Marxism-Leninism: Expectations and Reality

Introduction Marxism-Leninism was the official theory of the Soviet Union, and in several other so-called “communist” countries. Predictions of that famous theory, as described for example in (1), turned out to be in conflict with reality. What was expected to become an ideal

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The Chartering of the Inland Empire Socialist Party USA

I was first introduced to the Socialist Party USA (SPUSA) though my college friend Nick W. We went to a Freedom School out in Los Angeles; Jen M. led the event and asked one simple question: when did you become a radical?

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Seeing Red: Nixon and the 1970 Presidential Election in Chile

Editor’s Note: Mateo Pimentel’s “Seeing Red” is the first in a series of three articles examining the history and persistence of Henry Kissinger’s pernicious conception of international “diplomacy,” today known as Realpolitik. Perhaps the series is best read remembering Kissinger’s now infamous homily

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A Medical Perspective of Capitalism

As a future doctor, I have a penchant for analyzing everyday situations and relationships with a scientific, empirical mindset. That is, as I see social constructs and interactions, organizational structures and systems of both governments and communities, I try to reconcile them

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Donald Trump and America’s “Night of the Long Knives”

Words matter. Sometimes they do because they express truth, yet often because they only convince. Propagandists understand this well and congenitally favor persuasion over accuracy. The rhetoric of the current presidential election season is seasoned with spicy epithets: Bernie Sanders the “socialist,”

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