My explanation of the origin of an important revolutionary slogan has been widely accepted.
Historians have offered various explanations, none of which really work. Ian Angus traces an important socialist slogan to its unexpected source.
A 1960 passage that is even more relevant today …
Marta Harnecker: We need a pluralist and tolerant culture that puts first what unites us and leaves as secondary what divides us; that promotes a unity based on solidarity, humanism, respect for differences, defense of nature, and rejection of profit and the market.
World War I began 100 years ago. Today’s ecosocialist movement has much to learn from the revolutionaries who campaigned to stop that catastrophe.
Can co-ops and transition towns transform the world? The author of No Local explains why local counter-institutions won’t lead to revolutionary change.
Chris Harman: Revolutionary Marxism has completely different aims from the academic version. Don’t confuse one with the other.
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.
A Marxist analysis of farming today, from landless peasant movements to corporate agribusiness
The view that climate change caused the collapse of past civilizations is ideology, not science. Applied to the present, it can undermine movements against the real enemies of nature and humanity.
The tendency of some on the left to counterpose a humanistic Marx to a positivist Engels weakens Marxism, and is not supported by historical evidence.
An important new book examines what went wrong with 20th Century socialism, why it went wrong, and how we could avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future.
“Socialism is neither a utopia nor a guarantee. It is however the place and the time where and when the unity of nature becomes a real possibility.”
Terry Eagleton. Why Marx Was Right. Yale University Press, 2011 reviewed by Dave Kellaway International Viewpoint “So you’re for the revolutionary Marxist overthrow of parliamentary democracy then.” This was the question flung by presenter Andrew Neil in a discussion on the BBC’s Daily Politics Show at Right to Work campaigner and SWP member Michael Bradley […]
Luxemburg, Trotsky and Lenin were among the most perceptive and compelling revolutionaries of the 20th century. Critically engaging with their ideas can enrich today’s struggles for a better world. (more…)
“All previous historical movements were movements of minorities, or in the interest of minorities. The proletarian movement is the self-conscious, independent movement of the immense majority, in the interest of the immense majority.” This video is meant to be used in group discussion of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels. It has […]
[Quotes and Insights #21] Thanks to Luna17 for reminding us of this brilliant passage from the woman Lenin described as one of the “outstanding representatives of the revolutionary proletariat and of unfalsified Marxism.” Legislative reform and revolution are not different methods of historic development that can be picked out at the pleasure from the counter […]
The corporate state is leading us on a death march at an ever-escalating pace. Deepwater and Bhopal are us. It will not do to tinker around the edges in response. Only revolution can save the Earth. (more…)
“Whenever a theory of overpopulation seizes hold in a society dominated by an elite, then the non-elite invariably experience some form of political, economic, and social repression.”
Another critique of the ecological views of the author of How the Rich are Destroying the Planet (more…)