History and Traditions

  • 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.

  • A voice for socialism for 40 years

    The first issue of Socialist Worker was published 40 years ago in April 1977, and the need for a revolutionary socialist press is still key today.

  • In defense of the oppressed of all lands

    In 1910, the American socialist Eugene Debs wrote a letter chastising party members who failed to defend immigrant rights.

  • Start planning now for Socialism

    The mass resistance to Trump has set the stage for what will likely be the largest of the annual Socialism conferences yet.

  • When King broke the silence on Vietnam

    Fifty years ago, the most prominent Black person in U.S. history defied all warnings and challenged capitalism, nationalism and the Vietnam War.

  • The ISO and the soul of international socialism

    Among the different ways of understanding socialism and Marxism, the ISO stands in a tradition summarized by Hal Draper as "socialism from below."

  • Hope in the revolution

    A historian considers what four American eyewitnesses to the Russian Revolution have to say to us about the event today.

  • Joining together to achieve peace

    An appeal issued 100 years ago by the moderate socialists leading the Petrograd Soviet calls for unity in the cause of peace.

  • Why are there still famines?

    Modern technology has made it possible to grow enough food to feed everyone in the world. So why is the UN reporting the worst famine since 1945?

  • The only guarantee of Polish independence

    One hundred years ago, Polish socialists in Petrograd pointed to the Russian Revolution as the hope for liberation from empire.

  • Soldiers, take power into your own hands!

    This appeal from Russian socialists shortly after the February Revolution called on soldiers to side with the workers' councils.

  • For a general strike against autocracy

    One hundred years ago, Russian socialists called for an insurrectionary strike--on the day centuries of Tsarist rule finally ended.

  • Marxism and democracy

    Socialists have always fought for the widest possible expansion of democracy and political rights as an essential part of the class struggle.