Topic: U.S. Politics

  • The world's greatest democracy? Really?

    Trump isn't a new threat to a healthy body, but the latest tumor on a corrupt system that can only be called a "democracy" if we use ironic quotes.

  • Banging on the doors of bigotry

    Several hundred DePaul University students disrupted a speech by a right-wing bigot--and showed how the left can confront hate.

  • Debating the role of socialists in Election 2016

    The International Socialist Organization and Socialist Alternative exchange views on the Bernie Sanders campaign and the Democratic Party.

  • Is Sanders spoiling the party?

    Sanders has the gall to keep asking people to vote for him in the Democratic primaries--so the Clinton gang resorted to more underhanded methods.

  • What's next for Bernie's base?

    Supporters of Bernie Sanders must decide if they will follow their candidate as he falls in line behind the Democratic nominee.

  • Hillary thinks America's great. Why don't you?

    Hillary Clinton's campaign is built around satisfaction with the political and economic status quo--but there's not very much to be satisfied about.

  • Why is Andrew Cuomo shifting left?

    Is the man critics call "Governor 1 Percent" discovering his inner social justice warrior? Or is he responding to grassroots pressure?

  • Safe states, inside/outside and other illusions

    Some Sanders supporters are recycling failed strategies in an attempt to carry on a "political revolution" inside the Democrats.

  • Protesting the pro-fracker in Ohio

    A small protest against Hillary Clinton's campaign stop in Athens, Ohio, showed the importance of building a left alternative.

  • Thinking and voting outside the two-party box

    The likely Green Party presidential nominee explains why she's urging Bernie Sanders supporters to take a stand for political independence.

  • Republicans break the bottom of the barrel

    The GOP establishment is stuck with a presidential candidate they hate both because he isn't one of them--and because he actually is.

  • A tale of two Bill de Blasios

    Three years ago, New York City's mayor was a beacon for liberal hopes. Today, he's been exposed as an all-too-typical politician.

  • How do we explain the 2016 election?

    To understand the elections today, we must look beyond this moment to the deeper roots of what is happening in U.S. politics.

  • Jill Stein, the Greens and the two-party system

    Several Readers' Views made criticisms of the Greens that don't recognize their record of standing for political independence.

  • Sanders' role in the Democratic Party

    Bernie Sanders is giving voice to discontent, but he is also corralling that discontent toward "revitalizing" the Democratic Party.

  • Building the left beyond the Democrats

    Sanders' campaign might contribute to a base that can create a base that can become free of the Democratic Party--but only if we fight for independence.

  • Sanders the spoiler?

    The "hey Bernie, stop spoiling our party" chorus is getting deafening. But is Sanders harming the Democratic Party with his campaign--or helping?

  • How do we describe Sanders?

    A vote for Bernie Sanders isn't identical to a vote for the Democratic Party, as Socialist Worker has implied.

  • Translating the Bern internationally

    How can we best convince a layer of Sanders' supporters that they ought to build a different kind of party than the Democrats?

  • Grand Old Party becomes a Grand Old Mess

    How can it be that the Republicans, the first party of Corporate America, could be facing the prospect of chaos at their nominating convention?

  • Why I won't be voting for Bernie

    I have felt the Bern this past week, without ever questioning my decision to not vote for Sanders (or Clinton) in the Democratic primary.

  • Kasich isn't a "moderate"

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich's reputation as a "compassionate conservative" comes as a shock to those who live under his policies.

  • Should Palestine activists vote for Sanders?

    He may be more critical of Israeli violence than other candidates, but Sanders remains a clear defender of U.S. imperial policy.

  • Nuevo fervor por el socialismo

    La ira de clase que subyace la popularidad de Bernie Sanders no comenzó con su campaña, y tampoco va a terminar con ella.

  • Inside out or outside in?

    The success of the Sanders campaign is posing an old question for socialists: Should the left work inside a party of the status quo?