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Karl Marx


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."

A stark choice: Leninism or liberalism

15 April 2006
A stark choice: Leninism or liberalism

Marxism and history: toil and struggle

08 April 2006
"Who is the greatest thinker of the millennium?" asked a recent BBC poll. Karl Marx topped the list. Another survey, this time of the US Library of Congress—the world’s largest library—found that, with nearly 4,000 works, Marx was the sixth most written about individual ever.

Alasdair MacIntyre: of Marx and morality

08 April 2006
In all probability most readers of Socialist Worker will not have heard of Alasdair MacIntyre. Today, he is best known in academia as the author of one of the most important recent books on moral theory—After Virtue.

Marx and religion

04 March 2006
What is Karl Marx’s best known quote on religion? Many people know that Marx described religion as "the opium of the people". But far fewer know the whole quote: "Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."

Birth and development of a powerful force

11 June 2005
In 1879 Karl Marx and his collaborator Frederick Engels summed up their politics thus:

Marx and Engels on food adulteration

02 April 2005
A grim history Bad food produced by profit-hungry companies has been a hallmark of capitalism from the beginning.

‘Nature will take its revenge on us’

20 November 2004
Concern about humanity’s destruction of the environment is commonly seen as a recent worry. But for the 19th century socialist thinkers Karl Marx and Frederick Engels the environment was a major part of their theory.

Karl Marx in London

16 October 2004
"DRAT THE British!" Karl Marx once said in frustration at his London exile. When the European revolutions of 1848 began to crumble Marx was forced to come to London.

New chance to decide on the best Marxist

26 June 2004
AS MARX once said, \"One morning I shot an elephant in my pyjamas. How he got in my pyjamas I don't know.\" As you have probably guessed I'm talking about Groucho, not Karl, who along with Chico, Harpo and Zeppo made up the Marx Brothers. Their slapstick comedy routines and films are sheer genius.

Marx was one hundred percent democratic

06 September 2003
GEORGE MONBIOT, in his recent book The Age of Consent, makes what is a common complaint against Marxism.

Don't blame Marx for capitalism

30 August 2003
THE Communist Manifesto, I suggested last week, identified the new forces being unleashed by modern capitalism. Marx's classic pamphlet argued that capitalism also created a new exploited class, the "proletariat"-the modern working class.

A manifesto for today

28 June 2003
THERE HAS been an explosion of ideas and debate in the anti-capitalist and anti-war movements. People are hungry for answers, and words have been poured over the inequality, misery and war created by global capitalism and how to stop it. On the eve of a previous wave of protest, one which saw revolution spread across Europe, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote one of the most famous and influential political pamphlets of all time: The Communist Manifesto.

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