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The Resolution of the Communards

The Paris Commune was founded 150 years ago today. The working class took power for the first time in history. This new government fought for workers' control and women's liberation.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 18, 2021

Insurgent Communards: The Road to Revolution

The Paris Commune was founded on March 18, 1871. A few days before the 150th anniversary, we look at how the ground was prepared for the first working-class government in history.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 14, 2021

What Is International Women’s Day?

“Why is there no Men’s Day?” “Women’s Day should be every day.” “Buy your girlfriend flowers.” “Aren’t we getting any presents at the office?” “It’s not a day of celebration but of struggle, because it’s the day we remember the women workers who died in a fire.” “What fire?” Here, Andrea D'Atri explains the real history behind International Women's Day.

Andrea D'Atri

March 8, 2021

The Commune at 150: Socialists and the State

Chris Maisano praises “Marxist reformism.” But for Marx himself, the Paris Commune of 1871 showed the need for revolution.

Nathaniel Flakin

March 7, 2021

The Democrats Attempt to Buy Harriet Tubman’s Legacy with 20-Dollar Bills

Biden and the Democrats want to put Harriet Tubman on the 20-dollar bill. It’s a way to cover up that they’re champions of the white-supremacist cops and the capitalist system they protect. Harriet Tubman's abolitionist legacy cannot be bought or sold.

Jason Koslowski

February 24, 2021

“Maladjusted” Mae Mallory: Neither Scraps nor Crumbs

Mae Mallory’s lifelong battles for Black liberation began in the Harlem public schools and extended far beyond. Her resistance to categorization and insistence on internationalism set her apart from better-known activists of her day, and her legacy demands us to reckon with the stories we have inherited about the civil rights movement.

Emma Lee

February 15, 2021

“Armed self-defense is a fact of life in black communities”: The Story of Robert F. Williams

Robert F. Williams put militant, organized self-defense on the agenda for Black people across the United States during the civil rights movement. His influence was widespread, and his legacy persists.

Scott Cooper

February 9, 2021

Permanent Revolution in Iran

The revolution that began 42 years ago offers lessons for how to beat imperialism and reactionary governments.

Maryam Alaniz

February 7, 2021

The Communist Movement in India

The subcontinent is home to myriad communist parties — most of which practice class collaboration.

Sou Mi

February 7, 2021