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Who Was Abimael Guzmán, the Founder of the Shining Path Party in Peru?

On September 11, the founder and messianic leader of the Maoist party Shining Path died in prison at the age of 86. Guzmán’s group carried out a guerrilla war against the Peruvian state in the 1980s and 1990s. What was Shining Path’s strategy, and how did it impact the Peruvian Left?

José Rojas

September 25, 2021

Protests in Cuba: Between Imperialist Cynicism and the One-Party Regime

The current situation in Cuba, marked by demonstrations as a result of a deep economic and social crisis on the island, has opened important debates on the Left. Ultimately, a workers’ democracy — not a one-party state — is necessary to achieve socialism.

Farid Reyes

July 16, 2021

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.

Left Voice

March 5, 2021

Where is the DSA in the Current Uprising?

With the uprising against police brutality at a decisive turning point, the largest socialist organization in the U.S. --- the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) --- can play a significant role in fueling the momentum of the movement and pushing its demands forward. But it has to make significant changes in its strategy first.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

June 11, 2020

The Progressive International: The Center Left Attempts to Rescue Capitalism

Public figures including Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Elizabeth Goméz Alcorta, Yanis Varoufakis, and Álvaro García Linera have called for the formation of a Progressive International — a front to rescue the institutions of capitalist democracy.

Facundo Aguirre

May 21, 2020

Lenin Would Have Been a Beast on Twitter

On Lenin’s 150th birthday, we take a look at five of his most ruthless and memorable burns. While they aren’t quite within Twitter’s required length, we’re sure he’d have no trouble delivering the same scathing content in 280 characters or less.

Left Voice

April 22, 2020

Capitalism is an Incubator for Pandemics. Socialism is the Solution.

Coronavirus is wreaking havoc across the world. Capitalism cannot adequately respond to a global health crisis. That's why we need socialism.

Mike Pappas

March 9, 2020

Whither the “Latin American Spring”?

With massive demonstrations erupting across Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia, Latin America is an epicenter of class struggle. Fed up after years of austerity measures and imperialist policies, the masses are pushing back against their neoliberal governments. Where these uprisings go from here depends on their ability to break away from leaderships that encourage them to curb their demands.

Claudia Cinatti

December 18, 2019

From Fragmentation to Hegemony: Turning Points in Class Struggle Today

With class struggle erupting across the world—from Chile and Bolivia to Iraq and Algeria—how does the working class use this momentum to unite mass movements and build a force capable of toppling existing regimes?

Matías Maiello

December 11, 2019