Archive for 'Marxism'
If Marxism is to live up to its own maxim as a theory to not merely interpret the world but to change it, then it must include strong ecological theory and practice. The stakes are high. We still have a world to win — but we also have a world to lose.
These are notes for a talk Peter Jones did at Marxism 2012 on the ABC of Marxist Economics.
As profit rates have fallen and are up to half what they were in the boom years of the 50s and 60s, across the developed world the state has responded by cutting taxes on capital.
Sharon Smith from the US International Socialist Organization talks about Marxism and women’s liberation in a very interesting video from Socialism 2012 in the US.
Marxism is the legitimate successor to the best humanity produced in the nineteenth century, as represented by German philosophy, English political economy and French socialism. It is these three sources of Marxism, which are also its component parts that we shall outline in brief.
John Molyneux writes on why everyone can and should get to know the ideas of Karl Marx. Marx was the first philosopher in history to look at the world from the point of view of working people rather than one or other section of the ruling classes. Across the board, Marxist philosophy offers a coherent alternative to the ideas which defend and justify exploitation, class rule and capitalism.
House 2 is the ‘other’ house with the ‘other’ contestants. It is the dialectic of big brother; House 2 as the negation of house 1 is in fact the negation of itself. The false consciousness of housemates in house 1 is that the totality of life includes an inanimate object, a reified creation of imagination, [...]
Marx developed his idea not just through study. Marx’s Marxism is really the theoretical product of his practical efforts to build a movement for radical change, and his observations of struggles taking place around him.
One of the hallmarks of the serious left is uncertainty, enquiry and analysis informing action, captured by Rosa Luxemburg’s famous dictum – Doubt all. We socialists are not and cannot be fundamentalists. We are scientific socialists and Marxism is the science of proletarian revolution, not the unthinking repetition of sacred texts.
My hope is to bring in my own small way reason in revolt to the world of tax and end the age of cant. That can only really happen if 2012 becomes the year of revolution, of working classes across the globe – from Egypt to Italy, from Wisconsin to Wukan -fighting back against the bosses and their state and setting up their own profoundly democratic society to satisfy human need.