History and Traditions

  • 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."

  • Lenin's revolutionary strategy in our times

    At the heart of has been called "the Leninism of Lenin" is an uncompromising commitment to revolutionary democracy.

  • Socialism from below

    Workers' struggle from below has never been stopped by the theories from above--and it has changed the world many times.

  • When the whole world was watching Mississippi

    Fifty years ago, the civil rights movement embarked on one of its most ambitious campaigns yet: The Mississippi Summer Project.

  • Government by the people

    A new installment of The Two Souls of Socialism discusses the debates within German social democracy and the early American movement.

  • Rosa Luxemburg and the pathway to socialism

    Socialism is about much more than "big government"--it will replace an economic dictatorship with an economic democracy.

  • UPS and the "outlaw" strike of 1946

    UPS's move into New York started a chain reaction that led to the longest Teamster strike at the company until the mid-1970s.

  • Revolution from above?

    Even if their rhetoric is about freedom and liberty, the currents of socialism-from-above currents take the masses out of the equation.

  • Inequality and the unfree market

    Inequality isn't an unfortunate evil of an otherwise fair system, but the necessary outcome of an evil system with organized theft at its roots.

  • We together shall rise

    A government witch-hunt victim pays tribute to the late poet Maya Angelou with his own verse, written in response to hers.

  • The man that Chrysler learned to fear

    One of the best-known figures from the Black workers' rebellion in late 1960s Detroit has died after a long illness.

  • Socialism and democracy

    This first installment of The Two Souls of Socialism introduces Karl Marx's idea of the self-emancipation of the working class.

  • Challenging Jim Crow schools: Then and now

    The Brown v. Board of Education decision 60 years ago was a landmark victory for civil rights--but schools today have become resegregated.

  • An American Bolshevik Party

    In 1946, a leader of the Trotskyists in the U.S. laid out an analysis of the tasks facing revolutionary socialists.

  • UPS and the Package King

    To this day, UPS resembles the personality of its founder James E. Casey--a discipline fanatic with a loopy fascination about packages.

  • The re-return of Karl Marx

    The media may grudgingly admit that Karl Marx's analysis of capitalism was correct in certain ways. But the point for Marx was to change it all.

  • Labor and human evolution

    Human beings are part of nature, and their unique ability to have an impact on it is the result of a long evolutionary process.