Capitalism and inequality
“They are sucking the lifeblood out of us”
By Kayla Costa, 4 May 2020
On May 1, millions of Americans were not able to pay their rent due to the dire social crisis sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, opening up a housing crisis in which many working class families face a future of debt, eviction and homelessness.
By Erik Schreiber, 4 May 2020
The shuttering of workplaces in New Jersey, an epicenter of the pandemic, has forced workers with little savings to join mile-long lines for food assistance.
As southwestern states begin to reopen
By Evan Cohen, 2 May 2020
Endemic impoverishment and a lack of critical infrastructure imposed on Native Americans by Washington have contributed to some of the worst coronavirus infection rates in the country.
By Jacob Crosse, 2 May 2020
While $45 billion has been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the CARES Act, a memo from Trump bans the agency giving burial funds to thousands of victims.
By Rafael Azul, 2 May 2020
More than a million workers will face hunger and poverty while businesses get massive subsidies.
Amid back-to-work drive and state reopenings
By Patrick Martin, 2 May 2020
Press inquiries have found that the federal government is ordering enough body bags for at least five times the current US death toll.
2 May 2020
By Shannon Jones, 1 May 2020
With the official jobless rate expected to reach 20 percent, millions find they cannot get state unemployment benefits as overloaded systems crash.
By Philip Guelpa, 1 May 2020
More than 18,000 New York City residents have so far died from COVID-19, and the city’s ability to deal with the bodies is at the breaking point.
By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 May 2020
A provision in the CARES Act prohibits stimulus checks from being sent to couples if one of them has used an individual tax ID number in jointly-filed returns.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 April 2020
The threat of massive fatalities is the legacy of decades of US imperialist wars that have ravaged entire societies, from Afghanistan, to Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen.
By Alex Johnson, 30 April 2020
The staggering rise in joblessness and wage reductions have driven underfunded charitable food services to the brink due to an explosion in need.
By Mike Head, 30 April 2020
The outbreak underscores the danger of a new wave of COVID-19 infections as governments and business chiefs step up their drive for a premature return to work.
By Shannon Jones, 29 April 2020
General Motors CEO Mary Barra was among the top 20 highest paid executives in 2019 with Ford and Fiat Chrysler execs not far behind.
By Joseph Kishore—SEP candidate for US president, 28 April 2020
2020 will go down not only as the year of the coronavirus pandemic but also as the year of the greatest act of thievery and plunder yet perpetrated by the corporate and financial oligarchy.
By Julia Callaghan, 27 April 2020
Households will suffer an overall £43 billion loss—equating to a 17 percent reduction in monthly household disposable income.
By Barry Grey, 25 April 2020
Declaring bankruptcy would allow state governments to override laws and state constitutional provisions that guarantee the pension benefits of retired public workers.
By Isaac Finn, 25 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the failure of the American health care system, and the inability of the wealthiest country on Earth to take care of its elderly and infirm.
By Kevin Reed, 25 April 2020
Following Beaumont Health, which laid off 2,475 employees and permanently eliminated 450 positions on Tuesday, HFHS told workers they were being put on temporary furlough.
By Ben Trent, 25 April 2020
Charities set to lose up to £4 billion over a 12-week period because of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Alice Summers, 25 April 2020
A fundraising page for the NHS, set up by 99-year-old war veteran Captain Tom Moore, received overwhelming public support, raising more than £28 million in two weeks.
By Dan Conway, 25 April 2020
The cuts announced by the Democratic mayor herald an onslaught of similar measures in other US cities and states.
25 April 2020
25 April 2020
By Penny Smith, 24 April 2020
According to Food Banks Canada, demand has jumped 20 percent nationwide in recent few weeks and is expected to “keep going up and up and up.”
By Jean Shaoul, 23 April 2020
Hundreds of millions of people face starvation and millions could die as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Will Morrow, 23 April 2020
While sparked by the latest act of wanton police violence, the riots are more fundamentally driven by popular anger over social inequality and the right-wing policies of the Macron administration.
By Aaron Murch, 23 April 2020
There have been multiple instances in New Orleans and around the country of landlords sending eviction notices as a bullying tactic to force out or squeeze rent payments from of poor and unemployed workers.
By Bill Van Auken, 23 April 2020
Workers in arms plants, classified as “essential infrastructure,” have protested and struck against the coronavirus threat that confronts the entire working class amidst the drive for a return to work.
