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Joe Kishore is the current National Secretary for the U.S. of the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) which is a Trotskyist political party, one of several Socialist Equality Parties around the world affiliated to the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI). The ICFI publishes daily news articles, perspectives and commentaries on the World Socialist Web Site, www.wsws.org.
Week one of the Trump administration: A government of war and social reaction
Trump's absurd posturing as a defender of the "forgotten man" will, sooner rather than later, give rise to bitter class conflict as the impact of the new administration's policy are felt. It is to the broad mass of the working class that socialists must now turn, and, through systematic organization and education, forge a political leadership to prepare for the struggles on the horizon.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
New York Times' narrative of Russian hacking: War propaganda in the guise of news
The basic problem the Times and the American media are seeking to overcome is the absence of any significant popular support for war, let alone war with the country possessing the second-largest nuclear arsenal in the world. Popular opposition is to be countered through a McCarthyite-style campaign of lies, with all opposition branded tantamount to treason.
Thursday, December 1, 2016(5 comments)
President-elect Trump on flag-burning: The crisis of American democracy
The proposal that punishment for a crime-or the exercise of free speech-should be the removal of citizenship is a proposal to eliminate all constitutional protections. It is a statement of arbitrary executive power. It is also in line with the raft of anti-democratic proposals coming from Trump: the resumption of torture, a national registry for Muslims, the removal of all constraints on domestic spying and other measures.
Monday, November 21, 2016(1 comments)
Trump's authoritarian government of nationalism and war
The coming period will be one of immense shocks and political upheavals. Trump's economic policies, financed by ever greater levels of debt, combined with massive tax cuts for the rich and cuts in social programs, will produce economic chaos and class conflict. They will not resolve the intractable contradictions of American and world capitalism.
Thursday, March 12, 2015(4 comments)
The paramilitary occupation of America
It is necessary to call things by their right names. The obscene regularity of police murders in the United States has reached the point where it is appropriate to speak of the police as an occupying army, whose daily violence and brutality can best be described as a war against the country's poor and working people.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ten Years Since The Global Protests Against War In Iraq
The mass sentiment that erupted 10 years ago has not gone away. But the organizations that largely led these protests have worked to smother this sentiment and direct it back into the political establishment. In the US where, through the Obama administration, liberal and "left" forces have not only reconciled themselves to imperialism, but have become some of its most fervent proponents.
The Death Rattle of American Democracy
Acceptance of assassination, torture, indefinite detention & organizations such as the NSA & CIA are incompatible with democracy or any state dedicated to the rule of law.