2020

The number of Americans with coronavirus is nearing 15,000, and more than 200 have died.

CIA veterans endorse Biden for president—and so does Tulsi Gabbard

By Jacob Crosse, 20 March 2020

The nominally antiwar congresswoman joined more than 80 former spies and intelligence agents in offering her “full support” to Biden.

Bernie Sanders draws his campaign to an end: The political lessons

Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US president, 19 March 2020

For the second time in four years, Sanders has diverted popular hostility to the capitalist system back within the framework of the corporate-controlled two-party system.

Biden sweeps three primaries amid coronavirus crisis

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2020

The former vice president extended his lead over Bernie Sanders to more than 300 delegates, while voter turnout plunged.

US capitalism’s response to the pandemic: Nothing for health care, unlimited cash for Wall Street

By Andre Damon, 16 March 2020

US President Trump announced another massive handout to the financial oligarchy Sunday night, even as congressional Democrats made clear they would offer no paid sick leave to workers affected by the pandemic.

New York Times hypocritically accuses Russia of “weaponizing race” in 2020 elections

By Eric London, 14 March 2020

The purpose of the article, published by the primary purveyors of racial politics, is to advance an anti-Russia foreign policy and deny the existence of real social divisions in America.

Biden, Sanders appeal for joint action with Republicans over coronavirus pandemic

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2020

In separate speeches, the two Democratic presidential candidates auditioned for the role of commander-in-chief for American capitalism in the midst of a deepening global crisis.

Sanders begins campaign to drag his supporters behind Biden

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2020

Sanders’ 10-minute speech on Wednesday, after which he took no questions, effectively conceded the Democratic nomination to the former vice president.

Biden racks up decisive victories over Sanders in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi primaries

By Niles Niemuth, 11 March 2020

The former vice president has a lead of nearly 150 delegates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“They want to keep the working class divided along racial and ethnic lines to keep all of the money to themselves”

Sanders rally attendees in Michigan discuss socialism and the Democratic Party

By our reporters, 9 March 2020

At each rally, it was evident that the majority of Sanders’ supporters are far to the left of him politically.

The Democratic Party rallies behind Biden

By Patrick Martin, 9 March 2020

In its support for this corrupt, senile figurehead, the Democratic Party is demonstrating the political bankruptcy of Sanders’ campaign.

On the eve of Michigan primary

Another corporate media smear against Bernie Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 7 March 2020

A New York Times article claims that Soviet officials saw cultivating ties with Sanders in the 1980s as a political “opportunity.”

After Super Tuesday primaries, Warren drops out, Sanders tacks to the right

By Barry Grey, 6 March 2020

Sanders began running a campaign ad Tuesday consisting entirely of former President Barack Obama speaking in glowing terms of the Vermont senator.

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.

Democratic Party leaders engineer Biden victory in most Super Tuesday states

By Patrick Martin, 4 March 2020

The outcome is a rebuff to the claims by Bernie Sanders that the Democratic Party can become the vehicle of a political revolution in America.

Federal appeals court rules Congress cannot enforce White House subpoena

By John Burton, 4 March 2020

The DC Circuit ruling, if it stands, is expected to affect a number of other congressional inquiries, including ongoing House efforts to obtain Trump’s tax returns.

Detroit State of the City 2020: Pro-capitalist promises, lies and omissions

By James Brewer, 4 March 2020

Mayor Mike Duggan painted a rosy picture of a city which has become a Mecca for cheap labor.

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.

On eve of South Carolina and “Super Tuesday” primaries

Democratic establishment steps up campaign against Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 29 February 2020

There is increasing talk of using the anti-democratic procedures of a “brokered convention” to block the nomination of the Vermont senator.

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.

New York Times posts anti-Semitic caricature of Harvey Weinstein

By David North and Andre Damon, 26 February 2020

The illustration, which has multiple characteristics associated with anti-Semitic depictions of Jewish people by the Nazis, strikingly resembles an image published in October 1936 in the Nazi propaganda magazine Der Stürmer.

Nashville art school students, alumni oppose takeover by Christian college

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.

The New York Times gloats over the destruction of “the Monster” Weinstein

By Eric London, 26 February 2020

Weinstein’s conviction has established the “breakthrough” principle that a criminal conviction can be secured without reliable and verifiable evidence. The working class and poor will suffer the consequences.

Sanders on “60 Minutes” spells out willingness to use US military power

By Patrick Martin, 25 February 2020

The Democratic presidential frontrunner said he would go to war in support of NATO and other US military allies, and to defend Taiwan against China.

David North and Joseph Kishore address international online audience in Socialist Equality Party town hall election meeting

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 25 February 2020

Watch the recording of the successful campaign kick-off town hall meeting streamed to workers and supporters around the world.