By Nick Barrickman, 20 April 2020
On Friday, hundreds of people from Maryland and Virginia lined up outside of local MegaMart supermarkets with the hope of obtaining free baskets of groceries to feed their families.
By Gary Joad, 17 April 2020
Since 2010, 128 rural hospitals have closed, with 19 closures taking place last year alone.
By Jacob Crosse, 16 April 2020
Never letting a good crisis go to waste, the financial oligarchy has used the COVID-19 pandemic to enrich itself at the expense of society.
By Nick Beams, 16 April 2020
Any notion that there will be a rapid economic recovery once the immediate effects of the pandemic pass is being dispelled.
By Paul Bond, 15 April 2020
The rapacious quest for pandemic hideouts by the super-rich starkly demonstrates the waste of societal resources under capitalism.
By Cesar Uco and Don Knowland, 15 April 2020
In a recent speech, interim President Añez stressed that anyone who violates the quarantine will face the “active participation of the Armed Forces and the National Police.”
By Nick Beams, 15 April 2020
The IMF’s “baseline scenario” is that the world economy will lose $9 trillion in 2020 and 2021, equivalent to the combined economic output of Germany and Japan.
By Nick Barrickman and Linda Rios, 14 April 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed particularly sharply the inability of the capitalist system to provide for the needs of society’s most vulnerable members, including infants, children and their caregivers.
By Niles Niemuth, 13 April 2020
The desperate social reality for tens of millions in the US, typically hidden in “normal times,” has been exposed by the coronavirus outbreak for the world to see.
By Julian James and Kate Randall, 11 April 2020
With supermarkets emptied of staples and cupboards increasingly bare, people struggling with hunger are lining up in record numbers at food pantries across the country.
By Stephen Fuller, 11 April 2020
Kenisa Barkai was dismissed for insisting hospital management protect staff and provide the necessary care for the expanding number of coronavirus patients.
Thousands of Florida residents claim unemployment benefits as state governor says schools must reopen despite increasing COVID-19 infections
By Matthew MacEgan and Alex Johnson, 11 April 2020
So many people are applying for unemployment compensation in Florida that the state’s web site has collapsed.
By Nick Beams, 10 April 2020
According to the International Labour Organisation, the COVID-19 crisis is expected to wipe out 6.7 percent of total working hours globally in the second quarter of this year—equivalent to 195 million full-time workers.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 April 2020
The large number of deaths stems from the failure to implement timely countermeasures or follow them, a shortage of staff, overworked personnel and the absence of personal protective equipment (PPE).
By Jerry White, 10 April 2020
Emergency measures are necessary as the health crisis produced by the coronavirus pandemic develops into the greatest economic crisis in the United States since the 1930s.
“Managers, directors and council leaders should be held to account if people become ill or die”
By our correspondent, 9 April 2020
The WSWS spoke to a children’s social worker in a Local Authority in northern England about the conditions she and her clients face amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Margot Miller, 9 April 2020
The loss of thousands of jobs only confirms that the government's £370 billion emergency bailout fund to big business is doing next to nothing to protect the working class from the loss of their livelihoods.
By Chris Ross and Tom Peters, 9 April 2020
The coronavirus-induced crisis is having a devastating effect on jobs, with unemployment expected to reach levels unseen since the Great Depression.
By Paul Bond, 8 April 2020
The Unite union claims it has secured BA’s agreement that no worker will be laid off without pay, and that there will be no redundancies, at least temporarily.
By Laurent Lafrance, 8 April 2020
Health Minister Hajdu acknowledged that if Canada’s hospitals lack vital equipment it is because the government has been “underfunding” healthcare “for decades.”
By Nick Beams, 7 April 2020
A report published in the Wall Street Journal reveals that one of the main reasons for the cash shortage of major corporations, now lining up for a bailout, is the trillions of dollars they have spent on share buybacks to boost the fortunes of the ultra-wealthy.
By Nick Beams, 4 April 2020
The official March data, showing job losses of 701,000, are a significant underestimation since they are based on surveys conducted before widespread lockdowns were in place.
By Carola Kleinert and Andy Niklaus, 4 April 2020
Research indicates some 13 million people in Germany are living in poverty or confront hunger, malnutrition and social misery due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
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!
By 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.
By 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.