Ideas & Debates

New Left Voice Website Launches May 1

Left Voice 2.0 launches on May 1, and our commitment to covering the struggles of the working class and the oppressed remains as militant as ever. 

Sometimes Rosa Luxemburg Was Depressed Too

Rosa Luxemburg was known as a ball of energy — “like a candle burning at both ends.” But like every person, she also suffered moments of despair.

Trotsky, Gramsci, and the Emergence of the Working Class as Hegemonic Subject

Employing the words of Trotsky and Gramsci, the authors analyze the development of the working class as a social and political subject in “Western” countries, with their complex socio-political structures. To argue against the idea of conquering spaces within the regime and coexisting peacefully with the bureaucracies of the mass movement, as well as against the adaptation to administering the state’s social assistance or to the current structure of unions, they draw on Trotsky’s writings on France, in which he introduces the concept of “committees of action” of the vanguard and sectors of the masses as a way to unify and coordinate their struggles.

Rosa Luxemburg at 150: No “Harmless Icon”

Rosa Luxemburg was born on March 5, 1871. She is often presented as a pacifist, a democrat, and an opponent of the Russian Revolution. None of this is true. She was a revolutionary communist.

A Cuban Covid Vaccine Could Help Save the World’s Most Vulnerable

Cuba’s remarkably successful state-owned biotech sector is on the cusp of completing development of a novel vaccine for Covid-19 that it will use to immunize its own population. But its plans to produce nearly 10 times what’s needed for that, and Cuba’s long history of medical internationalism, is a promising sign for those whom capitalist vaccination programs are leaving behind.