Topic: Tradition

  • Marxism and the making of history

    At the core of Marxism is the answer to a question: If people are products of their circumstances, how can they change those circumstances?

  • Theses on national questions

    In 1920, Lenin took up the question of how socialists approach the demands of colonies and oppressed nations for equality.

  • Agitation and propaganda

    When they make their case, socialists take into account the audience they hope to convince and the kinds of arguments needed at the time.

  • Still a world to win

    Marxism is not only the most searing indictment of capitalism, but it explains the contradictions of the system and how it can be confronted.

  • Getting serious about organization

    A member of the International Socialist Organization in New York explains what persuaded him to join the group.

  • What do we say about the national question?

    Lenin insisted that support for the right of oppressed nations to self-determination is indispensible for building international working-class solidarity.

  • The question of nationalities

    In letters written in 1922, Lenin argued about the approach of the Russian workers' state toward oppressed nations.

  • The question of Ukraine

    In 1939, Leon Trotsky turned his attention to Ukraine and the right of oppressed nations to self-determination.

  • Trotsky's developed insight

    The radical novelty of Leon Trotsky's theory of uneven and combined development is often underestimated.

  • "Openness" and the left

    When it comes to internal discussions and security, left-wing organizations need to maintain some time-tested principles.

  • Defending time-honored principles

    The ISO does not have delusions of grandeur about being "the" revolutionary party. Its self-stated goal is more modest.

  • Peru's economic evolution

    A Peruvian socialist traces the impact of imperial conquest and colonialism on the country's economy and society.

  • The European war and international socialism

    When many socialist parties backed their rulers at the start of the First World War, it signaled the collapse of the Second International.

  • What is sectarianism?

    The phrase is often used on the left as a general term of abuse, but its real meaning is abstention from the class struggle.

  • Beyond downturns and upturns

    Anyone who sees the class struggle as a conveyor belt that tilts "up" or "down" is going to be mystified by real developments.

  • Order prevails in Berlin

    This last article by Rosa Luxemburg was written after the Spartacus uprising in Germany was crushed, hours before her arrest and murder.

  • A party to organize our side

    Anyone who has gotten involved in even the smallest struggle knows that without organization, little can be accomplished.

  • Fascism must be defeated

    In remarks to the Reichstag in 1932, a leading German Communist made an impassioned call for a united front to defeat fascism.

  • Challenging every form of oppression

    The old slogan of the Industrial Workers of the World, "An injury to one is an injury to all," is crucial for the labor movement.

  • A voice for the struggle

    Revolutionary movements have always created their own newspapers to spread their ideas and organize the struggle.

  • Pitting one worker against another

    Capitalism divides the working class, based on sexual, racial and other distinctions, with specially oppressed groups suffering the most.

  • You've got to meet the real socialists

    Barack Obama's offhand remarks to a crowd of chuckling executives focused unexpected attention on a good question: What is socialism really?

  • A socialist paper in the 1970s

    The newspaper of the International Socialists, Workers' Power, featured coverage of struggle from 1970 to 1978.

  • Tyrannies ruling in the name of socialism

    The countries that have masqueraded as socialist--from the former USSR to China and Cuba--turned Marxism upside down.

  • What kind of group are we building?

    The ISO made tangible the difference between sympathizing with and actually participating in building a socialist organization.