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Capitalism Kills, Socialism Heals

by Danny Haiphong

Death is a for-profit enterprise. In defense of capitalism, the ruling classes are prepared to kill on a staggering scale. “It is estimated that since World War II, US wars have murdered between 20-30 million people worldwide.” The rich wage economic and political warfare against public health systems in every country under their control. In contrast, Cuban “life expectancy has gone up decades” since the 1959 revolution.

What is "the Resistance," Anyway?

by Danny Haiphong

Who is “resisting” what, and on whose behalf? Among folks that claim to be leftists, resistance has become a catch-all term that is “useless” – or worse – “without definition.” Much of the so-called resistance owes allegiance to Hillary Clinton, a true champion of the One Percent. The War Party’s troops also claim to be “resisters” -- resisting the very idea of peaceful coexistence with Russia and an end to U.S. regime-change wars.

The Crisis of US Imperial Governance and the Struggle for a New World

by Danny Haiphong

The struggle against neo-liberal capital and anti-Russian hysteria is a struggle to transform and revolutionize society,” writes Black Agenda Report contributor Danny Haiphong, who delivered the following remarks at BAR’s “Resisting Trump, Exposing the Democrats” panel the Left Forum, in New York City. “This system has run its course,” said Haiphong. “It cannot hold onto political legitimacy any more than it can spur economic development.”

10 Examples of How US imperialism Continues to Kill the People and Planet

by Danny Haiphong

The capitalist narrative, aggressively fronted by the Democratic Party in 2016, holds that “conditions in the U.S. were never better.” But all the objective facts say otherwise. “Imperialism's contradictions have been pushed to their natural limit.” By every social, economic and moral measure, conditions of life are deteriorating for the masses of people, while the rich suck up the wealth of the world.

The Cuban Revolution: Still in Motion

by Danny Haiphong

The author’s recent trip to Cuba confirmed his confidence in the power of people to transform their lives. It is also clear that “the US government has not stopped its ceaseless attack on the Cuban Revolution and probably never will as long as the US possesses an imperialist system.” Nevertheless, every Cuban he spoke to “reiterated how the revolution remains non-negotiable.”

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.”

Trump's First 100 Days: The War Party Lives On

by Danny Haiphong

Donald Trump has been brought to heel, as Hillary Clinton might say. “Trump has learned in his first 100 days in office that war is the primary marker of Presidential legitimacy.” The War Party’s anti-Russia campaign has crushed any hopes of lessening international tensions. “Where Obama succeeded in neutralizing the left, Trump is succeeding in dropping all so-called populist pretenses in favor of the warm embraces of the ruling elite.”

Purity Over Principle: The Left's State of Purgatory

by Danny Haiphong

It is difficult to speak of a “left” in the U.S., given the inability of people who call themselves leftists “to lend critical support to oppressed nations under siege” – the sacred duty of any genuine Left. Instead, pseudo-leftists join in dehumanizing the victims of U.S. aggression. “The lack of spontaneous anger surrounding US warfare is a product of the nation's imperialist and white supremacist foundations.”

Which Side Are You On? The Western Left's Obsession with Empire

by Danny Haiphong

The left has always been small in the U.S., but now much of it cannot be called “left” at all. Jacobin throws its weight behind the jihadists waging holy war in Syria on behalf of US imperialism and its junior partners” – a reflection of “the infantile state of the anti-war left in the US.” Imperialism has a twisted, phony left face. “Rather than defend Syria's self-determination, many in the West have bought into the imperialist narrative.”

Anti-Russia Madness Attempts to Suppress the Bi-Partisan Triple Evils of Capitalism, Racism, and War

by Danny Haiphong

Washington’s “anti-Russia madness” has distracted attention from every other issue, including what Dr. Martin Luther King called “the triple evils” of war, capitalism, and white supremacy. As Trump surrenders to the “Deep State,” working class and poor folks sink deeper into economic misery. The anti-war movement has decayed to an infantile state, the Black liberation movement has yet to revive itself, and the Democrats are worse than useless.

