Top 10 Influential Communist Leaders



these were the faces of a new political order welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 communist leaders for this list we looked for political revolutionaries and communist leaders who had a major impact on the emergence and growth of communist states throughout the world in the 20th century number 10 Che Guevara this iconic guerrilla revolutionary died for his Marxist ideals born in Argentina Guevara trained as a doctor but turned to social activism after witnessing the brutal living conditions of poor Latin Americans a political activist in Argentina and Bolivia che turned to military action fighting alongside Fidel Castro in Cuba as an advisor to Castro's guerrilla army che was essential in the establishment of the West's first communist state que no se puede cambiar en el Impella limo pero me Tampico yeah number nine nikita khrushchev after making a splash by denouncing his predecessor Joseph Stalin upon gaining power Khrushchev worked to improve his populations quality of life allowing for greater levels of cultural and intellectual freedom despite having brought the world to a standstill during the Cuban Missile Crisis Khrushchev travelled throughout the world promoting a policy of coexistence between East and West a policy that provided a brief ba during the Cold War what are you telling yuge don't be afraid of ideas we have nothing to fear the time has passed when ideas scared us number eight Ho Chi Minh as North Vietnamese president and leader of the country's Communist Party Ho fought against French colonial rule and led his people in bloody war with the Americans after being raised as a Confucian and traveling the world in his youth whole embraced socialist ideology as a tool for change utilizing communist ideals to emboldened a national revolution Ho united his country and ushered in an era of vietnamese self-government number seven mikhail gorbachev an open critic of his communist predecessors gorbachev helped welcome the end of the Cold War and of communism in Eastern Europe promoting a more open and economically progressive nation Gorbachev championed discussion and political debate within Russia and other satellite states most significantly he abolished the Brezhnev Doctrine s demand for single party communist states opening the door for the legalization of unions various political parties and subsequently free elections though my pronunciation may give you difficulty the maxim is Dovie I know probe I trust but verify most lechia antipas distributable today you repeat that at every meeting number six Fidel Castro Castro is an iconic figure of the Latin American socialist movement in the 1950s he spearheaded a military campaign against the dictator Fulgencio Batista with only 81 men despite a brutal defeat Castro continued his fervent military and propaganda campaign and soon his 800 man guerrilla force and Batista's 30,000 man army had their final conflicts Castro emerged the victor establishing the communist rule in Cuba that remains today are you a communist well wait for the history the history will state but we are number 5 Leon Trotsky a supporter of Lenin's radical communist mandate this spellbinding order and Marxist champion played a key role in the Bolshevik usurpation of Russian political power as a Red Army general and a phenomenal political strategist Trotsky made essential contributions to the establishment of Lenin's leadership in the USSR considered Lenin's obvious successor Trotsky was outmaneuvered by Joseph Stalin's cunning politicking and was eventually assassinated while living in exile Stalin was right to be frightened of his great opponent today he is reviled but Trotsky is still revered by many as the man who might have led the Soviet Union into a less dreadful future number four Mao said soon mal United China's five hundred and fifty million inhabitants within one strong centralized state supported by China's peasantry Chairman Mao expelled all foreigners and established a new society along communist lines like many other communist dictators Mao is a divisive figure though his rule saw the death of millions as a result of famine forced labor and murder he is credited with establishing China as a major world power number three Joseph Stalin Stalin rose to power by establishing strategic alliances within the Communist Party and ruthlessly eliminating opposition as a dictator he ruled the USSR with an iron fist industrializing the state through a rigorous top-down consolidation of peasant farms into state-run enterprises and rapidly implementing industrialization countrywide those Stalin's rule over communist Russia was one of the most brutal and bloody ever he grew the eastern bloc to be the only rival in size and stature to the United States of America's influence over the Western world my name is Ronald Reagan last year the contributions of 16 million Americans to the crusade for freedom made possible the world freedom bill symbol of hope and freedom to the communist dominated peoples of Eastern Europe number 2 Karl Marx the father of modern socialism Marx and his partner Friedrich Engels communist manifesto was a powerful critique of modern capitalism calling for the working class to seize the state abolish private property and established socialist societies Marx's work had little impact when it was first published however with massive economic shifts brought on by industrialization Marx became the voice of the working man inspiring communist revolution first in Europe and later throughout the world before we unveil our number one pick here are a few honorable mentions you number one Vladimir Lenin vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov better known as Lenin was the driving force behind the Russian Revolution an unabashed political radical Lenin called upon Russia's working class to rise up against the wealthy and establish a socialist society offering them peace bread and land Lenin galvanized the Russian proletariat spawned a bloody revolution and established the first ever communist state with himself as its fearless leader Hey do you agree with our list which do you think have been the most influential communist leaders in history for more historical top 10s published every day be sure to subscribe to watchmojo.com that's a very bad




Comments
  1. Trotsky was not seen as the obvious successor. Stalin was not a dictator. Even if he was going to be, it would have been impossible. Stalin had limited power. The reason why people think he was one is because of the massive amount of propaganda spread by Western nations and the people of the USSR's love for him. The government had to actually outlaw the naming of cities after leaders. The people loved their democracy, yes they did have one before Gorbachev. And the people loved the leaders. Marx was more of an economist and philosopher than a leader but, yes, he was influential.

  2. Communism is best for equality and helps everyone if you fall down in life and take help form government
    Capitalism is for those willing to take risks to be rich and look out for them self and in charge of their life
    I think both are equally as good just point of view

  3. Communism is a political system and capitalism is an economic system. Why do people always see them as opposites? The opposite of communism is something like individualism with belief in functioning hierarchies. It works really well if it's not allowed to become corrupt. Communism simply doesn't work. People naturally want to achieve things in life and move onward and upward.

  4. The following quotes in which Che Guevara is expressing racist thoughts should be included. They are all taken from his own biography; The Motorcycle Diaries:

    "The negro, those magnificent examples of the African race who have maintained their racial purity thanks to their lack of an affinity with bathing, have seen their territory invaded by a new kind of slave: the Portuguese."

    "The negro is indolent and a dreamer; spending his meager wage on frivolity or drink; the European has a tradition of work and saving, which has pursued him as far as this corner of America and drives him to advance himself, even independently of his own individual aspirations."

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