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Communists Against the Mafia

Marta Fana Jacobin
The battle against the Sicilian Mafia wasn't won by cops and judges — it was won by communists and labor militants.

The Karl Marx of Music

Alex Brown Jacobin
Composer Hanns Eisler was a lifelong communist and self-described Jacobin. His music provided the soundtrack for both the tragedies and triumphs of German antifascism.

Thirty-Five Years of Comintern Publishing: A Balancesheet

John Riddell The Bullet
The Comintern was formed at a moment of revolutionary hope quite different from conditions today. Yet beginning in 1920, the Comintern tried to chart a course for revolutionary socialists in non-revolutionary times.

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Review: When Karl Marx Was Young And Dashing

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent
Raoul Peck’s The Young Karl Marx is the best buddy movie since George Roy Hill’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in 1969. It’s also among the most important films in decades, bringing to a mass audience not just the revolutionary ideas of Marx and his friend and collaborator Frederick Engels in the early days of modern capitalism, but an approach to politics and history that still has no peer.

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Remembering the First Communist-Led U.S. Textile Strike, 92 Years On

Catherine A. Paul In These Times
The Passaic Textile Strike is notable for the use of force against the demonstrators, the debates over free speech, the role of intellectuals and intellectualism, and for being the Communist Party’s first attempt to organize a large-scale demonstration encompassing the region’s textile industry.
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