Socialism 2017 | Chicago | July 6-9

Focus: Our right to protest

Students at Middlebury College stand up against racism during a lecture by Charles Murray

In defense of protesting

A backlash is in full swing after the Vermont demonstration against Charles Murray, but those leading the charge forget that protest is free speech, too.

Murray should be challenged

It is a grave disservice to the Columbia University community to invite Charles Murray to speak in this uncontested format.

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One undemocratic state

Israeli politicians who call for a "one-state solution" in Palestine have a radically different idea in mind compared to the left.

Tom Cat does the dirty work

A Queens bakery is facing protests after threatening immigrant workers with firing if they can't prove their legal status.

When the scientists march

Activism by scientists is often greeted with amazement, but they have quite a history of protest, especially during times of upheaval.

How capitalism views disability

To liberate students with disabilities, the students need to become aware that they are not responsible for their social disability.

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The current issue of the ISR features an article by Neil Davidson on "Choosing or refusing to take sides in an era of right-wing populism" For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the International Socialist Review website.

A poison pill we can't swallow

As Republicans push forward with Trump's disastrous health care plan, the left needs to stand up for a vision of health care for all.

Politicking without politics

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Wikimedia Commons)

The Democrats are trying to damage Trump by pointing out his hypocrisy rather than articulating any ideas of their own.

Poison for a failing system

The GOP drive to repeal Obamacare and replace it with their scheme would push the health care system out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Victory 2.0 against the ban?

A revised Muslim travel ban was blocked hours before it was meant to take effect, but we need to remain mobilized to be sure it stays that way.

The needs of disabled students

Under Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, already under-resourced programs for children with disabilities will face more cuts.

Running an agency to wreck it

Trump's appointment of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA is another step in the energy giant's scorched-earth war on a warming planet.

Putin's White House allies?

Clockwise from top left: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions

The continuing controversy over the Putin-Trump relationship points towards a deeper debate over the decline of U.S. imperial power.

Zionist and anti-Semite unity?

Trump's election was followed by a wave of anti-Semitic attacks. So why the warm regard for him among pro-Israel figures?

Human face of the drug war

When people hear the real-life stories of prisoners victimized by the "war on drugs," public opinion begins to change.

Capitalism brought us here

Most immigrants came to the U.S. because they have no choice--and they will fight to defend the lives they worked so hard to build.

Don't spill Texas seed

Texas lawmakers who propose legislation that restricts women's right to abortion could see their right to masturbate taken away.

Fear defeats a mosque

A proposal to build a mosque in Bayonne, New Jersey, was blocked by an Islamophobic campaign that made headlines.

Rauner versus the people

State workers in Illinois voted to authorize a strike in the face of harsh austerity measures pushed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Still a tale of two cities

The hopes of many that Bill de Blasio would dramatically shift the level of inequality in New York City have been totally dashed.

Find a way to respect nurses

At the University of Missouri Hospital, there's money for ad campaigns, but nothing for the people who do the work.

Mapping morbid symptoms

Sarah Levy's towering portrait of Kalief Browder in the Morbid Symptoms exhibition

A recent show by artist Sarah Levy links portraits of suffering and struggle from the U.S. to the Middle East.

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."

Cultivando resistencia

La oposición a Trump abre oportunidades cruciales para aumentar la influencia política y el alcance organizacional de la izquierda.

Protest Trump and the right

ICE's war on labor organizers

People in Vermont are protesting a series of raids targeting immigrants whose only "crime" has been to fight for the rights of dairy farm workers.

Taking their fight to Trump

Thousands gathered for the Native Nations Rise events in Washington, D.C., focusing attention on the ongoing struggles for Indigenous rights.

Despair in Europe's camps

Refugees continue to die in record numbers as EU governments scapegoat them, but people are taking to the streets in protest.

Why are there still famines?

A malnourished child in a hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia (AMISOM)

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?

How did the right get so far?

Geert Wilders' far-right Party for Freedom came up short of victory in last week's Dutch elections, but it expanded its votes and its influence.

The social roots of corruption

The West's self-serving narrative about "African corruption" obscures actual causes of graft and greed that bleed Africa dry.

South Korea's president falls

After almost five months of mass protests, the corrupt and repressive Park Guen-hye has been driven from South Korea's presidency.

We have to punch together

Mexican teachers are waging a fight against the government's for privatization drive--and asking for solidarity from fellow workers.

The controversy at Middlebury

Middlebury College student protesters turn their backs on Charles Murray during his scheduled lecture

The disruption of a lecture by right-winger Charles Murray at Middlebury College has led to a firestorm of criticism and debate.

We stand for solidarity

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

The war on Iraq and on truth

Trump isn't the first president to prefer "alternative facts." Fifteen years ago, George W. Bush paved the road to war with lies.

The original alt-Reich

When Hitler was pondering how to keep the "master race" pure, he was inspired by what he learned about U.S. immigration policy.

Series: The Russian Revolution

Read SW's series on the Russian Revolution, which began 100 years ago today.

How the stage was set

This first installment in a series on the Russian Revolution explains the events and factors leading up to the 1917 uprising.

The February Revolution

The barbarism of war and the tyranny of Tsarist rule inspired the Russian working class to rebellion in February 1917.

Lenin prepares the Bolsheviks

By late April 1917, the Bolsheviks stood out as the one major political party committed to workers' self-emancipation.

Find a list of articles from the full Socialist Worker series on Russia 1917.

The guarantee of independence

One hundred years ago, Polish socialists in Petrograd pointed to the Russian Revolution as the hope for liberation from empire.

Take power into your hands!

This appeal from Russian socialists shortly after the February Revolution called on soldiers to side with the workers' councils.

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