The Testament of Leon Trotsky: In Illustration
On this day 80 years ago, while in exile in Coyoacán, Mexico, Trotsky penned his last Testament, well aware that he might soon be killed or will die because of his deteriorating health. This short text was written a few months before his assassination by Ramón Mercader, a Stalinist agent. In it, Trotsky reflects on his life and his hope for future revolutionary generations.
Sou MiFebruary 27, 2020
Radical Reads: Black No More by George S. Schuyler
In Black No More, George S. Schuyler imagines a near-future dystopia in which Black people can undergo a procedure to become indistinguishable from whites. This work, written in the midst of the Harlem Renaissance, is a searing satire of racism in the United States as well as of the limitations of Black capitalism in the fight for liberation.
Olivia WoodFebruary 26, 2020
Langston Hughes Reflects on the Promise of The Soviet Union
Not only one of America’s preeminent poets, Langston Hughes was also firmly committed to the liberation of Black people and the working class. His accounts of his journey to the USSR in 1933 provide a powerful insight into the Revolution’s advances in fighting the oppression of religious and ethnic minorities.
Robert BelanoFebruary 18, 2020
Paint and protest: Iraqi protesters transform Baghdad with murals
When the waters of class struggle are stirring, art takes to the streets.
La Izquierda Diario MexicoFebruary 14, 2020
How Left Are The 2019 Oscar Films?
The 2019 movie season was dominated by discussions of class and capitalism. From blockbusters like Joker to indie hits like Hustlers to international crossovers like Parasite, the class divide was a key theme in many films with some critics even going so far as to call 2019 the year of class war in film. In this vein, we’ve looked at several of the films that were nominated for Oscars to see how left they really are.
Ezra BrainJanuary 17, 2020
BoJack Horseman: A Manic-Depressive Horse, Loosely Based on Bertolt Brecht
The third season of the cult show BoJack Horseman came out on Netflix in July. Many consider it a satire of the narcissistic world of Hollywood. But in reality, producer Raphael Bob-Waksberg has created a unique work of art about depression – using some of Brecht's tools.
Nathaniel FlakinMarch 18, 2017