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On Lenin’s Birthday, Let’s Give a Shout Out for Some of His Greatest Contributions

Among the giants whose shoulders today’s revolutionaries stand upon, few loom as large as Lenin. To commemorate his birthday, here are four of his greatest contributions to revolutionary theory and practice.

Scott Cooper

April 22, 2021

What Is International Women’s Day?

“Why is there no Men’s Day?” “Women’s Day should be every day.” “Buy your girlfriend flowers.” “Aren’t we getting any presents at the office?” “It’s not a day of celebration but of struggle, because it’s the day we remember the women workers who died in a fire.” “What fire?” Here, Andrea D'Atri explains the real history behind International Women's Day.

Andrea D'Atri

March 8, 2021

Learning from the Masses: Trotsky at the Modern Circus

In the early 20th century, mass audiences at the Modern Circus in Petrograd clamored at the sound of Trotsky’s voice, and he, in turn, vibrated to the rhythm of the audience. Marxist scholar Warren Montag dissects a passage of Trotsky’s 'My Life' and analyzes it through the lens of Baruch Spinoza. 

Warren Montag

September 6, 2020

Anti-Colonial Marxism: 100 Years Since the Congress of the Peoples of the East in Baku

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Baku Congress. The Congress of the Peoples of the East was initiated by the Communist International, bringing together revolutionary organizations from Iraq, Persia, Turkey, Afghanistan, China, India, and other countries. This experience shows what Marxism has to offer to anti-colonial struggles.

Dylan Edward

August 31, 2020

The Trotskys Betrayed

Stalin's bureaucratic dictatorship assassinated Leon Trotsky 80 years ago. What many may not realize, however, is that it also killed all of his children.

Sam Miller

August 20, 2020

Socialist Revolution, Women’s Liberation, and the Withering Away of the Family

Some say that Marxism is only interested in economic problems and ignores oppression. But the Russian Revolution showed how Marxists tried to end women's oppression by socializing reproductive work. They believed relationships should be based exclusively on love, not social coercion.

Subaltern Hegemony and the Recomposition of the Left

Autonomy, strategy, experimentation and creativity will all be necessary in order for the subaltern classes and the Left to develop their own hegemonic forms and practices. Doing so will be necessary to challenge capitalist social relations and hegemony.

Juan Dal Maso

July 1, 2019

Education in the Soviet Union Through the Eyes of an American Principal

An American principal traveled to the USSR in 1926 and 1927 to study Soviet schools. Here are the results of her study.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

February 25, 2019

The Challenges of the Russian Revolution and Women’s Rights

This is the second of two articles in a series that explores the advances in the realm of women’s rights opened by the Russian Revolution, as well as the difficulties in implementing these advances due to the material conditions of post 1917 Russia.

Andrea D'Atri

July 23, 2018