US Politics

The Democratic Party and the fascist “enemy within”

By Patrick Martin, 29 January 2021

Three weeks after the failed coup attempt by the fascist right, the Democrats have effectively dropped any effort to hold accountable those who are politically responsible.

Report finds $158 million in payments to Jeffrey Epstein by billionaire Apollo CEO Leon Black

By Alex Findijs, 29 January 2021

Black paid Epstein $158 million for assorted consulting services between 2013 and 2017, far more than more qualified advisors, according to a company investigation.

YouTube personality Jimmy Dore promotes fascist Boogaloo Boy

By Eric London, 29 January 2021

The effort by YouTube personality and former comedian Jimmy Dore to promote the fascist Boogaloo Boys is a significant political episode that reveals the ignorant and reactionary character of middle class “left” politics in America.

Republicans unite behind Trump

By Barry Grey, 28 January 2021

In any politically healthy system, the Republican Party would have been irreparably discredited and disgraced by its complicity in the attempted coup. Yet less than three weeks later, it arrogantly and defiantly reasserts its defense of Trump and his fascist supporters.

999 Jimmy Dore appeal for unity with neo-Nazis

28 January 2021

Biden administration renews agreement with Mexico and Guatemala to crack down on migrant workers

By Andrea Lobo, 28 January 2021

The promises of US President Joseph Biden to pull away from Trump’s fascistic migration policies have quickly become exposed, as the Democratic Party administration doubles down on the war on immigrants and asylum seekers.

Bernie Sanders backs Biden’s national security cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2021

The Vermont senator and self-styled “socialist” voted to confirm Biden’s choices to head the Pentagon, State Department and US intelligence apparatus.

Jacobin pleads with Biden and Democrats to make a “psychological shift” left

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 January 2021

Jacobin presents the Democratic Party and its political operatives as if they are naive and cowardly figures who wish to do the right thing, if only they had the brains and courage.

The Biden climate plan, Part 2: Preparation for war

By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 January 2021

Elevating longtime defender of US imperialism John Kerry as his international “climate envoy,” Biden proposes to “rally the world” to fight climate change by isolating China and conducting military exercises on Russia’s newly-melted Arctic Ocean coast.

As Biden pleads for unity, Senate Republicans overwhelmingly back Trump in impeachment trial

By Jacob Crosse, 27 January 2021

Biden’s ceaseless appeals for “unity,” which began two days after the January 6 coup attempt when he argued for maintaining a “strong Republican Party,” have emboldened the fascistic forces promoted by the Republican Party and Trump.

999 DSA and Hunts Point strike

27 January 2021

The Biden climate plan, Part One: A drop in the ocean

By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 January 2021

Even if Biden gets everything he asks for, his plan will be totally insufficient to meet its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

999 Further revelations of Republicans and military in Trump coup

27 January 2021

999 Jimmy Dore appeal for unity with neo-Nazis

27 January 2021

Chicago educators to remain teaching remotely on Wednesday

By Alexander Fangmann, 27 January 2021

Overwhelming opposition to reopening schools among educators and other workers leads Chicago mayor to back off from threats of retaliation.

Cold War Exiles and the CIA: Plotting to Free Russia

The American state, the fascists and the Soviet Union’s ex-revolutionaries

By Andrea Peters, 27 January 2021

Author Benjamin Tromly explores the relationship between America’s post-war spy agencies and anti-communist Russian and Soviet émigrés dedicated to regime change in the USSR.

999 Jacobin on Biden

27 January 2021

999 Boston college/universities opening

27 January 2021

A revealing episode

Chicago teacher opposing return to school maligned for citing anti-Nazi poem

By Kristina Betinis, 27 January 2021

The Chicago Teachers Union’s support for the Anti-Defamation League’s specious attack on high school teacher Stu Abram highlights the CTU’s complicity in the reopening of schools, and its downplaying both the severity of the pandemic and the danger of the far right.

US educators confront Democrats and the unions in battle to close schools and save lives

By Evan Blake, 26 January 2021

Biden is aggressively pursuing school reopenings in coordination with Democratic politicians and the teachers unions, as opposition among rank-and-file educators mounts to this homicidal policy.

Biden administration warns China over Taiwan, as US carrier enters South China Sea

By Peter Symonds, 26 January 2021

Just a week after his inauguration, Biden’s administration is already signalling that it will escalate Trump’s confrontation with Beijing.

999 US politics TBD

26 January 2021

Seattle Police Department plans to increase arrests and penalties for left-wing protesters

By David Fitzgerald, 26 January 2021

Increasing the number of arrests and legal cases against protesters, the Democratic Party is focusing their attacks on vandalism while remaining silent about the fascistic armed militia groups active in Washington state.

