Democrat tops combat Sawant re-election

By ANN MONTAGUE Kshama Sawant’s re-election campaign is in full swing. The Seattle Socialist Alternative candidate, who won a seat on the Seattle City Council two years ago, is mobilizing her supporters to win again. Since her election in 2013, Sawant fulfilled her campaign promise to make Seattle the first major city to pass a … Continue reading Democrat tops combat Sawant re-election

Unmasking the hype of capitalist economics

BY JEFF MACKLER The U.S. working class, the nation’s poor and oppressed, and the youth won a resounding victory on Election Day 2014 when they cast their “votes” for the most popular candidate of all—“None of the Above.” Indeed, “None of the Above” won the much-hyped midterm election “contest” hands down, when 64% of eligible … Continue reading Unmasking the hype of capitalist economics

NYC mayor hustles cuts for city workers

By MARTY GOODMAN New York’s self-proclaimed “progressive” mayor, Bill de Blasio, promised “respect” for the city’s 300,000 unionized public workers and has pledged to fight the city’s vast income inequality. What unions actually got was the same old hustle from the Democratic Party, as part of the city’s 1%. De Blasio, who took office in … Continue reading NYC mayor hustles cuts for city workers

Kshama Sawant’s inauguration speech

By KSHAMA SAWANT  We reprint below the inauguration speech of Socialist Alternative member Kshama Sawant, who was elected Seattle’s first socialist city council member in over a century. Socialist Action hails her election as a victory for the entire socialist movement. My brothers and sisters, thank you for your presence here today. This city has … Continue reading Kshama Sawant’s inauguration speech

Obama: The corporate choice

BY JEFF MACKLER The $6 billion U.S. election extravaganza—conducted virtually year round in the modern era to consciously dull the senses of capitalism’s working masses with an unending torrent of myths, half truths, and lies—is over. The mask of a progressive, humanistic, caring, environmentally concerned, if not antiwar president, Barak Obama, has been carefully fitted … Continue reading Obama: The corporate choice

Presidential Debate: Where are the women?

By ALICE RICHARD  On Oct. 3, President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney squared off in the first presidential debate, in which independent parties were prohibited from participating. The debate was focused on domestic policy, and the candidates primarily sparred on taxes, Social Security, and the federal deficit. Despite the White House’s assurances that … Continue reading Presidential Debate: Where are the women?

Presidential campaign loot

By MARTY GOODMAN“Anybody who wants to be an ambassador must at least give $250,000.” — Richard Nixon’s price check to his Chief of Staff on campaign donations.This year’s U.S. presidential campaign fundraising is expected to double the record-breaking $1 billion presidential campaign haul of 2008. Everything has its price under capitalism, including democracy. The campaign … Continue reading Presidential campaign loot

Wisconsin: Reason 1,000,001 why we need a Labor Party!

<!--[if !mso]><![endif]--> The Gov. Scott Walker victory in Wisconsin’s recall election last month should not surprise us. The Democrats are incapable of defeating the right. Don’t the last 30 years demonstrate that? Every vote for a Democrat has meant the success of the “Republican” agenda, based on the loyalty of both parties to the 1%. In … Continue reading Wisconsin: Reason 1,000,001 why we need a Labor Party!

Wisconsin recall effort sparks labor movement debate

<!--[if !mso]> <![endif]--> MADISON, Wis.—The law stripping public workers of collective bargaining rights, which spurred hundreds of thousands to take to the streets and occupy the State Capitol building last spring in what became known as the Wisconsin Uprising, was partially struck down by a federal judge on March 30.The judge’s ruling held that it … Continue reading Wisconsin recall effort sparks labor movement debate

What sort of third party do we need?

The past year or so has seen a dramatic shift in the U.S. class struggle. The mass movement in Wisconsin against the union busting agenda of tea-party Republican Scott Walker, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement that spread across the U.S., and the ILWU fight to protect their union rights at Longview, WA, and elsewhere … Continue reading What sort of third party do we need?

Democrats divert Wisconsin workers into recall campaign

MADISON—On Nov. 19, over 25,000 people rallied at the Wisconsin State Capitol to kick off the electoral drive to recall Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefish. Petitioners began collecting signatures on Nov. 15 for a special election in the spring of 2012. To hold the election, 540,000 valid signatures of “electors” (those not … Continue reading Democrats divert Wisconsin workers into recall campaign

Socialists and Elections

by Adam Ritscher With elections coming up again a lot of politically conscious people are hitting the pavement to campaign for their candidates. Voter registration drives, leafleting and yard sign distribution have become the order of the day for many activists. We in Youth for Socialist Action certainly commend people who take politics seriously and … Continue reading Socialists and Elections