History and Traditions

  • Liebknecht's cry of defiance in a military court

    One hundred years ago, German socialist Karl Liebknecht was sent to prison for protesting the First World War on May Day.

  • Breathing in the socialism in the air

    The Socialism 2016 conference in Chicago brought together nearly 1,400 people on the front lines of the fight for a better world.

  • Are you ready for Socialism?

    SocialistWorker.org writers make their recommendations for the sessions you can't miss at the Socialism 2016 conference in Chicago on July 1-4.

  • Is socialism doomed by human nature?

    There is no conflict in believing that human beings are the product of evolution and that we can act on the basis of compassion and cooperation.

  • Taft and Hartley can shove it

    U.S. workers have devised many tactics to fight their employers. The Taft-Hartley Act was designed to outlaw as many as possible.

  • The uses and abuses of "unity"

    Unity is essential for advancing workers' struggles, but the slogan can also paper over profound differences. How do socialists approach the question?

  • What does a socialist movement look like?

    Sanders has given voice to the discontent with corporate power and the two-party system. But there's more to socialism than one candidate.

  • 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.