There are many types of leaders, but few disagree that the most famous of them are usually those of liberal democratic countries. That’s why presidents and prime ministers like Margaret Thatcher, Roosevelt, Ronald Regan, George Bush and Obama are really famous around the world. That said, there are some leaders who are considered slightly different because of their distinct policy lines. Some will call them leftist populists, while others might even call them socialists. Here are the 10 most popular socialist leaders in the world on the list.
10. J.V. Stalin
Perhaps the most controversial socialist leader of all. Stalin was in charge when the Bolshevik Revolution took a highly nationalistic position. Dialectical materialism should be declared the official philosophy of the state under it. In addition, all political opponents were ruthlessly crushed under his leadership, including, among others, the Trotskyists. Gulag’s images and forced labor in inhumane conditions, as well as hundreds of thousands of illegal executions of political prisoners, arise whenever anyone speaks of Stalin.
9. Vladimir Lenin
One of the leading architects of the Bolshevik Revolution, Lenin is seen as one of those rare leaders who not only led the real battles against the oppressive Tsars head-on, but also those whose theoretical writings and works helped to clarify complex “class struggle” problems. He was able to foresee the rise of imperialism and also correctly predicted that without the victory of the working class battles in Germany and the rest of Europe, the Russian revolution could not succeed. History is a witness.
Mao’s Little Red Book has been read by people on the left and right. Fighting big landowners and Japanese settlers were the two main goals of their New Democratic Revolution. His Cultural Revolution is also an extremely popular event in history. However, not everything associated with Mao went well with historians. It is claimed that many excesses occurred during the Cultural Revolution.
7. Che Guevara
One of the most famous symbols of the rebellion, Che has now become a household name worldwide. His famous Motorcycle Journal was read by almost any hot-blooded young rebel. His passion for bringing about positive change in the world was manifested in his focus movement, along with Castro and other comrades who overthrew the feudal regime and carried out the most extensive land reforms in world history.
6. Salvador Allende
He was one of the key people associated with the rise of the left in Chile. His administration was closely followed by that of Pinochet, considered by many to be one of the most autocratic of all time. The Chilean population, which is now armed with a free and universal educational system, will remember Allende’s good old days. However, Allende was removed from power by a coup and neoliberalism was established in the country in 1973.
5. Dilma Rousseff
Brazil saw a resurgence of growth, as well as some populist measures under Dilma. What began under Lula was further strengthened by this leader. Both investors and the people of the country can be happy at the same time. Many notable scholars and policy analysts have taken a keen interest in DIlma’s domestic and foreign policies.
4. Fidel Castro
This name has become synonymous with Cuba. From fighting feudal lords to running a country, despite the sanctions imposed by Washington, Castro has also been the poster boy for leftist movements around the world. A movie about this brave leader was also made. He was one of the comrades in arms with Che Guevara. He was also known for his taste in cigars.
3. Evo Morales
Bolivia has seen massive peasant movements as well as political upheavals of indigenous peoples in recent times. The spirit of the Latin American notion of equality and nationality was palpable during Morales’s rule. He is also known for leading a very modest life, commensurate with the lifestyle of his compatriots.
2. Nicolas Maduro
Venezuela’s current president is known for his hard techniques and his firm stance against America. He is a man who is not known for measuring words. He means business and is convinced of bringing Venezuela closer to the socialist utopia that Chávez dreamed of and that the poor Venezuelans are anxious about.
1. Hugo Chavez
Known for his tough and tough attitude, this supreme supreme of Venezuela was considered the founding father of the modern leftist state of Venezuela. His death really led many to think that the “Pink Tide” in Latin America may well come to an end, but fortunately the Venezuelan population found a capable successor in Maduro.