Topic: Tradition

  • Mixed up about the system

    Working people accept ideas perpetuated by class society at the same time as their lived experiences lead them to different answers.

  • Applying Trotsky's lessons today

    The discussion continues about what's valid and what's not in an essay by Leon Trotsky about imperialism and national liberation.

  • Rethinking what we should learn

    SW readers comment on a republished essay by Leon Trotsky taking up questions about imperialism and national liberation.

  • Can socialism be elected into power?

    It's possible to elect an individual socialist to political office. But can socialists change the existing state and legislate a new society into existence?

  • "Learning to Think" today

    SocialistWorker.org republishes an essay by Leon Trotsky with a comment on how it applies today to the left's debate about Syria.

  • Daydream believers

    In this excerpt from his 1986 book, Bailing Out the System, Ian Birchall examines the utopian roots of social democracy.

  • Organization without authority?

    If people organize together to achieve social change, they submit themselves to some form of authority. The question is what form?

  • Reaching out for freedom with their own hands

    For Karl Marx, the heart of socialism was always the self-emancipation of the working class--a struggle "from below" to create a new society.

  • The senseless cause of crisis under capitalism

    When capitalists produce "too much" to sell profitably, the stage is set for a crisis--even though workers and the poorhave "too little."

  • What will a socialist society be like?

    There is no blueprint for a socialist future, but we know from the struggles of past that it will involve a vast expansion of democracy and freedom.

  • A flawed revolutionary icon

    Che Guevara should be celebrated for his courage and egalitarian spirit, and critiqued for his authoritarian vision of socialism.

  • What would a revolution look like?

    More and more people--especially young people--say they're drawn to socialism. But how can socialism be achieved in a country like the U.S.?

  • Are movements enough to make socialism?

    How do we balance the need to organize around specific political issues with building a wider opposition to the whole ruling order?

  • Independiente del estatus quo

    Sin su propio partido y representantes políticos, la clase obrera permanecerá subordinada al sistema de bipartidista.

  • Solidarity and a new struggle for socialism

    The interest in socialism on display during this election year wasn’t born of an academic interest, but comes from the deepening social crisis.

  • No entre partidos capitalistas

    El sistema político estadounidense se basa en un acuerdo institucional en el que sólo dos partidos son presentados como opciones legítimas.

  • The socialist history they hide from us

    Knowing our history will allow a new generation of socialists to benefit from the experiences of those who have struggled before them.

  • Reading the Communist Manifesto today

    The Communist Manifesto was written 30 years before the invention of the telephone. So why are people still inspired by it?

  • Breathing in the socialism in the air

    The Socialism 2016 conference in Chicago brought together nearly 1,400 people on the front lines of the fight for a better world.

  • Are you ready for Socialism?

    SocialistWorker.org writers make their recommendations for the sessions you can't miss at the Socialism 2016 conference in Chicago on July 1-4.

  • Is socialism doomed by human nature?

    There is no conflict in believing that human beings are the product of evolution and that we can act on the basis of compassion and cooperation.

  • Could President Sanders make it a Red House?

    What if Bernie Sanders somehow overcame all the obstacles in front of him and became the next president? What would happen then--and why?

  • Un movimiento socialista

    Sanders ha dado voz al descontento contra el sistema bipartidista, pero hay más acerca del socialismo que cualquier candidato.

  • Taking the socialist moment forward

    At the Socialism in the Air conference in Portland, people talked about what it will take to get "from a moment to a movement."

  • The uses and abuses of "unity"

    Unity is essential for advancing workers' struggles, but the slogan can also paper over profound differences. How do socialists approach the question?