The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Political Issues

From the archives.

Marxism: A Militant Instrument

The Development of the Sciences and the Foundations of Communist IdeasJan 23, 2015

Marxism, a Militant Instrument to Build a Communist FutureJune 23, 2018

80 Years after the Foundation of the Fourth International, Trotskyism Is the Only Program that Can Emancipate the ExploitedOct 19, 2018

50 Years after the Foundation of the Fourth International—What Perspectives for Interationalist Revolutionaries TodayDec 31, 1988

Texts of Orientation

Socialism or BarbarismOct 2020

The Situation in the United States, 2020Jan 31, 2021

Communist Militant Activity in the Time of the CoronavirusApril 9, 2020

Situation in the United States Prior to the Spread of the CoronavirusMarch 1, 2020

Facing the Chaos of Decaying Imperialism: The Program of Struggle for the Working ClassSept 4, 2018

Two Workers’ Revolutions

The Paris Commune, 1871Dec 1977

The Russian RevolutionDec 1977

Russia: Twenty Years after the End of the USSR (Part 1)(Part 2)Jan 5, 2012

One Century after the October Revolution: Russia in the Time of Capitalist DecayJune 15, 2018

U.S. Political Parties, Born in Struggle

Two U.S. Parties, Serving One Ruling ClassFeb 7, 2018

Two U.S. Parties: The Birth of the Democratic PartyApril 15, 2018

Birth of the Republican PartyJuly 23, 2018

Working Class Struggles and the Necessity to Build a Working Class PartyOct 20, 2019

The Drive for the Labor Party: The Power Was There, The Perspective Was NotMarch 1985

The Struggles of the Black Population in the United States

The Black Revolt in the United States: A Hope for All HumanityOct 1967

The Black Movement in the Sixties: Victories and Lost OpportunitiesApril 30, 1987

A Revival of the Civil Rights Movement?April 30, 1987

The “War on Drugs”: Capitalism’s War on the Laboring PopulationJuly 25, 2015

The Special Oppression of the Black Population: An Inextricable Part of Capitalism for Four CenturiesAug 26, 2020

Working Class Struggles in the United States

A Century Ago: The 1919 Social Explosions in the U.S.June 9, 2019

The CIO: From Militant Struggles to Class CollaborationMarch 1981

The 1934 Minneapolis StrikeMay 1984

The Flint Sit Down: The Strike Which Broke the Bosses’ IntransigenceMay 1986

1941: Victory at Ford’sJune 11, 1990

The Unions: Creations of the Workers, Tools of the BourgeoisieJan 1982

The American Mineworker's StrikeJune 1, 1978

Blue Cross (Detroit): A Somewhat Unusual StrikeFeb 1, 1988

The Detroit Newspaper StrikeDec 31, 1995

The Attack on Carey: A "Wake-Up Call" for LaborNov 1, 1997

Six Weeks of the GM StrikeOct 25, 2019

Revolutionaries and the Trade Unions

Revolutionaries and Trade Union ActivityNov 1973

The Double Role of the CP in Building the CIOApril 20, 2000

The Socialist Workers’ Party, the Union Bureaucracy, and the Working ClassNov 1972

TDU: Calling on One Mafia to Get Rid of AnotherFeb 12, 1998

At Blue Cross 30 Years Ago: An Unusual StrikeOct 22, 2017

Revolutionaries and Elections

Eugene V. Debs: He Spoke to and for the Working ClassAug 6, 2014

A Working-Class Electoral Campaign in MichiganApril 15, 1989

Michigan: Workers Had Something to Vote for—the Working Class PartyNov 21, 2016

2018 Elections: A Working Class Campaign in MichiganJan 10, 2019

The Working Class Needs Its Own Party: The First Steps TakenDec 4, 2020

The Extreme Right: A Growing Danger

Socialism or BarbarismOct 2020

In Attacking Women, the Right Is Preparing for an All-Out BattleMarch 17, 2014

Against Extreme-Right Violence, Working People Can Count Only on ThemselvesOct 12, 2020

Attack on the Capitol Shows the Danger of the Far-RightJan 18, 2021

The Situation in the United States, 2020Jan 31, 2021

Natural Disasters, Pandemics, Global Warming ... in the Pursuit of Profit

The Situation in the United States, 2020Jan 31, 2021

U.S. Medical-Industrial Complex Facing the PandemicJuly 19, 2020

Coronavirus and GlobalizationMarch 31, 2020

Green New Deal: A Solution to Climate Change ... or A Dead End for Activists?July 19, 2019

Water in California: More Valuable than GoldNov 19, 2014

Hurricane Katrina: A Natural Force Turned into a Human Catastrophe by a System Based on ProfitSept 19, 2005

The Struggle for Women’s Rights

The Long Struggle for Women’s SuffrageAug 10, 2020

Abortion and Women’s Rights Under AttackAug 31, 1992

In Attacking Women, the Right Is Preparing for an All-Out BattleMarch 17, 2014

Revolutionaries and the Fight for Legal AbortionMarch 1974

The Fight to Defend Public Schools

The Public Schools: Free Enterprise's Latest TargetJan 14, 2000

Education “Reform”: Grinding Up the Public SchoolsAug 3, 2009

Capitalism Devours Its Own Education System, From Chicago to the NationJuly 21, 2019

Migration and Democratic Rights

Honduras: Migrants Fleeing U.S. ImperialismJan 19, 2020

Immigrant Workers, Native-Born Workers—We Are One ClassJuly 26, 2017

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: For the CapitalistsOct 21, 2013

The Fight against U.S. Imperialism’s Wars

The Anti-War Movement of the 60’sOct 1, 1982

The Black Revolt and the End of the War Against Viet NamDec 31, 1990

The Invasion of Grenada: Gunboat Diplomacy, Once againOct 31, 1983

100 Years of U.S. Imperialism: Stamped with a Union LabelApril 10, 2002

Afghanistan: A U.S. Quagmire Four Decades in the MakingNov 15, 2016