Opinion

  • Is their party over?

    Trump's carnival of reaction may embarrass its leaders, but the Republican Party will keep its power to do damage to workers and the poor.

  • Why #BlackLivesMatter matters more than ever

    The renewed surge of protests against racist police violence offer an alternative to those who say we have to be "patient" and wait for change.

  • Will the Democrats put out the Bern?

    The radicalization that drove the Sanders campaign isn't over, but the Democrats want, with Sanders' help, to contain it within the status quo.

  • Looming threat of the superbugs

    Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria could become a bigger killer than cancer by 2050, but Big Pharma is thinking about profits.

  • Trump versus conservatism?

    Today's Republican Party has disconnected from some of the principles of conservative thought that once guided it.

  • The sharp edge of American racism

    The need to build a larger movement is about coming to terms with the enormity of our task when we talk about ending police terrorism in our communities.

  • The wars in our schools

    The military's recruiters in our schools won't tell kids anything that might make them think twice about the glories of military life.

  • Inside out or outside in?

    The success of the Sanders campaign is posing an old question for socialists: Should the left work inside a party of the status quo?

  • Why is socialism in the spotlight?

    The discontent and class anger that underlie Bernie Sanders' popularity didn't begin with his campaign--and they won't end with it either.

  • Trump and the system that spawned him

    Trump's campaign poses crucial questions for the left--from whether he's really a fascist to what needs to be done to defeat what he stands for.

  • Mobilizing for not-democracy

    Liberal organizations supporting Obama's Supreme Court nominee should look a little closer at who and what they're behind.

  • Bernie's blind spot

    Sanders' rally speech was inspiring, but it clarified for me why I won't vote for anyone who can't break with the Democrats.

  • For our brother MarShawn McCarrel

    He was a soldier for the liberation of all people, and spirit was effervescent with visionary beauty, creativity and love.

  • The "don't vote for what you want" campaign

    Clinton supporters are worried about Bernie Sanders not because he's turning off voters with his radicalism--but because he's attracting them.

  • Year of the renegades?

    Election 2016 is really just getting started, but it is already producing big surprises--in ways that are both frightening and exciting for the left.

  • Sliding toward a slump?

    The financial turmoil already this year has revived fears of another recession--even though workers are still suffering the effects of the last one.

  • Resistance in a year of fear

    The horrors of the past months shouldn't stop us from remembering that 2015 was also a year when large numbers looked for a left alternative.

  • They don't want to hear our free speech

    Conservatives are responding to campus protests with a tired old smear--that "coddled" students are threatening the right to free speech.

  • What kind of "just transition"?

    We need a movement strong enough to force big changes in the way humans produce and consume energy. But what kind of changes?

  • Keeping the system safe from democracy

    They say 2016 will be an "outsider" election, but the Democrats have a long history of making sure Washington is run by two insider parties.

  • Controversy over a quote from the past

    A photo shoot featuring actors from the new film Suffragette has stirred an intense Internet debate. What's the dispute about?

  • Where do socialists belong?

    There is an ongoing discussion on the left assessing the experience of revolutionaries who have taken part in broad left formations.

  • Another world is worth getting organized for

    Despite being written off, socialism is in the air these days. That’s a start, but we need to build the political forces that can make it a real alternative.

  • Who made Donald Trump go red in the face?

    The artist whose portrait of Donald Trump went viral explains why she thinks the painting struck an international nerve.

  • The market madness that means trouble ahead

    The turmoil on global stock markets is focusing attention on the instability of a world economy plagued by weaknesses and contradictions.