Socialist World

Socialist Political Journal
The massive interest in socialist ideas has radically changed the political landscape in the U.S. As part of the growth of the left, Socialist Alternative also grew significantly in recent years and achieved national prominence with the election of Kshama Sawant as the first openly socialist councilmember in Seattle in 2013.

Our organization prides itself on the clarity of our analysis and program. But we also feel the need to step up our game. For this reason we present a political journal, Socialist World, initially coming out three times a year.

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March 2021

The 2020s and the Reemergence of the National Question

Danny Byrne is a member of the International Socialist Alternative Executive. World capitalism is entering an epoch of crisis, which in many respects is unique in history. With an economic depression triggered by a capitalist-driven global pandemic amid an unfolding climate catastrophe there has perhaps never been a crisis...

August 2020 - Issue 4

Blazing the Path for a New Left Party

A rebellion has broken out, beginning in Minneapolis (where both authors of this article live) and spreading throughout the country. The uprising...

Book Review: White Fragility

After the brutal murder of George Floyd, Robin Diangelo’s 2018 book White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk...

Socialists and the State: How to End Racist Policing

The nature of policing in the United States is inseparable from the violent, racist history of capitalism in this country. From slave...

FDR and the Limits of the New Deal

In the course of the past five years, there has been an enormous shift in political discourse in the U.S. on the...

The U.S.-China Cold War: Towards a Bipolar Global Economy

Vincent Kolo, chinaworker.info “There’s no floor under the U.S.-China relationship. We keep finding new lows,” says author and China...

The History of Policing in the U.S.

“Under capitalism, the main police function is to break strikes and to repress other forms of protest against the policies of the...

Book Review: Bigger than Bernie

Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign inspired millions of Americans and brought tens of thousands into an organized campaign to fight for Medicare for...

Brazil: Fight the Three Plagues — Bolsonaro, the Pandemic, and Social and Racial Inequality!

Liberdade, Socialismo e Revolução (LSR — ISA in Brazil) Brazil is moving quickly towards the abyss. We are the...

France: Mass Anger Grows During the Pandemic

By Nicolas Croes French President Emmanuel Macron wanted to dedicate the July 14 Bastille Day national holiday to the...

India: Working People Face Catastrophe

India is caught in a perfect storm of crisis, facing its worst public health catastrophe since independence, an unprecedented economic downturn, and...

May 2020 - Issue 3

Bernie Sanders and the End of Neoliberalism

On April 8, Bernie Sanders “suspended” his campaign for president. In the weeks since, Sanders has turned a defeat into a rout...

Keynesianism and the Crisis of Capitalism

The current economic crisis may have been triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, but its roots lie in a deeper crisis of capitalism...

Review of No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age

Oxford University Press (2016) The spark ignited by West Virginia teachers in 2018 has given new energy to the...

Capitalism and COVID-19: Why We Need a Planned Economy

Capitalism is set up like a house of cards. Disjointed supply chains, competition for component parts, research and technology hoarded – there...

Book Review: A Flawed Manifesto

The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequalityby Bhaskar SunkaraBasic Books 2019

Governments Seize On COVID-19 to Extend Repressive Powers

The Economist (3/28/2020) has described it as “the most dramatic extension of state powers since the second world war." Across the globe...

October 2019 - Issue 2

Book Review: The Logistics Industry and the Case for Socialism

People’s Republic of Walmart: How the World’s Biggest Corporations Are Laying the Foundation for Socialism By Leigh...

Continuing the Fight for International Socialism

Danny Byrne is a member of the Provisional Committee of the CWI and Socialist Alternative (England, Wales and Scotland).

Global Recession Looming

“The way our economic and political systems work must change, or they will perish” (Martin Wolff, chief economics commentator of the Financial...

Understanding Britain’s Brexit Crisis

Britain's ongoing Brexit crisis has entered a new and spectacularly explosive phase. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government is in a state of...

Climate Catastrophe and the Case for a Planned Economy

The 20-warmest years on record occurred in the past 22 years and rising temperatures are just one symptom of the climate catastrophe...

June 2019 - Issue 1

Rebuilding a Fighting Labor Movement – The Lessons of the Teachers’ Revolt

In what will go down as an historic moment for the American labor movement, the education workers of West Virginia walked out...

Kautsky and the Parliamentary Road to Socialism – A Reply to Eric Blanc

We are living through a dramatic period in U.S. history. While the Trump presidency has emboldened the right, we have also witnessed...

Review: Feminism for the 99%

Feminism for the 99%: A ManifestoBy Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, & Nancy FraserVerso Books, $12.95 Published in a time...

Reparations: A Socialist Perspective

The 2020 presidential elections are in full swing, and all of the Democratic Party presidential nominees have been asked the question, “Do...

To Win Bernie’s Platform and Defeat the Right We Need a New Party

A new generation is rising, politically awakened by the horrific social and environmental future capitalism has on offer. Behind the mass anger...

U.S.-China Trade War Escalates: Trump Ramps Up Tariffs Against China, Rocks Global Stock Markets

Vincent Kolo is a regular contributor at chinaworker.info President Trump’s “bombshell” decision to increase punitive tariffs against China from...