‘Unfinished Leninism’

By JOE AUCIELLO Review: Paul LeBlanc, “Unfinished Leninism,” (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014), 237 pp., $18. Icons, even revolutionary ones, have a sensible purpose, though the intent is not always realized. The iconic image summons the observer in the present to heed the achievements of the past and thus shape the future. An icon, then, is…

The Russian Revolution

The Russian Revolution By February 1917, the people of Russia were starving due to food shortages, freezing due to coal shortages and exhausted from the war effort. The czar had led the country into another war of aggression where workers and peasants fought on the battlefield only to help realize the imperialist dreams nursed by…

Salvador Allende’s Chile

On September 11 1973 the Chilean army carried out the coup d’etat which it had been planning for the preceding two and a half years.The Popular Unity government was overthrown and its President, Salvador Allende, was shot dead in his room at the Moneda Palace, a large section of which was destroyed by artillery and aerial bombardment. The “Chilean…

A Marxist analysis of Cuba

The text below consists of major excerpts from a resolution, “Death Agony of World Capitalism and the Crisis of Proletarian Leadership” that was approved by Socialist Action’s national convention in August 1998.The Cuban revolution of 1959 profoundly changed economic and social life on the island. Within two years after the revolution, the capitalist system had…