The Crisis of American Democracy

Who is Biden’s top economic adviser Brian Deese?

By Jerry White, 2 December 2020

The executive from the giant investment firm BlackRock played a leading role in the destruction of autoworkers’ jobs and living standards during the 2009 restructuring of GM and Chrysler.

Trump campaign threatens Republican officials certifying election results

By Jacob Crosse, 2 December 2020

Following Trump’s lead, an attorney for the president suggested fired DHS Cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs should be “taken out at dawn and shot.”

Biden-Harris tech policy: militarism and censorship

By Kevin Reed, 2 December 2020

Democratic Party president-elect Joseph Biden is formulating policies and assembling a team committed to the use of advanced technologies for the purposes of warfare and suppression of free speech.

999 Biden tech policy team backs censorship

1 December 2020

Biden economic team: Straight from Wall Street

By Patrick Martin, 1 December 2020

Behind a screen of racial and gender diversity, the Biden administration will be a government of, by and for the ruling class.

Hailing election security, New York Times drops its “Russian meddling” narrative

By Barry Grey and Jacob Crosse, 26 November 2020

The fact that it is absent from the Times’ November 22 editorial makes absolutely clear one basic fact: the entire anti-Russia narrative is a deliberate fabrication.

President Trump issues full pardon of former national security advisor Michael Flynn

By Kevin Reed, 26 November 2020

Trump’s action ends the case against the right-wing White House aide who lied to the FBI during the early days of the investigation into claims of “Russian interference” in the 2016 US elections.

The Democratic Socialists of America pleads with Biden not to appoint Rahm Emanuel

By Kristina Betinis, 26 November 2020

A petition opposing the appointment of Emanuel to President-elect Biden’s administration simultaneously exposes the right-wing record of the Democratic Party and the utter bankruptcy of its DSA faction.

US jobless claims and hunger spike as Congress goes on vacation

By Jacob Crosse, 26 November 2020

Amid historic levels of unemployment, disorganized partial lockdowns without stimulus are leaving workers and small businesses without protection from the coronavirus or social support.

Pennsylvania, Nevada certify Biden victories as Trump repeats his vows to overturn the election

By Barry Grey, 25 November 2020

Whether or not Biden’s right-wing administration-in-waiting comes to power, Trump’s election coup is a dire warning to the working class.

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

By Eric London, 25 November 2020

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

Federal agency lifts blockade on Biden transition, but Trump pledges to continue electoral coup

By Barry Grey, 24 November 2020

The erosion of support for Trump within the corporate-financial oligarchy is driven in part by a recognition that Biden is assembling a right-wing, militaristic administration that will aggressively defend the interests of big business.

Florida Sheriff’s Office intelligence-gathering program labels student youth as future criminals

By Alex Johnson, 24 November 2020

The police agency’s strategies for tracking youth shed light on the extraordinary lengths the department has gone to carry out repressive measures against underaged Pasco residents.

Biden names national security team of right-wing militarists

By Patrick Martin, 24 November 2020

The roll-out of Biden’s first cabinet nominees shows the top priority of the incoming Democratic administration: building a US-led imperialist front against China and Russia

999 US election crisis, vote certifications

24 November 2020

Trial 4: A shameless police frame-up in Boston

By Joanne Laurier, 24 November 2020

Trial 4 is an eight-episode documentary television series, currently streaming on Netflix that examines the case of Sean Ellis, a black teenager wrongly convicted of the 1993 murder of police officer John Mulligan.

999 Reply to Jacobin on Biden

24 November 2020

Pentagon shakeup aimed at paving path to Trump coup

By Bill Van Auken, 21 November 2020

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

Former Sheriff David Clarke calls for Proud Boys chapter in Wisconsin

By Chase Lawrence, 19 November 2020

Clarke spoke at a Milwaukee County Republican event on Saturday, along with Republican State Senator Chris Kapenga.

States certifying Biden victory despite Trump lawsuits, recount demands

By Patrick Martin, 19 November 2020

The effective cutoff date for Trump’s efforts to overturn the election through the courts is Dec. 8, when states submit their lists of presidential electors to the federal government.

Twelve million to lose unemployment benefits in December

By Jacob Crosse, 19 November 2020

Seeking to blackmail workers back into dangerous workplaces, Congress continues to ignore the plight of millions of unemployed people left without aid.

