Journalist and founder of the Peruvian Communist Party, José Carlos Mariátegui, died April 16, 1930, at the age of 35

Published on April 16, 2024, by Il Grido del Popolo©️

José Carlos Mariátegui (1894-1930) is one of Latin America’s most profound but overlooked thinkers. A self-taught journalist, social scientist, and activist from Peru, he was the first to emphasize that those fighting for the revolutionary transformation of society must adapt classical Marxist theory to the particular conditions of Latin America. He also stressed that indigenous peoples must take an active, if not leading, role in any revolutionary struggle.

“The defeats, failures of the European proletariat in the mediocre positivism with which timid union bureaucrats and bland parliamentary teams cultivates a… lazy spirit in the masses. A proletariat without more of an ideal of than the reduction of work hours and a salary raise of the few cents will never be capable of grand historic entreprise.” ― José Carlos Mariátegui