Author: Marta Harnecker

Marta Harnecker (1937 - 2019) is originally from Chile, where she participated in the revolutionary process of 1970-1973. She has written extensively on the Cuban Revolution and on the nature of socialist democracy. She lived in Caracas and was a participant in the Venezuelan revolution. Her latest book is A World to Build: New Paths toward Twenty-First Century Socialism.

  • Eternal Builder of Dreams and Hopes: Marta Harnecker (1937 – 2019)

    “Well, friends, that’s it for today. You have to live in uncertainty and get ahead no matter what it takes. A hug as always, full of dreams and hopes.” – Marta With these words Marta Harnecker bade farewell to all her friends in her last mail on April 24th, after giving us her last brave … Keep reading »

  • A Political Instrument Appropriate for Each Reality

    A. Why Is a Political Organization Necessary? 1. The recent mobilizations occurring in Latin America and in the world confirm what Lenin wrote in 1914: “Without organization the masses lack unity of will” and without that they cannot struggle against the “powerful terrorist military organization” of the Capitalist states. 2. In order for political action to … Keep reading »

  • Reading Marx’s Capital Today: Lessons from Latin America

    This paper was presented at the International conference “150 years Karl Marx’s Capital – Reflections for the 21st century” held in Athens, Greece on January 14-15, 2017. Organized by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – Athens Office in cooperation with Theseis, the conference discussed the actuality of Marx’s theoretical system of the critique of political economy … Keep reading »

  • New Paths Require a New Culture on the Left

    Speech given by Marta Harnecker on August 15, 2014, accepting the 2013 Liberator’s Prize for Critical Thought, awarded for her book, A World to Build: New Paths Toward Twenty-First Century Socialism. The speech was translated by Federico Fuentes, first published by Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal. I completed this book one month after the … Keep reading »

  • A Posthumous Message to Hugo Chávez

    Dear Hugo, Who would think that the man, full of vitality, who I met nearly 11 years ago in an airplane that flew us toward El Vigía, and who was a marvellous combination of humanity and political sense, one day would too soon pass away. A man with so much, so much energy and with … Keep reading »

  • 21st Century Socialism: the Strategy of the Left and the Latin American Experience

    Thessaloniki, Greece — 13 December 2010. Michael Lebowitz and Marta Harnecker Marta Harnecker and Michael Lebowitz were invited by the N. Poulantzas Institute and Transform Magazine to present lectures on “21st Century Socialism: the Strategy of the Left and the Latin American Experience.” Part 1: Michael Lebowitz Part 2: Marta Harnecker View playlist on YouTube Google … Watch video »

  • Ideas for the Struggle

    What’s happening is a renovation of left-wing thought. The ideas of revolutions that we used to defend in the 1970s and 1980s, in practice, have not materialized. So, left-wing thought has had to open itself up to new realities and search for new interpretations. It has had to develop more flexibility in order to understand … Keep reading »

  • The Unexpected Revolution

    The Venezuelan People Confront Neoliberalism Carlos Torres, et al. In Latin America, there have been many peoples and countries with an abundance of deep, radical political traditions, whose struggles regularly fill the headlines of international newspapers. The left from around the world often – in the past and even today – looks to these countries as models … Keep reading »