Topic: Tradition

  • ¿Vale la pena protestar?

    Es a menudo difícil imaginar tener un impacto sobre la sociedad. Las protestas masivas nos ayudan en ese proceso de imaginación y transformación.

  • Un mundo que ganar

    Dado que el capitalismo es un sistema internacional, la lucha de la clase obrera para superar el capitalismo también debe ser internacional.

  • Where did capitalism come from?

    We're taught that capitalism is natural and built into "human nature," but things look different without the green-tinted glasses.

  • Clarifying what we mean by violence

    When people say "property damage is not violence," their intentions are largely correct, but I don't think it's a useful formulation.

  • Do protests matter?

    It's often difficult for ordinary people to imagine we can have an impact on how society is organized. Mass protests can aid our imaginations.

  • Are people naturally xenophobic?

    According to conventional wisdom, Donald Trump's xenophobia is a cruder form of a trait we all share because it's built into our human nature.

  • Socialist organization in the time of Trump

    Thousands of people are asking whether it's time to join the socialists in order to resist Trump--and the system that gave rise to him in the first place.

  • Why solidarity can trump hate

    To build a resistance to Trump, we need a spirit of united struggle among the majority of people who have a common interest in fighting together.

  • When I caught a glimpse of a better world

    "Working" to provide meals to the water protectors at Standing Rock protest camps didn't feel like work at all, and here's why.

  • The myth of the leaders and the led

    Are people products of their society or shapers of it? Or both? The first installment of our "User's Guide to Marxism" provides some answers.

  • 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.