Perspectives

Why Biden supports the unionization of the Amazon workforce

By Jerry White and Joseph Kishore, 2 March 2021

Biden’s unprecedented intervention at Amazon brings to a new stage the corporatist strategy of the ruling class to integrate the unions into the state and corporate management.

Trump intensifies fascistic agitation at CPAC conference

By Patrick Martin, 2 March 2021

The elevation of an increasingly fascistic tendency in American politics is rooted in the reality of capitalism and the homicidal policy of the ruling class in response to the pandemic.

Democrats torpedo $15 minimum wage hike

By Marcus Day, 28 February 2021

Biden’s decision to scuttle the minimum wage increase provides further confirmation that his administration is to be one of war and reaction, not social reform.

With US missile strike on Syria, Biden escalates US aggression in the Middle East

By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2021

The act of aggression against Syria and the global escalation of US militarism constitute the foundation of bipartisan unity between Biden and the Republican Party.

Facebook censors WSWS article exposing Wuhan lab conspiracy theory

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 25 February 2021

Facebook has labeled the WSWS Perspective column, "Washington Post’s 'Wuhan Lab' conspiracy theory stands exposed,” as “misinformation” and blocked users from sharing it.

800,000 COVID-19 deaths in Europe: capitalism, social murder and the case for socialism

By Alex Lantier, 24 February 2021

The catastrophic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is not only a tragedy, but a comprehensive political and moral failure of the existing social order.

Washington Post’s “Wuhan Lab” conspiracy theory stands exposed

By Andre Damon, 23 February 2021

The Washington Post’s claims that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab have been totally discredited by the findings of the World Health Organization.

Half a million dead in the US from coronavirus pandemic: Catastrophe, crime and historical turning point

By Joseph Kishore, 23 February 2021

The catastrophic loss of life in the US is the outcome of deliberate decisions made by the ruling class and its political representatives to prioritize profit over lives.

The Texas catastrophe and the case for socialism

By Tom Carter, 21 February 2021

The Texas catastrophe lays bare the real state of class relations in the richest country in the world and makes clear why essential infrastructure can no longer be entrusted to the capitalist oligarchs.

The Mars rover and the Texas catastrophe: Scientific possibility vs capitalist reality

By Bryan Dyne, 20 February 2021

If society operated on the principle of rationality and human need, not the insatiable greed of the rich, the scientific advancements that made possible the Mars rover would be used to end the many ills that plague humanity.

CDC report: Biggest drop in US life expectancy since World War II

By Kate Randall, 19 February 2021

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that in the first half of 2020, life expectancy dropped by more than one year as COVID-19 ripped through the population.

Corporate profit, electricity deregulation and the disaster in Texas

By Patrick Martin, 18 February 2021

Millions have been without power for days in the state that produces more electricity than any other in the United States.

Washington’s Wuhan laboratory lie

By Andre Damon, 16 February 2021

In the face of universal scientific consensus on the natural origins of COVID-19, the Biden administration and the US media have doubled down on the lie that the disease was released from a Chinese laboratory.

France’s “anti-separatist” law: A frontal assault on democratic rights

By Alex Lantier, 16 February 2021

The “anti-separatist” law now set to pass in the National Assembly would allow the state to ban political organizations and prosecute their members.

Democrats’ impeachment cover-up leaves coup-plotter Trump emboldened

By Andre Damon, 14 February 2021

The Democrats deliberately protected Trump’s co-conspirators, including the Republican House and Senate members who sought to overturn the election and those forces within the state who worked with Trump to orchestrate a stand-down of federal forces.

Democratic cowardice leaves Trump’s Republican conspirators unscathed

Republicans acquit coup plotter Trump after Democrats refuse to call witnesses

By Joseph Kishore, 13 February 2021

Not a single Democrat had the courage to point an accusing finger at the Republican senators and bluntly state: “All of you who condoned and legitimized Trump’s lies, who supported his claim that the election was stolen, functioned as his political accomplices in the preparation of the coup d’état.”

“Our society is sick:” The Lancet condemns American capitalism

By Andre Damon, 11 February 2021

The Lancet, one of the world’s premiere medical journals, argues that the dead from COVID-19 in the US should be added to the toll of “missing Americans” whose deaths were attributable to the rise of social inequality over the past four decades.

