The Free Speech Movement at Berkeley was a watershed moment in 1960s student organizing. Through unprecedented mobilization, rejecting the expansion of McCarthyist-inspired rules to strangle political activities on campus, and a refusal to allow the administration's efforts to split the movement, students won their basic rights to free speech on campus.
Samuel Farber was an Free Speech Movement activist. He was born and raised in Cuba and has written numerous articles and books about his home country including The Cuban Revolution Reconsidered (University of North Carolina Press).
Mike Davis and Jon Wiener's chronicle of Los Angeles in the 1960s, Set the Night on Fire, isn't just a stunning portrait of a city in upheaval half a century ago. It's a history of uprisings for civil rights, against poverty, and for a better world that speaks directly to our current moment of mass protest.
The foundation of Israel is tied up with David Ben-Gurion, its first prime minister. Through examining his life, we see how Israel’s creation was from its beginnings doomed to create an apartheid-like state maintained by an oppressor nation.
Without transparency in politics and in the institutions that govern our daily lives, we can’t build socialism.
The NEP helped the young Soviet Union rebound economically. But its lack of political reform hampered the ability of workers and peasants to resist the onset of Stalinism.
It's easy to dismiss manners as simply markers of social hierarchy. But manners can perform an egalitarian, progressive function — and they're essential to any democratic organization.
The revolutionary socialist vision is a vital one. Today’s rising socialist movement shouldn’t discard it.
Between world wars and a crippling civil war, the Russian Revolution fought to change history.
The most important thing about Donald Trump isn’t his psychological condition — it’s that he’s a capitalist. And a particular kind of capitalist at that: a lumpen capitalist.
John McCain doesn’t deserve our praise. But his sense of "honor" resonated with many, even those who abhorred his politics. We can't ignore it.
Though his pessimism about the working class ebbed and flowed throughout his life, George Orwell ultimately saw workers as the only force that could build an egalitarian, socialist society.
1968 was a decisive turning point in the Cuban Revolution.
Trump’s stance on Cuba will do untold harm to the Cuban people and only strengthen anti-democratic forces on the island.
Liberal defenses of free speech ring hollow. But socialists can't abandon the principle.
A newly translated memoir takes us inside the Jewish Labor Bund's fight for survival and social transformation in 1930s Poland.
As pressure for economic liberalization grows, what would it take to turn Cuba into a socialist democracy?
Far too often, US intellectuals either defended Cuban Communism uncritically or fed into Washington propaganda.
Che Guevara was an honest and committed revolutionary. But he never embraced socialism in its most democratic essence.
President Obama visits Cuba tomorrow, where he will draw the ire of a Cuban right that has long curried favor with Washington.
The Haitian Revolution sowed fear in the hearts of Cuba's slaveholding class.