History and Traditions

  • A union that defied an era of retreat

    A new book explains why a left-led union of hosiery workers grew and thrived in the 1920s, a time of retreat for organized labor.

  • The taking of the Winter Palace

    The old order's last holdouts surrendered at the Tsar's palace in Petrograd--which was protected as the property of all the people.

  • Making a new date in history

    An American journalist who witnessed the Russian Revolution describes the day when a workers' government was finally achieved.

  • A fighter against oppression to his last breath

    The co-founder of the American Indian Movement lived a long and amazing life that leaves behind a legacy of struggle.

  • Zionism, anti-Semitism and Lord Balfour

    One hundred years ago, Britain's Lord Balfour pledged support for Palestine as a "national home for the Jewish people."

  • What internationalists say about nationalism

    Whether it comes from the likes of Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, nationalism corrodes the spirit of solidarity that the working class needs.

  • Learning from the Flint sit-downers

    Eighty years later, the Flint sit-down strike offers the lesson that a well-organized rank and file can beat a powerful corporation.

  • The hammer blows heard around the world

    Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, nailed to a church door 500 years ago, launched a challenge to Catholicism's dominance.

  • The mighty cry of "All power to the Soviets"

    A witness to the revolution tells how failing confidence in the Provisional Government was replaced by hope in workers' councils.

  • Wholly dedicated to socialism from below

    The outpouring of love and comradeship for Joanne Landy shows the reach of her strong commitment to socialism and democracy.

  • Lessons past and future for the U.S. left

    In two new books, Paul Le Blanc helps draw out the lessons, concepts and tactics of Marxism for a new generation of socialists.

  • What if workers ran society?

    Socialism would mean workers collectively making decisions about how to organize society--not only individual workplaces, but the whole system.

  • Books for Bolsheviks

    The editor of a new collection of eyewitness accounts of the Russian Revolution gives you a reading list for learning about 1917.

  • Get read-y for the Marxism conferences

    Hopefully, you'll join Socialist Worker at one of the regional Marxism Conferences near you. Here's our reading list to be prepared.

  • Was Stalinism inevitable?

    Providing a serious explanation of why the Russian Revolution was lost remains an essential task for revolutionary Marxists.

  • Why do we honor genocide?

    More cities are replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in recognition that the crimes of colonial violence shouldn’t be celebrated.

  • An epic series with an Achilles' heel

    PBS's series on Vietnam has shortcomings, but it reveals a lot of truth about the war and returns it to its proper place in U.S. history.

  • Karl Marx and the case of the never-ending theft

    Karl Marx's Capital was first published 150 years ago this month--and its analysis and insight have only gained in power since.

  • Comrades of the sea

    A journalist in revolutionary Russia in 1917 describes his encounters sailors who were part of the struggle to make the world anew.

  • James Baldwin's journey

    "Nothing can be changed until it is faced," wrote James Baldwin, and a new generation is learning from him about the challenges we face today.

  • Raising the red lantern

    In his history of the Russian Revolution, October, China Miéville brings together Marxist history and inspired literary writing.

  • The fury of the oppressed at Attica

    In 1971, prisoners at Attica came together in a revolt against atrocious conditions and oppression felt inside and outside prison.

  • The soldiers in revolt

    A witness to the Russian Revolution learns about the grim toll of the First World War and the spreading revolt in the Tsar's armies.

  • When a "universal" approach narrows the fight

    Too many supporters of "universalist" class politics argue as if working-class struggle is separate from struggles against oppression.

  • 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.