Trump to promote anti-China strategic alliance in visit to India

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 24 February 2020

Reflecting the importance the US now places on India and the Indian Ocean in its strategy to counter China, the Pentagon recently renamed its Pacific Command the US Indo-Pacific Command.

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.

Sanders wins sweeping victory in Nevada

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2020

Despite the intervention of the intelligence agencies, the corporate media and the Democratic Party establishment, young and working class voters gave overwhelming support to Sanders.

US intelligence agencies meddle in Nevada primary to sabotage Sanders

By Barry Grey, 22 February 2020

On the eve of Nevada Democratic caucuses, the Washington Post reported that “US officials” told Sanders the Russian government was working to aid his campaign.

Las Vegas Culinary Workers Union stumps for “anybody but Bernie”

By Adam McLean, 22 February 2020

The CWU’s attack on Sanders’ proposal for “Medicare for All” is motivated by its financial interests in the health care fund that it operates.

Las Vegas debate reveals deepening Democratic Party crisis

By Patrick Martin, 21 February 2020

All five rivals of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders indicated they would deny him the nomination even if he won the most votes in the primaries.

Young Democratic Socialists of America’s winter conference props up the Democratic Party

By Genevieve Leigh, 21 February 2020

Those who attended were told to integrate themselves fully into the Democratic primary election campaign of Bernie Sanders. The fundamental aim of the event organizers was to disabuse young people of the notion that socialism entails an independent struggle for political power.

Trump pardons ruling class criminals

By Patrick Martin, 20 February 2020

The criminal in the White House expunged the lawbreaking records of two billionaires and two political hatchetmen for big business.

Wall Street celebrates Milken pardon

By Nick Beams, 20 February 2020

Milken was a pioneer of the financial mechanisms which have led to the greatest accumulation of wealth by the financial oligarchy ever seen, at the expense of the working class.

“For once we actually know where the money is coming from”

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams covers for the billionaire Bloomberg

By Niles Niemuth, 20 February 2020

Abrams said Bloomberg’s spending hundreds of millions of dollars to buy the Democratic nomination is like a candidate “using their dog” to get support.

Sanders’ surge in the polls triggers new provocations by media, Democratic establishment

By Barry Grey, 19 February 2020

There are growing concerns within the party apparatus and much of the corporate elite that wins for Sanders in Nevada and South Carolina could make his nomination unstoppable.

Sanders fails to get endorsement from Chicago Teachers Union

By Kristina Betinis, 19 February 2020

The CTU leaders are cultivating ever-closer ties to the Democratic Party political establishment, which is campaigning to defeat a Sanders nomination.

New York Times falsifies history to claim Sanders is “transforming” the Democratic Party

By Eric London and Tom Mackaman, 17 February 2020

Georgetown historian Michael Kazin’s February 13 column falsifies history in an attempt to convince an increasingly radical population that they must not break from the Democratic Party.

Stop all anti-immigrant raids! Abolish ICE and CBP! For a socialist policy of open borders!

Norissa Santa Cruz – Socialist Equality Party candidate for US vice president, 17 February 2020

The Trump administration’s deployment of militarized police forces to cities throughout the country is aimed at terrorizing immigrant neighborhoods and is a warning to the entire working class.

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.

Sanders surge in poll sparks backlash in Democratic establishment

By Patrick Martin, 15 February 2020

The growing support for a self-styled “democratic socialist” has been met by anti-communist diatribes and media smears.

White House orders militarized border patrol unit to carry out raids in “sanctuary cities”

By Andre Damon, 15 February 2020

The new policy was announced as Trump gave a fascistic speech to border patrol agents, pledging to fight the “left.”

Trump administration’s national counterintelligence strategy focuses on “hacktivists, leaktivists and public disclosure organizations”

By Kevin Reed, 15 February 2020

A major assault on First Amendment rights of free speech and freedom of the press is being prepared.

Trump pledges to veto war powers resolution, uses Pentagon funds to build border wall

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2020

Strengthened by the failure of the Democrats’ impeachment drive, President Trump has accelerated his efforts to expand the powers of the presidency in every sphere.

Black Democrats endorse Bloomberg after release of racist boasts on “stop-and-frisk”

By Niles Niemuth, 14 February 2020

The immediate response of elected African-American Democrats to the exposure of the billionaire Bloomberg’s racist remarks was to boost him as the only candidate who can defeat President Donald Trump in November.

Sanders tells New York Times he would consider a preemptive strike against Iran or North Korea

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 14 February 2020

The answers given by Sanders’ campaign to a foreign policy survey published this month by the Times provide a revealing picture of the attitude of the self-styled “democratic socialist” to American imperialism and war.

Market surge continues ahead of confirmation hearings for New York Fed Governor nominee

By Nick Beams, 13 February 2020

Markets are soaring as the Federal Reserve makes clear it stands ready to inject still more cheap money into the financial system in the event of any significant market downturn.

