History and Traditions

  • 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.

  • Prioritizing the anti-racist fight

    The Workers Party of the 1920s made fighting racism a priority by challenging the Klan and calling for racial equality in unions.

  • Toward an anti-racist practice

    In the wake of the 1917 Russian Revolution, socialists initiated anti-racist activism aimed at fighting for Black equality.

  • The socialist alternative to a world of injustice

    Socialism is based on solidarity--on the recognition that humans are both infinitely unique and also share the same basic interests in common.

  • Lenin: Yes! Leninism: No?

    That Lenin was an important revolutionary leader, and that his life and work repay our study today, are not in doubt. But what of "Leninism"?

  • Leninism, No?

    There is a distinctive political approach and body of thought that can legitimately and constructively be termed Leninism.

  • Unrest at Big Brown

    UPS became the company it is today during the 1950s and '60s, but its aggressive pursuit of profit stirred anger among workers.

  • A pretense for war in Vietnam

    August 2 marked the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which gave the U.S. government an excuse for war in Vietnam.

  • Capitalism's world war and the battle against it

    The First World War, which began 100 years ago, proved to be a decisive turning point for humankind--and for its socialist movement.

  • Roots of a rank-and-file revolt

    Half a century ago, labor activist Stan Weir identified the sources of militancy and radicalism among rank-and-file unionists.

  • Socialism connects the dots

    Some 1,450 people attended the Socialism 2014 conference in Chicago to discuss the struggles of today--and tomorrow.

  • The rise of the "Quiet Giant"

    In the 1950s and '60s, UPS transformed itself from a specialized delivery company into an emerging giant of shipping.

  • Miners for democracy and the planet

    During the 1960s and 70s, coal miners connected their struggle for a stronger union to the fight against "environmental mayhem."