Socialism 2015 | Chicago | July 2-5
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

A socialist FAQ on Sanders and the left

Two SocialistWorker.org contributors look at what's at stake in the left's discussion of Bernie Sanders' Democratic Party presidential campaign.

Unidos contra la patronal

Los socialistas apoyan los sindicatos porque son las organizaciones más elementales de la clase obrera.

Shrinking Big Brother?

The proposed reforms to NSA spying programs are essentially cosmetic changes to an out-of-control surveillance system.

Oscar must be free

Thousands of people will march to demand the release of the longest-serving Puerto Rican political prisoner in U.S. history.

Resistance builds in Okinawa

Recent protests in Okinawa represent the latest stage of the struggle against the overwhelming U.S. military presence.

Holding UW's feet to the fire

Student and worker activists at the University of Washington are taking the fight against inequality to the university Regents.

Snapshots of the Bay Area left

Chris Crass' Towards Collective Liberation contributes to our understanding of where the left has been and where we need to go.


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Marx Matters: Articles on the Marxist tradition from SocialistWorker.org

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Bill Bratton's broken excuse

The NYPD commissioner is claiming young New Yorkers oppose Broken Windows because they're spoiled by low crime rates.

Where Black lives matter less

Barack Obama's presidential library is coming to Chicago's South Side--but not a desperately needed trauma center.

Still searching for justice

A group of mothers gathered in Washington, D.C., to express their pain, sadness and anger at continuing police violence.

Justice denied in Madison

People took to the streets in Madison, Wisconsin, after the announcement that the officer who killed an unarmed teenager wouldn't face any charges.

The limits of "ally-ship"

Two socialists examine the concept of "ally-ship"--and argue that we need to go beyond it in the anti-racist struggle.

Why did Ramadi fall to ISIS?

Just as the U.S. government was claiming a supposed string of successes, ISIS fighters have conquered an important city in western Iraq.

Is ISIS winning the meme war?

U.S. officials and the mainstream media are reeling from the revelation that militant groups like ISIS...use the Internet.

Life has no dignity at Quad

A worker describes the conditions at an Oklahoma City printing plant where an employee was crushed to death.

GM hasn't paid for its crimes

The number of deaths linked to faulty ignition switches in GM cars is over 100--and GM still hasn't taken responsibility.

A neoliberal train wreck?

Wreckage from the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia

The media are focusing blame for the deadly Amtrak derailment on the engineer, but politicians set the stage for this disaster long before.

They want to outlaw solidarity

Pro-Israel politicians are pushing laws to punish institutions and corporations that boycott Israel in support of Palestinian rights.

Striking for school funding

Seattle teachers hit the picket line in the latest in a series of one-day strikes to demand full funding for education.

A fighting strategy wins in LA

By mobilizing the membership and threatening to strike, the UTLA leadership forced school officials to bow to the union's key demands.

Unions and social justice

Building a strong labor movement requires broadening the struggle beyond the demands of one union or industry to embrace class-wide demands.

Arrested for peaceful protest

Connecticut authorities overreacted to a small nonviolent protest at a synagogue, and now the activists need support.

Time to boycott Ben & Jerry's

Appealing to Ben & Jerry's "conscience" won't achieve our objective of getting the company to cut its ties to Israel.

A universe of its own

If our superheroes say something about the society we live in, what does Avengers: The Age of Ultron have to tell us?

Lamar and the BLM moment

Both musically and lyrically, Kendrick Lamar's acclaimed new album is a stunning distillation of the post-Ferguson mood.

Sanders is no Eugene Debs

A Green Party leader contributes to the left debate about Bernie Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Using the Democrats for good?

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

The question is whether the Sanders campaign can be used to make the left stronger--or whether the radicals will get used by the Democrats.

Building something to vote for

The "Future of Left and Independent Politics" conference provided a forum for discussing left-wing electoral challenges.

Sanders' campaign and the left

Members of the International Socialist Organization and Socialist Alternative exchange views on the Sanders campaign.

The dilemmas facing Chavismo

The difficulties facing Venezuela's left-wing government under Nicolás Maduro extend back to the rule of Hugo Chávez.

Red lines of the Greek people

The Political Secretariat of the radical left party SYRIZA puts forward the principles to guide negotiations with the lenders.

When they turn back the boats

A grotesque re-enactment of one of the great moral failures of the 20th century is playing out in the waters off Southeast Asia.

SYRIZA faces a decisive test

A leader of the left wing in SYRIZA describes the stakes as the moment of truth approaches for the Greek government.

Commemorating Nakba 2015

May 15 was the anniversary of the "Nakba"--the Arabic word used to describe the ethnic cleansing of Palestine to establish Israel.

Was Labour too left wing?

On May 7, Britain's Labour Party lost a cynical public relations war that had little to do with political ideology.

The moment of truth in Greece

With the critical turning point in Greece's crisis drawing near, the whole of SYRIZA must be asked to decide what comes next.

New world of Scottish politics

What's behind the Labour Party's crushing defeat and the Scottish National Party's big win--and what does it mean for the left?

Support Egyptian labor leaders

We stand with fired labor leaders at the Mahalla textile factory, which has been a stronghold of resistance for nearly a decade.

A perfect political storm

A four-decade-old conservative dynasty collapsed in Alberta, Canada, with the victory of the New Democratic Party.

Marxism for a new generation

The crowd at a session of Socialism 2014 in Chicago (Todd St. Hill | SW)

The Socialism 2015 conference is an important political gathering for radicals from around the country and beyond.

Don't thank me for serving

I am not proud of my so-called "service" to the flailing dinosaur of an empire that calls itself the U.S. of A.

Syndicalism and taking power

Marxists differ from syndicalists in our understanding of politics and the tasks needed to prepare for and win a revolution.

Contradictions of syndicalism

The working class can only achieve practical consciousness through the fight for leadership in every sphere of social life.

Democrats don't make change

We need elected officials who aren't going to side with police, but instead support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sanders isn't a left alternative

Supporting the Sanders campaign will be ineffective at best for the left--and disorienting and incapacitating at worst.

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