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Mightier than the sword

If there was one man who embodied the spirit of revolutionary democracy, it was Tom Paine. He inspired the American Revolution of 1776, took part in the French Revolution of 1789 and, while abroad in […]

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The Tet Offensive: the Turning Point in the Vietnam War—Part Two

In the early hours of January 31, 1968, 70,000 North Vietnamese soldiers, together with guerrilla fighters of the NLF, launched one of the most daring military campaigns in history. The Tet Offensive was the real […]

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The Tet Offensive: the Turning Point in the Vietnam War

Alan Woods analyzes the events that led to the Vietnam War and the significance of the Tet Offensive in bringing about the defeat of US imperialism, and draws some parallels with Iraq.

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Trotsky and the fight against Fascism

Seventy-five years ago today, on January 30th 1933, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany. Two months later the Reichstag voted him dictatorial powers. The workers' parties were banned and their leaders thrown into concentration camps. […]

The revolutionary dialectic and the liberation of humanity*

In developing this philosophical outlook, Marx based himself on great thinkers that had preceded him, but went beyond them in developing further those ideas and providing new insights. He developed his dialectics from Hegel, the […]

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Health Care in the United States is “SiCKO”

Michael Moore’s latest film, SiCKO, is from beginning to end an all-out assault on the for-profit U.S. health care system. Most of us have heard of the 47 million Americans, including 10 million children, without […]

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Energy Deregulation in IL an Attack on Working People

Ameren, which provides energy services to customers in Missouri and Illinois, has begun circulating a letter to all of their Illinois customers, warning them to expect even higher rates during the summer, along with tips […]

Price-Gouging the Uninsured

It is well known that the U.S. lacks a universal health care system.  The for-profit health system is yet another example of capitalism’s inability to play a progressive role for the majority of society.  Despite […]

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Shays’ Rebellion

The challenge thrown down by Shays terrified the oligarchy that was quietly concentrating political and economic power into its own hands.

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What About Russia?

As early as 1936, Leon Trotsky predicted that the Stalinist bureaucracy that usurped power after Lenin’s death, would not be satisfied with its legal and illegal privileges, but would inevitably strive to replace the nationalized […]

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Vietnam

The war in Vietnam, which completely transformed the situation in the U.S.A., did not begin in a planned way. The U.S.A. was sucked into it almost by accident. It began with a covert operation, the […]

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Imperialism

The end of the 19th century saw the birth of imperialism. Germany, France, Britain and Belgium struggled to gain possession of markets, territory, raw materials and spheres of influence. As Germany emerged as a great […]

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