Biden administration enlists unions in anti-China drive, reopening policy

By Shannon Jones, 26 January 2021

The Biden administration has made it clear the unions will play a key role in promoting the anti-China drive and enforcing the deadly reopening of schools and workplaces.

999 Jimmy Dore appeal for unity with neo-Nazis

26 January 2021

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Committee calls for congressional investigation into Trump's coup attempt

The Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 25 January 2021

“We demand a full public congressional investigation, as well as the arrest and prosecution of all those responsible for planning, carrying out and providing political cover for the attempt to overthrow the Constitution! We must prepare for political general strike action against these fatal threats to our democratic rights!”

Democratic Party pursues the deadly policy of herd immunity

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2021

President Biden says there is nothing to be done to change the pandemic’s trajectory. However, material published in the New York Times repudiates this assertion.

999 Biden climate plan, part one

25 January 2021

Club For Growth billionaires finance fascist Republican politicians

By Jacob Crosse, 25 January 2021

Far-right politicians who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the election received millions in donations from the billionaire-backed organization.

Biden claims “there is nothing we can do” to halt mass death from coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 January 2021

The Biden administration’s pandemic response proposal has as its central aim opening up the entire country to economic activity.

For a full, immediate investigation into death threats against Kshama Sawant!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2021

The threats to assassinate Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant came from a city government email address. The city must take all necessary measures to protect Sawant, her family and her aides.

For second time in four years, Senate confirms ex-general as US defense secretary

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2021

While the Democrats and media have hailed retired General Lloyd Austin as the historic first African-American secretary of defense, more significantly he is the second recently retired general tapped to head the Pentagon in four years.

999 Biden climate plan Pt. 1

22 January 2021

Another 900,000 file for unemployment, record jobless claims continue amid mass death from pandemic

By Jacob Crosse, 22 January 2021

Despite the urgent need for additional stimulus, reports indicate that another relief bill will not be passed until March.

US Army covered up role of Flynn’s brother, a general, in January 6 coup response

By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2021

Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn took part in the meeting where Army leaders initially refused requests to send the National Guard to the US Capitol.

The Biden administration: Illusion and reality

By Niles Niemuth, 22 January 2021

Efforts are underway to chloroform the public about the realities of the procapitalist, imperialist politics of the Biden administration and the catastrophic economic and social conditions under which it begins.

Yellen takes aggressive stance on China in treasury secretary confirmation hearing

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2021

Yellen’s nomination seems assured, as she enjoys support from both the Republicans and Wall Street.

Biden’s inaugural address: Banality and empty abstractions to cover over reality

By Joseph Kishore, 21 January 2021

Amidst an unprecedented political, social, and economic crisis of the entire capitalist order, Biden delivered remarks filled with cliches, incoherent non sequiturs and the emptiest of abstractions.

Senate hearings for Biden’s security cabinet expose bipartisan unity on war and reaction

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2021

Veterans of the Obama administration’s wars in the Middle East, drone assassinations and pivot to Asia, the nominees were largely embraced by Senate Republicans.

New York City workers demand action to defend Hunts Point strikers

By Daniel de Vries, 21 January 2021

Teachers, transit and other workers in New York City denounced Tuesday’s police attack on striking warehouse workers and are calling for unified action to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty wages.

Trump pardons Bannon, grants clemency to reactionaries and criminals

By Jacob Crosse, 21 January 2021

Donald Trump announced 144 acts of clemency in his last 24 hours in office, including a pardon for one of his closest fascist advisers, Stephen Bannon.

Inauguration 2021: On the edge of an abyss

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 20 January 2021

The Biden administration is taking office in the midst of an existential crisis of the entire American political, social and economic system.

DHS nominee Mayorkas testifies before Congress as Biden unveils immigration plan

By Kevin Reed, 20 January 2021

The right-wing politics of the incoming Biden administration were revealed at the congressional hearing for Homeland Security secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas and in an announcement that immigration legislation would be moved on the first day of the new administration.

Biden pledges to continue Trump’s campaign to open schools and businesses

By Andre Damon, 19 January 2021

While Biden has claimed that he would “listen to the science” in the COVID-19 pandemic, he has in reality pledged to continue the Trump administration’s drive to prematurely open schools and businesses.

Paid aides to Trump campaign played key roles in organizing fascist assault on US Capitol

By Jacob Crosse, 19 January 2021

An analysis by the Associated Press reveals direct material connections between the White House and the fascist coup attempt.

International online meeting

Where is America going? Trump’s coup and the rise of fascism

18 January 2021

At this event, leading members of the SEP in the US, Germany and UK spoke on the national and global significance of the rise of fascism in America, its social and political origins, and the necessary strategy for the working class to fight back.

Free COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Bryan Dyne, 18 January 2021

Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state’s policy of prematurely reopening schools.

