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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 Flakin

May 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 Moore

May 22, 2019

When the North Star Turned Red: The Uprising

In 1917, the Social Democrats in Finland had won a parliamentary majority, but the capitalists refused to accept these election results. Instead, they pushed the country towards civil war.

Nathaniel Flakin

May 19, 2019

When the North Star Turned Red

100 years ago, the working class in Finland seized power. This little-known revolution is full of lessons for socialists today. 

Nathaniel Flakin

May 12, 2019

Karl Marx and Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is commonly associated with drinking, sombreros and many other Mexican stereotypes. It is actually a holiday celebrating the defeat of a French army by the Mexicans. Karl Marx, who's birthday is May 5th, denounced the French invasion and sided with the Mexican people.

Werner Scholem: Uncompromising to the End

Werner Scholem was a leading light of the left wing of the Communist Party of Germany in the 1920s. A new biography by Ralf Hoffrogge presents a revolutionary life that refused all compromise.

Nathaniel Flakin

April 29, 2019

‘Rumblings of a Coming Storm’: An Anticapitalist Play

On Saturday, the Dixon Place theater in New York will present “Rumblings of a Coming Storm,” a movement theater piece about oppression and exploitation under capitalism. Set to a text by Lucy Parsons, the play tells a story about revolution and shows why it’s necessary. Left Voice spoke to the play’s creator and director, Ezra Brain.

Left Voice

April 12, 2019

When 20,000 New Yorkers Attended a Nazi Rally—and 50,000 Joined the Trotskyist Counterprotest

Eighty years ago, American fascists filled Madison Square Garden. The short documentary film “A Night at the Garden” shows disturbing scenes from the Nazi rally. What it doesn’t show: The Trotskyists led a protest of 50,000 all around the arena.

Nathaniel Flakin

March 1, 2019

Reassessing the Legacy of Louis Althusser on His 100-Year Anniversary: An Interview with Warren Montag

Louis Althusser was one of the most disputed scholars in the Marxist tradition. Condemned as a revisionist by some, celebrated as a brilliant, innovative Marxist philosopher by others, his theoretical contributions still spur interest and controversy today, almost thirty years after his death.

Juan Dal Maso

October 16, 2018