Socialist Action newspaper for the summer of 2022: UKRAINE: NO TO THE U.S. PROXY WAR AND FASCIST COUP; and Women’s Rage: My Body, My Choice; May Day in Canada
By JEFF MACKLER, for Socialist Action/USA This is the third and final text presented by Socialist Action as a minority viewpoint to the February 19-23, 2022 meeting of the Fourth International (FI), an international socialist current of some 56 parties across the globe. Some 150 representatives of these parties gathered this year via Zoom due to the COVID 19 crisis to discuss and debate the Fourth International’s politics and program. The politics in the report below were adopted by the National Committee of Socialist Action/USA, a fraternal party of the FI barred by reactionary U.S. legislation from being a formal member of any international socialist organization. The text below was rejected by the February FI meeting by the vast majority of delegates. The central thesis of the majority text asserts that the building of revolutionary socialist parties on the Leninist model anywhere in the world today is not on the agenda. The text below, slighted updated to cover developments since the February FI meeting, challenges this view in all its fundamentals.
Socialist Action public forum Sunday June 5, at 1pm East Coast, 10am Pacific -- "Capitalism is a Death Cult: Why the System Lets Covid Kill." Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89486089489?pwd=bTNra2JyTDlzMkUxdXVKUFc0elJnUT09
By MARC ROME In a world in which the true global Covid-19 death toll is 18.2 million, capitalism today bears a striking resemblance to how it appeared upon its arrival over 300 years ago: “Dripping from every pore,” to borrow from the Communist Manifesto, “with blood and dirt.”
By DANIEL TIRADE While the anti-mandate siege in Ottawa continued, Torontonians learned of a similar convoy set for the weekend of February 5, 2021. We anticipated thousands of people would converge in Toronto to spread a eugenicist message — that saving the lives of the most vulnerable from Covid-19 is not worth any concession of individual liberties. But frustrated and over-stressed healthcare workers decided to take a stand.
By JOE LOMBARDO Capitalism's inherent drive for profits is at the root of the vaccine hoarding by rich countries and rampant deforestation that have paved the way for the current crisis.
A Socialist Action Webinar As the ruling class continues the push to open the economy and remove COVID protections, the Delta variant is spreading across the U.S. Hear an exclusive interview with Rob Wallace, epidemiologist and author of Big Farms Make Big Flu, on the current state of the pandemic and the capitalist response. Hosted by Mark Ostapiak, … Continue reading Covid and Capitalism: An Interview With Rob Wallace
On July 4th President Biden announced that “independence from a deadly virus” was on the horizon. Pointing to the possibilities of mass vaccinations, he proclaimed, “America is coming back together!” While vaccines have proven to be effective at preventing mass death by Covid-19, capitalist created divisions have been compounded by the pandemic and are now … Continue reading Covid and Capitalism: Mass Vaccination or Mandate for Mass Death
By James Fortin With the defeat of the unionizing effort at Amazon in Bessemer, Alabama, it is encouraging to witness the ongoing and undaunted efforts of nurses in Maine to join a union. Voting is now underway for the 1900 nurses who work at Maine Medical Center (Maine Med), in Portland, Maine, to decide whether … Continue reading In Bessemer Shadow, Maine Nurses Organize
By James Fortin U.S. Big Pharma is doing a victory lap. Never to miss an accolade or two from their friends at the Wall Street Journal, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is taking the bow under the recent article entitled, “Capitalism Is What Will Defeat Covid.” Oh, really? In the piece CEO Alex Gorsky half-truthfully … Continue reading Big Pharma’s Greedy Palm, Outstretched Again
By James Fortin January 10, 2021 Over the past days the major media has talked incessantly about the Trump-directed mob violence in the Capitol Building, labeling the event instigated by the sociopathic narcissist of a President a coup or insurrection. While thousands of Trump supporters attended his rally in Washington, it should be noted that … Continue reading COVID-19 Is the Real Insurrection
By JEFF MACKLER Trump takes one insane step further with his ongoing public and personal opposition to mandated lockdowns, mask wearing and social distancing necessitated by the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.
By JAMES FORTIN The openings of grade and middle schools, high schools, and colleges all have one thing in common – they are the betting chips in a massive gamble by the ruling class.
By LISA LUINENBERG & LAZARO MONTEVERDE As the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the U.S., immigrants continue to be hard hit. COVID-19 is spreading almost unchecked through detention centers that house immigrants.
By LISA LUINENBERG & LAZARO MONTEVERDE A medida que la pandemia de COVID-19 se desata en los Estados Unidos, los inmigrantes continúan siendo los más afectados.
By STEVE R. JOHNSON Under increasing pressure from state and federal authorities, schoolteachers across the United States are embroiled in a life and death struggle over the terms and conditions of re-opening the nation’s schools for the 2020-2021 year.
Cliff Conner, author of A People’s History of Science and The Tragedy of American Science on COVID-19
By JEFF MACKLER
Predatory capitalism is facing its greatest crises ever: deadly pandemic, constant brutal racist repression, mass unemployment, mass evictions, accelerating environmental destruction, endless war…and it has no solutions.
By JAMES FORTIN Not since the Great Depression of the 1930’s has the American working class experienced with such gravity an assault to its standing as we are witnessing today. Do we continue under the irrational capitalist rule of the 1%, or do we demand meaningful solutions to the problems that have been thrust upon us, the 99%?
By DON HARMON Workers at meatpacking plants are suffering extremely high levels of coronavirus infection, due to lack of protection, while the plants become hotspots for widespread outbreaks in their towns and cities.
By MARTY GOODMAN Over 130 New York City transit workers have died of COVID-19 with MTA doing little to protect the largely Black, Latino, and immigrant workforce. As one train conductor says, “We are not essential. We are sacrificial.”
Today Dr. Fauci is well known as a trusted scientist who is trying to guide the country through a pandemic. Gay men and lesbians who were involved in fighting the AIDS epidemic knew Dr. Fauci as a more complex figure in their struggle with the head of the NIAID.
By JEFF MACKLER George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many more Black people have been murdered by racist cops every day. Meanwhile, Black people are dying of COVID-19 at a rate 3 times higher than whites.
By MARK T. HARRIS The United States has the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the world. Capitalism’s inexorable drive for profits over human needs got us here.
By JEFF MACKLER and JAMES FORTIN The daily number new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. is still 22,000–25,000 and deaths are expected to rise to 3,000 a day by June 1. Yet every state is sending workers back to work. Why is this, and what really should be done?