Che: ‘Youth must be the motor force of our revolution’

Vol. 84/No. 38 - September 28, 2020
Che Guevara, center, took lead in initiating voluntary labor in early days after Cuba’s 1959 revolution. In future socialist society, he wrote, work will be transformed, turned into production for society without compulsion to force workers to sell their labor power as a commodity.

The Spanish edition of Che Guevara Talks to Young People is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September. After joining Fidel Castro’s July 26 Movement, Ernesto Che Guevara, the heroic Argentinian-born revolutionary, helped to lead the first socialist…


1877 strike foretold growth of ‘serious workers party’ in US

Vol. 84/No. 37 - September 21, 2020
Troops attack strikers in Baltimore in 1877 general strike. Karl Marx called it “the first uprising against the oligarchy of capital since the Civil War.” From here, he pointed to the forces of the American socialist revolution — free labor, free farmers exploited by capital and freed slaves.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September is The Great Labor Uprising of 1877 by Philip S. Foner. After four years of economic depression, a walkout by West Virginia railroad workers developed into a nationwide strike involving 100,000…


Gov’t execution rejects Navajo Nation protest

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

Federal authorities Aug. 26 executed Lezmond Mitchell, a 38-year-old Navajo, despite strong objections by the leaders of the Navajo Nation. This is the only time U.S. authorities have executed a Native American for a crime committed on a Native American…


Was ‘Militant’ wrong on Israel-UAE pact?

Vol. 84/No. 36 - September 14, 2020

Does the recent pact signed by the governments of Israel and the United Arab Emirates make it more likely that other Arab governments in the region will do the same? Does this increase prospects for talks by Arab governments, Israel…


How Cuban Revolution beat the ‘fifth column’ in Escambray

Vol. 84/No. 35 - September 7, 2020
Militia members in the Escambray learning to read and write in 1961. Land reform and literacy campaign benefited peasants, helping the volunteer fighters defeat counterrevolutionary bandits, and deepened support to Cuba’s socialist revolution and its leaders.

From the Escambray to the Congo: In the Whirlwind of the Cuban Revolution by Víctor Dreke is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for September. Dreke joined Cuba’s revolutionary movement as a high school student and became a Rebel…


Russian Revolution proved workers can take power

Vol. 84/No. 34 - August 31, 2020
Workers’ Red Guard patrols south of Moscow during October 1917 Russian Revolution. U.S. communist leader James P. Cannon said workers from U.S., Europe and their “colonial slaves” were lifted up by victory of Bolsheviks after “depression and despair” of imperialist world war.

Speeches for Socialism by James P. Cannon is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. A young working-class fighter inspired by the 1917 October Revolution led by the Bolsheviks, he was a founding leader of the U.S. Communist…


‘American workers: Stop your rulers throttling our revolution’

Vol. 84/No. 33 - August 24, 2020
Painting of 1775 Battle of Lexington by William Barns Wollen shows “the shot heard around the world” that began the American War of Independence. Lenin said this revolutionary war set an example worldwide.

Revolutionary Continuity: Birth of the Communist Movement, 1918-1922 by Farrell Dobbs is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. This is the second of two volumes tracing the early history of the communist movement in the U.S. Dobbs…


Sankara: ‘We draw lessons from all the world’s revolutions’

Vol. 84/No. 32 - August 17, 2020
Popular uprising in Madagascar, which toppled government in 1972, had deep impact on Thomas Sankara, who was a military cadet there. He heard from fellow students about 1968 workers general strike in France, above. Transferred to France by the army, he scoured Paris for books by Karl Marx and other revolutionaries. He learned importance of studying history of class struggle.

Thomas Sankara Parle, the French edition of   Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-87, is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August. In 1983 Sankara led an uprising in the former French colony of Upper Volta, bringing…


SWP fought for US to admit Jewish refugees of Nazi terror

Vol. 84/No. 31 - August 10, 2020
Members of Socialist Workers Party joined other groups picketing German Consulate in New York in November 1938. They demanded Washington open its doors to Jewish and other refugees, victims of Nazi brutalities as that regime began to prepare the Holocaust.

One of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for August is The Founding of the Socialist Workers Party: Minutes and Resolutions, 1938-39. The program adopted was based on the communist course of V.I. Lenin and the Bolsheviks, who led workers and…


‘Women in Cuba have always been in front line of struggles’

Vol. 84/No. 30 - August 3, 2020
Members of Cuban Women’s Antiaircraft Artillery Defense Regiment leaving for Angola in 1988, to help defeat apartheid South Africa’s invasion. Vilma Espín, leader of Federation of Cuban Women, at center in white blouse.

Marianas in Combat: Teté Puebla and the Mariana Grajales Women’s Platoon in Cuba’s Revolutionary War, 1956-58 by Teté Puebla is one of Pathfinder’s Books of the Month for July. Puebla was an officer in the victorious Rebel Army and of…