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Written by Rob Sewell Tuesday, 03 December 2013 11:24
What is value? This question has perplexed the human mind for more than 2,000 years. The classical bourgeois economists grappled with the question, as did Marx. After much deliberation, they correctly hit upon the idea that labor was the source of value. This, then, became a cornerstone of bourgeois political economy, beginning with Adam Smith. On this question, there was common ground between Marx and the classical bourgeois economists.
Written by Liza R. and Jose Manuel Wednesday, 27 November 2013 12:00
In the past two centuries, humankind has seen the development of our productive forces to a level previously undreamt of. What was once unimaginable is now commonplace. Never have we been so technologically advanced, never have we had such capability, never has there been such raw potential.
It is therefore a damning indictment of the capitalist order that our society languishes in hopeless disorder, driven to absurd contradictions by blind market forces, with no control over the great forces we have unleashed. Where there should be feasts there are famines. Where splendor is possible misery persists. Barbarism reigns on a mountain of human potential.
Written by Dylan Murphy Tuesday, 26 November 2013 12:15
We publish here an article that was submitted to our website about the struggles of farm workers involved in the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Socialist Appeal is posting this article because we feel our readers would like to know about the conditions one of the most exploited sections of the working class have to live in, and because we support their struggle against agribusiness and the corporations that control the food industry in this country.
The battle should not stop at merely eliminating the worst conditions, but must go even further, in order to guarantee that farm workers win the same rights, wages, and conditions as other unionized employees. However, capitalism is in a deep crisis, and all workers are under attack. The formation of a union, although an important step forward, will not be enough to stop the onslaught. This is why ultimately, only the socialist transformation of society can guarantee a high quality of life for all workers. We support the CIW's campaign to get the big food companies to adhere to their plan for higher pay and better conditions, but we point out that these same fast food restaurants and supermarkets heavily exploit their own workers. The farm workers' struggle and the struggle of fast food and grocery workers to unionize and win higher wages and better conditions must go hand and hand. Together, the working class has the power to defeat the big food bosses.
Written by Socialist Appeal Monday, 25 November 2013 13:16
Buried in the Trotsky archives at Harvard are many as-yet undiscovered and untranslated treasures of Marxism. One of the most important discoveries in the last few decades was a series of notebooks by Trotsky on philosophy in general and dialectics in particular. First translated and published by Columbia University Press in 1986, with an extensive introduction by historian Philip Pomper. We reproduce here the most important excerpts from these writings. In them there is a wealth of insight into dialectical materialism, positivism, the dialectics of Lenin and Martov, Freud and psychoanalysis, Darwin and evolution, and more.
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The Fundamentals of Marxism: A Short Reading List
Marxist theory is the basis upon which our analysis, perspectives, program, and participation in the movement are based. It is our "guide to action." This why the WIL and IMT place so much emphasis on political education. To this end, we have created an extensive Education Plan to assist comrades in their political development. This is an important resource. However, it's length and scope may seem...Read More...
Introduction to "Four Marxist Classics"
Science and Dialectical Materialism
Dialectical Materialism is a way of understanding reality; whether thoughts, emotions, or the material world. Simply stated, this methodology is the combination of Dialectics and Materialism. The materialist dialectic is the theoretical foundation of Marxism. We provide various educational readings on dialectical materialism and its relation to natural science.Read More...
Marxists attach enormous importance to the study of history; not for its own sake but so as to study the great lessons it contains. Without that understanding of the development of events, it is not possible to foresee future perspectives.Read More...
Only with a Marxist understanding of capitalist society can the conscious worker cut through the lies and distortion of the capitalist economists and combat their influence within the Labor Movement.Read More...
Marxism and Anarchism
What are the differences between Marxism and anarchism? What relationship have followers of these two philosophies had in the past?
Marxism and Feminism
The oppression of women has been a key question for Marxism. After all, women constitute half the human race, and have faced discrimination and degradation in many areas of life.Read More...
The National Question
The question of nationalities, that is, the oppression of nations and national minorities, which has characterised capitalism from its birth till the present time, has always occupied a central position in Marxist theory.Read More...
Marxism and Religion
We have received quite a few e-mails from our subscribers asking about the attitude of Marxists to religion.Read More...
The United States
The struggle of the working class in the United States will be a decisive factor in the outcome of the class struggle around the world. We provide here a list of works explaining the important role of the working people of the US.Read More...
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