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11 February 2021

Second day of Trump impeachment trial

Democrats seek to whitewash Republican Party role in January 6 coup

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2021

While the Senate impeachment trial is providing devastating evidence of Trump’s criminal role in organizing the January 6 political coup, the Democratic Party is seeking to give Trump’s Republican co-conspirators an amnesty.

Impeachment video reveals scale and intensity of Trump-incited assault on Capitol

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 9 February 2021

The video that opened the impeachment trial leaves no doubt that what occurred on January 6 was a coup d’état whose aim was the establishment of a presidential dictatorship.

The Senate trial of Donald Trump: The questions that must be answered

By Barry Grey, 8 February 2021

It is necessary to expose the vast scope of the conspiracy headed by Trump and the role of all those who either facilitated or directly participated in it.

British Medical Journal calls pandemic response “social murder”

By Andre Damon, 7 February 2021

The editorial published in one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical periodicals is a devastating indictment of the policies of governments around the world in response to the pandemic.

The Super Bowl super-spreader

By David Walsh, 6 February 2021

By any rational standard that takes public health into account, Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Kansas City Chiefs should not be held at all.

Pentagon orders “stand-down” over fascist threat in US military

By Bill Van Auken, 5 February 2021

One month after retired and active-duty personnel joined the January 6 Capitol coup attempt, Pentagon brass are acknowledging the growth of fascistic forces in their ranks.

Trump and January 6: The evidence of a planned political coup

By Patrick Martin, 4 February 2021

The impeachment brief from the House of Representatives lays out a devastating case against Trump, but the Democrats deliberately conceal the role of leading Republicans as Trump’s accomplices.

What the science really says: Closing schools is vital to containing COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 3 February 2021

As over 10,000 Chicago teachers and staff are engaged in a struggle to oppose the city’s effort to reopen public schools, the entire US media is waging a campaign to pressure educators to resume in-person schooling.

Chicago teachers take a stand to save lives over profits

By Evan Blake, 2 February 2021

The struggle unfolding in Chicago is of monumental significance and must become the spearhead of a broader movement of the entire working class in a nationwide political general strike, which would send shock waves throughout the world and provoke similar struggles globally.

Capitalism vs. socialism: The pandemic and the global class struggle

By David North, 31 January 2021

One year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” the response of the ruling class to the pandemic has led to the deaths of more than 2.2 million people.

Shut down schools and businesses to stop the spread of new COVID-19 strains!

By Bryan Dyne, 30 January 2021

The more than 102 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide have provided ample opportunity for the virus to mutate and become even more dangerous.

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.

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.

The Chicago teachers’ rebellion and the fight to contain the pandemic

By Evan Blake, 27 January 2021

Acutely aware of the militancy among educators, the corporate media and political establishment are engaged in a frenzied propaganda campaign to vilify teachers and distort science.

Facebook restores service to socialist pages, claiming the purge was an “automation error”

By Andre Damon, 26 January 2021

Facebook backed down in the face of public protests but failed to provide a credible explanation for its actions.

Facebook escalates attack on socialist left

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 25 January 2021

Facebook is engaged in an escalating campaign of state-backed internet censorship targeting socialist organizations, including the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Facebook purges left-wing pages and individuals

By Andre Damon, 23 January 2021

On Friday, Facebook carried out a purge of left-wing, antiwar and progressive Facebook pages and accounts, including members of the Socialist Equality Party.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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18 January 2021

What would have happened if Trump’s fascist mob had seized hostages?

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 16 January 2021

The attempts by various left journalists to deny that the events of January 6 were an attempted coup undermines resistance to the danger of fascism.

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.

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.

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13 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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

UK judge rules against US extradition: Release Julian Assange now!

By Thomas Scripps, 4 January 2021

A political decision has been reached that upholds the threat to democratic rights represented by the prosecution’s case, leaves Assange in danger of continued persecution, and demands the intensification of the campaign to secure his freedom.

The political lessons of the pandemic and the fight for socialism in 2021

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 4 January 2021

The pandemic is a “trigger event” that manifests in a highly concentrated form the contradictions of the global capitalist system and is unleashing long-suppressed forces of social transformation.

The New York Times scapegoats medical workers in the tragic death of Dr. Susan Moore

By Benjamin Mateus, 31 December 2020

The New York Times has used Dr. Moore’s tragic death to promote its racialist narrative of American society and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The class dynamic of the massive Wall Street speculation

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2020

The year is ending amid the greatest economic contraction since the Great Depression of the 1930s, but Wall Street is finishing the year at a record high.

