Tripti Joshi

Arnold Petersen

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedIn
Name  Arnold Petersen

Died  February 5, 1976, Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Books  Bourgeois Socialism: Its Rise a, Theocracy Or Democracy?, The Virus of Anarchy: Bakuninis, Labor Conscription: Involuntar, Reviling of the Great

Arnold Petersen (April 16, 1885 – February 5, 1976) was the National Secretary of the Socialist Labor Party of America from 1914 to 1969. Petersen played a major role as spokesmen for that party and as a promoter of the De Leonist version of Marxist theory in the 20th century.



Arnold Petersen was born in Odense, Denmark, the son of a tailor. After graduating college, he immigrated to the United States and worked in a paper box factory. In 1907, he joined the Socialist Labor Party.

Daniel De Leon nominated Petersen to be national secretary a few months before his death in May 1914. As national secretary, Petersen restructured the party and saved it from bankruptcy. He was also a prolific author, writing over fifty books, including a series of biographical monographs on De Leon, collected as Daniel De Leon: Social Architect.

When he retired as Socialist Labor Party of America leader in 1969, he had been the organizations leader for fifty five of the organizations ninety-four years of existence, and seventy-nine years as a "De Leonist" organization (which the party dates from 1890).

A longtime resident of Teaneck, New Jersey, he died on February 5, 1976, in Paterson, New Jersey.

Selected works

  • Unemployment and overproduction (1930)
  • The virus of anarchy: Bakuninism vs. Marxism (1932)
  • Manifesto on War. Decay and corruption of international capitalism (1937)
  • Constitution of the United States : Founding of the Bourgeois Republic New York : New York Labor News Company, 1937
  • Daniel De Leon: From Reform to Revolution 1886-1936 New York: New York Labor News Co., 1937
  • De Leon the uncompromising New York: New York Labor News Co., 1939
  • Daniel De Leon: social architect (1941)
  • From reform to bayonets (1941)
  • Inflation of Prices or Deflation of Labor? (1942)
  • Karl Marx and Marxian science (1943)
  • Daniel de Leon: Internationalist New York: New York Labor News Co., 1944
  • Daniel De Leon: Social scientist (1945)
  • Marxism vs. Soviet despotism (1959)
  • Socialism and human nature (1962)
  • Bourgeois Socialism: Its Rise and Collapse in America (1963)
  • References

    Arnold Petersen Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Jody Anschutz
    Ray (wrestler)
    Shanta Ghosh