Everything in Pittsburgh is Named After Two Robber Barons

It was 1892. Pittsburgh began to produce the steel it would become famous for. Every mill in Pittsburgh was owned by one company—the Carnegie Steel Corporation, worth $25 million. Nowadays, Carnegie and Frick are lauded as  “captains of industry” and given credit for building the city of Pittsburgh and making it prosperous. But the fact is that neither Carnegie nor Frick is responsible for the growth of Pittsburgh. They simply owned the steel mills and profited off of the labor of tens of thousands of workers.


“The S Word” by John Nichols

EugeneVDebsHatWith rising interest in socialism, John Nichols’ book, The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition . . . Socialism, raises an important question: is socialism something which should be understood solely as a foreign import, with no connection to American traditions? Or is it in reality bound by a million threads to the best traditions of the American Revolution and various social movements that have emerged over the last two centuries?

Lessons From the History and Struggle of the Black Panther Party

black-panthers-4The #BlackLivesMatter movement clearly shows that, despite the civil rights struggles of the past, inequality and racism are still thriving in America. Many young people in particular are looking for answers and a way to solve the problems facing society. As Marxists we stand on the front lines in the struggle against discrimination in all its forms. We believe that to be successful, this must be combined with the united working class’s struggle against capitalism and for socialism. We take this opportunity to look back at and learn from the successes and failures of one of the most inspiring experiences of our movement.

The Dynamic History of US Political Parties

writing the declaration of independence 1776Given its tumultuous rise to world prominence over a period of less than two centuries, it is no surprise that the history of political parties in the United States is equally effervescent. There has been a continuous and contradictory process of rise and fall, development, decay, and renewal of economic possibilities and interests, which is also expressed in politics. Today’s dominant parties have not always had their current grip on political power, and there have not always been just two major parties. At various times, third, and even fourth viable parties have emerged, sometimes succeeding in supplanting the parties of the day, sometimes appearing as just a blip in US history. What does the United States' history of political parties tell us about the potential future political developments?