Top Ten Leftist Thinkers

The Top Ten
1 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through... read more

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

2 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.

Stop trying to steal him, right wingers, don't you know property is theft? Or was that by a communist? Wait, wasn't he a socialist, and didn't he fight against fascists, the modern right? He criticized Stalin, but not communism.

No, he hated the fascist left!

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

3 Noam Chomsky Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, political activist, and social critic.

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

4 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.

5 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.

He made beautiful books that subtly pointed at flaws in the American lifestyle that rely on the working class to break their backs for a cause they will never see.

6 Bernie Sanders Bernard "Bernie" Sanders is an independent American Senator from Vermont and was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 and 2020 elections.
7 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.

8 Kurt Vonnegut

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

9 Malcolm X Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist.
10 Albert Einstein Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Einstein is best known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development... read more

Einstein supported socialism, and promoted peace and tolerance.

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11 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13th, 1989), also known by her initials AOC, is an American activist and politician. She served as the U.S. representative for New York's 14th congressional district since 2019 as a member of the Democratic Party.
12 Aldous Huxley

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

13 Karl Marx Karl Heinrich Marx ( 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, critic of political economy, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. His best-known titles are the 1848 pamphlet The Communist Manifesto and the four-volume Das Kapital... read more

The pioneer of modern socio-economic ideologies, author of Das Kapital and the Communist Manifesto, and a major figure in communist thought is only in 15th place. Shaking my head, proletarians of America.

He provided many quotes in his time that describe the current events in life as being flawed.

One of the greatest thinkers of all time.

14 Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.
15 Rosa Luxemburg
16 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April 1870–21 January 1924), better known as Vladimir Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as the first and founding head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Under his administration,... read more
17 Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the... read more
18 Simone de Beauvoir
19 Reinhold Niebuhr
20 W.E.B. Du Bois
21 Cesar Chavez
22 Howard Zinn

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

23 Kamala Harris Kamala Devi Harris (born October 20th, 1964) is an American politician and attorney who is the 49th and current vice president of the United States. She is the first female vice president, as well as the first African American and first Asian American vice president in American history.
24 Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid activist who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government... read more
25 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.

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