Trump continues post-impeachment power grab with Roger Stone intervention

By Barry Grey, 13 February 2020

Following the Democrats’ failed impeachment drive, President Trump is moving to consolidate his personal control over the government and surround himself with officials directly dependent on his approval.

Sanders wins three-way contest in New Hampshire primary

By Patrick Martin, 12 February 2020

The self-styled “democratic socialist” defeated two more right-wing candidates, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.

New York state bail reform prompts backlash from Democrats and Republicans

By Sam Dalton, 12 February 2020

While the Democrats wasted no time jettisoning their facade of ‘progressive’ politics in the face of resistance from the NYPD and other law-and-order advocates, the Republicans have taken the opportunity to push their fascistic appeals.

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.

A comment on American Factory, the award-winning documentary

By Lily Zhao, 12 February 2020

The work won in the best documentary feature category at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. It was the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions.

On eve of New Hampshire primary

Growing attacks on socialism in Democratic presidential race

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2020

With polls showing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders the likely first-place finisher in tomorrow’s Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, Sanders’ opponents have focused their attacks on his public identification as a “democratic socialist.”

Trump outlines massive cuts in Medicaid and Medicare in 2021 budget plan

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.

After impeachment debacle and Iowa chaos

Hillary Clinton launches new attack on Sanders

By Barry Grey, 8 February 2020

The Democratic leadership is determined to suppress the issue of social inequality in the 2020 campaign for fear of encouraging the growth of social opposition and anti-capitalist sentiment.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham introduces bill that threatens end-to-end encryption

By Kevin Reed, 8 February 2020

The assault on end-to-end encryption is part of the ongoing drive by the state to censor and regulate content on the internet.

South Dakota House passes reactionary anti-transgender bill

By Noel Katsuki and George Gallanis, 8 February 2020

House Bill 1057 targets transgender youth by criminalizing the provision of gender transition care to minors by doctors.

Democrats seek to suppress Sanders victory in Iowa

By Patrick Martin, 7 February 2020

The effort to conceal or suppress reports of Senator Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Iowa caucuses reached a new stage Thursday with DNC Chairman Tom Perez calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to recanvass the state.

Democratic governor gives right-wing response to Trump State of the Union address

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.

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara on the Iowa caucuses: Don’t lose faith in the Democrats

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2020

Writing in the Guardian, Sunkara claims that “we should have confidence” in the “integrity” of the vote in Iowa, arguing that the DNC will not “steal the election from Bernie Sanders.”

Montana state representative calls for socialists to be shot

By Bryan Dyne, 6 February 2020

The diatribe by Rodney Garcia mirrors the fascistic appeals of President Trump.

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.

Trump delivers right-wing tirade against socialism in State of the Union address

By Andre Damon, 5 February 2020

The annual State of the Union address has long been an exercise in delusion and fraud, but Trump’s remarks yesterday raised this ritualistic exercise to new heights.

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.

With Sanders headed to victory, Iowa Democratic Party blocks release of caucus results

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2020

The action, which was clearly directed from the top, comes amidst an unprecedented intervention from the Democratic Party leadership against the Sanders campaign.

As White House asserts unchecked presidential powers

Democrats double down on anti-Russia war-mongering in impeachment arguments

By Barry Grey, 4 February 2020

The Democrats’ final arguments only underscored the reactionary basis of their impeachment drive.

On eve of Iowa caucuses

Corporate media and Democratic establishment target Sanders

By Patrick Martin, 3 February 2020

Sanders’ response to the barrage of smears was to reiterate his support for whoever wins the Democratic nomination.

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.

Senate rejects witnesses in Trump impeachment trial, setting the stage for acquittal

By Andre Damon, 1 February 2020

The Democrats, refusing to oppose Trump on the basis of his real crimes, sought to use impeachment to settle differences over foreign policy.

Trump administration announces major attack on Medicaid, capping benefits

By Kate Randall, 1 February 2020

The Trump administration’s proposed Medicaid changes could slash benefits for millions of recipients, while opening the door for a broader assault on other entitlement programs.

Sanders surges in polls amidst attacks from media, Democratic Party establishment

By Jacob Crosse, 1 February 2020

The campaign from top Democratic Party officials against Sanders and their determination to undermine his candidacy only exposes the bankruptcy of Sanders’ claim that the Democratic Party can be reformed.

Elizabeth Warren issues call for internet censorship

By Patrick Martin, 31 January 2020

While nominally directed against Russia and right-wing “trolls,” the proposal would open the way to a sweeping attack on the democratic rights of the American people.

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.

