History and Traditions

  • For a provisional revolutionary government

    Weeks before the uprising against the Tsar, the Bolsheviks agitated for a one-day strike with the aim of advancing workers' power.

  • Only a provisional government can bring peace

    With the social crisis intensifying, Russian socialists from the Mensheviks called for a provisional government to replace the Tsar.

  • 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.

  • The American tradition of refusing refugees

    Donald Trump's ban on Muslim refugees is part of a shameful history that includes U.S. government policies to block European Jews fleeing the Nazis.

  • 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.

  • The day of the people's wrath is near

    In a foreshock of the revolution to come, Russian socialists called for a protest strike on the anniversary of a previous uprising.

  • Socialist organization in the time of Trump

    Thousands of people are asking whether it's time to join the socialists in order to resist Trump--and the system that gave rise to him in the first place.

  • The myth of the leaders and the led

    Are people products of their society or shapers of it? Or both? The first installment of our "User's Guide to Marxism" provides some answers.

  • What we did in Iowa to chase away the Klan

    The Midwest Network to Stop the Klan was an example of successful anti-racist organizing in the 1990s that holds lessons for today's left.

  • To the revolutionary students of Russia

    As the first installment in a series to mark 100 years since Russia 1917, we publish a leaflet from Bolshevik-influenced students.

  • Mixed up about the system

    Working people accept ideas perpetuated by class society at the same time as their lived experiences lead them to different answers.

  • Was America ever great?

    Donald Trump promises to "Make America great again"--which begs the question that Thanksgiving raises about the real history of the U.S.

  • The revolutionary legacy of the Black Panthers

    Founded 50 years ago, the Panthers won a mass audience for revolutionary politics on a scale unrivaled in the U.S. since the 1930s.

  • "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.

  • Eyewitness to Hungary’s revolution

    Sixty years ago, Hungarian workers rose up in defiance of intense repression and challenged the Stalinist dictatorship.

  • Who's going to be the lesser evil in 1968?

    A classic from socialist Hal Draper argues that the continual questioning of "Who is the lesser evil?" is a disaster for the left.

  • Organization without authority?

    If people organize together to achieve social change, they submit themselves to some form of authority. The question is what form?

  • 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.

  • The senseless cause of crisis under capitalism

    When capitalists produce "too much" to sell profitably, the stage is set for a crisis--even though workers and the poorhave "too little."

  • In defense of the Wounded Knee militants

    Today's resistance at Standing Rock brings to mind past Native struggles, particularly the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.

  • Still fighting for our lives

    The Dakota Access Pipeline project is tied to the historic theft of Sioux lands--and so the resistance must learn that history.

  • What will a socialist society be like?

    There is no blueprint for a socialist future, but we know from the struggles of past that it will involve a vast expansion of democracy and freedom.

  • A call for workers' power to end the war

    One hundred years ago, a leading antiwar socialist in Germany laid out the importance of a revolution to end the First World War.

  • Radical Columbia

    Though you wouldn't know it on the surface, Columbia University has a tempestuous history of resistance that shaped the campus in important ways.