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.

“The S Word” by John Nichols

EugeneVDebsHatWith rising interest in socialism, John Nichols’ book, The S Word: A Short History of an American Tradition . . . Socialism, raises an important question: is socialism something which should be understood solely as a foreign import, with no connection to American traditions? Or is it in reality bound by a million threads to the best traditions of the American Revolution and various social movements that have emerged over the last two centuries?

Why You Should be a Socialist

capitalism isnt working smallRob Sewell, editor of Socialist Appeal (Britain), looks at the ongoing crisis of capitalism, the growing inequality in the world today, and the potential for transforming our lives on the basis of modern technology, and explains why you should join the fight for the revolutionary socialist transformation of society.

Lessons From the History and Struggle of the Black Panther Party

black-panthers-4The #BlackLivesMatter movement clearly shows that, despite the civil rights struggles of the past, inequality and racism are still thriving in America. Many young people in particular are looking for answers and a way to solve the problems facing society. As Marxists we stand on the front lines in the struggle against discrimination in all its forms. We believe that to be successful, this must be combined with the united working class’s struggle against capitalism and for socialism. We take this opportunity to look back at and learn from the successes and failures of one of the most inspiring experiences of our movement.

200 Years Since the Battle of Waterloo: A Battle That Changed World History

Battle of Waterloo 1815The Battle of Waterloo—200 years ago, on 18th June 1815—was the last great event that marked the end of that great historical process that was begun in 1789 by the Great French Revolution. With the defeat of Napoleon, the last flickering embers of the fires lit by revolutionary France were extinguished. A long, grey period settled down on Europe like a thick coat of suffocating dust. The forces of triumphant reaction seemed firmly in the saddle.

Waterloo is one of the defining events of European and world history. About that, there can be no doubt. It brought to an end the bloody Napoleonic Wars that had led directly to the deaths of up to 6 million people. Bonaparte, with his unbridled ambition, wanted to be Master of all Europe. But he came up against a solid phalanx of reactionary feudal monarchs: the Russian tsar, the King of Prussia and the Emperor of Austria-Hungary, always backed by the financial reserves and the naval power of Great Britain.