Between the Myth and the Woman: Remembering Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo is widely considered one of the most famous painters in Latin America. On the 65th anniversary of her death, her unique body of work and enigmatic persona continue to mesmerize viewers, but the picture her works paint of her life tell a more complex story.
Madeleine FreemanJuly 13, 2019
Chernobyl: An Environmental Catastrophe Caused by Stalinism
In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor No. 4 of the Pripyat nuclear power plant in Ukraine—then part of the USSR—blew up. The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” shows what caused the disaster: Stalinism.
Óscar FernándezJune 10, 2019
Reformism and Imperialism – A Reply to Matias Maiello
It is reformists’ fetish of the capitalist nation-state that leads them invariably to adapt to their “own” imperialism. This is a contribution to the ongoing debate about the legacy of Karl Kautsky.
Charlie PostJune 5, 2019
Progressive Illusions, Radical Promises: The Working Class and the State
Capital mobility and the threat of disinvestment seriously constrain the capacity of progressive politicians to act. Where, then, does “progressive” legislation come from? American Communists in the 1930s offer an insightful model for the contemporary left.
Cody R. MelcherJune 1, 2019
Bhaskar Sunkara’s “Socialist Manifesto”: Dreaming of Sweden
Following in the footsteps of Marx and Engels, the founding editor of Jacobin has released a manifesto about how to reach socialism. But instead of a bold vision for the future, this book offers borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered 1970s.
Nathaniel FlakinMay 29, 2019
“What matters is Trotsky’s work being known in Cuba” – Interview with Gabriel García Higueras
From May 6-8, the “First International Academic Event on Leon Trotsky" took place in Havana, Cuba. Pablo Oprinari of the CEIP (Center of Studies, Research, and Publications) Leon Trotsky in Mexico City spoke to Gabriel García Higueras, a Peruvian researcher specializing in Trotsky’s work.
Pablo OprinariMay 27, 2019
“In Cuba we needed Trotsky to understand what happened in the Soviet Union” – Interview with Frank García
From May 6-8, the “First International Academic Event on Leon Trotsky" took place in Havana, Cuba. Pablo Oprinari of the CEIP (Center of Studies, Research, and Publications) Leon Trotsky in Mexico City spoke to the conference's organizer, Frank García Hernández.
Pablo OprinariMay 27, 2019
When the North Star Turned Red: Against Reconciliation
The working class had seized power in Finland. Yet the bourgeoisie won the civil war and murdered tens of thousands of Reds. How was this possible? What lessons can we learn from the defeat?
Nathaniel FlakinMay 26, 2019
Does Lenin Apply Today? Historical Lessons from Chile
The current debate about Karl Kautsky's legacy is not simply a historical one about Kautsky and Lenin, but an informative discussion among socialists about what we should do today. This first installment will address the historical discussion, particularly the example of Chile.
Nathan MooreMay 22, 2019