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
By JEFF MACKLER Out of the starting gate real quick came Bernie Sanders, self-proclaimed champion of a U.S. “political revolution” and “democratic socialism.” Sanders’ initial dark horse image was quickly abandoned as the corporate media quickly granted him equal time, as soon as he affirmed that he was running as a Democrat in Wall Street’s … Continue reading U.S. leftists leap into Democratic Party swamp
By RON CARMICHAEL In a series of East Coast debates and public forums from Sept. 15-26, Jeff Mackler, Socialist Action’s 2016 presidential candidate, spoke to enthusiastic audiences about the relevance of revolutionary socialist politics today. Mackler’s tour included public meetings in New York City, Albany, Boston, Providence, Hartford/New Britain, and Philadelphia. In the course of … Continue reading Socialist Action presidential tour wins new support
The Seventeenth National Convention of Socialist Action was held Aug. 19-21 in Kansas City, Mo. The convention was preceded by the party's traditional three-month pre-convention discussion period, which included some 50 written contributions from SA members. Delegates from across the country presented reports of their work in many movements—including struggles against global warming and for climate justice, … Continue reading Socialist Action sets ambitious goals for the coming year
By JEFF MACKLER Let’s assume for the moment that a fascist is an extremely evil person. Indeed, in the muck and mire of U.S. politics today the term fascist has been used quite often, but virtually always to describe the “extremely evil” candidates of the Republican Party. Recall Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater or the … Continue reading Is Hillary Clinton a fascist?
By THE EDITORS Working people around the world face are facing strong social, economic, and environmental crises. That’s true even in the richest country in history, the United States. The cause of these crises can be traced to a single source—a social system ruled by exploiting employers and ruthless bankers. In the U.S., this tiny … Continue reading Socialist Action’s program for the 2016 presidential elections
By JEFF MACKLER — Jeff Mackler is the Socialist Action candidate for U.S. president $33+ million and one year later, Bernie Sanders’ orchestrated “political revolution” fell back to earth with a dull but expected and pitiful thump, as he endorsed Wall Street’s corporate-funded Hillary Clinton with a resounding “The future will be shaped more on … Continue reading Sanders endorses Clinton: Laws of political physics confirmed
Vote Socialist Action in 2016! Jeff MACKLER/Karen SCHRAUFNAGEL for U.S. President/VP What socialists stand for. What socialists demand: 1) Abolish the U.S. war machine now! Bring all troops home now! Close all U.S. foreign and domestic military bases. End all military spending now – not a penny for war! U.S. out of the Middle East! No … Continue reading Socialist Action Campaign Platform 2016
By JEFF MACKLER — Jeff Mackler is the 2016 presidential candidate of Socialist Action. — Five hundred and seventy one and counting have been killed by U.S. cops this past year, an all-time high in recent decades, according to figures posted in the U.S. edition of the British-based Guardian newspaper.* The majority murdered were Black, … Continue reading Anti-racist protests challenge killer police
By NICK BAKER We are seeing a renewed interest in socialism today. The campaign of Bernie Sanders, who claims to be a “democratic socialist” to mask his 98-percent Democratic Party-line voting record, has given much publicity to the word “socialist,” and many young Sanders supporters call themselves socialists. The Sanders candidacy is no accident. His … Continue reading Interview with Socialist Action’s presidential candidate, Jeff Mackler
Socialist Action is launching a national election campaign, with National Secretary Jeff Mackler as the party’s candidate for U.S. president, and Karen Schraufnagel as its candidate for vice president. Jeff Mackler has spent a lifetime fighting for the working class and social justice. He is a veteran opponent of U.S. imperialist wars and interventions, … Continue reading Vote Socialist Action in 2016! Jeff Mackler for U.S. President!
By BRUCE LESNICK With the imminent demise of the Bernie Sanders campaign for the Democratic Party nomination, discussion has turned to what should come next. Some, including Seattle Socialist City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, have agitated for creating a generic “party of the left.” But what does that mean? As we shall see, it's a troublingly … Continue reading The presidential election: What’s left?
By JEFF MACKLER (This is an updated and expanded version of the article we first published on May 12.) U.S. primary election math pundits, as well as virtually the entire corporate media, insist, and with good reason, that Bernie Sanders has lost the Democratic Party presidential primary election contest. Indeed, following his nearly 13-point California … Continue reading Bernie Sanders’ demise: What are the lessons?
By JEFF MACKLER U.S. primary election math pundits are now calculating that Bernie Sanders cannot win the Democratic Party presidential primary contest. His impending demise, and indeed his Democratic Party candidacy itself, has sparked a wide-ranging discussion and debate in the U.S. socialist movement, and in broader circles, that reveals an extraordinary level of confusion … Continue reading Sanders, socialism and the U.S. left in crisis
By ANN MONTAGUE In one of the early Democratic Party debates, in order to inflate her credentials as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton threw out an off-the-cuff comment about her relationship with Henry Kissinger: “I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better—better than anybody had run it in a … Continue reading Clinton, Kissinger and the coup in Honduras
BY JEFF MACKLER I am tempted to compare the stated political views of the leading Republican and Democratic Party presidential contenders—even though they are largely irrelevant. But ranking Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders according to their purported degree of “socialist, progressive, liberal, conservative” or even incipient-fascist views is of little value in comparison to their … Continue reading The politics of deception
By BRUCE LESNICK I wholeheartedly support the populist programs that Bernie Sanders advocates—from single-payer health care, to free college tuition, to taxing the rich and more. But borrowing from Malcolm X [see excerpt below], Bernie is a house socialist and I'm a field socialist. Bernie doesn't want to replace or overthrow capitalism. Like all house socialists, he thinks capitalism can be fixed or tamed … Continue reading House socialists and field socialists
By GEORGE BRYAN — SPECIAL FEATURE: Seven presentations from the debates — Two Socialist Action-sponsored public forums entitled “Debating the 2016 Presidential Election and the Key Issues of our Time” attracted a total of 250 Bay Area political activists in Oakland and San Francisco over the weekend of Feb. 5-6. Bernie Sanders’ campaign in the Democratic … Continue reading Socialist Action sponsors election debates