The basic tenets of Marxism: a tool for understanding the world

Submitted by Administrator on Thu, 01/12/2017 - 16:17

The basic tenets of Marx’s thought were derived from three separate systems of belief: German philosophy; French utopian socialism; and English political economy. Drawing from these, and by way of inversion, Marx arrived at his basic theoretical position: dialectical and historical materialism.

Left Anticommunism: The Unkindest Cut

Submitted by Administrator on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 20:32
“Part opportunism, part careerism, part willful denial (or ignorance) of true capitalist and imperial dynamics, and part attachment to the comforts of being within the respectable fold of “permissible” criticism, Left Anticommunism continues to take a huge toll on the American left. In this comprehensive and incisive essay, Michael Parenti explores the reasons why the Left anti-communist stance must be seen for what it is: a de facto collaboration with the forces defending the corporate status quo.

The Case For Communism

Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 01/11/2017 - 15:50

Strathclyde University & Glasgow University Communist Societies presents - The Case For Communism. Marc Livingstone, Chairperson of the Communist Party in Scotland and also Communist Candidate in the General and Scottish elections, sets out the case against Capitalism first, and then goes on to speak to the benefits of Communism. Finally, the floor was open for anyone to ask questions, so a session of discussion on the points raised finishes the video.

Reformism and Revolution - Hans Heinz Holz

Submitted by Administrator on Wed, 01/12/2011 - 09:18

Reformism is not about making reforms or supporting reforms, but the belief that reforms are enough to change the formation of society.

Hans Heinz Holz is a respected and influential German Marxist philosopher and Leninist theorist.

He was professor of philosophy at the University of Marburg (from 1971 to 1979) and from 1979 to 1993 at the University of Groningen.

This video is from the Communist University organised by the Communist Party of Britain.

Imperialism, Revolution and Ultra Leftism

Submitted by Administrator on Mon, 01/12/2009 - 15:19

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.