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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Can the Democratic Party be used for good?

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.

Sanders' campaign and the left

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

Building something to vote for

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

Other top articles of the week

A neoliberal train wreck?

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.

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.

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?

Marxism for a new generation

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Still searching for justice

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

Where Black lives matter less

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

The politics of the ISO

Where We Stand: The Politics of the ISO

In this extended series of articles on the politics of international socialism, Paul D'Amato, author of The Meaning of Marxism, looks in detail at the ISO's "Where We Stand" statement.

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Sharon Smith writes on "Capitalism and Sexual Assault: Toward a More Comprehensive Understanding" in the latest issue of the International Socialist Review. For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the website.

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"

Standing up against racism in Madison, Wisconsin

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

Police and the two Baltimores

The Baltimore Uprising comes in the context of increasing economic inequality, felt disproportionately by African Americans.

The de Blasio road show

The New York mayor's announcement of a national program of liberal policy proposals contrasts with his record at home

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.

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.

CTU vs. Rahm: Round two

The second contract showdown between Chicago teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel comes amid a harsh attack on Illinois public-sector unions.

This is employee free choice?

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and the NLRB have put the brakes on a union representation vote at a California hospital.

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.

Paralizando el sistema

La clase obrera es la primera clase en la historia del mundo cuyo interés no yace en un nuevo sistema de explotación.

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.

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.

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.

Do Black lives matter in Israel?

Protests by Ethiopian Jews in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem bear more than a passing resemblance to the Baltimore Rebellion.

Netanyahu's racist government

Israel's fanatical new Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked

Israel's prime minister has appointed a justice minister who openly calls for genocide against the Palestinian people.

The Nazis are afraid of justice

Eleven members of parliament representing SYRIZA protest the latest delay in the trial of the Golden Dawn neo-Nazis.

Ireland's Right2Water

The anti-water charges movement has mobilized hundreds of thousands of people--transformed politics in Ireland.

We always had solidarity

The Black Panther Party's former minister of culture describes how the Black Power struggle inspired others to organize.

What makes a revolution?

Images from the Egyptian Revolution (above) and Russian Revolution

Revolution is neither an act of will nor inevitable--it is the result of the interplay of material conditions and the actions of social groups and classes.

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.

Wrong about Bernie Sanders

Readers respond to a article that challenged the celebration of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

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