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Doug Enaa Greene

Doug is an independent communist historian from the Boston area. He has written biographies of the communist insurgent Louis Auguste Blanqui and DSA founder Michael Harrington. His forthcoming book, The Dialectics of Saturn, examines Marxist debates about Stalinism.

When History Failed to Turn

One hundred years ago, a communist uprising took place in Hamburg. But the revolution in the rest of Germany was canceled.

Doug Enaa Greene

November 14, 2023

Does the Revolution Eat Its Children?

An interview with historian Doug Greene about his new book on Stalinism, The Dialectics of Saturn.

Doug Enaa Greene

July 11, 2023

Liberalism with Extra Steps

G.A. Cohen and Analytical Marxism: We read it so you don’t have to.

Doug Enaa Greene

December 11, 2022

One Way Out: The Revolutionary Hero of Andor

Not just another Star Wars story set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Andor is a mature science fiction series about radicalization and rebellion against fascism and imperialism.

Doug Enaa Greene

December 2, 2022

Lessons of the Commune

The Paris Commune, founded 150 years ago, ended in a bloody defeat. But this defeat offered lessons to revolutionaries around the world. Marx, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, Luxemburg — all drew strategic lessons that were applied in the Russian Revolution.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 21, 2021

The Resolution of the Communards

The Paris Commune was founded 150 years ago today. The working class took power for the first time in history. This new government fought for workers' control and women's liberation.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 18, 2021

Insurgent Communards: The Road to Revolution

The Paris Commune was founded on March 18, 1871. A few days before the 150th anniversary, we look at how the ground was prepared for the first working-class government in history.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 14, 2021

The Politics of AOC

Socialists must call for an independent investigation into right-wing violence and threats against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while also recognizing her role in providing a liberal cover for imperialist policies.

Doug Enaa Greene

February 13, 2021

Engels Against Reformism in Germany and France

Friedrich Engels was born 200 years ago today. Modern reformists like to cite Engels as an authority. But until his very last day, Engels fought against reformist ideas and for revolutionary principles.

Doug Enaa Greene

November 28, 2020

Book Review: How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century

When it comes to fighting for socialism, strategy is everything. Here we present a review of Erik Olin Wright's immensely popular "How to Be an Anti-Capitalist in the 21st Century," and discuss the pitfalls of trying to "erode" capitalism.

Doug Enaa Greene

November 14, 2020

Remembering Trotsky’s Contributions

For revolutionary militants today, Leon Trotsky not only serves as an example, but his Marxism is a necessary tool in the struggle for communism. The following are some of Trotsky's contributions.

Doug Enaa Greene

August 21, 2020

Enlightenment Betrayed

The historian Jonathan Israel’s criticisms of Marx are not new. They have a long history in liberal Cold War anticommunism.

Doug Enaa Greene

August 16, 2020

The Jacobin Enlightenment

Jacobinism was not a betrayal of the Radical Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It was a historically necessary effort to defend both.

Doug Enaa Greene

August 9, 2020

Marx and the Communist Enlightenment

Marxism is the completion of the Radical Enlightenment project.

Doug Enaa Greene

August 2, 2020

Hegel, Enlightenment, and Revolution

Hegel’s dialectical analysis of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution provides the groundwork for Marx’s theory of historical materialism.

Doug Enaa Greene

July 26, 2020

Spinoza’s Radical Enlightenment

The Radical Enlightenment starts with Baruch Spinoza’s materialist philosophy. There is a direct line from Spinoza to Marx and Engels via the French Revolution.

Doug Enaa Greene

July 19, 2020

Enlightenment Betrayed: Jonathan Israel, Marxism, and the Enlightenment Legacy

Jonathan Israel is one of the most important scholars of the radical legacy of the Enlightenment. But a look at Israel’s scholarship shows that his Radical Enlightenment is not radical enough.

Doug Enaa Greene

July 14, 2020

We Had to Tear This Mothafucka Up: The Legacy of the L.A. Uprising

The mass demonstrations that have erupted since the police murdered George Floyd echo the fierce militancy and revolutionary art of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. While the rebellion was quickly suppressed, its legacy offers lessons and hope for the present wave of protests that are fighting back against police violence.

Doug Enaa Greene

June 11, 2020

Things to Do in Quarantine: Read Marx!

The thought of reading 150-year-old books on political economy might sound daunting. But Marx was a surprisingly accessible and entertaining writer. If you have already checked out introductory works like the Communist Manifesto, here are eight more short-ish books to continue your studies.

Doug Enaa Greene

May 3, 2020

10 Revolutionary Books to Read under Quarantine

Many people can't leave the house to COVID-19. But we can prepare for coming struggles. Here are 10 books to learn about Marxism. "You who starve, reach for a book: it will be a weapon." — Bertolt Brecht

Doug Enaa Greene

April 12, 2020

Not on Our Side: On Bernie Sanders and Imperialism

Bernie Sanders presents himself as an anti-war candidate. But he has voted in favor of almost every single U.S. military intervention in the last two decades. A look at his record…

Doug Enaa Greene

June 18, 2019

Lenin, the Labour Party, and Democrats

Many socialists in the U.S. are aligning with the Democratic Party, hoping to ride the Bernie Sanders bandwagon. And why not? Didn't Lenin argue that communists should join the Labour Party in the UK? The cases are completely different, and Lenin was consistently opposed to the idea of supporting bourgeois parties.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 27, 2019

Looking for Loopholes: On the Misuses of Lenin’s “‘Left-Wing’ Communism”

Lenin's "'Left-Wing' Communism" is often misinterpreted to justify betrayals of revolutionary principle, here we set the record straight.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 20, 2019

Karl Kautsky: From Pope to Renegade

In the last few years, there has been a revival of interest in Kautsky's politics in both academia and on the political left.

Doug Enaa Greene

October 3, 2018

More Than Universal Healthcare: The Meaning of Socialism

Young people are turning to socialism, and Democratic Party politicians are adopting the term. But what is socialism?

Doug Enaa Greene

July 29, 2018

The Relevance of Marx at 200

Two centuries after the birth of Marx, the ideas of the German revolutionary are as important as ever.

Doug Enaa Greene

May 7, 2018

The Relevance of Marx at 200

Two centuries after the birth of Marx, the ideas of the German revolutionary are as important as ever.

Doug Enaa Greene

May 5, 2018

Menshevism: The Girondins of 1917

Menshevism was committed to gradualism and opposed to the “historical impatience” of a socialist revolution.

Doug Enaa Greene

April 18, 2018

Blanqui and the Communist Enlightenment

Louis-Auguste Blanqui understood that bourgeois society is incapable of realizing the universalist principles of “liberté, égalité, fraternité” and that their fulfillment requires the establishment of communism.

Doug Enaa Greene

December 28, 2017

The Oath: The Story of the Jewish Bund

In the early twentieth century, the largest socialist organization in Russia was the Jewish Bund, numbering tens of thousands, who were willing to fight, arms in hand, for the liberation of Jews. While the Bund fostered the national identity and dignity of Russian Jews, they were also committed Marxists, who viewed Jewish emancipation as intimately linked to a worldwide socialist revolution.

Doug Enaa Greene

July 3, 2017