Some aspects of the life of Sam Marcy, 1911 – Feb. 1, 1998

Feb. 1, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Marxist-Leninist fighter Sam Marcy. 

“Marxists don’t look at history in the same way bourgeois historians do: as an aimless succession of events propelled by “Great Men.” Society evolves not because of kings or presidents, but because of broad changes in the way the masses of people interact with each other and with the material world in their daily struggle for existence.

In writing about the death of Sam Marcy, the founder of Workers World Party, and trying to summarize his contributions to the world communist movement, it is important to view him in the perspectives of space and time. How can one really appreciate his impact otherwise?

He was a thoroughgoing internationalist who spent all but his early childhood years in just two cities in the United States: New York and Buffalo, N.Y. Yet Marcy came to be respected by revolutionaries all over the world.

The span of his life—1911 to 1998—encompassed all the great revolutions of the 20th century. He studied these revolutions intently. Yet most of his political energy was spent upholding revolutionary Marxism in an environment of deep reaction…”

Sam Marcy, 1911 – Feb. 1, 1918

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