1. Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Who else would have filed this number one post if not the father of socialism himself? Karl Marx is no doubt a foremost Socialist who’s intellectual appraisal could be traced to his outstanding works including Das Capital forming the basis of Marxism as well as his published work’ The Communist Manifesto’ which he did collaboratively with Frederich Engels, Karl also successfully invented a radical agenda for Communist revolution. He shared the same birth year and death year with his amiable companion Frederich Engels whom they both touched the world together.
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2. Frederich Engels (1818-1883)
Born in the year 1818, frederich was a paramount supporter of Karl Marx. Also known as a great companion of Karl, Engels rendered a measurable assistance in writing and publishing of the Communist Manifesto. ‘Conditions of the working classes’ his personal publication was a recordable extraordinary study into the industrial proletariat. Frederich Engels died in 1883 after achieving the success of writing his name in the sand of time.
3. Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)
Martin Luther King was famous mostly for his civil rights campaign, King; a democratic socialist showed his disbelieve in Capitalism and was a friend to whoever would create solution to dealing with poverty and injustice.
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4. Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)
Till date, the name Bertrand Russell remains on the lips of students, professors and political sciences and philosophy scholars as this brilliant mathematician, pacifist and peace campaigner had become a course of study as Russell left quite an indelible mark in the sands of time and a lot of works to be treated even after the death of the great believer of democratic socialism.
5. Helen Keller (1880-1968)
The only woman on this list, Keller became very famous for being a leader in the advocacy for the disabled. Helen who was also deaf and blind became a supporter of the American socialist party and also supported socialist causes all through her life time.
6. George Orwell (1903 – 1950)
Known also as a socialist intellectual, George was an English author known for advocating a democratic socialism. Having fought in the Spanish civil war for no other but the Marxist group (POUM) which was on the Republican side, George did nothing but criticized the totalitarian nature of the then Soviet Communism.
7. Clement Attlee (1883-1867)
Also a British Prime Minister between 1945 and 1951, Attlee a foremost, well-known, and famous British socialist presided over one of the most radical Labor governments of the 20th Century. Clements’s government was able to have pushed through nationalization and the challenges of the creation of the welfare state.
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8. Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)
Aneurin Bevan is a typical of a firebrand socialist. Formerly a miner, he became a trade union leader at a point in time. Bevan is an undoubted, gallant, amiable and true compatriot who was nothing but a committed socialist. He was noted also to have rendered measurable assistance in the implementation of the new National Health Service.
9. Tony Benn (1925 – 2014)
The well known son of a liberal politician, Benn was said to have been described as “one of the few UK politicians to have become more left-wing after holding ministerial office. He was recorded as the President of the Stop the War Coalition between 2001 and 2014 when his death occurred. Even though he became more left wing as well as socially committed to socialism, it is to be noted that during the 70s and 80s Tony Benn was a notable figure in the socialist wing under the British Labor party.
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10. Robert Owen (1870-1924)
Robert was an early socialist pioneer. He created and owned ‘New Lanark factories’, an investment which became a role model for offering labor workers favorable, unique, outstanding and better conditions. Robert Owen also was responsible for some advocacy in form of utopian Socialism as well as co-operative communities. Undoubtedly, Robert remains in historical record of men to reckon with as far as socialism was concerned.