This week, Seattle city councilor and Socialist Alternative (SA) member Kshama Sawant narrowly defeated a right-wing recall campaign. As of Friday, 50.3% of votes counted were opposed to the recall and 49.7% were in favor. About 600 ballots remain contested due to irregularities in signatures and a recount is possible, however, it looks like aContinue reading “Right-Wing Recall of Kshama Sawant Defeated”
Biden’s “honeymoon period” has been largely bolstered by the roll-out of the vaccine, the resultant re-opening of society and economic impact. Widespread relief cannot disguise that Biden is failing to deliver on his already-inadequate campaign promises.
Trump’s loss has been a relief to many Americans. There is mass anger at the actions of his administration from deploying the Department of Homeland Security against protestors, to massive tax cuts for the rich, to continued austerity for public services such as cutting SNAP and the Low Income Energy Home Assistance Program, alongside bailouts and tax cuts for corporations, and more. Any defeat of a right-wing figure can be seen as positive, but Biden’s election is far from a victory for the working class. Biden represents the same capitalist interests as Trump.
by Christopher Chace The Biden administration’s cabinet nominations offer a first glimpse at what the new administration is planning beyond the vague promises of press briefings, Tweets, and stump speeches. Some liberals insisted that Biden could be “pushed left” towards a progressive agenda. But looking at the history and role of the Democratic Party, weContinue reading “Biden’s “Progressive” Cabinet: An Attack on the Working Class”
January 20th, 2021 marked the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden. After the past four years of vicious attacks on organized labor, immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and women, and 10 months of unending capitalist crisis in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people will breathe a sigh of relief at Donald TrumpContinue reading “ISG Statement on Biden’s Inauguration”
by Jeff Booth COVID-19 infections are exploding. People in the U.S. suffer from the most deaths due to Coronavirus of any country. The recession that is now gripping the U.S. was in process before the pandemic hit. The pandemic accelerated the economic downturn and as the recession deepens, tens of millions face increasing job, housing,Continue reading “Capitalist Crisis and the 2020 Elections”
by Elisabeth Wichser With the 2020 Presidential Election cycle coming to an end, the nationwide COVID crisis has begun to surge again. On October 23rd, 85,000 new cases were reported, smashing the previous record set in mid-July. The continuing mass fear around COVID-19, particularly fears of losing jobs, of being evicted, and of not beingContinue reading “The 2020 Presidential Election Offers No Solution to Current Crises”
Covid-19 has disproportionately hit disabled people. This is one of the effects of capitalist society, which is disabling and puts profit before lives, including the people it disables. Around one-fifth of the population of England and Wales has its “activities limited because of a health problem or disability” to some degree. But this group has represented almost three-fifths of official Covid deaths! The current economic crisis and its threat of further austerity will only make this worse.
by Nicholas Wurst, TCU/IAM Local 1089 (personal capacity) The 2020 presidential election is taking place in the midst of a deep crisis of US capitalism and its political system. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hammer the US, with a death toll over 180,000—more Americans killed than in WW1. The attacks carried out by the TrumpContinue reading “Democratic, Republican, and Peoples’ Conventions: What Way Forward for Workers?”