One year into the pandemic, 65,000 deaths in the US in one month

By Andre Damon, 29 December 2020

One year after the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in China, December was the deadliest month of the pandemic both in the United States and the world.

Trump pardons Blackwater killers for Nisour Square massacre

By Patrick Martin, 24 December 2020

The four mercenaries, all former Marines, killed 14 unarmed Iraqis in 2007 in an unprovoked slaughter in Baghdad.

Congress to America’s workers: “Let them eat cake”

By Niles Niemuth, 23 December 2020

While the government spends money like water to prop up big business and the Federal Reserve funnels trillions into the stock market, nothing is being done to spare the working class.

As the oligarchs make trillions, Congress offers a pittance for the jobless

By Patrick Martin, 22 December 2020

The most important fact about the $900 billion coronavirus relief bill, which was moving through the US Congress Monday night, is that it is grossly inadequate to meet the vast social needs exposed by the pandemic.

Britain’s dangerous new COVID-19 strain: A warning to take urgent action now!

By Robert Stevens, 21 December 2020

With hospitals already overwhelmed throughout the world, scientists are sounding the alarm about a new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19 that has emerged in Britain and is leading to a major surge in infections.

The World Socialist Web Site and the crises of 2020

By David North, 19 December 2020

The Pandemic of 2020 has revealed before the entire world the irreconcilable economic, social and moral chasm that divides the capitalist drive for profit from the most essential needs of the overwhelming majority of mankind.

“We want them infected:” Emails show White House sought to promote spread of COVID-19

By Andre Damon, 18 December 2020

The massive spread of COVID-19 in the United States is the result of a deliberate policy of sacrificing lives to protect the profit interests of major corporations.

Almost 1,000 daily COVID-19 deaths in Germany: The criminal outcome of keeping businesses and schools open

By Christoph Vandreier, 17 December 2020

Despite the horrific number of deaths, all parties in the German parliament continue to put profit before lives and health.

For emergency action to save lives! Close schools and shut down nonessential production! Full compensation for workers!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 16 December 2020

Every day that emergency action is not taken to stop the pandemic means thousands of more deaths.

After Electoral College confirms Democratic Party victory

Biden staggers toward the White House

By Patrick Martin and Joseph Kishore, 15 December 2020

In his remarks Monday night, Biden sought to cover over the collapse of American democracy with appeals for “unity.”

Sweden’s “herd immunity” policy produces disaster

By Bryan Dyne, 14 December 2020

Sweden’s response to the pandemic, which involved allowing schools and businesses to stay open while most of the world enacted lockdowns, was hailed as a model by all sections of the US and European political establishment.

Stop the wave of death! Repudiate the policies of the pandemic profiteers!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (US), 12 December 2020

Hundreds of thousands of lives can be saved if emergency action is taken, but the working class must intervene with its own program in opposition to the ruling class and the capitalist system.

Europe’s COVID-19 deaths approach half a million

By Johannes Stern, 11 December 2020

Two weeks before Christmas, the COVID-19 pandemic is raging out of control in Europe.

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11 December 2020

Stop government attack on COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 10 December 2020

The SEP condemns the fascistic police raid on Jones’ home, meant to suppress her work exposing the spread of COVID-19 in Florida and in schools across the US.

The pandemic and the normalization of death

By Andre Damon and David North, 9 December 2020

The demand by the political and media establishment that society must prioritize “the economy” over the preservation of human life implies that mass death is essentially necessary and unavoidable.

Reopening of New York City schools threatens massive spread of COVID-19

By Evan Blake, 8 December 2020

The driving force behind the homicidal campaign to open schools and nonessential workplaces is not science or public health, but rather the profit interests of the capitalist class.

Trump incites fascist violence in Georgia

By Patrick Martin, 7 December 2020

In his first rally speech since his defeat in the November 2020 presidential election, Trump called for overturning the election result, demanded “revenge” against his political opponents and spoke about sending “the military in” to “radical left” cities.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global resurgence of class struggle

By Keith Jones, 5 December 2020

Just in the past eleven days, tens of millions have joined strikes or mass protests.

Capitalism’s winter of death

Immediate action is necessary to save hundreds of thousands of lives!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 4 December 2020

Unless urgent measures are taken to shut down nonessential production, a quarter-million lives could be lost to the COVID-19 pandemic within the next three months.

