History and Traditions

  • A world of possibilities unleashed

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

  • The disappearing working class?

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

  • 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.

  • Is a revolution possible in the U.S.?

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

  • 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.

  • Will a socialist society work?

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

  • Can workers run the world?

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

  • The 1960s generation turns left

    The example of the Berkeley Free Speech Movement gave students a new sense of courage and confidence in struggle.

  • The spark that lit the 1960s campus revolt

    A participant in the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley 50 years ago explains why the struggle had a galvanizing impact on a generation.

  • Liebknecht's historic appeal against world war

    A German revolutionary's stand 100 years ago resounded across Europe and gave new impetus to socialist antiwar currents.

  • Putting their "bodies on the gears"

    The Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley 50 years ago was the first great struggle of the campus revolts of the 1960s.

  • The real Thanksgiving story

    The time-worn tale of Pilgrims and Indians happily sharing a meal covers up a legacy of land theft and genocide.

  • The politics of privilege-checking

    The practice of calling out "privilege" is widespread among young activists--but does it contribute to building stronger movements for change?

  • A woman of steel

    Alice Peurala left an impressive legacy as a fighter for workers' rights and women's rights inside the labor movement.

  • UPS's war on worker safety

    In the 1990s, UPS bought political influence to prevent laws that would challenge unsafe working conditions.

  • What class is and isn't

    It's never talked about this way in the U.S. media or political system, but for Marxists, classes are defined by their economic function.

  • What's the cause of endless wars?

    According to Lenin, specific wars and conflicts may have specific causes, but generalized war and conflict are permanent conditions of capitalism.

  • Two calls to struggle against World War I

    The revolutionary response to the First World War was shaped by two manifestoes written by V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky.

  • Why are they so afraid of third parties?

    The Democrats and Republicans have worked hard to protect their duopoly, which allows the two pro-corporate parties to share power between them.

  • What made the "tightest ship"?

    "The tightest ship in the shipping business" was created by systematically breaking the power of the Teamsters union.

  • What do we mean by Leninism?

    The Leninist project still involves an attempt to build a centralized revolutionary party based on the most advanced workers.

  • Getting organized to change the world

    Socialists try to strengthen every struggle they're involved in--while building organization that gathers others around the cause of socialism.

  • An UPSurge at the package king

    The rank-and-file group UPSurge had an impact far beyond its size--and its legacy can still be felt at UPS today.

  • Anti-racist internationalism

    Socialists in early 20th century America linked revolution at home with successful uprisings by workers in colonized nations.

  • Changing shape or shaping change?

    UPS had to respond to the tumult and discontent of the 1960s, but Big Brown did its best to "shape change" in its interests.