The Leninist Conception of the Party: Myths and Realities
In recent years, Leninism has again become a reference point for some thinkers on the radical Left. This is cause for celebration after decades in which Lenin’s name was associated — unjustly — with the experiments known as “actually existing socialism” and the torments of Stalinism. Left out of this (relative) return to Lenin as a reference point, though, has been the question of the party. In Lenin’s work, this question is not only decisive but is also probably the most difficult to unravel, since it has given rise to so many myths and fantasies. This article contributes to the reopening of these debates.
Marina GarrisiOctober 3, 2021
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 CooperApril 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'AtriMarch 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 MontagSeptember 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 EdwardAugust 31, 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.
Tatiana CozzarelliMay 19, 2020
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 MasoJuly 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 CozzarelliFebruary 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'AtriJuly 23, 2018