999 Biden and Democrats downplay coup attempt

18 January 2021

As proof of high-level conspiracy mounts

Justice Department proposes internal investigation to cover up state involvement in January 6 coup attempt

By Eric London, 16 January 2021

Although the January 6 attempt failed at seizing power, the entire political establishment is now lurching further to the right.

Biden “recovery” plan will fail to relieve social misery or stop pandemic death

By Jacob Crosse, 16 January 2021

The package, which falls woefully short in meeting the current crisis for millions of workers and their families, will be further watered down as the Democrats seek “bipartisan” support from Republicans.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

15 January 2021

Fascist Wisconsin shooter Rittenhouse posed with Proud Boys and waved “white power” sign

By Kevin Reed, 15 January 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse, the right-wing vigilante who shot three anti-police violence protesters in Kenosha on August 25—two of them to death—was photographed celebrating at a bar with members of the fascist Proud Boys shortly after his January 5 arraignment and not guilty plea.

999 Biden covid policy speech

15 January 2021

The pandemic and Trump’s coup attempt

By Andre Damon, 15 January 2021

To implement its homicidal policy of herd immunity, the ruling class is resorting to ever more violent and dictatorial forms of rule.

FBI reveals “dozens” of neo-Nazis and white supremacists on Terror Watch List traveled to D.C. for January 6 coup

By Jacob Crosse, 15 January 2021

In addition to active Republican politicians and off-duty military and police, many militiamen and fascists claiming membership in the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and III Percenters marched on the Capitol

999 Racialist narrative on coup

14 January 2021

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

14 January 2021

Democrats plead for bipartisanship as the Republicans call for blood

By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2021

All the talk of “unity” and “bipartisanship,” the Democrats’ eternal mantra, means in reality that there will be no settling of accounts with those who incited the January 6 insurrection.

Details emerge exposing high-level coordination between fascists, police and Republican politicians in lead-up January 6 coup attempt

By Jacob Crosse, 14 January 2021

New revelations confirm several Republican congressman conspired with fascistic elements in carrying out the attempted coup.

999 Detroit countersuing Black Lives Matter protest org over protests

14 January 2021

DSA-aligned teachers unions’ “Day of Resistance”: a pathetic appeal to Biden and the Democrats

By Evan Blake, 14 January 2021

Tuesday’s event, organized by an umbrella group of teacher unions led by pseudo-left officials, was a political stunt aimed at channeling opposition to in-person instruction behind dead-end appeals to the Democratic Party.

Growing threats of fascist violence as Democrats appeal for “unity” and “healing”

By Eric London, 13 January 2021

The Democratic Party’s appeals for compromise with Republican conspirators amid the ongoing coup threat makes clear the need for an independent working class intervention to stop the growth of fascism in America.

999 How the working class can intervene to stop Trump's coup plotting

13 January 2021

999 Racialist narrative on coup

13 January 2021

999 Exposure of NEU, teachers unions' "Day of Resistance"

12 January 2021

999 Jacobin covers up Trump coup

12 January 2021

Nurses speak on conditions in Arizona hospitals where COVID-cases reach national highs

By Katy Kinner, 12 January 2021

Arizona COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rise to national highs as testing and vaccine administration continue to be inadequate.

US brands Yemen’s Houthi rebels “terrorists,” paving way for mass starvation

By Bill Van Auken, 12 January 2021

The vindictive designation announced by Secretary of State Pompeo is part of the continuing drive by the Trump administration to provoke a war with Iran.

999 New Zealand: Ardern’s response to attempted coup in Washington

12 January 2021

Mobilize the working class against Trump’s conspiracy! Prepare for a political general strike!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 12 January 2021

The ongoing threats of far-right violence throughout the United States, focused on Inauguration Day, January 20, must be taken seriously and counteracted by the organization of working class opposition.

Ford “Finish Strong” ad campaign invokes nationalist mythology as cover for company’s “herd immunity” policies

By Tim Rivers and Tom Hall, 12 January 2021

Ford’s advertising blitz is aimed at covering up its own crimes, and those of the capitalist ruling class as a whole, with patriotic, militaristic bluster, portraying the virus as a common external enemy for the country to unite against.

999 Effort to blame coup on racism

12 January 2021

Biden taps William Burns to head Central Intelligence Agency

By Jacob Crosse, 12 January 2021

With four decades as a diplomatic point man for US imperialism, Burns has been pivotal in regime-change operations and the consolidation of pro-US dictatorships.

Anxiety in South Asia over US president’s attempted coup

By K. Ratnayake, 12 January 2021

The South Asian ruling elites are heavily dependent economically and strategically on US imperialism and the political instability in Washington directly impacts on them all.

999 More info emerges about Trump coup attempt

11 January 2021

New details about January 6 riot reveal need for full-scale investigation

By Eric London, 11 January 2021

Trump’s January 6 fascistic insurrection had high level support from within the Republican Party and critical sections of the police and military-intelligence apparatus.

