International Socialist Organization

By their friends you will know them: The International Socialist Organization and American imperialism

By Joseph Kishore, 15 June 2018

A book published recently by the ISO’s Haymarket Books contains a series of endorsements from open supporters of aggressive US military intervention in Syria.

The working class must mobilize to free Julian Assange!

By Andre Damon, 30 May 2018

The demand for the freedom of Julian Assange must be connected to the developing international movement of workers against inequality, oppression and exploitation.

The ISO and the imperialist politics of the pseudo-left

By Barry Grey, 16 May 2018

The International Socialist Organization is concerned that politically radicalized students and youth who are attracted to socialism are hostile to American military interventions in Syria and elsewhere.

How Jacobin and the ISO assisted in the betrayal of the Arizona teachers’ strike

By Will Morrow, 12 May 2018

Both organizations played a critical role in the sellout of the strike of tens of thousands of teachers by the Arizona Education Association and Arizona Educators United.

Pseudo-left parties promote US-French-British bombing of Syria

By Will Morrow, 16 April 2018

The DSA and ISO in the US, and the NPA in France are spreading the lies of the media and intelligence agencies to justify the bombings on “humanitarian” grounds.

The pseudo-left’s silent complicity in the drive to war against Syria and Russia

By Tom Hall, 10 April 2018

The major publications of the pseudo-left, including Jacobin and Socialist Worker, have written nothing on the imperialist war drive or on the shutdown of Internet access for Julian Assange.

Jacobin, International Socialist Organization claim “victory” in West Virginia teachers sellout

By Eric London, 9 March 2018

Jacobin and the ISO’s role in the West Virginia teachers strike is an instructive example of how the pseudo-left stifles working-class opposition and directs it behind the trade unions and Democratic Party.

Pseudo-lefts lament United Auto Workers defeat in Nissan vote

By Shannon Jones, 23 August 2017

In their commentaries on the union recognition vote, the International Socialist Organization and Jacobin magazine seek to cover up the anti-working class character of the UAW.

At “Socialism 2017” conference, International Socialist Organization shows its pro-war colors

By Jerry White and Josh Varlin, 21 July 2017

The most striking thing about the four-day conference in Chicago was the virulence of the pro-war policy of the International Socialist Organization.

International Socialist Organization lines up behind Democrats’ anti-Russian campaign against Trump

By Barry Grey, 17 May 2017

The ISO’s article on the firing of Comey articulates the interests of the social layers for which ISO speaks—wealthy, complacent and corrupt sections of the upper-middle class that are separated by an enormous class chasm from the working class.

Stop censorship at Loyola University-Chicago

Students have the right to form political organizations on campus!

By the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (US), 1 March 2017

The IYSSE calls on Loyola University Chicago to reverse its decision barring the International Socialist Organization from forming a student club.

The International Socialist Organization and the CIA-led anti-Russia campaign

By E.P. Milligan, 24 February 2017

The ISO has been virtually silent on the raging conflict between the Trump White House and the intelligence agencies over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

ISO endorses IYSSE application for club status at New York University

By Isaac Finn, 16 February 2017

In replying to the IYSSE’s call that it end its silence on political censorship at NYU, the ISO said it supports the democratic right of students to form an IYSSE club while denouncing the IYSSE’s “aggressive sectarianism.”

New Zealand: International Socialist Organisation glorifies deceased Council of Trade Unions leader

By Tom Peters, 16 November 2016

The ISO portrayed the veteran union bureaucrat Helen Kelly as a champion for workers’ rights, covering up her record of enforcing mass job cuts and other attacks on workers.

The International Socialist Organization campaigns for layoffs, school closures in Chicago

By Eric London, 19 October 2016

A tentative agreement announced by the Chicago Teachers Union, and praised by the ISO, would mark a new stage in the attack on teachers and on public education.

The ISO and the New America think tank denounce opposition to the war in Syria

By Eric London, 17 October 2016

The ISO last week published an interview on its Socialist Worker web site with a journalist linked to the New America think tank who advocates an escalation of the US military intervention in Syria.

International Socialist Organization covers for union treachery in Verizon strike

By Tom Hall, 29 April 2016

The authors equate the selfish institutional interests of the union bureaucracy with the interests of the workers, covering up the actual record of the unions’ treachery.

The International Socialist Organization, Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party

By Tom Hall and Barry Grey, 9 February 2016

A hallmark of the ISO, as with all the other organizations that comprise the anti-Marxist pseudo-left, is a rejection of any class analysis of political developments.

Ahead of plans for 5,000 layoffs

ISO-led Chicago Teachers Union aligns itself with mayor against teachers

By Kristina Betinis, 27 October 2015

CTU Vice President and ISO member Jesse Sharkey’s statements and actions in relation to the contract talks are indistinguishable from those of any garden variety union sellout artist.