Louisville Metro Police Department and city officials implicated in cover-up of child sexual abuse ring

By Dominic Gustavo, 19 November 2020

The department concealed and then destroyed at least 738,000 records documenting the sexual abuse of minors in a youth program designed for children and teens who aspire to be police officers.

Vote breakdown shows class interests, not race, drove Trump’s defeat in Midwest “battleground” states

By Barry Grey, 19 November 2020

An analysis of the vote results in the three Midwestern “battleground” states that were key to Biden’s victory—Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—confirms that the critical factor was a turn by substantial sections of white workers to oppose Trump.

Hunger and evictions surge in the US

By Jacob Crosse, 18 November 2020

As COVID-19 cases skyrocket, food lines snake for miles, and eviction filings increase across the country, Congress refuses to pass emergency jobless aid.

Amid electoral coup plot, Trump threatens catastrophic war on Iran

By Bill Van Auken, 18 November 2020

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

Justice Department attorney tells appeals court the government can kill US citizens without judicial review

By Harvey Simpkins, 18 November 2020

The Trump administration’s despotic assertion of the right to kill people, including US citizens, without any judicial review is a continuation and extension of powers asserted and acted upon by the Obama administration.

Morenoites dismiss Trump coup attempt, while sowing illusions in Biden

By Miguel Andrade, 17 November 2020

The Morenoites’ Izquierda Diaro has lined up with the Democrats in dismissing Trump’s attempt to nullify the US election as of no significance.

Biden names pro-war think tank and former Pentagon officials to transition team

By Ray Coleman and Nick Barrickman, 17 November 2020

Over one-third of the members of Biden’s defense transition team are drawn from foreign policy think tanks funded by military contractors or are former national security officials.

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos congratulates Biden as the president-elect packs his transition teams with servants of the corporate oligarchy

By Tom Carter, 17 November 2020

Tom Sullivan, Amazon’s director of international tax planning, will sit on Biden’s Department of State team, while Mark Schwartz, an “enterprise strategist” for Amazon Web Services, will serve on the Office of Management and Budget team.

999 Biden's economic plan

17 November 2020

What would a Biden administration mean for public education?

By Renae Cassimeda, 17 November 2020

An understanding of what a Biden administration would have in store for educators requires a sober appraisal of the record of the Obama-Biden administration, the president-elect’s program and the class interests that Biden and the Democratic Party serve.

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

By Patrick Martin, 17 November 2020

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

The pandemic and Trump’s plots

By Joseph Kishore, 16 November 2020

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

After pledging to “defund the police,” Minneapolis City Council votes to increase police funding

By Anthony Bertolt, 16 November 2020

The Democratic Party-dominated Minneapolis City Council voted 7-6 Friday to approve a $500,000 funding increase to hire outside officers to augment the city’s police force.

Citing illegal appointment of acting Homeland Security secretary, judge invalidates Trump’s restrictions on DACA program

By Jacob Crosse, 16 November 2020

It is entirely possible that the acting DHS secretary will be confirmed by the Senate and the restrictions he had imposed will be allowed to proceed, paving the way for the deportation of thousands of young people.

Leading NYPD officer caught posting racist, fascistic messages online

By Shuvu Batta, 13 November 2020

James Kobel, a 28-year veteran of the NYPD, was suspended from his post as head of the NYPD Equal Employment Opportunity Division.

Trump packs Pentagon with right-wing loyalists

By Bill Van Auken, 12 November 2020

The wholesale shakeup in the Pentagon leadership is one of the most ominous features of Trump’s bid to annul the results of the 2020 elections.

As Biden popular vote lead hits five million

Trump, Republicans continue campaign to overturn election

By Patrick Martin, 12 November 2020

Republican efforts are focused on six states, all won by Biden: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Arizona and Nevada.

Federal agents arrest New York man for threatening to “exterminate” Democrats, protesters

By Jacob Crosse, 12 November 2020

Brian Maiorana, 54, in expletive-laden and anti-Semitic online tirades, threatened to kill opponents of Trump, according to a federal affidavit.

