George Washington, who owned 317 slaves when he died, gives directives before the Battle of Yorktown in the U.S. Revolutionary War.

The U.S. state and the U.S. revolution

It is no exaggeration to say that the principal disputes between activists, organizations and political trends in U.S. social movements have hinged on different...

How “The State and Revolution” changed history

Anyone who aspires to be a real communist or to understand the theory of modern communism must study Lenin’s pamphlet...

La historia de la encarcelación estadounidense

La labor de prisioneros tiene larga historia en el desarrollo de los Estados Unidos. De hecho, personajes de la clase dirigente británica recibieron el...
Cover of The Sun with the headline, "Nixon Resigns"

The forgotten story behind Watergate: Lessons for the resistance

After Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey--whom he had praised during his presidential campaign--the Richard Nixon Watergate scandal re-entered public discourse in a...

Free to agree: Exposing the fallacy of political freedom in America

In the opening weeks of the Trump administration, thousands of progressive students on college campuses in Seattle and Berkeley shut down professional demagogue and...

The Supreme Court: last line of defense for the ruling class

This article was originally published as Chapter 6 in "Democracy and Class Society," a book produced by the PSL in 2008. "I give you, gentlemen,...

No more illusions: Missouri cops talked peace, prepared war

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has just declared a State of Emergency. It includes the creation of a Unified Command of police forces and the...

Class unity: a weapon against police violence

Police brutality is one of the sharpest and most widely recognizable reminders that we live in a society dominated by an oppressing class. The...

Cops: enforcers for the capitalist class

Tools of repression For decades, into the 1980s, school districts across the country employed the “Officer Friendly” program that brought local cops into kindergarten and...

The racist history of police militarization and mass incarceration

The following is adapted from Puryear’s book “Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America” (Liberation Books, 2013) In August 1971, a lawyer for big...