10 March 2009
Nearly a thousand people will be attending a conference this weekend on "The Idea of Communism" in central London.
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.
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.
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.
16 July 2008
The term "exploitation" typically conjures up images of horrendous working conditions, perhaps sweatshops in China or India, or the child labour used by Western clothes manufacturers. We think of people working long hours for little pay in terrible conditions ruthlessly bullied by unscrupulous bosses or gangmasters.
10 June 2008
Frederick Engels stands out as a great thinker and fighter for working class rights whose contribution to socialism has often been undervalued, maligned and distorted.
22 April 2008
The past decade has seen the emergence of new movements of resistance. They were initially provoked by the form of corporate globalisation imposed by the neoliberal policies of the leading Western governments.
25 March 2008
Socialists argue that it is both possible and necessary to construct another kind of society, in which resources are shared equally, that is free of war and racism, and which is run on the basis of genuine democracy.
11 March 2008
The young Karl Marx wrote in 1845, "Philosophers have interpreted the world in various ways, the point however is to change it." The need to change the world has seldom been so obvious. $6 trillion has been spent on the Iraq war, while food prices soar and millions starve.
08 January 2008
Capitalism is a system that brings misery to millions of people throughout the world.
11 December 2007
Democracy is one of the most abused words in the dictionary. Almost every reactionary or crooked politician you can think of – George Bush, Dick Cheney, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Silvio Berlusconi – has sworn by it.
04 December 2007
Karl Marx’s analysis of the environment under capitalism shows how saving the planet is inextricably linked to transforming our society, writes John Bellamy Foster
21 August 2007
Historian John Riddell writes on the Communist International, known as the Comintern - an organising centre for revolutionaries formed in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution.
17 July 2007
The recently republished ABC of Communism is a remarkable historical document of the attempt to create a socialist society in Russia after the 1917 October Revolution.
10 April 2007
My last column ended with a question. I find two commodities – a newspaper and a pint of milk – on sale in a shop at the same price.
07 April 2007
In 1872 Karl Marx dashed off a letter applauding plans to publish a French edition of his book Capital in serial form.
17 March 2007
For radicals of Karl Marx’s generation the French Revolution of 1789 was a source of inspiration which dominated their thinking.
10 March 2007
Karl marx spent much of his life analysing how capitalism works.
03 March 2007
Possibly the most important intellectual influence on Karl Marx was the German philosopher GWF Hegel.
03 March 2007
It’s not long before any discussion about the fight for a better society raises the questions: "What do you mean by socialism?" "Is it the same as communism?" Communism has a long pedigree as a vision of society where property is held in common and a just social order prevails.