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A Marxist History of the Nicaraguan Revolution

It has been 40 years since the Nicaraguan Revolution. What happened and what lessons are there for socialists today?

Milton D'León

August 23, 2019

From Debs to the DSA? Rescuing America’s Revolutionary Tradition

As Trump vows to keep America safe from socialism, people’s ears are starting to perk up. What is socialism? Who was Eugene Debs, and what is the DSA? In this article, we explore the often-ignored revolutionary socialist tradition and draw lessons for today.

Thaddeus Greene

July 30, 2019

An Introduction to the Kautsky Debate

All of a sudden, socialists in the U.S. have started talking about Karl Kautsky. Why? We provide an overview of the debate for comrades who haven't been following it.

Nathaniel Flakin

July 23, 2019

Between the Myth and the Woman: Remembering Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is widely considered one of the most famous painters in Latin America. On the 65th anniversary of her death, her unique body of work and enigmatic persona continue to mesmerize viewers, but the picture her works paint of her life tell a more complex story.

Madeleine Freeman

July 13, 2019

Chernobyl: An Environmental Catastrophe Caused by Stalinism

In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 of the Pripyat nuclear power plant in Ukraine—then part of the USSR—blew up. The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” shows what caused the disaster: Stalinism.

Óscar Fernández

June 10, 2019

Reformism and Imperialism – A Reply to Matias Maiello

It is reformists’ fetish of the capitalist nation-state that leads them invariably to adapt to their “own” imperialism. This is a contribution to the ongoing debate about the legacy of Karl Kautsky.

Charlie Post

June 5, 2019

Progressive Illusions, Radical Promises: The Working Class and the State

Capital mobility and the threat of disinvestment seriously constrain the capacity of progressive politicians to act. Where, then, does “progressive” legislation come from? American Communists in the 1930s offer an insightful model for the contemporary left.

Cody R. Melcher

June 1, 2019

Bhaskar Sunkara’s “Socialist Manifesto”: Dreaming of Sweden

Following in the footsteps of Marx and Engels, the founding editor of Jacobin has released a manifesto about how to reach socialism. But instead of a bold vision for the future, this book offers borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered 1970s.

Nathaniel Flakin

May 29, 2019

“What  matters is Trotsky’s work being known in Cuba” – Interview with Gabriel García Higueras

From May 6-8, the “First International Academic Event on Leon Trotsky" took place in Havana, Cuba. Pablo Oprinari of the CEIP (Center of Studies, Research, and Publications) Leon Trotsky in Mexico City spoke to Gabriel García Higueras, a Peruvian researcher specializing in Trotsky’s work.

Pablo Oprinari

May 27, 2019