More than 660 parents of separated immigrant children cannot be located by the US government

By Harvey Simpkins, 11 November 2020

After an ACLU lawsuit last month revealed that the parents of 545 immigrant children could not be located, a lawyer tasked with reuniting families revealed this week that the total has now risen to 666.

US Supreme Court justices signal support for upholding Affordable Care Act

By Kate Randall, 11 November 2020

Most of the justices gave a skeptical hearing to arguments that Obamacare should be struck down in its entirety because Congress eliminated the tax penalty for those who did not purchase insurance.

Arkansas police chief resigns after calling on social media for execution of “Marxist Democrats”

By Jacob Crosse, 11 November 2020

Lang Holland is the latest high-ranking cop forced to resign after calling for violence against opponents of Trump.

Stop Trump’s conspiracy to nullify the 2020 elections!

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

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

As US vote-counting continues into second night

Biden nears narrow Electoral College victory while Republicans lead in Senate

By Patrick Martin, 5 November 2020

The states of Wisconsin and Michigan were called for Biden today by the Associated Press and the television networks, including Fox News.

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

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 5 November 2020

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

Preliminary observations on the US presidential elections

By Patrick Martin, 4 November 2020

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

As millions vote against him, Trump pushes violence and suppression of votes

By Patrick Martin, 3 November 2020

Voter turnout is at record levels, fueled by popular outrage against the Trump administration.

999 Vancouver, Washington police shooting/protests

2 November 2020

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

By David North, 2 November 2020

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

On the eve of the US election

Trump backs violence against Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 2 November 2020

The president voiced his approval of an attack by a caravan of his supporters on a Biden-Harris campaign bus in Texas.

As US vote total surges, Trump, Republicans seek to block counting

By Patrick Martin, 29 October 2020

Record numbers of voters have cast early votes or voted by mail, an indication of a growing politicization of the American population.

999 Threat to kidnap Phoenix mayor

29 October 2020

Supreme Court ruling on mail-in ballots sets stage for stolen election

By Eric London, 27 October 2020

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling strips tens of thousands of Wisconsinites of their right to vote and facilitates Trump’s plot to remain in power no matter the popular vote.

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

By Patrick Martin, 27 October 2020

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

999 The New York Times embraces censorship

26 October 2020

Mercenary group sued for hiring armed poll watchers for election day in Minnesota

By Kevin Martinez, 26 October 2020

The Council on American-Islamic Relations of Minnesota is suing Atlas Aegis for recruiting former Special Operations personnel to patrol polling places.

999 US election developments

26 October 2020

Activist with ties to Ohio Republican legislators plotted to kidnap and kill Governor Mike DeWine

By Eric London, 24 October 2020

Renea Turner is a Trump supporter linked to a group of state legislators who have threatened to impeach DeWine or have him “arrested” for his coronavirus lockdown actions.

Corporate America puts its money on Biden and the Democrats

Part one

By Patrick Martin, 22 October 2020

Biden and the Democrats have significantly outraised Trump and the Republicans, with cash from Wall Street and Silicon Valley accounting for much of the difference.

Fair Wayne Bryant, jailed for life for stealing hedge clippers, granted parole by Louisiana Pardon Board

By Helen Halyard, 21 October 2020

Imprisoned for life at the notorious Angola State Penitentiary in Louisiana on one count of attempted simple burglary, he was granted parole by a 3-0 vote of the state Parole Board, after being denied parole on three previous occasions.

999 Jacobin and Michigan plot

21 October 2020

Trump steps up fascist agitation, targeting Fauci

By Barry Grey, 21 October 2020

Fauci has already become a target of far-right Trump supporters. He and his wife have received death threats by email, phone and text message.

Anti-mask zealot arrested after threat to kidnap and kill Democratic mayor of Wichita

By Jacob Crosse, 20 October 2020

Meredith Dowty, 59, was charged with criminal threat after sending text messages to a city official in an attempt to ascertain the mayor’s address to facilitate a kidnapping.

As threat of militia violence looms

Michigan sheriffs and police refuse to enforce state government ban on guns at polling places

By Eric London, 20 October 2020

Police leaders announced Monday they would not enforce a recent order by the elected secretary of state aimed at preventing fascist militias from interfering with the November election.

Support Socialist Equality Party candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz on Colorado ballot

By Socialist Equality Party (US), 20 October 2020

Coloradans have the chance to officially vote for the genuine opposition—SEP candidates Joseph Kishore and Norissa Santa Cruz.

