History and Traditions

  • On the left sat the Bolsheviks

    An eyewitness to the Russian Revolution describes how the Petrograd of the workers developed a different attitude to Bolshevism.

  • When we beat the bosses

    The 1997 UPS strike that began 20 years ago showed that workers have the power to beat a corporate giant--and that labor's decline isn't inevitable.

  • What kind of party does the working class need?

    Workers need a political party to represent them and advocate for their interests. But how should it be organized and what should it be working toward?

  • A Marxist case for intersectionality

    Intersectionality is defined in very different ways, but the concept as developed by Black feminists can help advance Marxist theory and practice.

  • Detroit's Great Rebellion of 1967

    On the 50th anniversary of an urban revolt in the heart of American capitalism at the time, SW interviewed the co-author of Detroit: I Do Mind Dying.

  • Seeing all the faces of the Russian Revolution

    A new book about the Russian Revolution distinguishes itself by capturing the complexity of social groups in motion.

  • The Bolsheviks retreat in order to advance

    The Bolsheviks' response to repression after the July Days uprising was to avoid provocations and prepare for future struggle.

  • The rise and fall of the Second International

    On July 14, 1889, the Second International was born with the aim of uniting the workers of the world. What happened to that dream?

  • Responses to the July Days uprising

    Two appeals from 100 years ago show the deepening conflict among Russian socialists as a new struggle for power took place.

  • Celebrating Combahee's 40th birthday

    A panel discussion at Socialism 2017 looked at the groundbreaking contribution of the Combahee River Collective to the struggle.

  • Why Socialism was a big deal

    Some 2,000 people packed into a Chicago convention center for the four days of discussion and debate at Socialism 2017.

  • Which train goes to socialism?

    Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara proposes that the future of the left may lie with a return to Finland Station, circa 1917. But how are we going to get there?

  • Your Socialism 2017 cheat sheet

    If you're trying to squeeze in some reading before Socialism 2017 next weekend, here's an SW gamers' guide to the conference so you can level up.

  • Was George Washington a French agent?

    A historian of the Russian Revolution looks at recently recycled allegations that Lenin was a German agent--and considers how the charge would fit in 1776.

  • A Bolshevik appeal finds an echo in the streets

    Two proclamations issued in Petrograd show how the radicalization of workers and soldiers led more people to the Bolsheviks.

  • How our protests won marriage equality

    In just 10 years, same-sex marriage went from being a "wedge issue" for the right to a widely supported civil right--because of an ascending movement.

  • How free is "free" labor?

    Karl Marx showed that the capitalist "free" market masked a hidden coercion: Workers are free to work--or free to starve.

  • Washington's love affair with tyrants

    It's always been the foreign policy of the U.S. government to overthrow elected governments and prop up dictatorships.

  • How they saw Lenin

    The author of Lenin and the Revolutionary Party surveys the many evaluations of the best-known leader of the 1917 Revolution.

  • The problems with Alinskyism

    Under the Alinsky model, initiative remains in the hands of organizers and staff. But democracy is necessary to achieve change.

  • Calling for peace...and renewed offensives

    Two appeals by right-wing Russian socialists in May 1917 show how they couched support for war in the language of peace.

  • Dear Mr. Civil War Scholar-in-Chief

    Who knew Black history would become a theme of your presidency? For the second time, I am pole-axed by your comments about the subject.

  • When Buffalo sent Operation Rescue packing

    Twenty-five years ago, hundreds of activists mobilized in upstate New York to stop the anti-abortion fanatics of Operation Rescue.

  • How is Leninism relevant today?

    It remains a fact that socialists need to work together, as a democratic collective, to be effective in building a socialist movement.

  • Making science serve the people

    The experiences of an organization that took on racist and reactionary pseudoscience 40 years ago hold lessons for us today.