Most famous socialists

Socialists support a system of government in which wealth is evenly distributed in the society. Socialism has diverse tentacles; the most common include democratic socialism and one-party communism.

Pioneer Socialists

Robert Owen (1870-1924) – This socialist did not just advocate for a perfect socialism and community but he created a company, the Lanark factories which demonstrated it.

Karl Marx (1818-1883) – Every socialist student knows Karl Marx. He set the pace for Marxism in his work, “Das Capital”.

Frederich Engels (1820-1895) – He worked with and supported Karl Marx. Together with him, Marx published The Communist Manifesto.

Communist Leaders

Lenin (1870-1924) – Lenin led the 1917 Russian Revolution. He was the first leader of the Soviet Union and the brain behind the Bolshevik.

Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) – He succeeded Lenin, eliminated internal oppositions and strengthened his power coverage. His dictatorship gained wide coverage.

Mikhail Gorbachev (1931- ) – Gorbachev supported ideal socialism. He led the communist party and the Soviet Union.

Chairman Mao (1893-1976) – Mao introduced his own communism such as the Cultural Revolution. He is the leader of the Chinese Communist Party.

Fidel Castro (1926-2016) – He was a Cuban revolutionary leader who the 1959 communist revolution.

Social Revolutionaries

Che Guevara (1928-1967) – He was a key player in the Cuban revolution and had an interest in bringing revolution to Africa and other Latin American countries.

Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) – He played a major role in the Russian revolution and evangelized worldwide Marxism.

British Socialists

Tony Benn (1925-2014) – He was a leftist and committed to socialism. He led to British Labor party socialist wing in the 1970s and 80s.

Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960) – He was a committed socialist and played a key part in implementing new National Health Service.

Clement Attlee (1883-1967) – An erstwhile British Prime Minister, he focused on nationalization and welfare creation in his government.

Socialist Intellectuals

George Orwell (1903-1950) – Orwell advocated democratic socialism. He was against Soviet’s totalitarian nature.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) – His General Theory of Relativity transformed the modern physics. He was an avid supporter of socialism.

Helen Keller (1880-1968) – Though she was deaf-blind, Keller advocated for the disabled. He supported socialism and American socialist party.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) – He was a peace campaigner and mathematician, and supported democratic socialism.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) – Though exiled from his native Spain, Picasso supported communism.

American Socialists

Eugene Debs (1855-1926) – He ran for the presidency under the Socialist Party of America five times, spent years in jail for supporting trade union and opposing the World War I.

Martin Luther King (1929-1968) – A civil right activist, he believed in democratic socialism and criticized capitalism for its imbalance of power, justice, and wealth.

Bernie Sanders (1941–) – Senator Sanders has always supported democratic socialism, emphasizing on universal health care, income inequality, and bank regulation.