999 Trump-Biden town halls

17 October 2020

Twitter and Facebook censor New York Post report on Hunter Biden

By Kevin Reed, 17 October 2020

The social media platforms Twitter and Facebook blocked and suppressed the sharing of links to a news article from the New York Post on Wednesday in a blatant act of online censorship.

Who is Barry County, Michigan Sheriff Dar Leaf?

By Joseph Lorenz, 17 October 2020

The extent of Leaf’s political connections to the fascist groups remain unclear, but his own political history highlights the rise of the far right into the mainstream of US politics and the danger posed by these fascists in the coming period.

US border police attack Native American protest against Arizona border wall

By Adria French, 17 October 2020

Thirty protesters were shot with rubber bullets and teargassed during a ceremony Monday held at a border checkpoint on O’odham lands in southern Arizona.

Democrats let Amy Coney Barrett sail through Supreme Court confirmation hearings

By Barry Grey, 17 October 2020

In the course of the hearings, the Democrats deliberately downplayed the connection between the rush to confirm and install Barrett on the Supreme Court and Trump’s conspiracy to carry out an election coup.

Questions surround role of presidential adviser Stephen Moore

Trump calls Whitmer “dictator” as evidence emerges of involvement of Wisconsin militia in Michigan coup plot

By Eric London, 16 October 2020

A transcript of a preliminary hearing held Tuesday in the federal case against conspirators in the Michigan coup plot makes clear that only a fraction of the details have yet been exposed.

Day two of hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett: Democrats maintain silence on White House plot to overturn election

By Barry Grey, 14 October 2020

At Tuesday's hearing, the Democrats adopted a posture of cringing respect for the far-right judge, echoing Biden's remark in last month’s presidential debate that she is “a very fine woman.”

Democrats silent on Trump’s election coup plans as confirmation hearings begin on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

By Barry Grey, 13 October 2020

Besides her potential role in an election coup d’etat, Barrett will shift the Supreme Court further to the right, gutting abortion rights, reversing protections for gays, attacking the separation of church and state, lifting restrictions on guns and blocking federal regulation of business.

Eric Trump planned rally at gun store where conspirator worked

Questions mount about Trump’s ties to Michigan fascist plotters

By Eric London, 13 October 2020

Today, Eric Trump was scheduled to speak at Hudson Valley Guns in New Huron, Michigan, where one of the 13 men arrested last Thursday for plotting to kidnap and murder Gretchen Whitmer was employed.

Trump intensifies conflict with big tech over Section 230 protections following censorship moves by Facebook and Twitter

By Kevin Reed, 10 October 2020

After Facebook and Twitter both censored Trump for falsely comparing the coronavirus to the flu, the president called for a repeal of the law protecting social media companies from liability for content posted on their platforms.

Thirteen arrested in far-advanced pro-Trump conspiracy to murder Michigan’s governor and overthrow the state government

By Patrick Martin, 8 October 2020

The ultra-right conspiracy in Michigan is part of a national plot inspired by the US president to defy the election results and stay in power.

Trump copies Hitler

6 October 2020

A video tweeted by President Trump depicting his return to the White House on October 5, 2020 after being hospitalized with COVID-19 was clearly modeled after Hitler's arrival at the 1934 Nazi Party Congress in the Nazi film Triumph of the Will.

Trump mobilized Republican-state army to suppress DC protests in June coup attempt

By Nick Barrickman, 5 October 2020

An investigation conducted by the Washington Post details how Trump utilized a legal loophole to deploy National Guard troops from various states on the streets of Washington D.C. to suppress protests on June 1.

Trump presses threats of violence, voter suppression

By Patrick Martin, 2 October 2020

The Republican Party is emboldened in its attacks on working people by the cowardice of the Democrats and the Biden campaign.

Trump’s Operation Dictatorship: What the debate exposed

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 1 October 2020

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

US military suicides spike 20 percent in 2020

By Chase Lawrence, 29 September 2020

US Army leaders have suggested that the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic has played a part in the sharp rise in suicides this year.

