History and Traditions

  • What if workers ran society?

    Socialism would mean workers collectively making decisions about how to organize society--not only individual workplaces, but the whole system.

  • Books for Bolsheviks

    The editor of a new collection of eyewitness accounts of the Russian Revolution gives you a reading list for learning about 1917.

  • Get read-y for the Marxism conferences

    Hopefully, you'll join Socialist Worker at one of the regional Marxism Conferences near you. Here's our reading list to be prepared.

  • Was Stalinism inevitable?

    Providing a serious explanation of why the Russian Revolution was lost remains an essential task for revolutionary Marxists.

  • Why do we honor genocide?

    More cities are replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day in recognition that the crimes of colonial violence shouldn’t be celebrated.

  • An epic series with an Achilles' heel

    PBS's series on Vietnam has shortcomings, but it reveals a lot of truth about the war and returns it to its proper place in U.S. history.

  • 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.

  • Comrades of the sea

    A journalist in revolutionary Russia in 1917 describes his encounters sailors who were part of the struggle to make the world anew.

  • James Baldwin's journey

    "Nothing can be changed until it is faced," wrote James Baldwin, and a new generation is learning from him about the challenges we face today.

  • Raising the red lantern

    In his history of the Russian Revolution, October, China Miéville brings together Marxist history and inspired literary writing.

  • The fury of the oppressed at Attica

    In 1971, prisoners at Attica came together in a revolt against atrocious conditions and oppression felt inside and outside prison.

  • The soldiers in revolt

    A witness to the Russian Revolution learns about the grim toll of the First World War and the spreading revolt in the Tsar's armies.

  • When a "universal" approach narrows the fight

    Too many supporters of "universalist" class politics argue as if working-class struggle is separate from struggles against oppression.

  • On the left sat the Bolsheviks

    An eyewitness to the Russian Revolution describes how the Petrograd of the workers developed a different attitude to Bolshevism.

  • When we beat the bosses

    The 1997 UPS strike that began 20 years ago showed that workers have the power to beat a corporate giant--and that labor's decline isn't inevitable.

  • What kind of party does the working class need?

    Workers need a political party to represent them and advocate for their interests. But how should it be organized and what should it be working toward?

  • A Marxist case for intersectionality

    Intersectionality is defined in very different ways, but the concept as developed by Black feminists can help advance Marxist theory and practice.

  • Detroit's Great Rebellion of 1967

    On the 50th anniversary of an urban revolt in the heart of American capitalism at the time, SW interviewed the co-author of Detroit: I Do Mind Dying.

  • Seeing all the faces of the Russian Revolution

    A new book about the Russian Revolution distinguishes itself by capturing the complexity of social groups in motion.

  • The Bolsheviks retreat in order to advance

    The Bolsheviks' response to repression after the July Days uprising was to avoid provocations and prepare for future struggle.

  • 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?

  • Responses to the July Days uprising

    Two appeals from 100 years ago show the deepening conflict among Russian socialists as a new struggle for power took place.

  • Celebrating Combahee's 40th birthday

    A panel discussion at Socialism 2017 looked at the groundbreaking contribution of the Combahee River Collective to the struggle.

  • Why Socialism was a big deal

    Some 2,000 people packed into a Chicago convention center for the four days of discussion and debate at Socialism 2017.

  • 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?