Niles Niemuth, 28, grew up in northern Wisconsin and attended high school while working at a nearby door factory. After graduating, Niemuth enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he received Bachelors and Masters degrees in History. To pay for school, Niemuth worked part-time and was forced to take out student loans, which he will be paying off until he is over forty years old.
Niemuth came of age politically during the George W. Bush administration and became interested in politics and history because of his opposition to the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Barack Obama came to power in 2009, Niemuth was drawn into opposition to the Democratic administration’s continuation of the wars, their cover-up for CIA torture, and their policies of deepening poverty and social inequality.
His interest in socialism was sparked by the intervention of the Socialist Equality Party in 2011 protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The mass protests, which Niemuth participated in along with thousands of workers and youth, were the first sign of the reemergence of class conflict in the US. The SEP opposed the betrayal of the struggle by the unions, which channeled opposition behind a campaign to recall Walker and elect a Democrat.
The events in Wisconsin coincided with the revolutionary upheaval of the Egyptian masses. The analysis of these events by the World Socialist Web Site made clear the need for the building of a revolutionary leadership in the working class based on an internationalist and socialist perspective. Shortly thereafter, Niemuth made the decision to join the Socialist Equality Party and dedicate himself to the building of this leadership.
Statements by Niles Niemuth