Top Ten Leftist Thinkers

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1 George Orwell George Orwell Eric Arthur Blair (25 June 1903 – 21 January 1950), who used the pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

He wrote classic books on the abuse of state governments, critics of capitalism and communism, poverty, etc. Orwell considered himself to be a democratic socialist, and even sympathized with the anarchists during the Spanish Civil War. - Alpha101

2 Leo Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time.

Tolstoy was an anarchist and a pacifist. His philosophy was to treat everyone kindly, and to be peaceful. - Alpha101

3 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

He helped get equal footing for black families during the 60s. He also considered himself to be a democratic socialist. - Alpha101

A "democratic socialist" who was deeply involved with the Communist Party U.S.A., and whose Southern Christian Leadership Conference received illegal funding from Moscow.

4 Noam Chomsky

Chomsky is one of the most popular political scientists in recent history. He considers himself to be a Libertarian Socialist. - Alpha101

5 Emma Goldman

Goldman was a famous anarchist and feminist. She fought for better working conditions, equality for both sexes, and less state involvement in the lives of the people. - Alpha101

6 John Steinbeck John Steinbeck John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was an American author of twenty-seven books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and five collections of short stories.

John Steinbeck's novels were usually about the struggles of ordinary people. Because of that, he showed sympathies towards socialists and communists, although he never came out and openly expressed his political views. - Alpha101

7 Kurt Vonnegut

His novels expressed concern for the rising abuse of the state, the unsettling rise of religous intolerance, the rise of ignorance, etc. He showed sympathies towards socialism and communism, although he admitted that he was not very political. - Alpha101

8 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.
9 Aldous Huxley

Huxley was against tyranny, and supported democracy and individualism, and supported liberal causes. He was also critical of capitalism. - Alpha101

10 Albert Einstein Albert Einstein

Einstein supported socialism, and promoted peace and tolerance. - Alpha101

The Contenders

11 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. ...read more.

Mao's "Little Red Book", and especially his implementing the "Great Leap Forward" during China's Cultural Revolution epitomize egalitarian ideals.

12 Howard Zinn

Zinn was a political scientist who supported democratic socialism, and held sympathies towards anarchism as well. - Alpha101

13 Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky
14 Murray Bookchin
15 Rosa Luxemburg
16 Pol Pot Pol Pot Pol Pot, born Saloth Sar, was a Cambodian revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until 1997. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea.
17 Josef Stalin Josef Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.
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