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Forget the Alamo (and the White Supremacist History You Learned in School)

School children in Texas are required to learn about the "Heroes of the Alamo." But that is a white supremacist myth that the so-called "Texas Revolution" was fought in defense of slavery.

Nathaniel Flakin

June 30, 2021

Sophie Scholl and Hans Berger: Why German Capitalism Celebrates Only One Nazi Resistance Fighter

Sophie Scholl, the best-known German resistance fighter against the Nazis, would have turned 100 today. The state-sponsored commemorations of her cover up a simple fact: most resistance fighters against the Nazis were socialists and communists. 

Nathaniel Flakin

May 9, 2021

The National Guard Is No Friend of Workers and the Oppressed: A Lesson from Ludlow

On this day in 1914, the National Guard slaughtered striking miners and their wives and children in Ludlow, Colorado. The National Guard has never been a friend of the working class, even if its members come from that class. No wonder unionists expelled the National Guard recently from the St. Paul Labor Center, which it was using to launch its forays into Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after the police killing of Daunte Wright.

Scott Cooper

April 20, 2021

Lessons of the 1934 Textile Strike: Their Relevance for Today

In the 1930s, hundreds of thousands of U.S. textile workers took advantage of new legislation and joined unions in an industry that had been facing economic hardship even before the Great Depression. Exploitative working conditions in the South led to one of the largest labor strikes in U.S. history --- one that suffered a bitter defeat. The story and its lessons deserve to be told.

Emma Lee

April 18, 2021

A Democracy of a Different Class

150 years after the Paris Commune: Was it more than pure democracy or the democratic republic?

Matías Maiello

April 4, 2021

Jobs for All! (1945)

A Fighting Program for Labor (published in 1945 by the U.S. Socialist Workers Party)

Sometimes Rosa Luxemburg Was Depressed Too

Rosa Luxemburg was known as a ball of energy — "like a candle burning at both ends." But like every person, she also suffered moments of despair.

Nathaniel Flakin

March 22, 2021

Lessons of the Commune

The Paris Commune, founded 150 years ago, ended in a bloody defeat. But this defeat offered lessons to revolutionaries around the world. Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Luxemburg — all drew strategic lessons that were applied in the Russian Revolution.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 21, 2021

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