Legacy of Sam Marcy, 1911-1998


Sam Marcy, one of the leading Marxist thinkers of the post-World War II era, was a founder of Workers World Party.

Since 1959 when the first issue of Workers World newspaper was published, Marcy has become known internationally for his application of Marxism to contemporary issues.

Marcy’s penetrating analyses have made his writings widely demanded. Selections of his works have been translated into many languages, including Spanish, Farsi, Turkish, Korean, French and German.

Marcy’s works are some of the most important contemporary Marxist writings on the Cold War era and the rise of the powerful military-industrial complex, the revolutionary civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War, the economic forces behind capitalist down sizing, the impact of the scientific-technological revolution and a revolutionary working class strategy to fight back.

Of course, in the best Marxist tradition, Marcy was not only a thinker and writer. He was also an organizer and activist. For example, Marcy was a leading organizer of the first demonstration in the United States against the Vietnam War.

Read a brief biography of Sam Marcy by Deirdre Griswold


Here are Marcy's articles from 1989 through 1995, which appeared in Workers World newspaper as well as the books and pamphlets he wrote from 1972 on.

Articles in chronological order
Articles in subject order


Books and Pamphlets

Most of these books are available to be read online. Some may be available as a downloadable PDF. Printed copies may be available though our main office.

Topical pamphlets published in a small format




A series of (mostly short) videos of Sam speaking on various issues.

Sam Marcy: Lenin’s Concept of a Party

Sam Marcy: administration & politics

Sam Marcy: precedence of finance

Sam Marcy: On monopoly & imperialism

Sam Marcy: Capitalism is Transitory

Sam Marcy: Bourgeois vs Marxist Thought

Sam Marcy: Dialectical Historical Materialism

Sam Marcy: Avoid Chauvinism

Sam Marcy: Proletarian Internationalism

Sam Marcy: Effect of USSR Collapse on empire

Sam Marcy: political collapse but socialized economy

Sam Marcy: Capitalist Collapse rescued by war

Sam Marcy: Importance of Revolutionary Marxist Theory

Deirdre Griswold on Sam Marcy

Sam Marcy: A workers’ state

Sam Marcy: The Paris Commune

Sam Marcy: Where is it all going?

Sam Marcy: On recruitment

Sam Marcy: on Somalia, Cuba

Sam Marcy: Views of Lenin & Trotsky 1917

A longer talk (1:25:40) from 1993

A Talk from November 1993 on the period between the Menshevik and Bolshevik revolutions.

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