Topic: Marx/Marxist tradition

  • Wholly dedicated to socialism from below

    The outpouring of love and comradeship for Joanne Landy shows the reach of her strong commitment to socialism and democracy.

  • Karl Marx and the case of the never-ending theft

    Karl Marx's Capital was first published 150 years ago this month--and its analysis and insight have only gained in power since.

  • The rise and fall of the Second International

    On July 14, 1889, the Second International was born with the aim of uniting the workers of the world. What happened to that dream?

  • Which train goes to socialism?

    Jacobin's Bhaskar Sunkara proposes that the future of the left may lie with a return to Finland Station, circa 1917. But how are we going to get there?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • "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.

  • 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.

  • A flawed revolutionary icon

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

  • 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?

  • Our lives are richer for having known him

    This week, we lost Aaron Hess, a brilliant and beautiful comrade and a committed revolutionary for his entire adult life.

  • Red Rosa takes another genre

    A new graphic biography of the life of Rosa Luxemburg provides another way to understand this remarkable revolutionary.

  • The dialectic and why it matters to Marxists

    Karl Marx's dialectical method is a way of thinking about society that emphasizes change, conflict and human activity.

  • What is the Leninist approach?

    The Russian revolutionary Lenin made some of his greatest contributions on the question of how to get from "here" to "there."

  • An introduction to Lenin and Leninism

    Controversies may still rage about him, but revolutionary activists throughout the world continue to learn from what Lenin said and wrote and did.

  • Confusion about political power

    During the Spanish Revolution, there were different interpretations of revolutionary syndicalism within the CNT

  • Syndicalism and taking power

    Marxists differ from syndicalists in our understanding of politics and the tasks needed to prepare for and win a revolution.

  • Misunderstanding syndicalism

    It was Marxism, not syndicalism, that historically proposed a division of labor between politics and the economic sphere.

  • On terrorism

    In an editorial after the 9/11 attacks, the International Socialist Review looked at how socialists analyze the question of terrorism.

  • Leninism is still indispensable

    The left needs a theory that not only analyzes the world but tries to change it--which is why Leninism is still important.

  • What's the cause of endless wars?

    According to Lenin, specific wars and conflicts may have specific causes, but generalized war and conflict are permanent conditions of capitalism.