History and Traditions

  • Mixed up about the system

    Working people accept ideas perpetuated by class society at the same time as their lived experiences lead them to different answers.

  • Was America ever great?

    Donald Trump promises to "Make America great again"--which begs the question that Thanksgiving raises about the real history of the U.S.

  • The revolutionary legacy of the Black Panthers

    Founded 50 years ago, the Panthers won a mass audience for revolutionary politics on a scale unrivaled in the U.S. since the 1930s.

  • "Learning to Think" today

    SocialistWorker.org republishes an essay by Leon Trotsky with a comment on how it applies today to the left's debate about Syria.

  • Daydream believers

    In this excerpt from his 1986 book, Bailing Out the System, Ian Birchall examines the utopian roots of social democracy.

  • Eyewitness to Hungary’s revolution

    Sixty years ago, Hungarian workers rose up in defiance of intense repression and challenged the Stalinist dictatorship.

  • Who's going to be the lesser evil in 1968?

    A classic from socialist Hal Draper argues that the continual questioning of "Who is the lesser evil?" is a disaster for the left.

  • Organization without authority?

    If people organize together to achieve social change, they submit themselves to some form of authority. The question is what form?

  • Reaching out for freedom with their own hands

    For Karl Marx, the heart of socialism was always the self-emancipation of the working class--a struggle "from below" to create a new society.

  • The senseless cause of crisis under capitalism

    When capitalists produce "too much" to sell profitably, the stage is set for a crisis--even though workers and the poorhave "too little."

  • In defense of the Wounded Knee militants

    Today's resistance at Standing Rock brings to mind past Native struggles, particularly the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.

  • Still fighting for our lives

    The Dakota Access Pipeline project is tied to the historic theft of Sioux lands--and so the resistance must learn that history.

  • What will a socialist society be like?

    There is no blueprint for a socialist future, but we know from the struggles of past that it will involve a vast expansion of democracy and freedom.

  • A call for workers' power to end the war

    One hundred years ago, a leading antiwar socialist in Germany laid out the importance of a revolution to end the First World War.

  • Radical Columbia

    Though you wouldn't know it on the surface, Columbia University has a tempestuous history of resistance that shaped the campus in important ways.

  • What would a revolution look like?

    More and more people--especially young people--say they're drawn to socialism. But how can socialism be achieved in a country like the U.S.?

  • Labor Day belongs to workers

    Labor Day was born out the most radical working-class struggles of the 19th century, and we should celebrate it today.

  • Are movements enough to make socialism?

    How do we balance the need to organize around specific political issues with building a wider opposition to the whole ruling order?

  • Solidarity and a new struggle for socialism

    The interest in socialism on display during this election year wasn’t born of an academic interest, but comes from the deepening social crisis.

  • The socialist history they hide from us

    Knowing our history will allow a new generation of socialists to benefit from the experiences of those who have struggled before them.

  • When King came up against Chicago racism

    Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King turned the attention of the civil rights struggle to the North--and endured hostility and hatred.

  • How a third party helped to abolish slavery

    Though they are reviled by liberals today, third parties have played an important part in advancing progressive causes in the U.S.

  • How do you stop a blacklist?

    Opponents of the struggle for justice in Palestine are reviving the blacklist--with all its ugly history of political persecution and ruined lives.

  • Telling the other side of history

    Jim devoted his life to bringing the history of U.S. working-class struggles to students of history--and to workers themselves.

  • Capitalism still breeds war

    The Battle of the Somme during the First World War took place 100 years ago, but the scale of carnage is even greater today.