Author: Paul Le Blanc
Paul  Le Blanc is professor of history at La Roche University in Pittsburgh.  His books include October Song: Bolshevik Triumph, Communist Tragedy (2017), From Marx to Gramsci (1996), and Lenin and the Revolutionary Party (1990), all available from Haymarket Books.  He has been active since the 1960s in struggles for social justice and is presently a member of Democratic Socialists of America, the Tempest Collective, and the Pittsburgh Green New Deal.

Beyond Kronstadt

One must go beyond Kronstadt to understand Kronstadt. One must grasp, first of all, the struggle for human liberation and the hope of Communism.

An “All Hands on Deck” Moment: Sixty-Six Old New Leftists Urge Support for Joe Biden

When I heard that people who had been prominent in SDS had written an open letter about the importance of supporting Joe Biden, I immediately wanted to read it, because long ago that was my organization.

A Hostile Biography of Leon Trotsky

Robert Service. Trotsky: A Biography. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009. 600 pages, including end notes, bibliography, index. $35.00. Robert Service’s study is quite readable. The prose is clear, and the story interesting. It follows the basic outline sketched by Trotsky himself in his literary masterpiece My Life, supplemented by Isaac Deutscher’s brilliant trilogy – The Prophet Armed, The Prophet Unarmed, and The Prophet Outcast.