999 Trump's coup and the pandemic disaster

9 January 2021

Details emerge of high-level state involvement in Wednesday’s coup attempt

By Eric London, 9 January 2021

New revelations show the fascist putsch was prepared with the involvement of sections of the military, police and Republican Party and that the danger has not passed.

Biden defends Republican Party coup conspirators

By Joseph Kishore, 9 January 2021

Less than 48 hours after hundreds of people, incited by President Trump and backed by top officials in the Republican Party, stormed the US Capitol, Biden called for “unity” with his “Republican colleagues.”

Biden names conservative appeals court judge Merrick Garland as attorney general

By Jacob Crosse, 9 January 2021

Freezing out Bernie Sanders and Sanders’ fellow “progressives,” President-elect Joe Biden rounded out his right-wing cabinet by selecting Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as secretary of commerce and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as labor secretary.

Working group of US intelligence agencies asserts Russia is “likely” behind SolarWinds hack

By Kevin Reed, 8 January 2021

The Trump administration’s Cyber Unified Coordinating Group (UCG) published a press release on Tuesday stating that the Russian government was responsible for the hacking of the SolarWinds Orion platform.

“It’s going to take the working class to stop them”

Workers denounce Trump’s coup

By our reporters, 8 January 2021

Autoworkers, teachers, retirees and other sections of the working class reacted with outrage as fascist supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol Wednesday afternoon, forcibly disrupting the certification of Biden’s presidential victory.

For a full, public investigation of Trump’s January 6 coup!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 8 January 2021

The Democratic Party is joining with the Republicans and the Trump administration to cover up for those politically responsible for fascist violence at the US Capitol.

Jacobin’s Bhaskar Sunkara on Trump’s January 6 coup: “Nothing to see here!”

By Genevieve Leigh, 8 January 2021

In response to the unprecedented events in the nation's capital, leading members of Jacobin magazine responded by downplaying the seriousness of the attack and opposing those calling it a “coup.”

Republican state senators in Pennsylvania refuse to seat reelected Democrat

By Our reporter, 7 January 2021

Democratic state senators, after scattered protests, allowed the anti-democratic farce to proceed.

999 Anti-Russia campaign escalating in leadup to Biden inauguration

7 January 2021

The fascist coup of January 6

By David North, 7 January 2021

The fascist insurrection in Washington DC is a turning point in the political history of the United States.

999 Anti-Russia campaign escalating in leadup to Biden inauguration

6 January 2021

Democrats claim victory in Georgia Senate races

By Jacob Crosse, 6 January 2021

In two razor-thin races in the state of Georgia, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated incumbent Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue.

Remove coup plotter Trump immediately!

By Patrick Martin and David North, 6 January 2021

Thousands of Trump supporters have stormed the Capitol and halted the congressional certification of Trump’s defeat in the presidential election.

Trump intensifies coup plot as Congress meets to certify election results

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2021

The events of this week have made clear that US President Donald Trump is actively engaged in a conspiracy to reject the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, overthrow the Constitution, and establish a dictatorship in the United States.

999 Georgia election

6 January 2021

999 Anti-Russia campaign escalating in lead up to Biden inauguration

5 January 2021

In Georgia speech, Trump pledges to overturn election result

By Patrick Martin, 5 January 2021

US President Donald Trump doubled down on his efforts to overturn the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in a speech in Georgia Tuesday, pledging, “They are not taking this White House, we are going to fight like hell.”

Ocasio-Cortez and fellow “progressives” supply votes to reelect Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House

By Jacob Crosse, 5 January 2021

The reelection of Pelosi thanks to the votes of Democratic “progressives” has once again demonstrated the bankruptcy of all claims that the Democratic Party can be transformed into an instrument of progressive change.

Tape reveals Trump gangster methods in pursuing election coup

By Patrick Martin, 4 January 2021

The US president demanded Georgia state officials “find” the votes required to overturn the result of the November 3 election, threatening retaliation if they refused.

999 Election of Pelosi/ForcetheVote

4 January 2021

Sanders’ political stunt over $2,000 stimulus checks fails

By Patrick Martin, 31 December 2020

The Vermont senator has watered down his supposed “political revolution” to a slightly larger pittance for working people.

In “major speech” on the coronavirus pandemic

Biden predicts surge in deaths, proposes no measures to stop it, and pledges to reopen the schools

By Barry Grey, 30 December 2020

The Biden administration will continue to force workers into unsafe factories and workplaces and double down on Trump’s efforts to reopen the schools, so as to free working class parents to resume pumping out profits for the corporations.

Washington state judge blocks release of public records in the police killing of Michael Reinoehl

By Kevin Reed, 30 December 2020

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy ruled in favor of a motion by the sheriff’s office to stop the release of police records about the execution of Portland protester Michael Reinoehl on September 3.