Introducing Marxism (2nd ed)

Intro to Marxism: A useful Reading List

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Reading Lists

Introductory and general reading

VI Lenin,‘Karl Marx:A Brief Biographical Sketch with an Exposition of Marxism’ (1914), Collected Works Vol.21, and 'The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism' (1913), Collected Works Vol.19 (both available from the Communist Party’s Classics of Communism range as, On Karl Marx and Marxism, 2007)

K Marx & F. Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848), Collected Works Vol.6 (also available from the as part of the Communist Party’s Classics of Communism range, 2006)

Intro to Marxism 3: Political struggle and revolution

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Class 3: Political struggle and revolution

Lenin once described politics as ‘the most concentrated expression of economics’. What did he mean by this?

THE ECONOMIC BASIS OF CLASS STRUGGLE

Firstly, that society rests ultimately upon its economic foundations. Ideas, institutions, laws, movements etc. make up the superstructure of society and tend to favour perpetuating the predominant mode of production.

Intro to Marxism 2: The Theory of Exploitation

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Class 2: Capitalist exploitation and crisis

One of Marx’s greatest achievements was to expose the precise mechanisms by which those who produce most of capitalist society’s wealth—who make the goods and perform the services—own and consume so little of it.

THE THEORY OF EXPLOITATION

Under slavery, the exploitation of the slave class was open and based on the threat of brute force. Under feudalism, even the emancipated serf and peasant had to pay rent to the lord of the estate and were usually obliged to provide labour services for free.

Intro to Marxism 1: The Marxist world outlook 

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Foreword 

This is the second edition of Introducing Marxism, the first having been published in 2003. 

The text originates from a series of classes organised by the Cardiff branch of the Communist Party in 2002. Members and friends found the three sessions useful—due in no small part to their own enthusiastic discussion of the contents—and suggested that the presentations be published. A revised version of the course was delivered to the Party's London Road Transport branch in May 2003, with similar results.