History and Traditions

  • 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.

  • America's concentration camps

    Calls to ban Muslim migrants raise the specter of a shameful chapter in U.S. history: when Japanese Americans were interned.

  • Thanksgiving double standards

    The celebration of a founding myth based on compassion for newcomers rings hollow considering the treatment of Syrian refugees.

  • Socialism? You mean like in Sweden?

    Two SocialistWorker.org writers examine the model that Bernie Sanders looks to--and conclude that socialism needs to be much more radical.

  • A working-class troubadour

    One hundred years after his murder by the state, we're still celebrating the revolutionary activism and music of Wobbly Joe Hill.

  • What is Eurocommunism?

    A political current that envisioned a gradual, peaceful road to socialism through parliament ended up a defender of austerity.

  • The making of the Russian Revolution

    SocialistWorker.org describes how Russia became the first and only country to achieve a socialist revolution in a special series excerpted here.

  • How can we make a "political revolution"?

    Bernie Sanders is rallying millions of people around his call for a "political revolution." But what would it take to actually make one happen?

  • The anarcho-madness of the free market

    There are few better examples of the waste built into capitalism than the periodic stock market crashes like the one in mid-August.

  • The measure of a revolutionary

    There's a tendency among defenders of the status quo to turn great historical figures like Eugene Debs into harmless icons.

  • Socialists and the struggle to end racism

    Capitalism and racism are bound together. One cannot exist without the other, and so the struggle against each depends on a struggle against both.

  • The Zimmerwald Manifesto

    The gathering of socialists in Zimmerwald 100 years ago ended with a united appeal for resistance against the First World War.

  • Resolution of the Zimmerwald Left

    At the Zimmerwald conference 100 years ago, a group of delegates led by Russia's Bolsheviks put forward their own resolution.

  • The specter that still haunts capitalism

    Despite being declared dead and buried for years, the idea of socialism is in the air--but what it means or how to achieve it is vague for many people.

  • Liebknecht's letter to Zimmerwald

    The imprisoned German revolutionary Karl Liebknecht sent a statement to the socialist antiwar gathering in Zimmerwald.

  • The new socialist resistance against war

    A small gathering held in Zimmerwald, Switzerland, 100 years ago marked a turning point in the socialist movement.

  • The party and Black liberation

    The Communist Party was the first socialist group in the U.S. to make the fight against racial oppression central to its program.

  • Tearing down the walls

    The Stonewall Rebellion provides us with lessons for rebuilding a movement that can win sexual liberation for everyone.

  • Rebellion in Watts

    Fifty years ago, the upsurge of protest, rioting and clashes with police in Los Angeles signaled a new phase in the Black freedom struggle.

  • What caused the Eastland disaster?

    A socialist journalist reveals how the priorities of capitalism were responsible for a deadly nightmare on the Chicago River.

  • Socialism still comes from below

    What does Marxism's commitment to "socialism from below," to use Hal Draper's famous phrase, mean in the 21st century?