Pseudo-lefts back Washington hardliners on Syria and Russia

By Bill Van Auken, 21 October 2015

The International Socialist Organization has weighed in on the Syria policy dispute in Washington, backing the most bellicose factions within the US state.

The strange death of the antiwar movement

By Bill Van Auken, 14 October 2015

The lack of any organized expression of the overwhelming popular opposition to war is bound up with the right-wing evolution of the socio-political layer that makes up the pseudo-left.

“Lay us off now,” Chicago Teachers Union official says

By Kristina Betinis, 21 August 2015

Jesse Sharkey, a leading member of the International Socialist Organization and the second in command at the CTU, is advising district officials on how best to enact mass layoffs.

What is the pseudo-left?

By The WSWS Editorial Board, 30 July 2015

Political developments in Greece in recent months are a striking confirmation of the WSWS's analysis of “pseudo-left” tendencies.

“Left electoral action conference" in Chicago

The American pseudo-left and the Democratic Party

By Eric London, 4 June 2015

The Chicago conference outlined a framework for politically disarming leftward moving workers and youth in order to prevent them from breaking with bourgeois politics.

International Socialist Organization hails USW backstabbing of oil workers’ strike

By Jerry White and Kevin Reed, 21 March 2015

The ISO does not even pretend to criticize the USW, which from the beginning of the strike worked to prevent it from developing into a broader movement of the working class.

The Nation and the International Socialist Organization respond to the 2014 elections

By David Walsh, 7 November 2014

Various political forces combined in 2008, and again in 2012, to paint Barack Obama as an alternative to Bush and the Republicans, including the Nation magazine and the ISO.

Class, race and the police killing in Ferguson, Missouri

By Joseph Kishore, 21 August 2014

A column by former basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has provoked a howl of protest from political representatives of the upper-middle class who are heavily invested in racial politics, including the International Socialist Organization.

The International Socialist Organization and the betrayal of the Boeing workers

By Jerry White, 10 January 2014

In the aftermath of the defeat of the Boeing workers at the hands of International Association of Machinists, the International Socialist Organization has published a commentary that whitewashes the role of the IAM and seeks to prevent workers from drawing any political lessons from this latest betrayal by the unions.

ISO lines up behind Democrats in New York mayoral election

By Fred Mazelis, 25 October 2013

The ISO’s attitude toward Bill de Blasio flows directly from its class orientation and political program.

The American “left” and Edward Snowden

By Eric London, 24 August 2013

The American “left” exposes its contempt for democratic rights in its coverage of the Snowden revelations and the response of the Obama administration.

Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists seek to cover up support for military coup

By Johannes Stern, 26 July 2013

As the military regime in Egypt intensifies its crackdown on all opposition, and as the former elements of the Mubarak dictatorship are integrated into positions of power, the counter-revolutionary role of the “left” supporters of the coup is ever more clearly exposed.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists support US-backed military coup

By Johannes Stern, 16 July 2013

The pseudo-left stands condemned by its own words and actions as political agents of imperialism.

International Socialist Organization backs Egyptian coup

By Alex Lantier, 11 July 2013

In a July 5 interview, ISO leader Ahmed Shawki declared his support for the military government that took power in Egypt on July 3.

The “Ecosocialist” conference in New York

A fraudulent campaign for “climate justice”

By Sandy English and Jerry White, 23 May 2013

The Ecosocialist conference, chiefly sponsored by the International Socialist Organization and the Green Party, was held at Barnard College in New York City last month.

The International Socialist Organization and the imperialist onslaught against Syria

By David North and Alex Lantier, 11 May 2013

The ISO’s May 1 statement “Solidarity with the Syrian revolution” is written in support of the imperialist-orchestrated conspiracy to topple the regime of Bashar al-Assad.

The petty-bourgeois “left” promotes the CIA war in Syria

By Alex Lantier, 12 April 2013

The petty-bourgeois “left” has reacted to the publication of detailed reports on the CIA’s role in backing Islamist forces for the US proxy war in Syria by intensifying their support for the war.

The CIA war against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 26 March 2013

US president Barack Obama’s so called “peace” trip to Israel last week made clear that, on the tenth anniversary of its criminal invasion of Iraq, US imperialism is intensifying its bloody intervention in the Middle East.

The attack on public education in Chicago

By Alexander Fangmann, 25 March 2013

The announcement of plans to shut down 61 schools in Chicago, Illinois marks a new stage in the social counterrevolution in America.

Hands off Syria!

By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2013

Ten years after the launching of a criminal war against Iraq, Washington is once again preparing military aggression in the Middle East.

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case

By David Walsh, 20 March 2013

The Steubenville, Ohio rape case is a tragedy, which has been immeasurably worsened by the intervention of the American media, and in particular its so-called left elements.