Jacobin magazine pleads with Biden and the Democrats to fight Trump

By Genevieve Leigh, 29 September 2020

One could hardly have a more inane analysis of American politics than that offered by Jacobin, which explains the unwillingness of the Democrats to oppose Trump’s coup plotting as the product of “learned helplessness.”

Why won’t the Democrats fight Trump?

By Andre Damon, 25 September 2020

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

Lessons from history: The 2000 elections and the new “irrepressible conflict”

By David North, 25 September 2020

This lecture was given by David North, chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, at a public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party of Australia on December 3, 2000 in Sydney.

Report documents criminality and corruption at heart of global banking system

By Barry Grey, 22 September 2020

The report documents the role that major banks knowingly play in laundering trillions of dollars in dirty money from terrorist organizations, drug cartels and assorted international financial criminals.

US escalates military intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 22 September 2020

The bolstering of the US force with another 100 troops, armored vehicles, and air power heightens the threat of confrontation between the world’s two biggest nuclear powers.

Supreme Court fight deepens political crisis surrounding US elections

By Patrick Martin, 21 September 2020

The death of liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has created a vacancy on the highest US judicial panel that President Trump aims to fill with an ultra-right nominee.

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

By Tom Carter, 21 September 2020

With around-the-clock tributes, the American media is presenting the late Supreme Court justice as a “progressive icon” and a “trailblazing feminist.”

Corporate publications hostile to revelations that CIA spied on Julian Assange and their own journalists

By Oscar Grenfell, 21 September 2020

Corporate publications rebuffed requests that they publish information on the spying, even when it targeted their own journalists.

As Bloomberg pledges $100 million, Wall Street boosts Biden campaign

By Patrick Martin, 15 September 2020

Bloomberg’s announcement is only the largest pledge of support from the financial oligarchy for the Democratic campaign.

Bernie Sanders offers left gloss to Biden’s right-wing campaign

By Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey, 15 September 2020

With polls tightening, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders urged the Biden campaign to do a better job of selling its right-wing program to workers and youth.

Washington DC’s mayor and Trump trade authoritarian demands in crackdown on peaceful protesters

By Ray Coleman and Nick Barrickman, 5 September 2020

The office of Washington, DC’s Democratic mayor has been upbraided by the federal prosecutor’s office for trying to “skirt constitutional protections and due process.”

Trump endorses right-wing violence in Kenosha, Portland

By Patrick Martin, 1 September 2020

While Trump seeks to mobilize fascistic elements, his Democratic opponent Joe Biden condemns “looting and rioting” and directs his main appeal to big business and the military.

Social crisis, class struggle and the 2020 election

By Andre Damon, 29 August 2020

The 2020 election is taking place against the backdrop of the greatest social, economic and political crisis in the modern history of the United States.

The Republican National Convention: A frightened ruling class incites fascist violence

By Patrick Martin, 27 August 2020

The convention, dominated by hysterical threats against left-wing political opposition, took place against the backdrop of a shooting of demonstrators by a right-wing vigilante.

The nomination of Kamala Harris and the right-wing logic of identity politics

By Niles Niemuth, 20 August 2020

The Democrats hope that the endless celebration of the trite, empty symbolism of Harris’ candidacy will serve as a repeat of Barack Obama’s run for president in 2008.

The CIA Democrats in the 2020 elections

By Patrick Martin, 20 August 2020

Following the example of the 2018 elections, the Democratic Party is putting forward a large new group of military-intelligence candidates for Congress in 2020.

US Supreme Court rules ballot access petitioning must proceed during coronavirus pandemic

By Kevin Reed, 13 August 2020

In a one paragraph order with no legal explanation provided, the US Supreme Court overturned a decision by a trial judge in Oregon relaxing ballot access requirements in consideration of the restrictions imposed on public interaction during the pandemic.

The politics of oligarchy: Federal appeals court blocks SEP challenge to anti-democratic ballot access laws in California

By Joseph Kishore—Socialist Equality Party candidate for US President, 8 August 2020

The response of the ruling class and its state to the SEP's legal challenge has been determined by one political motive: Keep socialists off the ballot!

Trump installs ex-general and anti-Islam bigot in top Pentagon post

By Patrick Martin, 4 August 2020

The appointment of retired Gen. Anthony Tata was carried out by means of a maneuver designed to bypass opposition from both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate.