Chicago police on patrol at night

Violence and social crisis in the two Chicagos

The violence in Chicago that cost more lives in August than any month in the past 20 years is portrayed as unexplainable--but it's anything but.

Why I sat with Colin

A former Army Ranger and conscientious objector explains why he and other antiwar veterans are supporting Colin Kaepernick.

Are the movements enough?

How do we balance the need to organize around specific political issues with building a wider opposition to the whole ruling order?

"Duterte Harry" on the attack

The new president of the Philippines has made those involved in the drug trade into scapegoats for country’s larger problems.

Against all tyrants and empires

Readers continue the debate about the Syrian Revolution with defenses of a popular rebellion and opposition to all imperialisms.


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Taking down the revolution?

Bernie Sanders' new organization proposes a "down-ballot" strategy to transform the Democrats--but it's no way up for the left.

Beyond Bernie: What's next?

SW asked a half-dozen leading left writers and activists for their views on the Sanders campaign and its aftermath--and the tasks that face the left today.

The scum rises to the top

What are the consequences of the Trump campaign bringing the openly hateful right more into the political mainstream than it has been in years?

Vermont's cautionary tale

Demonstrators in Vermont interrupt Gov. Peter Shumlin's inauguration (Angela Evancie | Vermont Public Radio)

The Vermont Progressive Party must choose between standing for political independence and essentially fusing with the Democrats.

The unpopularity contest

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump might be the most disliked politicians ever to face off in a presidential election, but there is an alternative.

A timely takedown of Clinton

Doug Henwood's My Turn is a valuable tool to help radicals expose Hillary Clinton's militaristic, pro-corporate agenda.

Studying with the master

Turns out that scholars had found a lot to despise about Donald Trump back when the reality TV star was mugging for the camera.

Where did the reforms go?

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (right) talks to Police Commissioner William Bratton

Opponents of racism and police violence in New York are grappling with what it will take to win real reforms to the justice system.

Justice in an unjust system?

Two steps taken by the Justice Department are raising questions about the possibility of winning reforms to the U.S. prison system.

Why the cops want a fortress

Hundreds came to a Seattle City Council meeting to demand that officials halt plans to build a multimillion-dollar police station.

Why a Wisconsin clinic closed

The closure of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Appleton over security fears leaves just three abortion clinics in the whole state.

Aetna's sickening bottom line

The insurance giant said it will radically reduce participation in Obamacare--one month after its merger plans were blocked.

A battle for the Teamsters

The upcoming Teamsters election is a chance to unseat James P. Hoffa from the presidency and reverse the union's decline.

NLRB win for grad workers

A long-awaited NLRB ruling recognizes graduate assistants at private universities as workers with the right to unionize.

Anti-imperialism and Syria

The Arab Spring uprising in Syria has tested the left by posing a blunt question: Are you on the side of a dictator--or that of a popular uprising?

Between the rich and the rest

Slums in Manila with skyscrapers in the distance

A new book by Michael Yates that takes stock of the human cost of inequality concludes that as bad as we think it is, the reality is worse.

An Islamophobic ban in France

French political leaders across the spectrum have joined the sickening crusade to ban the "burkini," a piece of swimwear worn by Muslim women.

Why they're afraid of Trotsky

The campaign against left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has brought the name Leon Trotsky into the spotlight in Britain.

They could die for protesting

Three young Saudi men--juveniles at the time of their arrests--face execution for joining in protests demanding democracy.

The real drama in Rio begins

Now that the 2016 Summer Games are over, we will learn how badly the Olympics will end up warping Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.

The Podemos challenge

Spain’s political terrain has being reshaped by the left-wing party Podemos, but its model of organizing has led to challenges.

Kashmir must have freedom

A Kashmiri activist explains the backdrop to the latest outbreak of political unrest--and its brutal repression by the Indian occupiers.

Striking the "gig" economy

Deliveroo workers in Britain won a victory that will be relevant across the world to workers in the so-called "sharing economy."

Black activists owe no apology

The Vision for Black Lives statement from Movement for Black Lives has been met with a slew of criticism from Zionist groups.

How Clinton killed welfare

Twenty years ago, Bill Clinton destroyed the federal welfare system--and millions of working people have been paying the price ever since.

The Fight for a Socialist Future

The hidden history of socialism

Members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers on the picket line in 1915

Knowing our history will allow a new generation of socialists to benefit from the experiences of those who have struggled before them.

Solidarity and 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.

Readers weigh in about Syria

A SocialistWorker.org article on the left and the Syrian Revolution produced a lot of commentary, both positive and negative.

A blueprint for housing rights?

A book on eviction and affordable housing has more to say about the way out of the crisis than your review gave it credit for.

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