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Luxemburg, Zetkin, and Revolutionary Feminism against the War

This year, International Women’s Day takes place amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Here, we revisit some of the debates among Marxists and socialist feminists in the lead up to the First World War.

Affirmative Action under Attack Again, Based on the Same Old Bogus Nonsense

With the Supreme Court set to hear yet another attack on affirmative action when it convenes later this year, we look at what these programs mean and why we defend them in the interest of working-class and democratic rights.

Jessica Prozinski

February 25, 2022

On the Anniversary of Its Publication, The Communist Manifesto’s Relevance Continues to Grow

As a revolutionary wave swept across Europe in 1848, led by reformers who wanted to overturn monarchies and secure their bourgeois property rights, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published The Communist Manifesto as a call to arms for a different kind of uprising: proletarian revolution, aimed at freeing humanity from wage slavery. Today is the anniversary of that publication.

Scott Cooper

February 21, 2022

Eleanor Marx: A Punk in the 19th Century

Eleanor Marx, the youngest daughter of Karl Marx and herself a socialist activist, was born on this day in 1855. A citizen of the world, she resonated with Shelley and Ibsen and participated in the main theoretical and political debates of her time.

Celeste Murillo

January 16, 2022

This 50-Year-Old Film from East Germany Shows the Last Days of Karl Liebknecht

Karl Liebknecht was murdered 103 years ago. The East German biopic "In Spite of Everything" premiered 50 years ago today and shows his final days.

Nathaniel Flakin

January 14, 2022

Why Are There So Few Large Strikes? Blame the Democratic Party

The number of large strikes has plummeted since the 1970s. The main reason is the link between union leaders and the Democratic Party. That link has to be cut.

Jason Koslowski

December 7, 2021

Today in History: Soviet Partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya Is Executed by Nazis

On this day in 1941, Soviet partisan Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya was executed by Nazis. She was inspired by the cause of emancipation and freedom.

Paula Schaller

November 29, 2021

Blueprint for a Strike in the Entertainment Industry: Lessons from the 2007 WGA Strike

On this day in 2007, 12,000 screenwriters began a strike that lasted 100 days — halting production on several TV shows, forcing the cancellation of the Golden Globes ceremony, and costing the studios an estimated $2.1 billion in lost revenue. How the union waged that strike has important lessons for today’s IATSE struggle.

Cal Berry

November 5, 2021

The Fall of Lehman Brothers and the Rise of Class Struggle

Thirteen years after the fall of Lehman Brothers, one of the most important lessons for the working class and oppressed peoples everywhere is the need to build revolutionary parties as part of the struggle for an international for socialist revolution.

Arturo Méndez

September 18, 2021