July 8: The Utopian Socialist

German Marxist philosopher Ernest Bloch was born on this date in 1885. He was an exile in the United States during the World War II before returning to East Germany as a celebrated Marxist philosopher. Following Khrushchev’s earth-shaking 1956 speech about Stalinism, however, Bloch’s liberalized thought, his open-mindedness about Marxist-Christian dialogue and artistic freedom, and […]

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January 14: Murray Bookchin

Leftwing anarchist writer and philospher Murray Bookchin was born in New York to Russian Jewish leftwing immigrants on this date in 1921. Bookchin’s thought followed an arc from Stalinism to Trotskyism to anarchism to libertarianism and communitarianism, which emphasized political and economic decentralization and ecological awareness. His first book, Our Synthetic Environment, was published just […]

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October 15: Karl Marx, Newspaper Man

Karl Marx became the editor of Rheinische Zeitung (“Rhenish Newspaper”), an anti-authoritarian newspaper, on this date in 1842. Earlier in the year, Marx had published a six-part series in the newspaper about freedom of the press and Prussian censorship that had boosted the Zeitung‘s circulation and reputation. It was in the offices of this paper […]

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Don’t Dismiss Marxist History

A Response to Lawrence Bush‘s “Our Communist Past” (Autumn 2010 issue) by Bob Cartwright Bob Cartwright is a math teacher and veteran community organizer whose travels have taken him to Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and numerous other lands. I write neither as a red-diaper baby nor as a Jew. I am, however, one […]

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January 21: Moses Hess

Moses Hess, an early socialist and a pioneer of Zionism, was born on this date in 1812 in Bonn (then under French rule). He was the Paris correspondent for the Rhinelander Gazette from 1842 to 1843 and collaborated with young Karl Marx on several projects. He also met Friedrich Engels and convinced him that the […]

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May 14: Emma Goldman

Jewish anarchist and feminist revolutionary Emma Goldman died in Toronto on this date in 1940 at age 70. She was founding editor of Mother Earth, which published monthly from 1907 to 1917, and the author of Anarchism and Other Essays, My Disillusionment in Russia, and Living My Life, among other books. Goldman was an eloquent, […]

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