History and Traditions

  • What internationalists say about nationalism

    Whether it comes from the likes of Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders, nationalism corrodes the spirit of solidarity that the working class needs.

  • Learning from the Flint sit-downers

    Eighty years later, the Flint sit-down strike offers the lesson that a well-organized rank and file can beat a powerful corporation.

  • The hammer blows heard around the world

    Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, nailed to a church door 500 years ago, launched a challenge to Catholicism's dominance.

  • The mighty cry of "All power to the Soviets"

    A witness to the revolution tells how failing confidence in the Provisional Government was replaced by hope in workers' councils.

  • 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.

  • Lessons past and future for the U.S. left

    In two new books, Paul Le Blanc helps draw out the lessons, concepts and tactics of Marxism for a new generation of socialists.

  • 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.