Who is your favorite revolutionary and what is something cool they did

Just a thread for fun, not condoning hero worship, it's just often inspiring to read about historical leftists' vitality and the personal details that make their writings a bit less abstract.

Let me start with Chairman Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers Chicago chapter who united poor workers of all races and spoke out against racial divisions in general and was assassinated by the FBI for it:

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I'm gonna have to go with Hamilton or anyone else from the American revolution.

Before you grill me for choosing a burger, hear me out. I hate America right now, it is the heart of capitalism and a shitty place to live. I'm worried about my family and all my friends who live here, I wish I could get them all to leave and live literally anywhere else.

However, we had a thread before about the American civil war where we basically established that there were only a few times America was good (WW2, ACW, and the revolution) and I fantasize about those times. Fighting against reactionaries, fascists, and imperialists are just a nostalgia trip for me tbh.

Obligatory: traffic.libsyn.com/thedollop/Fred_Hampton.mp3?dest-id=139740

Check out Thomas Paine if you haven't already. kpfa.org/episode/grain-march-31-2015/

Fidel Castro,Raúl Castro and Che Guevara. Cuban military as well as medical internationalism and Latin American literacy campaigns are second to none.

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Jim Larkin: put the cause of socialism above sectarianism and nationalism.

I for one think it’s pretty cool that Che Guevara had over 3000 fags killed, and personally shot almost 100 execution style. Though you have to admit no one is a bigger badass than Mao, 150 million dead, hell of a kill count.

great citations

Yeah tbf I hear Lenin personally executed the entity of Russia's population and replaced them with Jews.

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Ho Chi Minh was in Russia and waited for hours in the freezing cold to see Lenin's hearse pass by

Basic bitch answer but I have to go with Lenin. Pretty sure we all know what he did. If I have to exclude him then I’d go with Castro. Dude not only created one of the most successful examples of socialism, he refused to bow to revisionism or imperialism even after the USSR collapsed. He was also alpha as fuck and a total Chad.

Fuck I also forgot to mention Tito. The guy was basically communist James Bond in the 20s and 30s. He was released from a Russian prison during the revolution, and as soon as he got home he began organizing. When the KPJ was forced underground he became a full time revolutionary. He organized illegal strikes, smuggled arms into the country, wore disguises to hop borders, carried multiple passports, etc. Then of course he had his exploits during the war and is tenure as leader of the SFRY.

It wasn't that weird at the time. Chicago had a lot of recent poor-white migrants from the South in the 60s. I believe that's where the Patriots in OP's image came in.

And today we have people claiming that the real Tito died in Catalonia and was replaced by a Soviet Spy.
Or that Tito used to be a Hungarian soldier who killed Serbs
Or that Tito never died but escaped to South America (nazi inspired stories i guess)
Imagine leaving such a number of urban myths behind yourself.


What are these about before I spend hours listening to them?

Pappa Tito ofc.

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American socialism will have to make extensive use of what progressive legacy the US has. Luckily there is a surprising amount of stuff to work with.

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You know there's a great scene in Pretty Village Pretty Flame where Halil and Milan as kids are watching two people fuck in a field: then the news cuts to the announcement of Tito's death to-which the couple reacts by starting to cry, although continuing having very dilapidated intercourse. The woman says through her tears "how will we continue onwards?". I think that sums-up Tito's impact on the society of the SFRJ pretty-well.

sauce on that screencap?

It took me a moment to get what you were talking about LMAO, should be Pretty villages burn pretty
Also yeah, I've also heard a lot of people here say "Although I never liked Tito, I cried when he died, his presence was that strong."

I will resurrect Elizabeth Gurley to the eat the non existent brains of the Democrat Cops of America, if this idea keeps going on.
It's not even like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are hard to frame, as socialist bro

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It’s from the movie “Gettysburg”. It was pretty good but was a little too sympathetic to the confederates, they try to give both sides perspectives. Martin Sheen plays Robert E Lee though, and does a great job.

It’s not hard to frame socialism as the logical conclusion of the enlightenment. If that’s the case then it’s not hard to frame socialism as the logical conclusion of 1776.

While we seem to be on the subject of american revolutionaries I’ll mention this absolute legend. It’s a shame that american education very rarely even touch on this man and what he did to fight slavery.

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I mean there is no saying like that in English, so I imagine they went with what sounded nice. Also we don't tend to use pretty as an adverb so eh.

John Brown is incredibly based. Harriet Tubman is also underrated, she's treated like some pacifist but she was always armed and often ended up in skirmishes with slave catchers. During the civil war she led a platoon of freed slaves.