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Communism news and analysis from The Nation
December 14, 2017
The Candle of Memory
Anne Applebaum's new history of the Ukrainian famine illustrates the perils of using the past in service of today's politics.
November 30, 2017
Enzo Traverso’s new book offers us a guide to the left that the 20th century left behind.
October 26, 2017
Mikhail Gorbachev’s New Thinking
Gorbachev set out to transform the Soviet Union from within. What happened?
October 10, 2017
The Death of Che Guevara Declassified
A top-secret CIA memo shows that US officials considered his execution a crucial victory—but they were mistaken in believing Che’s ideas could be buried along with his body.
September 13, 2017
Will Russia Leave the West?
The new Cold War could drive the planet’s largest country, long anchored politically in both geopolitical worlds, eastward to stay.
Stephen F. Cohen
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July 25, 2017
What Liu Xiaobo’s Death Says About China’s Two Futures
China’s president has crafted an increasingly progressive image for himself abroad, while stifling dissent at home.
Gina Anne Tam
June 13, 2017
What Caused the Russian Revolution?
How historians narrate 1917 tells us as much about their politics as it does about what we can learn from the revolution’s failures.
June 1, 2017
Diana Trilling’s Discontents
To keep up with the New York Intellectuals, Diana Trilling forgot—and forgave—nothing.
April 21, 2017
Could Leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon Win the French Presidency?
Communism may be dead, but the struggle against capital has taken on new life in France.
March 27, 2017
What ‘The New York Times’ Missed in Its Piece about Norman Podhoretz
The profile failed to mention the larger historical context in which the former
editor and his contemporaries operated.