What is Socialism?

by Jacob Bilsky and Sam Skinner As the United States approaches one million deaths due to COVID-19, economic conditions are worsening for working people. The cost of living is skyrocketing, with inflation increasing prices for basics like food, rent, transportation, and healthcare. Climate change is more obvious and dangerous. Inequality is deepening. Polls show supportContinue reading “What is Socialism?”

The origins of Christmas and the class struggle

Norman Hall This article was originally published in Socialism Today, a publication of our sister section, the Socialist Party of England and Wales. To most socialists, it will come as no surprise to find that Christmas is the continuation of very ancient traditions of mid-winter festivals. However, it may be a surprise to learn justContinue reading “The origins of Christmas and the class struggle”

Exposing the Bloodsuckers: The Role of Commodity Traders in ‘Modern’ Capitalism

This article, written by Peter Taaffe, was originally published in the June 2021 issue of Socialism Today, the monthly magazine published by our co-thinkers in the Socialist Party of England & Wales. The Independent Socialist Group stands in solidarity with the Socialist Party as part of the Committee for a Workers’ International. The World forContinue reading “Exposing the Bloodsuckers: The Role of Commodity Traders in ‘Modern’ Capitalism”

18 March 1871 – “the Paris Commune as government”

This article was originally published by socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International. Today, 18 March, is the anniversary of what is regarded as the start of “the 1871 Paris Commune as government”. An insurrection of workers took place to prevent the French army from seizing the cannons of the city’s NationalContinue reading “18 March 1871 – “the Paris Commune as government””

Film Review: Judas and the Black Messiah

by Jacob Bilsky On February 5th, U.S. Senator Cory Booker quoted Fred Hampton in a tweet, stating “We say you don’t fight racism with racism. We’re gonna fight racism with solidarity.” Instead of finishing the quote, Booker shamefully left out the following line where Hampton states “We don’t say you fight capitalism with no blackContinue reading “Film Review: Judas and the Black Messiah”

Build a Movement to Fight the Far-Right

by Claire Bayler and Jai Chavis If you’ve been to a protest in the last four years, you’ve probably seen at least one sign saying “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA.” Amidst increasing right-wing violence, like the 2017 battle in Charlottesville, the right-wing militia shootings in Kenosha, WI, and the recent plot to kidnapContinue reading “Build a Movement to Fight the Far-Right”

Postal Service Cuts are Attacks on Working People

by Jacob Bilsky Since the appointment of the Trump donor and multi-millionaire capitalist Louis DeJoy to Postmaster General in May, the United States Postal Service (USPS) has become a battleground for the democratic rights and quality of life of working people. Corporate media has tried to spin the role of the Democratic Party as supposedlyContinue reading “Postal Service Cuts are Attacks on Working People”

Socialism Episode 82: Trotsky, fascism, and the ‘united front’

Socialism is a weekly podcast produced by the Socialist Party of England and Wales, offering a Marxist analysis of the issues we face and the struggles of workers and youth around the world.

Episode 66, the latest episode of the podcast, looks at the ongoing decline of US imperialism, as capitalist chaos and coronavirus struggles envelop our nation. More episodes of Socialism can be found on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, as well as many other podcast services.

Who’s Afraid of the Black Panthers? Lessons from the Black Panther Party

by Samuel Skinner As Marx correctly noted in the Communist Manifesto, the ruling ideas in any era are the ideas of the ruling class. The history that is published in school textbooks and made into TV mini-series is distorted in order to protect and support the capitalist system. Popular narratives of the Civil Rights movementContinue reading “Who’s Afraid of the Black Panthers? Lessons from the Black Panther Party”