Police Brutality, Racism, and the Politics of Polarization

The grisly images on television and social media are unrelenting: car bombings, nightclub massacres, killer cops, and cop killers. It is what Lenin called capitalist “horror without end”—without end. Not only in “far away” Iraq, Afghanistan, and Mexico, but in some of the most prosperous cities in the richest country on earth. This is the gruesome face of the capitalist crisis, the crisis of a system that threatens to take the entire human species down with it.

 

Bernie or Bust? The Way Forward for the Revolution

Just a few days after correctly identifying Hillary Clinton as part of the establishment in his op-ed piece in the New York Times, Bernie has come out saying the most important priority is to defeat Donald Trump, that he will vote for Clinton, and there are clear indications that negotiations are ongoing between his and Hillary’s campaign for a formal endorsement. Is this how the “Political Revolution” ends up? After hundreds of thousands cheered his call to fight the “billionaire class” at rallies across the country? After millions voted for him in primaries and caucuses? After millions of Americans felt that the 99% finally had a voice in politics? Will electing Clinton really defeat the hate-filled politics of Donald Trump? Or will it actually prepare the ground for an even more vicious right wing in the years ahead? How can we end the vicious two-establishment-parties cycle once and for all? Serious activists who really want a revolution need to examine these issues carefully.

Bernie: Build a Mass Socialist Party of the Working Class!

Bernie Sanders is at a critical moment in history. Because he was an independent Senator—the only one of 100 to identify as a socialist—he was able to fill the gaping vacuum on the left of American politics and ended up channelling the aspirations of the advanced layers of the working class. At this moment, he could single-handedly turn US politics upside down by transforming his campaign into a new party.

Zika Virus: Capitalism's Infectious Horror Without End

In a recent press release, Dr. Anne Schuchat, a senior Obama administration official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stated that “Everything we look at with this [Zika] virus seems to be a bit scarier than we initially thought.” As of April 2016, there have been 700 confirmed cases related to the Zika Virus in the United States.

 

Greece: The Troika Commands and Tsipras Obeys … Again

latuff-greek-memorandumOn Sunday, May 22, the Greek Parliament voted in favor of a new austerity package. The austerity measures include a raise in taxes of 2.8 billion euros, the largest privatization program in the history of the country, and the acceptance of an automatic mechanism that triggers generalized cuts in the event of excessive budget deficits in the future.