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Marx's Capital: vampires feeding on our blood

05 October 2010
In his masterpiece, Capital, Karl Marx attempts to make sense of capitalism. This was not just out of scientific curiosity—he believed that a clear understanding of capitalism would help to overthrow it.

The Communist Manifesto: speaking to modern times

28 September 2010
‘A spectre is haunting Europe—the spectre of communism." So begins the most important political pamphlet ever written—The Communist Manifesto.

Numbers swell at Marxism 2010 festival of resistance

06 July 2010
More than 3,900 people booked up in advance for the annual Marxism festival in central London last weekend—and hundreds more bought tickets during the event.

Greeks bring inspiration to Marxism 2010

06 July 2010
The spirit of international resistance ran through the meetings, with much discussion of the turmoil and fightback in Greece.

The ‘rich bandits’ who feed on crisis

04 May 2010
Britain’s mainstream politicians have spent the election campaign talking about the need to preserve our "fragile economic recovery" – with cuts. Politicians regularly tell us that this "recovery" has begun.

From people’s power to workers’ power

20 April 2010
Revolution is back in the news.In Thailand heavily armed cops are shown retreating under a hail of missiles being thrown by demonstrators.

Historical Actuality of the Socialist Offensive - Parliament’s problems go deeper than duck houses

09 February 2010
British politics is increasingly being dominated by the looming general election. Yet, paradoxically, parliament is viewed with widespread and growing contempt.

How could Haiti win its freedom?

26 January 2010
The people of Haiti have a powerful record of resistance. They have fought back even in the most appalling conditions – from the great slave rebellion in the 1790s, to the movement that destroyed the brutal regime of "Baby Doc" Duvailer in the 1980s.

The struggle for the heart of Marx

24 November 2009
Karl Marx’s ideas have seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Most mainstream commentators, however, concentrate on Marx’s economic theories and tend to ignore the other fundamental aspect of his politics – his belief in the ability of the working class to liberate itself.

Lessons from Lenin

20 October 2009
Whether supporting the post workers, trying to stop the fascists, or campaigning to end the war in Afghanistan, people may well encounter members of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), intervening in and assisting these struggles.

Is it only workers who can lead revolutions?

22 September 2009
Marxism is not a rigid set of rules into which facts must be squeezed to fit­ – it is a tool for understanding and changing the world. Reality has always thrown up surprises and new challenges.

Russia was a crucible for new development

15 September 2009
Most socialists dream of taking part in a revolution. The revolutionary Leon Trotsky was involved in two, playing a leading role in the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917.

Using nationalism to divide and rule

14 July 2009
The shocking scenes of poor people violently attacking each other in the Xinjiang region in the west of China will surely have added to the feeling that there is something inexplicable about national and ethnic tensions.

Zombie capitalism

23 June 2009
Your new book about the economic crisis is called Zombie Capitalism. What is this?

The united front: unity in action

09 June 2009
Newspapers report that Labour Party members conspiring to end Gordon Brown’s leadership have taken to quoting the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s phrase – "March separately, strike together".

Unravelling Capitalism: A Return to Marx

19 May 2009
‘Since the first signs of the current crisis began to emerge in 2007 there has been growing interest in Karl Marx’s greatest work, Capital, especially in universities.

Slavoj Zizek’s Ideas need to link with reality

10 March 2009
Nearly a thousand people will be attending a conference this weekend on "The Idea of Communism" in central London.

Why read Lenin today?

09 December 2008
About 40 years ago, an ageing relative gave me a leaflet from 1925. Under the heading "Lenin Lives!" it urged us to "come en masse" to New York’s Madison Square Garden for a Sunday afternoon event.

Battles to create a socialist society

14 October 2008
The ruling class attempts to portray Karl Marx simply as a thinker – someone who analysed capitalism but did little to bring about revolution.

Contradictions at the heart of capitalism

07 October 2008
With capitalism appearing to collapse all around us today even some right wing commentators have been forced to admit that Karl Marx might have been right about the crisis-ridden nature of the system.

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