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Leadership: What It Is and Why We Need It

lenin trotsky speechThe concept of “leadership” is often met with distrust and skepticism by many on the Left, and by the youth in particular. As Marxists, we would argue that although poor leadership will lead a movement to disaster, a farsighted and self-sacrificing leadership can make the difference between victory and defeat.

Law and Marxism: 800 Years Since the Magna Carta

Magna Carta 1297 version Parliament House Canberra Australia—20080416
On June 15, 1215, King John I of England signed a document known as the Great Charter (Magna Carta in Latin). This document was the product of a civil war that had been raging between John and his nobles. The document contained a number of concessions by John, through which he agreed to limit his power as king in return for the loyalty of his subjects.

Magna Carta is seen as one of the first documents to form the basis of the British constitution—in fact three of its provisions are still in force in Britain today. It is said to have inspired other movements of people against oppressive dictators and imperial powers, such as the American War of Independence and the Zapatista movement in Mexico.

Marxism and the National Question in Scotland

UK Scotland flagWe have entered into a new period on an international scale: a period of deep economic crisis, social and political instability. The masses everywhere are beginning to question things that were previously taken for granted. The whole political scene is a seething cauldron. In such a period sharp and sudden changes are implicit in the situation. The Scottish referendum was just such a sudden change, a political earthquake that upset all the calculations of the politicians. It represented a fundamental turn in the situation.

A Review of Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs and Steel”

GunsGermsSteelHistorical materialism is a dynamic method for understanding the complex and contradictory past, with profound implications for our understanding of the world and the class struggle today. For Marxists, history is not something dead and buried, an ossified collection of facts and interpretations established for all time, but a living treasure trove of lessons for the present and the future. Even without consciously applying the Marxist method, many of the most intellectually honest and critical scientists and historians are independently drawing conclusions similar to those of the Marxists. We publish below an expanded and slightly revised version of a 1993 review of Jared Diamonds best-known work, originally printed in the British Socialist Appeal, in the days before it had a presence on the internet.

Why We Are Marxists

A short introduction to the basic elements of Marxism and why socialism is the only way forward for humanity.