Topic: Tradition

  • 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.

  • The building blocks of Socialism

    This year's Socialism conference will bring together more activists and organizers than ever--which is why you need to be there.

  • Greensboro needs solidarity against the right

    A May Day rally in North Carolina has sparked a debate over whether people need to prove their politics before they can protest.

  • The Black Bloc and political shortcuts

    Changing the world will require patience and struggle, not adventurist and undemocratic spasms of violence.

  • ¿A quién sirven las fronteras?

    Vivimos en un mundo en que el mercado se ha impuesto sobre cada país, pero los trabajadores son restringidos de moverse de un país a otro.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Who's behind the free speech crisis on campus?

    Campus administrations have for decades restricted the rights of students to dissent--but we'll need to fight for free speech if we want to see social change.

  • 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.

  • How do we build political power?

    Electoral politics can help socialists spread our ideas, but we shouldn't overestimate the importance of running for office under the current system.

  • 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.

  • Unions are for challenging the privileged

    It's been disappointing and a bit painful to see criticisms of strikes and unions dressed up in language associated with the left.

  • 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."

  • 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?

  • We stand for the politics of solidarity

    ISO members in Portland, Maine, respond to a campaign of slander about an International Women's Day meeting they hosted.

  • Looking closer at free speech

    A Marxist defense of freedom of speech will look different from a liberal one, with its primary concerns about "respectful debate."

  • 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.

  • What do we mean by a "united front"?

    If revolutionary socialists are a minority among non-revolutionaries, on what terms should they seek united work in struggles?

  • Capitalism's democratic deficit

    For the working class, democracy has to mean the ability to defy our rulers, overturn their decisions and disrupt their plans.

  • ¿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.