History and Traditions

  • Labor and human evolution

    Human beings are part of nature, and their unique ability to have an impact on it is the result of a long evolutionary process.

  • The story of the Ludlow miners

    One hundred years ago, striking miners were shot down in their tent colony--but there's more to the story than their massacre.

  • Marxism and the making of history

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

  • Theses on national questions

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

  • Agitation and propaganda

    When they make their case, socialists take into account the audience they hope to convince and the kinds of arguments needed at the time.

  • Still a world to win

    Marxism is not only the most searing indictment of capitalism, but it explains the contradictions of the system and how it can be confronted.

  • What do we say about the national question?

    Lenin insisted that support for the right of oppressed nations to self-determination is indispensible for building international working-class solidarity.

  • The question of nationalities

    In letters written in 1922, Lenin argued about the approach of the Russian workers' state toward oppressed nations.

  • The real legacy of Tony Benn

    Benn upended the cliché that socialists grow more moderate as they age--on the contrary, he became more radical.

  • The question of Ukraine

    In 1939, Leon Trotsky turned his attention to Ukraine and the right of oppressed nations to self-determination.

  • Trotsky's developed insight

    The radical novelty of Leon Trotsky's theory of uneven and combined development is often underestimated.

  • Clara Zetkin, socialism and women's liberation

    Often overlooked along with the International Working Women's Day holiday is the German socialist who first proposed it: Clara Zetkin.

  • A working class hero

    The U.S. working class lost one of its staunchest fighters when Pete Camarata--the "best-known Teamster rebel"--died.

  • Learning the lessons and passing them along

    Pete Camarata was not just a friend and comrade, but a working-class fighter who touched the lives of thousands.

  • Peru's economic evolution

    A Peruvian socialist traces the impact of imperial conquest and colonialism on the country's economy and society.

  • Who won and who lost in the War on Poverty?

    The 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's declaration of a "War on Poverty" has reignited a debate about the persistence of inequality.

  • The European war and international socialism

    When many socialist parties backed their rulers at the start of the First World War, it signaled the collapse of the Second International.

  • What is sectarianism?

    The phrase is often used on the left as a general term of abuse, but its real meaning is abstention from the class struggle.

  • Order prevails in Berlin

    This last article by Rosa Luxemburg was written after the Spartacus uprising in Germany was crushed, hours before her arrest and murder.

  • Putting social justice unionism to work

    During the 1950s, the United Electrical Workers showed how to combine union organizing with the fight against oppression.

  • Fascism must be defeated

    In remarks to the Reichstag in 1932, a leading German Communist made an impassioned call for a united front to defeat fascism.

  • A party to organize our side

    Anyone who has gotten involved in even the smallest struggle knows that without organization, little can be accomplished.

  • We shall be all

    Though written in the 19th century, the call to action in the song "The Internationale" has been raised many times since.

  • Challenging every form of oppression

    The old slogan of the Industrial Workers of the World, "An injury to one is an injury to all," is crucial for the labor movement.

  • A voice for the struggle

    Revolutionary movements have always created their own newspapers to spread their ideas and organize the struggle.