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 GreeneMarch 21, 2021
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 GreeneNovember 14, 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 GreeneJuly 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 GreeneJune 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 GreeneMay 3, 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 GreeneJune 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 GreeneMarch 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 GreeneMarch 20, 2019
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 GreeneJuly 29, 2018
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 GreeneJuly 3, 2017
Trotsky and Gramsci on Revolutionary Strategy
“Whereas other writers often see these two Marxists in conflict, Albamonte and Maiello view them not as adversaries, but as comrades-in-arms who have points of convergence alongside their differences.” Marxist historian Doug Greene discusses the main topics presented in a new book by two national leaders of the Partido de los Trabajadores Socialistas (PTS).
Doug Enaa GreeneSeptember 15, 2016