ISO offers sophistry in the service of the trade union bureaucracy

By Jerry White and Barry Grey, 29 January 2013

The passage of right-to-work legislation in Michigan was a debacle not just for the unions, but also for the host of liberal and pseudo-left organizations that promote these corporatist organizations.

ISO leader endorses Chicago school closings

By Alexander Fangmann, 6 December 2012

Anyone who may still harbor illusions that the International Socialist Organization has anything to do with socialism should take a look at the video of ISO leader Jesse Sharkey’s appearance on Chicago Tonight.

Mursi’s crackdown exposes counter-revolutionary role of Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists

By Johannes Stern, 6 December 2012

Mursi’s bloody crackdown against protesters opposing his power grab exposes the counterrevolutionary character of the Revolutionary Socialists’ support for him.

Where the International Socialist Organization stands on the 2012 election results

By David Walsh, 16 November 2012

The ISO has responded to the recent US election with general satisfaction over Democrat Barack Obama’s return to the White House and an ever-greater obsession with race.

International Socialist Organization promotes Clinton’s new strategy against Syria

By Johannes Stern, 6 November 2012

The International Socialist Organization is working consciously to advance US imperialist interests by promoting Washington’s proxy forces in Syria.

The International Socialist Organization and the 2012 US elections

By David Walsh, 25 October 2012

The ISO operates as an advocacy group in and around the Democratic Party, seeking to improve opportunities for the middle class social layers for which it speaks.

Syria and the pro-imperialist “leftists” of the ISO

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2012

After more than a month-long silence on the events in Syria, the International Socialist Organization has resumed its depiction of a bloody sectarian civil war stoked by imperialist intervention as the “Syrian Revolution.”

A brief for racial politics

The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

By Helen Halyard and Fred Mazelis, 18 September 2012

For Alexander, the driving force of American society is racial “caste” oppression, not the class struggle.

The ISO covers its tracks in betrayal of Con Ed workers

By Dan Brennan and Fred Mazelis, 14 August 2012

Increasingly exposed as tools of management, union bureaucrats at Con Ed and elsewhere welcome the assistance provided by groups like the International Socialist Organization.

ISO complicit in drive to strangle New York Con Ed workers’ struggle

By Sandy English and Joseph Kishore, 24 July 2012

The International Socialist Organization is intervening in the Con Ed struggle with the deliberate aim of bolstering the trade union apparatus and the Democratic Party—and thereby ensuring the defeat of the weeks-long struggle.

ISO silent on Obama’s kill list

By Joseph Kishore, 13 June 2012

In the two weeks since the New York Times report on Obama’s kill list, the International Socialist Organization has not published a single article on the topic.

A reply to the ISO’s Sherry Wolf on racial politics and the killing of Trayvon Martin

By Joseph Kishore, 19 April 2012

The recent World Socialist Web Site article, “The killing of Trayvon Martin and racial politics in America,” provoked a response from the International Socialist Organization’s Sherry Wolf.

ISO covers for New York nurses union

By Peter Daniels, 10 February 2012

The “pseudo-left” finds a silver lining in concessions for New York nurses.

The ISO and the Cooper Tire lockout

By Barry Grey and Charles Bogle, 31 December 2011

In the face of the treachery by the United Steel Workers at Cooper Tire, the International Socialist Organization (ISO) is doing its best to disorient and confuse the rank and file and give a boost to the union leadership.

The Occupy movement, identity politics and the International Socialist Organization

By David Walsh, 11 November 2011

The Occupy Wall Street and associated protests represent the re-emergence of social struggle at the center of American political life after an absence of several decades. In this context, the ISO promotes the unions and identity politics.

Occupy Wall Street: The ISO promotes the unions against workers’ interests

By David Walsh, 28 October 2011

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is one of the most relentless advocates of the American trade unions anywhere on the political spectrum.

The Nation, ISO seek to channel Wall Street protests back to the Democratic Party

By David Walsh, 7 October 2011

The Nation magazine and the International Socialist Organization are intervening in the Wall Street protests to prevent the emergence of a movement in opposition to the Democratic Party and capitalism.

ISO ignores every question of principle in Strauss-Kahn affair

By David Walsh, 2 September 2011

Socialist Worker has denounced the dismissal of sexual assault charges against French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn by a judge in New York City August 23.

ISO covers for unions’ betrayal of Verizon strike

By Jerry White, 23 August 2011

The International Socialist Organization is defending the unions responsible for the sellout of the strike by 45,000 Verizon telecom workers.

The ISO and the betrayal of the Chicago teachers

By Jerry White, 17 June 2011

The International Socialist Organization, which styles itself a force to lead the struggles of workers, bears direct political responsibility for a major attack against Illinois teachers.

