Topic: U.S. Politics

  • The fall of the house of Silver

    Why are New York liberals scrambling to defend Sheldon Silver, the corrupt Assembly Speaker indicted for taking bribes?

  • Obama's Charade of the Union

    Barack Obama is proposing progressive measures at the point in his presidency when they are least likely to be realized.

  • Chicago's machine strikes again

    Chicago teacher Tammie Vinson was undemocratically blocked from running against Democratic Alderman Jason Ervin.

  • The media's one-trick pony

    With a few exceptions, the media coverage of protests since Ferguson boiled down to the violence of protesters, not cops.

  • Washington's presents for the 1 Percent

    Congress has issued a public declaration of its own corruption, stupidity and immorality in the form of the 2015 budget.

  • Why Warren doesn't move me

    There are more reasons than policy not to get swept up in the fervor of a possible Elizabeth Warren presidential run.

  • Cuando la esperanza tranza

    La elección de noviembre no fue una cálida recepción a los republicanos, sino un frío rechazo a los demócratas.

  • Running for real change in Maine

    A Green Party candidate for state Senate in Maine talks about what he learned by putting forward an independent alternative.

  • This campaign doesn't end on Election Day

    Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones discuss the successes of their Green Party campaign in New York state--and where the struggle goes from here.

  • Texans against the Nazis

    Anti-racist activists swarmed an anti-immigrant rally organized by the largest neo-Nazi organization in the U.S.

  • From hope to nope

    Election 2014 wasn't a warm embrace of Republican policies, but a cold shoulder to the Democrats and a rejection of the narrow options for voters.

  • The world's not-so-greatest democracy

    The dysfunction of the U.S. system is so severe that even mainstream commentators question whether American can be called a democracy.

  • Building outside the Democratic Party

    Building a genuinely independent political alternative is the only project worth our time when it comes to elections.

  • Running against the machine

    An independent candidate for the Chicago City Council explains why he's decided to take on the city's status quo.

  • Looking past the myths about Election 2014

    Why did the Democrats get a drubbing? Do the Republicans think they have a mandate? What will they do now? SW answers your questions.

  • Republican zealots and Democratic pushovers

    The real question isn't how Republicans ran away with this year's elections--it's how Barack Obama and the Democrats gave them away.

  • The upside-down logic of the inside strategy

    The Working Families Party's decision to back New York's conservative Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has backfired.

  • Our votes on November 4

    SW points out the elections and initiatives where you can send a message in favor of political independence and social justice.

  • Your vote will make a difference in N.Y.

    The Hawkins/Jones campaign in New York is bringing anti-racist, pro-worker, pro-environment ideas into the mainstream.

  • Why teachers are backing Hawkins-Jones

    The Green Party's Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones are breaking new ground for independent politics in New York.

  • Why are they so afraid of third parties?

    The Democrats and Republicans have worked hard to protect their duopoly, which allows the two pro-corporate parties to share power between them.

  • Democrats and the election quest

    The ultimate message of the Democrats in elections is: be passionate, be committed, but remember, do it on our terms.

  • The Working Families Party charade unravels

    New York's Working Families Party hands progressive votes to Democrats with the false promise of providing an alternative.

  • A left-wing alternative for Oakland mayor

    Only one candidate has stood out from the grey blur of Democrats running for mayor of Oakland: civil rights attorney Dan Siegel.

  • The progressive face of a regressing party

    Elizabeth Warren's speeches may sound good, but her main role is to put a populist façade on a party that stands for preserving corporate power.