By MARTY GOODMAN On Nov. 3, hunger striker and taxi worker leader, Bahravi Desai, shouted out to an exuberant crowd of taxi workers and supporters, “We won! We won!” as a deal was struck with the city to reduce loans on the artificially inflated cost of city-issued taxi medallions.
By JEFF MACKLER The idea was to blame the Republicans for society’s ills and pose the Democrats as the party of the people, especially as the mid-term elections loomed. The November elections have passed. Biden’s legislative efforts produced nothing. Democrats were punished by voters from coast to coast.
By Jeff Mackler If we are to believe the almost daily front-page major media headlines, President Joseph Biden has embarked on an historic congressional battle to massively fund a broad range of needed social programs by taxing the rich as never before. Biden’s daily and ever-changing “social infrastructure” bill pronouncements aim at assuring a wary … Continue reading Biden’s $trillion Taxing the Rich Social Infrastructure Charade Crumbles
By Jeff Mackler The corporate media hoopla attendant to President Joseph Biden’s announced $2.5 trillion infrastructure proposal aims at putting Biden in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt New Deal-era crowd of “progressive” capitalist social reformers. The “centrist” Biden has been instantly converted to a “man of the people” whose legislative proposals are claimed to far exceed … Continue reading Fearing Radicalization, Biden Feigns Left
By Jeff Mackler Capitalist “civilization” returned to the nation’s capitol on Jan. 20, Joseph Biden’s Inauguration Day. Replete with 25,000 troops forming an iron ring around the few thousand establishment dignitaries gathered to pay homage to the new president, with deep roots in America’s racist, warmongering past and present, the event aimed at reassuring the … Continue reading As Biden returns “civilization” to Washington…Capitalism Cannot Be Reformed
By JEFF MACKLER The result of the periodic electoral games orchestrated by the twin parties of U.S. capitalism is always 100 percent fatal.
By JEFF MACKLER Capitalist elections are orchestrated at every level – zero exceptions – by the U.S. ruling class, that is, the tiny multi-billionaire cum trillionaire class that owns and controls society’s key economic, financial and political institutions.
By JEFF MACKLER In Trump-Biden 2 both debaters took the stage to defend the same side, that is, the corporate capitalist elite.
By JEFF MACKLER Joseph Biden’s Democrats have the edge on Donald Trump’s Republicans with regard to billionaire backing: 131-93.
By JEFF MACKLER When capitalism’s twin billionaire parties convene every four years to select their would–be head-of-state, it’s important to get the facts straight.
By MARTY GOODMAN In the middle of the night, hundreds of New York City cops in riot gear descended on Occupy City Hall who had been demanded cuts of $1 billion to the NYPD budget.
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 LAZARO MONTEVERDE Calls by social democrats to elect "progressive" Democrats exemplify what Engels called "parliamentary cretinism." Marx, Engels and Lenin devised a different tactic for revolutionaries.
By GARY PORTER Well known names from around the world recently joined together to form a "Progressive International." What does this group represent?
By MARTY GOODMAN Today only 51.3% of American adults have jobs – the lowest number on record, lower than the Great Depression. We have passed 80,000 coronavirus deaths.
Here we reprint part of a 1959 debate between a revolutionary socialist and a social democrat. George Breitman, a member of the Socialist Workers Party and longtime editor of The Militant newspaper, argued the No side.
By JEFF MACKLER Author’s note: This article was written three weeks before Bernie Sanders’ April 7 withdrawal from the Democratic Party primary race. I see no reason to change a word.
(Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) By JEFF MACKLER Bernie Sanders, face to face on March 16 with his often-proclaimed “friend” Joe Biden, could only assert that “Joe,” voted for the 2003 Iraq War. True! Sanders scored a debater’s point that a well-scripted and lying Biden brushed off in a few words. Sanders left it at … Continue reading The Demise of Bernie Sanders
A critique of “lesser-evil” politics By NICK BAKER Right-wing columnist George Will recently wrote that in American elections “the question is not whether elites shall rule, but which elites shall, so the perennial political problem is to get popular consent to worthy elites.” This is the American capitalist electoral strategy in a nutshell, stated openly … Continue reading Capitalism vs. Socialism
By NICK BAKER A 2019 Pew Research Center poll of Americans’ political views found that 42 percent support socialism, up from 31 percent found by Pew in 2010. Fully half of youth under 30 indicated their “positive or very positive impression” of socialism. The biggest change that the new poll registered was among those 30–49 … Continue reading Anatomy of Bernie Sanders’ socialism
By NICK BAKER The House of Representatives’ almost-exclusively Democratic Party line vote of 232-197 to impeach President Donald Trump is certain to be rejected in early January by a similar Republican Party line vote in the U.S. Senate. Under the U.S. Constitution, the Senate acts as a trial body to determine the validity of House … Continue reading The Trump impeachment charade
By JEFF MACKLER Democrats’ sound and fury in denouncing President Trump’s unilateral imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports has given way to general agreement, if not bi-partisan praise, for Trump’s pending tariff deals with China. The same with Trump’s essential denunciation of the WTO, the hitherto world institution aimed at the increasingly impossible objective of … Continue reading Democrats and Republicans Converge on Trade, War and Israel
By MARTY GOODMAN As the twin parties of the corporate elite battle it out on whether Trump’s phone call to the Ukrainian president constituted an impeachable “high crime or misdemeanors,” the real crimes, committed daily against the people and nations of the world and inherent in the capitalist system, are nowhere to be seen. Millions … Continue reading IMPEACH THE SYSTEM!
By STEVE XAVIER In August, an announced trip by freshman House members Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) to the occupied West Bank drew the ire of President Trump and other GOP politicians. The Netanyahu government decided to bar entry to the two legislators using the urging of Trump, who tweeted that the pair … Continue reading Cancelled “squad trip” to West Bank puts U.S. Israel policy in the spotlight
By STAN OREGANO For the past three years, the center of Democratic Party opposition to the Trump presidency has been on the basis of loud and repeated claims that Trump is a bought-and-paid-for agent of the Kremlin. Dreams of recouping the party’s fortunes by explaining away the debacle of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat stirred … Continue reading Failure of Mueller probe exposes Democrats