Marxist Theory

Should I Join A Trade Union?

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:14

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Part 4 of the Full Marx Library series in the Morning Star newspaper

YES, you should, especially if you’re an employee and certainly if there’s a trade union branch at your workplace and you should do so for a variety of reasons, from personal to political.

Am I Working Class?

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:12

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Part 3 of the Full Marx Library series in the Morning Star newspaper

ECONOMIC class is a role that people occupy, not a tag that attaches to individuals. But if you want a label, the simple answer is yes, if you work for a living (you receive a wage) and you don’t own or control capital.

Is Private Property Peculiar To Capitalism And Do Socialists Want To Abolish It?

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 07/16/2017 - 16:09

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Part 2 of the Full Marx Library series in the Morning Star newspaper

NO, to both questions. Private property predates capitalism and will survive long after it has been abolished.

But it is important to distinguish personal possessions — your clothes, bicycle, your home (if you “own” it) from capital.

What is exploitation?

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 07/16/2017 - 15:53

full marx series from Morning Star & Marx Library

Part 1 of the Full Marx Library series in the Morning Star newspaper

“EXPLOITATION” can mean taking unfair advantage of someone, emotionally or physically. But in economics, Marxists also use the term exploitation in a very specific, technical sense, relating to the way in which goods and services are produced and traded and who benefits.

Imperialism, Revolution and Ultra Leftism

Submitted by Admin on Sat, 05/27/2017 - 14:25

A  follow on from "Trotskyism: A rough guide", which investigated Ultra Leftism.
Now we look at how Ultra Leftism (much broader than just Trotskyist groups) misunderstands Imperialism.
Right opportunism: short term gains in place of long term aims & principles. 
Left opportunism: preserve abstract priciples rather than make short term compromises. Class struggle is more complex than their dogmatic strain allows.

The Future of Marxism - an analysis and discussion

Submitted by Admin on Sat, 05/27/2017 - 13:49

This video could make you a Communist!

Indepth presentation and discussion on the development of Marxism in the 21st Century, and how to be an effective Communist campaigner in your work place and community. 

Class struggle is the motive for change.

Communists need to be where working people are organised - in Trade Unions in the workplaces, in Tennents Associations, in Community groups, even if they are very rudimentary, even if they need to be built up. They have to be built on real experience.

Reformism and Revolution - Hans Heinz Holz

Submitted by Admin on Sat, 05/27/2017 - 13:44

Reformism is not about making reforms or supporting reforms, but the belief that reforms are enough to change the formation of society. Reforms are not enough to break free from Capitalism, and reforms can be easily taken back by the Capitalist state when perceiving that the class forces are strongly in their favour - just look at the NHS and welfare state in Britain for evidence! A talk by the late great Marxian Hans Heinz Holz, organised by the Communist Party of Britain.