Political Economy

Bernie Sanders: Loyal Democrat, Stalwart for Empire

by Danny Haiphong

Bernie Sanders will never break with the Democratic Party and its finance capitalist masters. Progressives have no choice but “to take the genuine demands for a living wage, socialized healthcare, and free higher public education out of the two-party duopoly and into the streets.” Sanders is also totally useless in the fight to save the planet from nuclear conflagration; he “has made his peace with war.”

Diana Johnstone: Financial Elite Created France's New President, Emmanuel Macron

An interview by Ann Garrison

Three out of four of the top vote-getters in the first round of French elections ran against the economic policies of the European Union. Yet the French and U.S. corporate media claim the election was all about race and “fascism.” Emmanuel Macron is “the whole globalizing elite’s own special candidate” – and bad news for the working class.

Whiteness and the Legitimacy Crisis of Global Capitalism

by Salvador Rangel – Jeb Sprague-Silgado

“The Trump-right,” say the authors, “has sought to make up for the loss in the material wages of white workers through an increase in their ‘public and psychological wage’ (as W.E.B. Du Bois described it) —via the promotion of racism and xenophobia.” Since Trump is wedded to the transnational capitalist class that has orchestrated the global race to the bottom, all he can provide is “a more blatant normalization of bigotry” -- and war.

Global Capitalist Crisis and Trump’s War Drive

by William I. Robinson

Human extinction by war becomes more likely because the transnational capitalist class has militarized the process of accumulation. “The so-called wars on drugs, terrorism, and immigrants; the construction of border walls, immigrant detention centers, and ever-growing prisons; the installation of mass surveillance systems, and the spread of private security guard and mercenary companies, have all become major sources of profit-making.”

Freedom Rider: Do Americans Have No Shame?

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Putting aside the lack of any proof of Russian interference in U.S. elections, Americans have some nerve complaining about outside meddling when they have violated the sovereign rights of much of the planet. Americans owe the world heartfelt acts of contrition. “There ought to be a march of apology from Americans to people in Grenada, Haiti, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and yes in Russia too.”

No Tokens with Trump, No time for Fear: These are Revolutionary Times

by Danny Haiphong

The corporate media would have you believe that stark differences divide the duopoly parties. The opposite is true. Democrats and establishment Republicans “have united on questions of war, austerity, and state-sponsored surveillance.” If anything, the major parties have solidified their “bipartisan consensus on privatization of education, healthcare, and the public sector” – as demanded by their corporate masters in this time of systemic crisis.

What is Fascism in Our Times? A Global South Perspective

by Yash Tandon

In this final essay of a seven-part series, Yash Tandon depicts fascism as a systemic phenomenon arising from the incompatibility of democracy and capitalism. For capitalism to persist, as is the case now, democracy is dispensed with. Hegemonic imperialist powers embody fascism in their relations with the rest of the world. Leaders of African neo-colonies administer the fascist system on behalf of the global corporate and financial fascism.

Democrats Fight Trump, the Man, But Not His Austerity and Militarism

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Democrats would surely like to replace Donald Trump at the earliest opportunity. But they show no inclination to fight Trump and his fellow Republicans over obscene military budgets funded by cuts to social programs. Even Bernie Sanders has refused to push for Medicare for All, despite the looming health care catastrophe. It is up to grassroots activists to seize the time -- but too many are caught up in the Democrats' Great Russian Diversion.

Obama & Trump/Democrats & Republicans: Exposing the Similarities to Break Dependence on the Corporate Political Parties

by Solomon Comissiong

“Many who voted for Hillary Clinton, and who are now protesting, would have never protested her actual imperialist legacy, had she been elected.” The same goes for Obama supporters. Democrats and Republicans are joined in their subservience to corporate masters, and to imperialist wars. “It is imperative that the connections between Democrats and Republicans be made, especially regarding foreign policy.