Capitalism: A History of Horror Without End—Part I

 

This year we will see learned critics working to turn public opinion against the Bolsheviks and what they stood for, in an attempt to bury the truth about what the revolution was really about. The same critics conveniently put to one side the long history of brutal suppression of workers’ revolutions carried out by the class they themselves serve.

On the Day After the Revolution

The Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 was not merely the displacement of one government or party by another but marked a fundamental break with the old order and the beginning of the socialist transformation of society. This was not limited to the narrow sphere that is traditionally thought of as “politics,” but encompassed every aspect of human life and culture, and was not imposed mechanically from above, but, in fact, required the active participation of the working class.

 

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.