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Program of the International We republish here Ted Grant's Program of the International. In this document, which helped orient the first embryo of comrades in the as-yet-to-be-formed Committee for a Workers International, Ted traces the history of the first four internationals, as well as providing an excellent summary of the history of the 20th century, highlighting several key theoretical aspects of the analysis. Read the Full Story
Stalinism in the Postwar World World War Two ended in a complex and entirely unforeseen relationship of forces between the nations and between the classes. It ended in the victory of two continental powers on the world arena, US imperialism and the Russian bureaucracy. The struggle between the classes can only be understood against a background of this decisive conflict of the era. Read the Full Story
What Next For Labor? Those who can see only the surface of society take this to mean that the working class either no longer exists, or is no longer a revolutionary force for change. The Marxists, however, view the world dialectically, look beneath the surface appearances, and understand that as long as capitalism and classes continue, so too does the class struggle. Read the Full Story

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How Big Was Your Christmas Bonus?

Worker's holiday bonusThe holiday season has passed, and a good deal of us are probably financially strained from spending our hard-earned money on gifts and food for the season.  We also face rising energy costs, as oil has hit a record $100 per barrel.  On the other hand, CEOs have been receiving large bonuses.  Let us compare how well the working class and the executives have fared over the holiday season.
 

New Orleans Public Housing Under Attack

New Orleans Public HousingFifteen protesters were arrested on December 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Standing outside of the City Council building, they demanded that the council not issue permits to the Housing Authority of New Orleans to demolish 4,500 public housing units damaged (and, in many cases, only partially damaged) by Hurricane Katrina. This is yet another attack on the workers of New Orleans who have been through hell and, well, high water.
 

Why Workers Need a Labor Party

Construction WorkersIt is frustrating that the American working class has no party that represents their interests.  The vast majority of the 300 million people in this country are workers and their families.  They are people who sell their labor power to the boss and depend on the wages and benefits to feed their families.  If they are unemployed for a stretch, they can lose everything.  However, we must be clear: the working class has tremendous potential power.  Not one item would be produced in a factory, not a street would be cleaned, electricity would not be generated and communication could not function as it does, without the labor of the workers. 

Just as workers have learned that if we band together at work into a union, where our strength is united into a single force, we can more effectively fight the boss, if we band together into a political party, created by and under the democratic control of the labor movement, we can better fight the government of the employers.

   

More Reality Strikes Hollywood!

hollwoods-union-strike-sall.jpgThe Writers Guild of America strike continues in the US, winning an important victory with the cancellation of the Golden Globe awards show through union solidarity. The strike shows that it is not only industrial workers who are able to organise effectively. How this strike unfolds will have implications for unions throughout the US.  
   

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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...

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Introduction to "Four Marxist Classics"

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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.

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Historical Materialism

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.

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Marxist Economics

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.

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Marxism and Anarchism

What are the differences between Marxism and anarchism? What relationship have followers of these two philosophies had in the past?

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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.

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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.

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Marxism and Religion

We have received quite a few e-mails from our subscribers asking about the attitude of Marxists to religion.

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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.

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