Economics

FROM 1843 right up to the end of his life, Karl Marx (1818-1883) dedicated himself to the project of a comprehensive critique of political economy.

Working on this with an iron determination for almost 40 years, he produced mountains of manuscripts and notes. However, only a fraction of all this came out while he was still alive.

The entirety of Marx’s and Engels’s work has only now become accessible — through the publishing of all their works (the Marx and Engels Collected Works, known in German as the MEGA or, Marx-Engels-Gesamtausgabe) of which to date 65 volumes of this mammoth encyclopedia have been produced.

Part of the popular Communist Party of Britain speaking tour, held in Glasgow in Partick Burgh Halls in August 2013, with Dr Alan Mackinnon and Rob Griffiths General Secretary CPB 



What kind of strategy would unite the maximum forces for progress, reforms and socialist revolution at each stage of the revolutionary process?

Its starting point must be to identify the objective basis for building a broad alliance across a wide range of movements that would open the road to socialism.  This can only be opposition to the policies of state-monopoly capitalism in Britain.    

In seeking to challenge and defeat British state-monopoly capitalism, the AEPS must engage with the class struggle on the economic, political and ideological fronts.  It must also propose the kind of policies that can promote the interests of the working class and the mass of the peoples of Britain, making inroads into the wealth and power of the capitalist class.  Such a left-wing programme (LWP) would therefore need to embrace important economic, environmental, social, cultural, financial, democratic and foreign policy questions.

The AEPS would also have to identify the forces which, if brought together, would constitute the most powerful alliance to fight for the LWP against state-monopoly capitalism.  This in turn raises the question of how such a popular, democratic anti-monopoly alliance would seek political power, including the role of elections and governments.

Finally, the AEPS must be able to outline the most likely stages through which the revolutionary process will have to go in the struggle for political power and socialism.

Speakers are Stephen Boyd from the STUC and Prof John Foster from the University of the West of Scotland

 




The havoc of finance capital - IMF 1990's scandal BCCI investigation financial crash Barings Bank.

  • Our savings are plugged into markets.
  • Our jobs have been plugged into markets.
  • Politics have been plugged into markets.

Markets by their definition are unstable and volatile.

If we are looking for change, we must look to how to undermine the neo-liberal ideology.



This was taped before the election of the Con-Dem government, but cuts across their often-reported party political rhetoric and condemns the actual cause -  the neo-liberal experiments of the past 20 years.

This economic collapse is perhaps as big for Capitalism as the collapse of the Soviet Union and Socialist Bloc was for Communists and progressives.

This is not just an economic - but also a political crisis for the Capitalist World, due to the inherent contradictions with Capitalism that it can never escape from.

Professor Charles Woolfson, respected academic and Communist who lived and worked in the Baltic Republics for some ten years, guides us through the descent of these republics into economic and political chaos through the giant Neo-liberal experiment.

The Baltic States were guinea pigs in a rampant free market & great Neo-liberal experiment, and they are the ones, sadly & ironically, who are paying the highest price for it.