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Karl Marx: More Right and more Relevant than ever! - In Defense of Marxism


Large industry and the Fordist assembly line are really features of the 1920s and 30s, long after Marx's death (although he predicted it).

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Piketty's Capital and the spectre of inequality - In Defense of Marxism

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Thomas Piketty, a French economist and academic, has become an overnight sensation thanks to his book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, a bestseller that has sparked debate on all sides for its detailed analysis of inequality under capitalism, with elation and praise from the reformist left, and horror and fright from the free-market right.

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Ted Grant - The Permanent Revolutionary. Chapter Five: The Times That Try ... - In Defense of Marxism

Ted Grant - The Permanent Revolutionary. Chapter Five: The Times That Try ... - In Defense of Marxism | real utopias | Scoop.it

By the end of 1950, the wrecking actions of Healy had destroyed the Party. What followed was the most difficult period in Ted’s life. It was a grim period, both personally and politically. It brings to mind the words of the Bible: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness” (John, 1:23). He found himself isolated; the movement itself was struggling to survive. In crossing a desert, every step requires a tremendous effort. A man trying to climb a dune composed of loose sand finds that for every painful step forward, he slips back again, exhausted. This happens again and again. In the desert nobody can hear your voice. And there is no end in sight.

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An Anarchist Response to a Trotskyist Attack: Review of “An Introduction to ... - Anarkismo.net

An Anarchist Response to a Trotskyist Attack: Review of “An Introduction to ... - Anarkismo.net | real utopias | Scoop.it
The leader of the International Marxist Tendency has written an attack on anarchism from his Trotskyist perspective. He makes some correct criticisms of some versions of anarchism, in relation to those who reject revolution or political organization. But he attempts to defend the idea of a "workers' state" by limited quotes from Lenin and by mistating the history of the Russian revolution.
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From Resistance to Hegemony: - Socialist Project

From Resistance to Hegemony: - Socialist Project | real utopias | Scoop.it

Austerity has been the main battle cry on the part of the forces of capital. New cuts in public spending, new cuts in pensions, new cuts in social expenditure, mass lay-offs of public sector workers, all in the name of dealing with increased budget deficits and increased debt-burden. This was intensified after the eruption of the global capitalist crisis in 2007-08. All over the world, political and economic elites along with media pundits have been singling out public spending as the main obstacle to economic recovery. Deficit reductions have become the point of condensation of political conflicts and party rivalries. The call for budget cuts and deficit reductions has been accompanied by new calls for abolishing whatever has been left of labour rights. In all advanced capitalist societies, we can hear the same battle cry against the supposed ‘rigidities’ of the labour market and the ‘privileges’ enjoyed by public sector employees and certain segments of the workforce. Liberalizing markets and removing obstacles to entrepreneurial activity have been at the centre of political debates and policy discussions. The attempt to save the banking system has led to massive transfusion of public funding from socially useful directions toward banks, leading in a massive redistribution of income toward capital.[1]

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History of the Committee for a Workers' International - China Worker

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These erroneous ideas were a reflection of the consequences of the long, historic, post second world war upswing which capitalism experienced.

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Ted Grant - The Permanent Revolutionary. Chapter Three: The War Years - In Defense of Marxism

Ted Grant - The Permanent Revolutionary. Chapter Three: The War Years - In Defense of Marxism | real utopias | Scoop.it


There is only one way of avoiding the war—that is the overthrow of this society. However, as we are too weak for this task, the war is inevitable.

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Socialist Alternative Growing Rapidly - Socialist Alternative

Socialist Alternative Growing Rapidly - Socialist Alternative | real utopias | Scoop.it

Kshama Sawant’s election victory has received repeated national media attention, helping to revive interest in socialist ideas and establishing Socialist Alternative as a pole of attraction for workers and youth looking to get active in the struggle against capitalist crisis. Since November, our work has been covered regularly by Seattle media and has also been featured in MSNBC, The Washington PostThe Nation, and even on the front page of The New York Times.

