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The fight against racism returns to the streets

The grand jury decisions in the cases of Mike Brown and Eric Garner have galvanized a national response--and an ongoing resistance is taking shape.

The system is racist by design

Barack Obama talks about addressing racism in policing today, yet never utters phrases like "racial inequality" and "mass incarceration."

The occupying army at home

As Martin Luther King pointed out 50 years ago, the militarization of police departments across the U.S. flows directly from its wars abroad.

Demanding to be heard

Over 50,000 people poured into the streets of Manhattan for the December 13 day of protests (Jan Hennies | OutImagery)

The demonstrations on December 13 showed that the movement against police violence and lawlessness is only growing larger and stronger.

A cancer that produces racism

The ever-growing number of police officers and prison guards is a potent source of prejudice and reaction.

We won't be intimidated

A Bay Area activist provides an account of the protests against police violence that rocked Berkeley for another night.

Hungry for justice at Berkeley

Black students blockaded one of the main dining facilities at UC Berkeley in an action in solidarity with the Ferguson protests.

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What was best in 2014?

SocialistWorker.org readers speak up for their favorite movies, books, music and streaming content of the year.

Paul D'Amato provides answers to the most common questions about socialism in this series from The Meaning of Marxism.

Can workers run the world?

The Meaning of Marxism | Paul D'Amato

One of the most common arguments against the possibility of socialism is that human beings are naturally competitive.

Will a socialist society work?

Many people believe that capitalism, despite its inequalities, is at least more efficient and less bureaucratic than socialism.

Democracy and revolution

The critics of Marxism point to the former USSR in claiming that socialism would just put a new set of rulers in power.

Is a revolution possible here?

Many objections to socialism rest on the belief that U.S. society is exceptional in being resistant to radical change.

Are U.S. workers bought off?

The ferocity of the ruling class offensive has undermined the claim that workers do well enough to stop them from rebelling.

A disappearing working class?

The weakened condition of the working class movement shouldn't be chalked up to a change that has rendered it powerless.

A world of potential unleashed

In the caricature of a socialist society, everybody is forced to act alike--but the real socialist vision is exactly the opposite.

Featured: Looking Back at 2014

Cece McDonald (FreeCeCeDocumentary.net)

We all need to stand up and fight for each other

CeCe McDonald is free after going to jail for defending herself against a racist, transphobic attack--but she's keeping up the fight for justice.

What the U.S. war looks like

An author and journalist recently returned from Iraq talks about conditions in the Middle East as the U.S. war on ISIS continues to take its toll.

The CIA's torture chambers

A Senate report on the CIA's use of torture offers a staggering look at the horrors inflicted in the name of the "war on terror."

From siege to reaction

The narrative from the media and politicians after a hostage standoff in Australia was that this was Islamist terrorism.

Other Top Articles of the Week

Voices from Ayotzinapa

The father of one of the missing 43 students in Mexico joins two fellow students for a discussion about Ayotzinapa and the struggle for justice.

A new opening in Greece

A political crisis for Greece's rulers could lead to a general election in the first months of 2015--and a victory for the left.

Presents for the 1 Percent

Congress has issued a public declaration of its own corruption, stupidity and immorality in the form of the 2015 budget.

When soldiers declared peace

German soldiers stand in No Man's Land during the Christmas Truce in the First World War (CAF Drummond, Royal Field Artillery)

One hundred years ago, soldiers on opposing sides in the First World War showed the power that people without rank and privilege possess.

New York wins a fracking ban

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking is a victory for all the people who spent years challenging the energy giants.

UAW 2865 makes history

The academic workers union at the University of California has become the first U.S. union to call for divestment from Israel.

Embracing apartheid

Israel’s cabinet has voted for racist laws that, if approved by parliament, will upgrade Israel’s status as an apartheid state.


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.

Find out about the activities of the International Socialist Organization
Marx Matters: A collection of SW articles on the Marxist tradition
International Socialist Review | ISReview.org

Trish Kahle writes in the latest issue of the International Socialist Review on "The Political Economy of Low-Wage Labor" For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the ISReview.org website.


A "12th man" for the struggle

Some 300 protesters rallied outside Centurylink Stadium in downtown Seattle before the Seahawks-49ers matchup.

The impact on Black families

Police violence and incarceration throw up extra obstacles to Black families struggling to raise their children.

Facing racist threats at Colgate

Activists at Colgate University who led a historic sit-in this fall now face violent online threats and a passive administration.

The LAPD opens fire

Los Angeles police recently killed a man at a busy tourist spot--because, they claim, he was armed with a pocket knife.

Why we need activist athletes

Some of the most prominent voices speaking out about racism are those of athletes who can reach millions of people.

RonnieMan won't be forgotten

Dorothy Holmes is marching every chance she gets to raise awareness about the police murder of her son and to demand justice.

De Blasio's Garner problem

New York liberal mayor wants the support of those marching for Eric Garner without changing the policies that led to his murder.

The police are different

Cops share a unique status with the rich and powerful of being able to get away with all sorts of murder and mayhem.

#BlackLivesMatter on the field

Athletes speaking out against police brutality has the effect of amplifying the impact of the struggle for dignity in the face of racism.

Hiding the homeless

Reports claiming a decline in homelessness are being used to cover up a crisis that the government doesn't intend to solve.

From Hong Kong to Ferguson

As in Ferguson, the police confronting protesters in Hong Kong are punishing dissent while claiming to uphold the law.

Grad workers take on NYU

Graduate employees are taking a strike authorization vote against one of the most corporate universities in the country.

From Our Archive

What all Black men must learn

Police in Tampa, Fla., arrest an African American man on marijuana charges

After the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, three contributors to SW remembered their own experiences with "the talk"--and the daily realities of racism.

The filth and the Feds

Witch hunts against minorities and activists based on their sexual relationships was all in a day's work for J. Edgar Hoover.

Putting history on the page

The left-wing author Howard Fast dramatized historical struggles against racism, exploitation and war profiteering.

Radical reforms for policing

Efforts to reform the U.S. criminal justice system must start from the understanding that it is rotten to the core.

Anti-racistas en las calles

El fracaso de la justica en los casos de Mike Brown y Eric Garner ha provocado una respuesta masiva--y una permanente lucha anti-racista.

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