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.
Break with two-party capitalist duopoly! By JEFF MACKLER Glory hallelujah! If the Lord’s “terrible swift sword” had descended from the heavens to witness the Democratic Party’s congressional delegation’s standing ovation in response to Donald Trump’s State of Union introduction of his despicably appointed Venezuelan presidential pretender Juan Guaidó, the Democrats would be dead in the … Continue reading Vote Socialist Action in 2020!
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 NEIL FAULKNER and PHIL HEARSE (Socialist Action publishes this article as part of the ongoing discussion on the meaning of the recent overwhelming Conservative Party election victory and the future prospects of the defeated British Labor Party of Jeremy Corbyn. The article originally appeared in the new publication Mutiny, http://www.timetomutiny.org) The British ruling class has … Continue reading British Election: A Victory for the Far Right. A Crisis for the Left
By ANN MONTAGUE On December 12th, 10.3 million people voted for the left Labour Party platform and for radical social change. But the numbers were significantly less than in 2017, which brought Jeremy Corbyn in as leader of the Labour Party. However, this smaller number was still much greater than the number of votes that … Continue reading Prospects for a Fighting British Labour Party
By JOHN LESLIE As the socialist movement grows, independent socialist candidates for local office will be faced with challenges. How to advocate for the oppressed and exploited effectively without adapting to bourgeois politics? Once elected to local office, a socialist candidate can use the megaphone offered by their office to be what Lenin referred to … Continue reading An independent socialist runs for city council in Athens, Ohio
By ANN MONTAGUE Two ballot measures, on immigration and on abortion rights, were rejected by large margins in Oregon on Nov. 6. The attack on immigrants would have repealed Oregon 31-year-old sanctuary law, which protected immigrants from discrimination and federal immigration law enforcement. It was the first such law in the nation. The local organization … Continue reading Oregonians reject reactionary ballot measures
By MICHAEL SCHREIBER “This is the most important midterm election in the modern history of this country,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, and many politicians and pundits agreed. President Trump spoke similarly during his week-long campaign tour, aimed mainly at shoring up Republican candidates in so-called Red States. “Everything we have achieved is at stake,” Trump … Continue reading Midterm elections: Democrats’ ‘blue wave’ falls short
By STEVE XAVIER The results of the primary election result in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens, stunned the Democratic Party machine. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders campaign worker and member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), defeated 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley. Crowley, who out-spent Oscasio-Cortez … Continue reading DSA member wins Democratic primary in New York
The campaign to elect Socialist Action candidate Fred Linck to the U.S. Senate is gaining steam. At press time, supporters have gathered over 2500 signatures to get him on the November ballot in Connecticut. On June 2, supporters collected 440 signatures at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Hartford, Conn. Especially popular was the demand … Continue reading Socialist candidate Fred Linck speaks on electoral politics
By CHRISTINE MARIE “Karl Marx once said that there must be something rotten in the very core of a social system which increases its wealth without decreasing its misery.” With these words, the Socialist Action candidate for U.S. Senate from Connecticut, Fred Linck, began his April 28 talk to a roomful of students at the … Continue reading Socialist candidate Fred Linck speaks at UConn
By DANIEL ADAM Ten years after the crash of 2008, a refreshing growth in unionization and militant strikes shows promise of developing into a new wave of working-class action. This follows years of struggle against police murder and a wave of protest that began with 4 million marching for women’s rights. Tens of thousands flooded … Continue reading Iraq veteran runs for U.S. Senate: Vote Socialist Action!
https://www.facebook.com/VoteSocialistAction/videos/885658494938403/?hc_ref=ARQFzl8eBVDmvDIF3MDH6oLat2FdBy4OvopDYbUKRiXoKqMgGl5mO5aBi4_fiixC4C8&fref=nf By MITCH LINCK Fred “Mitch” Linck is the Socialist Action candidate for the U.S. Senate from Connecticut. I want to talk a little about what I learned from my time in Iraq, and how it can help us understand our situation today. By the time I was 17, there was no one who could … Continue reading Fred ‘Mitch’ Linck: Why I am running for U.S. Senator from Connecticut
By WAYNE DELUCA On Nov. 7, at least 17 members of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) won elections around the country. Most notable was Lee Carter, who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, unseating Republican Majority Whip Jackson Miller. The rest mostly ran for town or city councils. All of the candidates … Continue reading Social democracy at the ballot box: DSA & the Democrats
By WAYNE DELUCA The special House election in Montana at the end of May saw Republican Greg Gianforte defeat Rob Quist, a Bernie Sanders-endorsed progressive Democrat. This feat was made remarkable by the fact that Gianforte had physically assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before the election. Exactly how Quist, a folk singer noted … Continue reading This Is Not ‘Our’ Revolution!
By MARK UGOLINI The Republican Party takes primary charge of the U.S. government this month with Donald Trump sworn in as president, and both houses of Congress under Republican control by a slim majority. The new administration is taking shape with announcements of key government cabinet posts. These include a combination of professional politicians, former … Continue reading As Trump takes the helm, the war against working people continues
By MARK UGOLINI Events surrounding the Nov. 8 presidential election confirm the depth of the crisis that U.S. capitalist rulers find themselves in. We’ve seen growing turmoil and major divisions between and within both major parties. The two-party system, for years a stable bulwark of U.S. capitalism, has been exhibiting signs of distress. The transition … Continue reading Trump promises more perks for big business
By PHIL HEARSE It is likely that the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential elections will give new momentum to the right wing in world politics. As part of the discussion, we print this article from Phil Hearse, which appeared in Socialist Resistance, journal of the British section of the Fourth International. The international … Continue reading Trump and the future: commentary from Britain
By MARK UGOLINI On Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, and a new Republican administration will take control of the U.S. government’s executive branch. The election of this bigoted billionaire sent shock waves throughout the communities that were the targets of his racist, sexist, and anti-immigrant … Continue reading Protests score Trump’s hate-mongering agenda
By BRUCE LESNICK Despite predictions to the contrary, Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. What does it all mean? First the numbers: 44.4% of eligible voters (102.7 million people) did not vote. The number of people who opted out is up three percentage points from the last presidential election … Continue reading Labor’s Trump Card: Build a Labor Party!
By MARK UGOLINI We’ve all been witness to an incredible barrage of election coverage by the corporate-controlled media. Anyone close to a television screen or an internet news site has been bombarded by endless hours of mostly meaningless banter. We have been subjected to polling data hype; gossip and innuendo of all kinds; fear-mongering campaign … Continue reading Vote Socialist Action on November 8
By BRUCE LESNICK This is the second part of an expanded debate in which socialist “Sydney Solidarity” squares off against the candidates of the ruling rich, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Part I of the debate, which appeared earlier on this website, dealt with economic matters. In this segment, the moderator, Lester Holt, asks the … Continue reading A socialist joins the 2016 presidential debates, Part II
By BRUCE LESNICK Usually the U.S. presidential debates are more about personalities than politics. The phony Commission on Presidential Debates, deeply in the pocket of Democratic and Republican parties, serves as a fig leaf to mask the shamefully narrow discussion that passes for democracy in “The Greatest Country On Earth”™. But living in the 21st … Continue reading A socialist joins the 2016 presidential debates, Part I
By TATIANA COZZARELLI After the shocking tape discussing sexual assault, how can women fight against Trump’s misogyny? Hillary is no alternative, with her imperialist policies abroad and a history of hurting working women in the US. Last week’s examples from Argentina and Poland show women a way forward in the fight against misogyny and for … Continue reading How to fight for women’s rights in the Age of Trumpism