Which Revolutionary Are You Most Like?
Concerned about the working masses? Thinking about human rights? Feeling motivated and ready for radical politics? Not sure who your revolutionary idol should be? Take a moment and start here!
You're living in a decaying and corrupt empire that's falling behind the times. The stage is set for radical change and new ideas. Where are you?
Your reaction to Marx's famous quote: "Let the ruling classes tremble at a revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win"
What's your ideal revolutionary activity?
What's your weakness?
What foreign language do you speak?
What do you think about religion?
What's your favorite holiday?
What's your revolutionary weapon of choice?
An illegitimate son of a wealthy landowner, Fidel Castro was born in Cuba in 1926. He became involved in radical politics while studying Law at the University of Havana. After finishing his studies, Castro co-founded a legal partnership that served poor Cubans. After General Fulgencio Batista seized control of Cuba in a military coup in 1952, Castro began organizing anti-Batista revolutionaries. After several years of guerilla warfare, Castro and his allies succeeded in defeating and driving Batista into exile. Castro consolidated power and served as prime minister and then president of Cuba from 1959 until 2008. Castro has proclaimed himself to be "a Socialist, a Marxist, and a Leninist". Interestingly, Castro supported some religious freedoms more than any other Marxist dictator in the 20th century. His detractors point out his authoritarian rule and vindictive, unforgiving personality.
Regarded as the "Icon of Philippine Democracy", Corazon Aquino was a prominent figure in the 1986 "People Power Revolution", which toppled the 21-year rule of President Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy to the Philippines. A self-proclaimed "plain housewife", she emerged as leader of the opposition after her husband was assassinated on August 21, 1983 upon returning to the Philippines from exile in the United States. She was named Time magazine's "Woman of the Year" in 1986. She is the first female President of the Philippines as well as the first President without any political experience. She died in 2009.
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
Born in modern day Greece in 1881, Mustafa Kemal rose through the Ottoman military ranks, playing key roles before and during World War I. He became a radical thinker, modernist and Turkish nationalist. After the Empire's crushing defeat in World War I and subsequent collapse, Kemal led the fight for Turkish national independence and established the Turkish Republic in 1923. He became known as "Ataturk" or "Father of the Turks" and presided over a radical program of modernization. He is famous for giving Turkish the Latin alphabet, separating religion and state, modernizing the Turkish economy, and being an authoritarian leader.
Called "El Liberator" (The Liberator) and the "George Washington of South America", Simon Bolivar led Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia to independence from the Spanish Empire. Born to a very wealthy, aristocratic family in 1783, Bolivar led a successful military career in the Spanish Empire before becoming "El Liberator". Bolivar became famous for leading revolutionary victories against Spanish Imperial forces. Bolívar's dream was to establish an American Revolution-style federation in Latin American among all the newly independent republics, with a government set up solely to recognize and uphold individual rights. Bolivia is named after him, thus making Bolivar one of the few men in history to have a country named after him. He died of tuberculosis in 1830 at the age of 47.
Born in England in 1737 and having immigrated to the American colonies in 1774 at the age of 37, Thomas Paine tirelessly broadcasted the merits of reason and radicalism in a series of innovative pamphlets that quickly became popular. In the American colonies, Paine made his name with his pamphlet "Common Sense" which argued for independence from the British empire and republicanism as the only rational means of government. Relishing the freedom of the colonies, Paine advocated for personal liberties, property rights, an end to the slave trade, a separation of religion and state, and rationalism. Though never learning French, he was deeply involved in the French Revolution and was granted honorary French citizenship. He returned to the United States in 1802 and died in 1809.
Angela Davis is a living political activist, theorist and author. Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1944, Davis became a nationally prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s, as a leader of the Communist Party USA. She had close relations with the Black Panther Party and was involved in the Civil Rights Movement. She was twice a candidate for Vice President on the Communist Party USA ticket during the 1980s. She had previously traveled as a visiting academic and political thinker in socialist countries in the 1970s. Her research interests are in feminism, African-American studies, Marxism and the philosophy and history of punishment and prisons.
A radical anarchist dedicated to absolute freedom, Emma Goldman was born in the Russian Empire in 1869 to a religious Jewish family. Goldman immigrated to the U.S. in 1885 at the age of 16 and quickly became involved in anarchist politics in New York City. She became an avid writer and lecturer in anarchist philosophy. She was known for attracting large and excited crowds. Goldman was famous for her fiery lectures on birth control, free love, and homosexuality. She opposed U.S. involvement in World War I and supported Spanish anarchists in the Spanish Civil War. Goldman was implicated in the 1901 assassination of President William McKinely. In 1919, Emma Goldman, was deported to the Soviet Union under the 1918 Alien Act, which allowed for the expulsion of any foreign national found to be an anarchist.
Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk rock group based in Moscow. Founded in 2011, it has a membership of approximately 11 women, ranging in age from about 20 to 33. They stage unauthorized provocative "guerrilla performances" in unusual public locations, which are edited into music videos and posted on the Internet. Their lyrical themes include feminism, LGBT rights, and opposition to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they regard as a dictator. In 2012, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with hooliganism. A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was later arrested. On August 17, 2012, the three members were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred".