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Karl Marx

How ideas change

30 April 2013
We are often told socialism can’t work because people will not shift the way they think. John Molyneux shows how dramatic shifts are possible and have occured in the past

Reviews round-up

04 December 2012
Karl Marx walking tour What better way to spend a crisp winter morning in the capital than following in the footsteps of Karl Marx?

Marx tour a success

13 March 2012
Over 1,000 students, workers and activists attended the speaking tour based on the title of Terry Eagleton’s new book, "Why Marx Was Right" last week. Eagleton spoke alongside Alex Callinicos.

Why Marx Was Right: reject the right’s distortions

28 June 2011
How many times have you been told the following? Marxism is irrelevant.

The Civil War in France: When workers took power in Paris

12 October 2010
Karl Marx did not just analyse capitalism, he also asked how it would be possible to create an entirely different kind of society.

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.

Do women need to organise separately?

06 October 2009
In 1868 Karl Marx wrote, "Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the female sex."

Thinking through the current crisis

28 October 2008
There have been a flood of pieces in the international press recently about how the financial crash has meant Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes – reduced to intellectual pariahs in the heyday of neoliberalism – are back in fashion.

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.

Panic and division hits US ruling class

30 September 2008
Karl Marx famously wrote that "the executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie".

Karl Marx and the markets

23 September 2008
Daily Telegraph readers had a shock last week when they opened their paper to find the main cartoon was of Karl Marx laughing in his grave at the woes on Wall Street.

Why Marx matters

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.

Revolution and the party

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.

How mass struggle can start to shift the 'muck of ages'

02 October 2007
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels suggested two reasons why revolution is necessary.

Marx and the labour at the heart of capitalism

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.

Marx's Capital gets to grips with a mystified system

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.

Where do capitalist profits come from?

10 March 2007
Karl marx spent much of his life analysing how capitalism works.

Marx and Hegel: Interpreting the world in order to change it

03 March 2007
Possibly the most important intellectual influence on Karl Marx was the German philosopher GWF Hegel.

Marxism and the global south

17 June 2006
In 1848 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote in the Communist Manifesto, "The need of a constantly expanding market for its products chases the bourgeoisie over the whole surface of the globe. It must nestle everywhere, settle everywhere, establish connections everywhere."

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