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James P. Cannon on the role of unions in liberating the working class

June 2010

In the early decades of the 1900s, a vibrant and radical labor movement thrived in the U.S. In later years political attacks, such as the anti-communist witchhunts of the ’50s and union busting of the Reagan era, took its toll on organized labor and had a conservatizing influence on the unions. Today, getting labor officials… Read more »

Socialist Feminism and the Revolutionary Party: A radiant program for new generations

February 2011

What follows is an in-depth explanation of why Marxist feminism, embodied in a revolutionary party, is the contemporary answer to the crisis of capitalism. Drafted on behalf of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) National Committee, this political resolution was adopted at the party’s July 2010 convention. It incorporates additions put forward by the FSP membership…. Read more »

Behind the US demonization of North Korea

February 2011

The Cold War between capitalism and communism got very hot when the Korean War erupted in 1950. Few living Americans know much about that war, which aborted Korea’s revolution, gave the U.S. a military and economic foothold in the Far East, and was used to justify the anti-communist crusade. Three million North Koreans and one… Read more »

Book Review — Walking toward freedom: stories of the Black migration

February 2011

In 1955, when I was five years old, I took a trip across the country from California with my mother and siblings on a Greyhound bus. When we got to Memphis, I noticed signs over the drinking fountains declaring them either “white” or “colored.” Perplexed, I asked my mother what the signs meant. She told… Read more »

The general strike in US history: What it is and why it’s still needed

June 2011

Read our more recent article on the subject of general strikes: “The General Strike: vital tool of workers’ power” During a protest on the evening that Wisconsin’s state senate passed its notorious union-busting bill, many union members and their supporters chanted “general strike!” They were not just venting about assaults on wages, benefits, and union… Read more »

Janet Sutherland, 1933-2011

June 2011

Janet Sutherland, born in Bellingham, Wash., on Oct. 12, 1933, was a lifelong working-class partisan and a valued Freedom Socialist Party comrade for 33 years. She died in Seattle on May 9. A high school English teacher for four decades, she was revered by many students long after graduation. A core staffer of the early… Read more »