History and Traditions

  • Elections and the Marxist tradition

    Elections can help radicals amplify their message and give shape to movements--but a future socialist society can't be legislated into existence.

  • The Kiental Manifesto

    Socialist opponents of the First World War who came together in Zimmerwald in 1915 met again a year later to issue a new appeal.

  • Upton Sinclair and the Democrats' dirty tricks

    The famous socialist won mass support during his 1934 campaign for governor of California--but he was betrayed by the Democratic Party.

  • Ireland's Easter Rising against colonial rule

    One hundred years ago, Irish resistance in Britain's oldest colony stood in defiance to imperial rule--and inspired others around the world to follow.

  • Ireland's fight for self-determination

    In July 1916, Russian revolutionary Lenin offered his analysis of the Irish uprising against British rule, the Easter Rising.

  • Saving capitalism or getting rid of it?

    Bernie Sanders' mass popularity has revived interest in socialism, but it also raises a question for the left: What does socialism mean to us?

  • When immigrants marched out of the shadows

    Ten years ago, immigrants took to the streets in massive numbers across the country to protest a Republican plan to criminalize the undocumented.

  • Socialism beyond the ballot box

    Socialism means more than voting for a socialist candidate or greater state control of the economy. Above all, it means workers' democracy.

  • Loveable dingbats or hateful warmongers?

    All the mythmaking in the world following the death of Nancy Reagan isn't going to disguise the bigotry and reaction of the Reagan years.

  • Can America go socialist?

    The editors of Jacobin and Socialist Worker discuss the impact of the Sanders campaign and what it means for the efforts of socialists in the U.S.

  • Socialists and the case for reparations

    The left debate is posed as either support for slavery reparations or an alternative, socialist solution. But why should it be an either/or choice?

  • People Power upends a dictator

    This year marks 30 years since the mass mobilizations that brought down U.S.-backed tyrant Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines.

  • Lessons for the new Black freedom struggle

    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's book takes Black Lives Matter movement as a jumping-off point to examine the history of racism and anti-racism.

  • The broad left party question after SYRIZA

    A contribution to the discussion of the SYRIZA experience in Greece and the left's debate about a question of strategy today.

  • What would a "radical reconstruction" mean?

    SW features this excerpt from a new book by our contributor Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor titled From #BlackLives Matter to Black Liberation.

  • The Gulf War slaughter

    The U.S. war against Iraq that began 25 years ago wasn't really a war, so much as a one-sided massacre.

  • Our lives are richer for having known him

    This week, we lost Aaron Hess, a brilliant and beautiful comrade and a committed revolutionary for his entire adult life.

  • Where will socialism come from?

    In socialist movements throughout history, the question of what kind of society we're fighting for has been bound up with who can achieve it.

  • America's concentration camps

    Calls to ban Muslim migrants raise the specter of a shameful chapter in U.S. history: when Japanese Americans were interned.

  • Thanksgiving double standards

    The celebration of a founding myth based on compassion for newcomers rings hollow considering the treatment of Syrian refugees.

  • Socialism? You mean like in Sweden?

    Two SocialistWorker.org writers examine the model that Bernie Sanders looks to--and conclude that socialism needs to be much more radical.

  • A working-class troubadour

    One hundred years after his murder by the state, we're still celebrating the revolutionary activism and music of Wobbly Joe Hill.

  • What is Eurocommunism?

    A political current that envisioned a gradual, peaceful road to socialism through parliament ended up a defender of austerity.

  • The making of the Russian Revolution

    SocialistWorker.org describes how Russia became the first and only country to achieve a socialist revolution in a special series excerpted here.

  • How can we make a "political revolution"?

    Bernie Sanders is rallying millions of people around his call for a "political revolution." But what would it take to actually make one happen?