Psychologist responsible for devising torture methods testifies at Guantanamo Bay hearing

By Adam Mclean, 30 January 2020

James Mitchell, an Air Force veteran and psychologist who was a leading architect of torture methods used at US “black sites” testified that he threatened to cut the throat of the son of detainee Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

In impeachment crisis, Trump continues fascistic appeals, Democrats promote warmonger John Bolton

By Barry Grey, 29 January 2020

An architect of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Bolton has advocated wars for regime change in Iran, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen and North Korea.

US Supreme Court approves public charge rule directed against legal immigrants

By Jill Lux and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 29 January 2020

The highly contested rule, which was announced last August, altered existing immigration law to allow the administration to deny visas to legal immigrants who it claims would rely on the government’s assistance.

US refuses to extradite spy’s wife to UK over death of Harry Dunn

By Barry Mason, 29 January 2020

The UK government have gone into full damage-limitation mode over the explosive conflict, but US Secretary of State Pompeo will not be fooled by such theatrics and will dismiss any appeals regarding Sacoolas, knowing they are made purely for the record.

“The time is now to fight for genuine socialism and an end to capitalist exploitation”

SEP presidential candidate Joseph Kishore opens 2020 campaign with address to students and supporters in Michigan

By our reporters, 29 January 2020

There is a clear alternative facing the American and international working class, Kishore said at the meeting, capitalist barbarism or international socialism.

Democrats embrace war hawk Bolton in Trump impeachment trial

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2020

The carefully timed leak of Bolton’s White House revelations has overshadowed the defense mounted by Trump’s attorneys in the Senate impeachment trial.

US Supreme Court considers ending ban on public funding for religious schools

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.

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 January 2020

The New York congresswoman declared recently that, in any country but the United States, she and former Vice President Joe Biden would be in different political parties.

Trump tweets threats as impeachment defense begins

By Patrick Martin, 27 January 2020

Senate Republicans seem determined to bring the trial to an end by Friday of this week.

Socialist Equality Party to run Joseph Kishore for president, Norissa Santa Cruz for vice president in 2020 US elections

27 January 2020

The alternative confronting the working class is clear: capitalist barbarism or international socialism. The Socialist Equality Party, in political solidarity with the International Committee of the Fourth International, will use this campaign to advance the struggle of the working class against capitalism. Sign up today to get involved!

Why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is in the same party as Joe Biden

By Genevieve Leigh, 27 January 2020

The New York congresswoman declared recently that, in any country but the United States, she and former Vice President Joe Biden would be in different political parties.

As Democrats promote anti-Russia hysteria

Trump steps up attacks on immigrants, democratic rights in midst of impeachment trial

By Barry Grey, 25 January 2020

Trump railed against the “far left” in the first speech by a president at the annual anti-abortion March for Life rally in Washington DC.

Democrats begin Senate trial of Trump with anti-Russia diatribe

By Patrick Martin, 23 January 2020

A casual viewer might have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin, not Trump, was on trial.

Senate adopts rules for quick impeachment trial of President Trump

By Barry Grey, 22 January 2020

The statements on the Senate floor by both the lawyers for Trump and the House impeachment managers made clear the right-wing, antidemocratic politics of both warring factions.

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.

Trump administration ramps up campaign to abolish strong data encryption in aftermath of Pensacola terror shooting

By Kevin Reed, 21 January 2020

The administration, following in the footsteps of the Obama White House, is moving to attack privacy rights protected by the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution.

As neo-Nazis head to Richmond, Trump boosts gun-rights rally

By Patrick Martin, 20 January 2020

The president’s tweet is a declaration of solidarity with ultra-right forces on the eve of his impeachment trial.

#MeToo provocation against Bernie Sanders organized by CNN and Elizabeth Warren

By David Walsh, 20 January 2020

This is a political stink bomb, borrowed from the #MeToo playbook, typical of American politics in its putrefaction.

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.

House forwards impeachment articles, triggering Senate trial of President Trump

By Barry Grey, 16 January 2020

The onset of the Senate trial takes place in the context of an explosive political and social crisis and internal warfare within the American state without parallel since the Civil War.

Mideast war threat overshadows Democratic debate

By Patrick Martin, 16 January 2020

All six candidates—including the nominal “socialist” Bernie Sanders—criticized Trump’s actions from the standpoint of advocating a more carefully considered strategy to advance the interests of American imperialism.

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.

Sanders’ rise in polls alarms Democratic political establishment

By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2020

The increased support for the Vermont senator is linked to mounting antiwar sentiment in the midst of the Iran crisis.

House Democrats to forward Trump impeachment articles, setting stage for Senate trial

By Patrick Martin, 13 January 2020

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the next step would be taken Tuesday at a meeting of the House Democratic caucus.

After millions march against US imperialism in the Middle East

Trump boasts of “executing” Iranian General Suleimani in Ohio campaign speech

By Barry Grey, 11 January 2020

Trump’s biggest asset is his nominal political opposition, the Democratic Party.