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As most people know, Karl Marx was the founder of what we now know as Marxism. It’s hard to imagine anyone else successfully subsuming the best elements of German dialectical philosophy, British economics, and French socialism into the body of ideas we refer to as dialectical materialism and scientific socialism. Marx’s theories brilliantly express the living, dynamic, ever-changing, contradictory processes of nature and society. Furthermore, Marxist theory concentrates the hard-won experience of the humanity’s struggle for a better world into a concise set of ideas, a guide to action that points the way forward for the working class in its struggle for international socialism.
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Eugene Debs is one of the most recognized labor and socialist leaders in US history. A leader of the famous 1894 Pullman Strike, which became known as “Debs’ Rebellion,” Debs eventually ran for president five times on the Socialist Party ticket. He was imprisoned in 1918—accused of “sedition” and called a “traitor” by then-President Woodrow Wilson—due to his opposition to the slaughter of World War I. Despite this, he won nearly one million votes in the 1920 presidential election—while he was in prison—the largest-ever vote for a socialist candidate running independently of the capitalists’ parties.
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Joe Hill (born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund) was an immigrant from Sweden who became the most American of labor activists and song-writers—that’s true internationalism! Active in the Industrial Workers of the World, he penned some of the most memorable songs in the repertoire of the American labor movement. From The Rebel Girl to the Preacher and the Slave, There is Power in Union to Casey Jones, the Union Scab, his songs are known today by workers around the planet. Framed for murder and executed by the state of Utah in 1915, his parting words to his comrades reverberate to this day and are lasting inspiration to continue the struggle until victory!
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Rosa Luxemburg was a giant of Marxism, a lifelong internationalist who fought until the very end to free the working class from the exploitation and oppression of capitalism. Active in the Polish and German Social Democracy, she was a scathing critic of reformism in all its guises in works such as Reform or Revolution, critiques that are particularly relevant today. A founder of the Spartacus League, she was murdered along with Karl Liebknecht by the reactionary Freikorps during the repression of the heroic revolutionary uprising of the German proletariat in January 1919. Her immortal words, “socialism or barbarism!” remain a call to action for revolutionaries today!
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The story of abolitionist Frederick Douglass reads like an Hollywood movie script. After “stealing” himself from his master at age 20, the self-taught Douglass became perhaps the most extraordinary orator in US history. His revolutionary instincts and magical way with the English language, which allowed him to express profound ideas with simple yet eloquent words, ooze from his speeches and writings. His relentless dedication to the cause of liberty everywhere—not only for the end of slavery but also for women’s rights and suffrage—remain an inspiration to this day, despite efforts by the mainstream media to strip him of his implacable revolutionary core. Had he lived in the era of the socialist revolution, he would have surely lent his mighty voice and pen to the struggle for the ultimate in human freedom—liberation from capitalist exploitation and oppression. In July 1848, he expressed the electricity felt worldwide as revolution swept Europe as follows: “A revolution now cannot be confined to the place or people where it may commence, but flashes with lightning speed from heart to heart, from land to land, til it has traversed the globe.” These words resonate as much today as when they were first written!
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The incomparable Harriet Tubman, known as the “Moses of her People,” not only escaped from slavery herself, but returned South time and again to rescue her family and many others besides. Despite a having several bounties on her head, she made an astonishing 19 trips back across the Mason-Dixon line and led an estimated 300 or more slaves through the Underground Railroad to freedom in the Northern states and Canada, helping them to establish themselves with work and accommodation. In the years before the Civil War, she worked alongside militant abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and John Brown. Once war broke out, she served as a Union scout and spy, and was the first woman to lead a Union military expedition, during the famous 1863 raid on the Combahee Ferry in South Carolina, which freed more than 750 slaves. She also worked closely with Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts, the first black regiment organized during the Civil War, in the days before the fateful and heroic assault on Fort Wagner. After the war, she moved to Upstate New York and remained a tireless fighter for the rights of former slaves and women. She passed away in 1913, a living hero from an earlier age.
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The figure of John Brown looms large in the history of class struggle in the United States. Denigrated and marginalized by some as a mere “religious madman,” his deep conviction and selfless dedication to the eradication of slavery is a beacon of revolutionary inspiration to this day. His raid on Harper’s Ferry and subsequent hanging was the spark that set off the US Civil War, and the “John Brown’s Body” was sung by hundreds of thousands of Union troops as they smashed the “peculiar institution” of the Southern states. If ever a person in history “put his money where his mouth is,” that person was John Brown. As the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, said in tribute: “I could live for the slave, but he could die for him.” Were he alive today, he would surely dedicate his life and body to the struggle to end wage slavery!
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