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Sam Marcy was an American
United States
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 Marxist of the post-World War II
World War II
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 era. In 1959, a group he led founded the Workers World Party
Workers World Party
Workers World Party is a far-left political party in the United States, founded in 1959 by a group led by Sam Marcy. Marcy and his followers split from the Socialist Workers Party in 1958 over a series of long-standing differences, among them Marcy's group's support for Henry A...

, which continues to the present day.

After the first issue of the Workers World newspaper was published, Marcy started applying his view of Marxism to contemporary issues. Selections of his works have been translated into many languages, including Persian
Persian language
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, Spanish
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, Turkish
Turkish language
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, Korean
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, French
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 and German
German language
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Marcy was born in Russia of Jewish parents. He emigrated to the United States in his childhood. In the 1930s, he joined the Young Communist League
Young Communist League, USA
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, the youth movement of the Communist Party. He would later join the Trotskyists in the 1940s and early 1950s, building a branch of the Socialist Workers Party
Socialist Workers Party (United States)
The Socialist Workers Party is a far-left political organization in the United States. The group places a priority on "solidarity work" to aid strikes and is strongly supportive of Cuba...

 in Buffalo. He left the Trotskyist movement after the Soviet military intervention in Hungary in 1956 (Marcy supported the intervention). After a decade spent struggling to influence the SWP, in 1959, he set up his own organization, Workers World Party, which was supportive of the various socialist governments in the world (the Soviet Union and its allies, China, Albania, North Korea, etc.) putting forward a theory known as the "Global Class War."

Marcy's writings included extensive works on socialism, the Cold War era and the rise of the powerful military-industrial complex
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. He also wrote about the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War, the economic forces behind capitalist downsizing and the impact of the scientific-technological revolution. http://www.workers.org/marcy/cd/

His writings show a strong support for Mao Zedong and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, though he continued to defend China against imperialism following the reforms of Deng Xiaoping
Deng Xiaoping
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. Marcy defended China and also the Soviet Union against the charge of imperialism even while disagreeing with some policies and practices of the Communist party leadership of both countries.
Marcy wrote extensively for the Workers World newspaper, which has been continuously published since 1959, originally monthly but weekly since 1974.

In addition to his writings, Marcy was one of the organizers of the first demonstration in the United States against the Vietnam War, a demonstration whose importance was noted by Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh
Hồ Chí Minh , born Nguyễn Sinh Cung and also known as Nguyễn Ái Quốc, was a Vietnamese Marxist-Leninist revolutionary leader who was prime minister and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam...

 in an interview published in the National Guardian newspaper.

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