Leadership: What It Is and Why We Need It

lenin trotsky speechThe concept of “leadership” is often met with distrust and skepticism by many on the Left, and by the youth in particular. As Marxists, we would argue that although poor leadership will lead a movement to disaster, a farsighted and self-sacrificing leadership can make the difference between victory and defeat.

Lessons of the Populist Movement of the 1890s

Millions of workers and youth across the country have rejected the Democratic Party and the Obama legacy. The Marxists believe there is only one way forward: a mass socialist party of the working class. Many American workers, even the most advanced layers, aren’t aware of the time when America nearly had such party. To understand where we stand today, it is paramount that we understand the history of the Populist movement of the 1890s.

 

Everything in Pittsburgh is Named After Two Robber Barons

It was 1892. Pittsburgh began to produce the steel it would become famous for. Every mill in Pittsburgh was owned by one company—the Carnegie Steel Corporation, worth $25 million. Nowadays, Carnegie and Frick are lauded as  “captains of industry” and given credit for building the city of Pittsburgh and making it prosperous. But the fact is that neither Carnegie nor Frick is responsible for the growth of Pittsburgh. They simply owned the steel mills and profited off of the labor of tens of thousands of workers.

 

Trotsky in January 1917: “Bronx Man Leads Russian Revolution”

Image result for leon trotsky in his thirtiesMany people familiar with 20th Century history know that when the Russian working class overthrew the tsar in February 1917, Lenin was in exile in Switzerland, soon to return to Petrograd in the famous sealed train. But where was Trotsky before returning to the maelstrom?

60 Years Since the Hungarian Revolution of 1956

Hungary 1956_-commons.wikimedia.org--wiki--File---Szétlőtt_harckocsi_a_Móricz_Zsigmond_körtéren.jpgOctober 23 sees the anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. That movement of the Hungarian masses signified the culmination of the growing discontent evident in Eastern Europe at the time. 

We are republishing this article on the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, first published on the 40th anniversary in Socialist Appeal.