The International Socialist Organization gushes over unions’ role in Wisconsin

By David Walsh, 23 February 2011

The International Socialist Organization reacted to the explosion of working class anger in Wisconsin by encouraging illusions that the trade unions would resist Republican Governor Scott Walker’s attack on public sector workers.

On the US “left” and the Egyptian Revolution

By Jerry White, 1 February 2011

Just as they did in the recent events in Tunisia, the International Socialist Organization is promoting the bourgeois opposition in Egypt, including Mohamed ElBaradei, as the legitimate leaders of the mass movement.

The ISO, the middle-class “left” and the Chicago Teachers Union

By Kristina Betinis and Jerry White, 12 January 2011

More than six months after a supposed militant faction of the Chicago Teachers Union won control of the union, it has refused to mount any struggle against the destruction of teachers’ jobs and conditions.

Break with Obama and the Democratic Party

For an independent working class movement to defend public education!

By the Statement International Students for Social Equality, 7 October 2010

Students are protesting today against attacks on public education under conditions of mounting social distress for millions of young people.

ISO opposes break with Democratic Party at Berkeley planning committee meeting

By Kevin Kearney, 29 September 2010

Paralleling an event earlier in the month in San Diego, members of the International Socialist Organization participating in a planning committee meeting in Berkeley worked actively to defeat any move to break with the Democratic Party in the struggle against education cuts.

Planning committee on education cuts—the ISO supports the Democratic Party

By Jack Cody, 23 September 2010

A meeting called to discuss a “day of action” to protest education cuts in California exposes the role of ex-left organizations like the International Socialist Organization as front groups for the Democratic Party.

Correspondence on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

30 June 2010

Letters on the ISO convention, "Socialism 2010"

More letters on the International Socialist Organization

30 June 2010

More letters on the International Socialist Organization

New today--Two letters on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

29 June 2010

Thank you for this important article on the disastrous politics of the International Socialist Organization. This article could only have been written by a Marxist organization like the SEP and ICFI, because every other group out there is in one way or another doing exactly what the ISO is doing. Therefore to attack the ISO would be in many ways attacking their own organization. I really wonder why is it that all these groups aren’t in the same organization.

Further correspondence on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

28 June 2010

More letters from readers on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

More letters on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

26 June 2010

Letters on the ISO convention, "Socialism 2010"

A letter on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

25 June 2010

The WSWS has received numerous letters on its two-part article on the International Socialist Organization and its conferences, “Socialism 2010.” We post another of those emails today.

An exchange on “‘Socialism 2010’: The politics of the International Socialist Organization”

By David Walsh, 24 June 2010

The WSWS has received numerous letters on its two-part article on the International Socialist Organization and its conferences, “Socialism 2010.” We reply to one of those emails today.

“Socialism 2010”: The politics of the International Socialist Organization Part 2: The ISO and Barack Obama

By David Walsh, 19 June 2010

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) and the Socialist Worker are sponsoring upcoming conferences in Chicago and Oakland, California under the banner “Socialism 2010.” What is the nature of these meetings?

“Socialism 2010”: The politics of the International Socialist Organization

Part 1: The ISO and the American middle-class left

By David Walsh, 18 June 2010

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) and Socialist Worker are sponsoring upcoming conferences in Chicago and Oakland, California under the banner “Socialism 2010.” What is the nature of these meetings?

The presence of Tariq Ali at the “Socialism 2010” conference

By David Walsh, 18 June 2010

If a political meeting is to be judged by its featured speakers, then the presence of Tariq Ali at “Socialism 2010” is pretty definitive. Ali is a political opportunist of the worst sort, as demonstrated by his decades-long political record.

Iran, the media and the World Socialist Web Site

By Joe Kishore, 26 June 2009

The various TV commentators and print reporters—to say nothing of the newspaper columnists—have become open partisans of the oppositional candidate in Iran, who happens to be the candidate favored by the United States.

The struggle against war demands a break with the Democratic Party

The ISO and the dead-end of protest politics

By Patrick Martin, 16 June 2007

This article is available as a PDF leaflet to download and distribute

The International Socialist Organization and the 2006 election

By the Bill Van Auken and Socialist Equality Party candidate for US Senate from New York, 23 June 2006

This article is available as a PDF leaflet to download and distribute

The politics of opportunism: a look at the International Socialist Organization

By Joseph Kay, 7 July 2005

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) held its annual conference, entitled “Socialism 2005: Build the Left Alternative,” in Chicago from July 1-4. The conference was attended by several hundred ISO members, mainly college students.

How not to build an antiwar movement: a comment on the politics of the ISO

By the Bill Van Auken, 1 July 2005

The International Socialist Organization (ISO) is holding a conference in Chicago this weekend under the title “Socialism 2005: Build the Left Alternative.”

Bill Vann replies to a member of the International Socialist Organization

29 April 2002

Dear World Socialist Web Site,