Baltimore's Mayor Rejects $15 Minimum Wage Bill, Sharpening the Divide between Black Workers and Black Political leadership

by Danny Haiphong

Who enforces poverty wages in Black America? In Baltimore, a Black mayor blocked a minimum wage hike on the grounds that it would make the city “uncompetitive.” Mayor Catherine Pugh has bought into the imperial doctrine that poverty is an advantage in the marketplace. Pugh’s veto “is a stark indication that the Black misleadership class stands in the way of alleviating the burning poverty of the Black working class.”

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.

Why Syria Still Matters in the Age of Trump

by Danny Haiphong

Much of the U.S. “left” is confused or on the wrong side of Washington’s war against national sovereignty and self-determination in Syria. Publications like The Intercept attempt to conflate Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Donald Trump, “thus delegitimizing Assad in the eyes of the majority of the U.S. population.” The tactic is closely related to anti-Russian McCarthyism -- designed to distract from the bankruptcy of Democratic policies.

The Most Important Lesson of "Get Out:" Expose the Ruling System in its Totality

by Danny Haiphong

The Democrats offer a racial horror show much like the movie Get Out on a society-wide scale. “There are many white liberals who have become energized to ‘Dump Trump.’ while “aligning themselves with US intelligence in the process.” The CIA connection should prompt folks “to ‘get out’ of “the Democratic Party trap and begin treating the institution as nothing but a political wing of the billionaire capitalist class.”

When the Fox Becomes a Wolf: Understanding the Election of DNC Chairman Tom Perez

by Danny Haiphong

Neither the wolves nor the foxes of the corporate parties can offer any real relief from the crisis their capitalist masters have created. Donald Trump offers only racist rhetoric against immigrants, while the Democrats are “equally, if not more responsible, for the crisis conditions that afflict the majority of workers and oppressed peoples around the world.“ The imperialist system is all teeth, and “no longer has the capacity to self-correct.”

Contrary to White Liberal Opinion, Donald Trump is no Communist

by Danny Haiphong

Feeling not a bit ridiculous, so-called progressives carry signs depicting the right-wing billionaire Donald Trump under a hammer and sickle flag. “The Democratic Party and its loyal white liberal base have spearheaded a dangerous Neo-McCarthyist campaign that pits anyone who doesn't align with the Democratic Party line a dupe of the Russian government.” The truth is, Trump is a (ruling) classmate of Clinton. It’s a war within the One Percent.

Why it is Time to Move On from MoveOn.org and the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

by Danny Haiphong

The revolution will not be subsidized -- but well-funded facsimiles of “movements” dominate the political landscape of the U.S. “Left.” MoveOn.org “prides itself for exposing the corporate ties of the Republicans but is perfectly content with the corporate ties of the Democratic Party.” And Black Lives Matter “drew significant interest from a consortium of non-profits after receiving millions from the Ford Foundation and Google in 2015 and 2016.”

Trump's Foreign Policy: Continuity or Break?

by Danny Haiphong

Some things do change depending on who and which of the two US ruling parties are in power.  US imperialism isn't one of them.  The "foreign policies" of both parties are the maintenance and extension of global US hegemony through military, economic, cultural and diplomatic means.  Trump and his team may pretend to or actually hate some of the players, but they are down for the game, which builds on the foundations of previous administrations.

The Undressed Empire: An Analysis of the First Weeks of the Trump Era

by Danny Haiphong

Contradictions abound in the mass protests against Donald Trump’s whirlwind of proclamations. While Trump's executive order banning many Muslims should be categorically rejected, we must also reject “the Democratic and Republican parties for creating the conditions that led to it.” Trump has stripped the socially acceptable garments from U.S. empire. But, “a naked empire remains a dangerous empire” -- and only masses of people can defeat it.

Inauguration Amnesia: The Context of Obama's Failure to Pardon US Political Prisoners

by Danny Haiphong

Barack Obama commuted the sentences of a few political prisoners, but pardoned none, leaving countless activists behind bars on trumped up federal charges. The very existence of political prisoners is not only a crime, but also a product the “rise of the mass incarceration state and the non-profit industrial complex, permanent austerity and joblessness, the growth of a new class of Black misleaders to soil the political waters,” and endless war.

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