Facebook speech falsely claims massive vote fraud

Donald Trump’s Mein Kampf

By Patrick Martin, 3 December 2020

Trump is deliberately inciting fascist forces through his baseless claims of a “stolen election.”

The coronavirus pandemic and the case for expropriating the financial oligarchy

By Eric London, 2 December 2020

As the deaths pile up in every country, the ruling class is taking advantage of the pandemic to orchestrate an unprecedented transfer of wealth from the working class to the rich.

The conspiracy to reopen schools

By Andre Damon, 1 December 2020

Despite a months-long media campaign claiming it is safe to reopen schools, every reputable scientific study has shown that closing schools is one of the most effective ways to contain the pandemic.

New York City schools to reopen amid explosion of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, deaths

By Bryan Dyne, 30 November 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement is a warning to the working class in the United States and internationally that even as numerous coronavirus vaccines are nearing completion, workers and youth will continue to be sent into workplaces and schools to needlessly get sick and die.

999 Predictions of post Thanksgiving surge in the US

30 November 2020

200 years since the birth of Friedrich Engels

By Peter Schwarz, 28 November 2020

Born on Nov. 28, 1820, Engels was the co-founder of scientific socialism with his friend Karl Marx, who was two-and-a-half years his senior. Two hundred years later, their life’s work is of burning contemporary relevance.

The anti-refugee police riot in Paris: A warning to the working class

By Alex Lantier, 27 November 2020

An irrepressible conflict is emerging between the working class and the financial aristocracy, powerful sections of which support building a fascist police state

What the rich are thankful for

By Andre Damon, 26 November 2020

Amid mass unemployment, hunger and death, America’s financial oligarchy is celebrating a bumper year.

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.

Why are millions of Americans traveling for Thanksgiving as the pandemic rages?

By Niles Niemuth, 24 November 2020

Even as travel this week is expected to decline from last year, with many citing concerns over COVID-19 as a reason to stay home, the movement of tens of millions across the country threatens to massively accelerate the spread of COVID-19.

Thanksgiving in America: Massive food lines and evictions as benefits expire

By Kate Randall, 23 November 2020

As the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths continues unabated, working-class families across the US are facing hunger and poverty on a scale not seen since the Great Depression.

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.

As Europe’s governments preside over mass death, workers must fight for the shutdown of nonessential production and schools

By Jordan Shilton, 20 November 2020

Growing numbers of workers and young people support the demand for the shutdown of nonessential production and ending of in-person teaching in schools to contain the pandemic.

Growing support among workers for shutdown of nonessential production as US death toll tops 250,000

By Jerry White, 19 November 2020

Anger among workers is boiling over as corporations keep operating even though COVID-19 infections are spreading uncontrollably throughout factories and other workplaces.

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.

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.

Close all nonessential workplaces! Full compensation for workers and small businesses!

By Andre Damon, 14 November 2020

All sections of the ruling class are opposed to taking measures necessary to contain the pandemic. That is why workers must take emergency action.

Over 300,000 coronavirus deaths in Europe: Capitalism’s crime against humanity

By Will Morrow, 13 November 2020

The thousands of deaths now occurring every day were not inevitable; they are the product of a deliberate policy by the European ruling class.

Workers’ lives are not expendable! Take action to stop the COVID-19 pandemic!

By Marcus Day, 12 November 2020

Rank-and-file safety committees must be expanded and organized to prepare walkouts to shut down non-essential plants, warehouses and other workplaces.

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.

Possible COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough makes measures to stop virus spread now more urgent

By Andre Damon, 10 November 2020

The announcement of progress on a COVID-19 vaccine makes all the more necessary urgent measures to stop the spread of the virus until the vaccine is widely available.

As COVID-19 surges around the world, governments put profits ahead of lives

By Andre Damon, 9 November 2020

This weekend, the world hit 50 million reported cases of COVID-19 and deaths surpassed 1.25 million, as the Americas and Europe faced the worst stage of the pandemic to date.

Biden appeals to Republicans for “unity” as voters repudiate Trump

By Eric London, 8 November 2020

There is a vast gulf between the sentiments driving millions of workers and youth to vote against Trump and the concerns of the faction of the ruling class represented by the Democratic Party.

Behind the delay in the US election results

By Joseph Kishore, 7 November 2020

There are currently intense discussions behind the scenes over how to resolve the unprecedented political crisis in the United States and the makeup of any future Biden administration.