Tribute to Paul Singer (1932-2018): A socialist activist

Fábio Sanchez*, Fernando Kleiman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Paul Singer (1932-2018) was most of his life a direct part of the twentieth-century social movements and those at the beginning of the twenty-first century. He is one of the most renowned and respected democratic left-wing activists of his time in Brazil. Paul Singer was born in Vienna (Austria) in a Jewish family, and he went to Brazil at 8 years old in 1940, escaping from the Nazis. He started his political education when he was a young boy. By the end of Getulio Vargas’ dictatorship in 1945, the Brazilian Communist Party was legally registered and attracting a large part of the country’s left-wing activists. Singer discovers that many of his friends are communists, but he decides to join the socialists, opposing the Stalinists. At the age of 15, he discovers a text from Rosa Luxemburg on the Russian Revolution (Luxemburg 2008). From then on, Rosa Luxemburg becomes a frequent reference for Singer’s activism and intellectual reflections, making him one of the first “Luxemburgists” in the country.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReflections on Socialism in the Twenty-First Century
Subtitle of host publicationFacing Market Liberalism, Rising Inequalities and the Environmental Imperative
EditorsC. Brundenius
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030339203
ISBN (Print)9783030339197
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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