Socialism 2014 | Chicago | June 26-29
Karl Marx

How is history made?

At the core of Marxism is the answer to a question: If people are products of their circumstances, how can they change those circumstances?

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Why was this Nazi able to kill?

The man who murdered three people outside Kansas City had an extensive record of involvement with violent Nazi groups.

"People First" puts money first

A move to a managed-care system threatens to set back the struggle for disability rights in New York and damage lives.

What's ahead for Michoacán?

The coming weeks will be critical to self-defense groups in western Mexico that formed to combat organized crime cartels.

Running low on hope

The question of how quickly climate change is taking place hovers over the discussion in the book Hope on Earth.

Are better schools the solution to poverty?

Are better schools the solution to poverty? (Seth Sawyers)

The mantra of politicians and the media detracts from the real sources of--and solutions to--both poverty and the crisis of public education.

A boycott of conscience

Teachers at New York City's Earth School have declared that they will not administer the state's Common Core tests.

The new child labor

Maybe we don't let kids to work in factories, but they have been condemned to hard labor by high-stakes testing.

Solidaire in Quebec's election

A member of Québec solidaire analyzes the outcome of the provincial election and the improved showing for the left.

Why are they waging a war on science?

From challenging evolution to denying climate change, the right's anti-science dogmas are promoted with the aim of bolstering conservative causes.

Views in brief

The odds against the homeless | Life on the extra board | Retired and struggling to get by | Less-than-great expectations | Companies holding unions hostage

They weren't worth 57 cents to GM

General Motors knew about a faulty part in some of its cars--but chose to gamble with the lives of its customers, rather than risk the bottom line.

The real danger is CTA management

When a transit train crashed in Chicago, officials blamed the operator--but didn't ask why she was so tired on the job.

Find out about the activities of the International Socialist Organization

Reading to raise the floor

A coalition of labor and community groups is moving ahead with a referendum that would raise San Francisco's minimum wage.

We're sick of poverty wages in Los Angeles

Fight for 15 activists in Los Angeles are demanding an end to wage theft and the right to form a union without retaliation.

Police justify another killing in Chicago

Friends and neighbors of Raason "Lil B" Shaw say there are many reasons to doubt the Chicago cops' story about his death.

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The real fraud of Afghanistan's vote

Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah

The media cheered Afghanistan's election as a success story, but the outcome will change little if anything for ordinary Afghans.

I: Tipping toward climate justice talked to leading figures in the environmental justice movement to ask the question: Can we stop the tipping point?

II: The movement needs to move

The polluters and the politicians who serve them are facing growing discontent and a challenge at the grassroots.

How will organized labor be revived?

A leading writer and labor historian talks about the shape of the labor movement today--and how to rebuild fighting unions.

Membership rebellion in the IAM?

A slate of reform candidates is making a strong run in the International Association of Machinists' first contested election in half a century.

UPS backs down over firings

Teamsters in New York City won a victory when UPS rescinded pink slips issued to 250 drivers for walking off the job.

Where's our 3 percent?

Workers for the HowardCenter in Vermont want to know why they aren't getting the wage increase agreed to last year.

Custodians crank the heat

More than 200 University of Washington custodians and their supporters rallied to demand fair treatment on the job.

Tell UC to drop the charges

Students at UC Santa Cruz arrested during a two-day strike by graduate student workers are appealing for support.

The Brown empire strikes back

UPS has sent a message that it intends to make an example out of New York City workers who walked off the job.

Our message: Not one more

As part of a national day of action against deportations, hundreds of activists rallied outside of the Northwest Detention Center.

When criticism is off limits

For discussing how criticism of Israel is muted, former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr is facing a backlash.

The lessons of cricket

CLR James

It's a measure of C.L.R. James's skill as a writer that Beyond a Boundary is one of the best books about sports ever written.

Justice and the art world

The Biennale of Sydney severed ties with corporate sponsor Transfield after artists drew attention to its human rights abuses.

A different Hunger Games

Let's look at what the championship UConn men's basketball program tells us about so-called amateur student athletics.

Soldiers' untold stories

With They Were Soldiers, Ann Jones reveals the toll that war takes on the men and women who fight U.S. wars.

A thousand points of lies

It looks like the political establishment is trying to polish George H.W. Bush's image. Don't believe a word of it.

How do we confront the right?

A report about a Chicago demonstration for the International Day Against Fascism and Racism distorted what took place.

A not-so-natural disaster

Rescuers search through debris in the aftermath of the deadly mudslide near Oso, Wash. (Rory Featherston)

Two weeks after the deadly mudslide in Ora, Wash., it's become clear how unnatural--and preventable--this disaster was.

Of, by and for the rich people

Now we know when the Supreme Court really cares about "free speech"--when it needs an excuse to help millionaires buy more political influence.

The charter school charade

At a fancy gala thrown by the Harlem Success Academy, I heard charter school supporters use the legacy of civil rights struggles to sell privatization.

From South Africa to Palestine

A leader of the struggle against apartheid has issued a statement in defense of the academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

Calling out the hypocrisy

NFL star Richard Sherman is especially dangerous because he is both untouchable as an athlete and merciless as a critic.

Theses on national questions

In 1920, Lenin took up the question of how socialists approach the demands of colonies and oppressed nations for equality.

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Soborno institucionalizado

A la Corte Suprema le preocupa la "libertad de expresión" cuando necesita una excusa para ayudar a los ricos a comprar aún más influencia política.

Victories against repression

Two important New York City police misconduct cases were settled in January, but we have far to go to see real justice.

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