Capitalism’s World Economic, Political and Social Crises and the Road to Fight Back

By JEFF MACKLER Led by the dominant capitalist-imperialist nations, especially the U.S. and China, the system involves the capture and transfer of surplus value from workers in poorer countries to leading corporations in the advanced countries. Today, global value chain corporations that represent only 15 percent of all trading firms worldwide, capture some 80 percent of total trade.

Debate in the Fourth International Part III: Capitalism’s World Economic, Political and Social Crises and the Coming Fightback

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.

Amazon Workers Electrify Labor

By MARTY GOODMAN Workers in the U.S. may be on the cusp of a big labor upsurge. In 2021, petitions to hold union elections were up more than 50 percent over the previous year during the six months ending in March, on pace to reach its highest point in at least a decade. Successful organizing struggles at Amazon, Starbucks and other locations continue to grow. Angry younger workers in particular are stepping up to play militant leadership roles, many with Black Lives Matter protest experience.

Covid and Capitalism: Mass Vaccination or Mandate for Mass Death

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

Biden’s $trillion Taxing the Rich Social Infrastructure Charade Crumbles

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

Fearing Radicalization, Biden Feigns Left

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

Behind Union Defeat at Amazon Bessemer

By Jeff Mackler and Mark Ostapiak When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall runThere can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sunYet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of oneBut the union makes us strong (From the trade union anthem “Solidarity Forever”) Would it be that the inspiration … Continue reading Behind Union Defeat at Amazon Bessemer

Indian Farmers’ Rise Against Modi Regime

By Umar Shahid (The article below by Umar Shahid is an update on the historic January 26 mobilizations in India against the neoliberal policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The previous strike/protest of November 26, 2020, the “Bharat Bandh” meaning the 24-hour closure of, included a monumental 250 million participants! See “India Strike Wave is Biggest in World … Continue reading Indian Farmers’ Rise Against Modi Regime

Trump’s “free speech” for billionaires

By Jeff Mackler The world noticed when two billionaires, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, pushed a button and de-platformed then president Donald Trump from their social media empires. “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the content around them,” Twitter wrote, “we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk … Continue reading Trump’s “free speech” for billionaires

Unemployment Skyrockets, So Does Hunger

By BARRY SHEPPARD The Labor Department recently released figures for the unemployment rate for April, saying that the rate was 14.7 percent, the highest since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Labor Department said that because of how it classifies workers, the real figure could be 20 percent. These figures reflect the situation as … Continue reading Unemployment Skyrockets, So Does Hunger

From 2008 and relevant again today! The Bailout: A close-up look at the U.S. ruling class in action

Here we reprint a Socialist Action analysis of the 2008 Wall Street bailout. Today, once again, the U.S. ruling class is desperately trying to prop up its crisis-ridden capitalist system. We are already seeing the same "socialism for the rich" that this article pointed to the last time, as trillions of dollars are put into … Continue reading From 2008 and relevant again today! The Bailout: A close-up look at the U.S. ruling class in action