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40 years of the Committee for a Workers' International - Socialist Party

40 years of the Committee for a Workers' International - Socialist Party | real utopias | Scoop.it
International solidarity is a vital aspect of the struggle for socialism. The Socialist Party fights for a world free of poverty, war and inequality. But that requires more than just supporting workers in struggle in other countries, important though that is. We need to build a powerful international organisation, capable of helping the working class to replace the capitalist system with democratic socialism. To aid this task the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) was founded at a meeting of 46 comrades from 12 countries on 21 April 1974. Today it spans 48 countries on every continent.
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Socialist Workers governor campaigns aid 'Militant' drive - The Militant

Socialist Workers governor campaigns aid 'Militant' drive - The Militant | real utopias | Scoop.it

The five-week drive to win 1,800 new readers to the Militant takes place in a world where Washington and its imperialist rivals across Europe, as well as the capitalist rulers of Russia, face limits on their ability to close down the political space for working people to discuss, debate and to organize and resist.


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How will labor be revived? - Socialist Worker Online

How will labor be revived? - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

MUCH OF your work is on the rise of American business unionism and the defeat of more progressive visions of unionism. Can you sketch out some of the contours of business unionism in the U.S. briefly?

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European elections: Tsipras and the illusions of the reformist left - In Defense of Marxism

European elections: Tsipras and the illusions of the reformist left - In Defense of Marxism | real utopias | Scoop.it
European elections: Tsipras and the illusions of the reformist left In Defense of Marxism A similar development today would lead to even bigger convulsions and it is precisely because of this that the ruling class runs around from one summit to the...
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Russia's gathering storm - Socialist Worker Online

Russia's gathering storm - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

In the late summer of 1989--with the fall of the Berlin Wall weeks away, signaling the collapse of the former USSR's empire in Eastern Europe--the upheaval that would ultimately overturn the Stalinist system was felt within the USSR itself. A wave of mass strikes by miners gathered momentum, with the most important center of militancy being the Donbass region of Ukraine--then still a part of the USSR. The mass miners' strikes were a sign that the unraveling of the ex-USSR was already well underway. In Socialist Worker's September 1989 edition, we featured a special report on the miners' revolt--and an analysis of what it meant for the government of then-President Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Lenin, Trotsky and Soviet Democracy - Workers' Liberty

IMMEDIATELY AFTER the accession of Hitler, Trotsky wrote that the issue presenting itself to the masses was no longer Bolshevism versus Fascism but Fascism versus Democracy. Our subsequent critique of the Popular Front might make it appear that we had perversely abandoned this view when Moscow adopted it. That would be a complete misunderstanding. We rejected the whole conception of the Popular Front precisely because it was impotent to combat fascism. The struggle for the democracy vital to the workers could not be waged in a bourgeois alliance for the maintenance of a corrupt parliamentary regime and decaying capitalist social order. The Popular Front was a gigantic piece of political blackmail. The liberal bourgeoisie of France said to the workers: we shall collaborate with you and keep de la Roque and Doriot out, we shall let you have your unions and political parties, provided only that you quit the militant struggle against private property and the wage system, against militarism and imperialism. Otherwise we shall have to let the fascists restore order.

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Big Steps Forward for South African Unions and Working Class Politics - Socialist Alternative

Big Steps Forward for South African Unions and Working Class Politics - Socialist Alternative | real utopias | Scoop.it

After striking miners were killed in what is known as the “Marikana massacre” of April 16, 2012, tremendous working-class indignation, organization and political consciousness has emerged. The article below was produced in December of 2013 to reflect on the process of rebuilding the fighting capacity of South African unions and the political organization of the working class. Despite the previous heroic role of the African National Congress (ANC) and the recently departed Nelson Mandela, the ANC has become the main ruling party of the South African capitalists, overseeing drastic neoliberal measures and the most unequal society in the world. 


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Luxemburg and Trotsky on Russian Revolution - International Viewpoint

The so-called “Leninist” orthodoxy is history, and the campaign that Stalin and his ideologists launched for decades against “Luxemburgism”, which they identified since 1931 with their most hated nightmare, “Trotskyism”, has fallen into oblivion. So we are free to examine the Marxist theories on the structure of the Russian society and the prospects of a revolutionary uprising against the rule of the Czar – written a century ago –, in order to explore the capacity of these theories to present an explanation of the state of affairs – one hundred years ago – and a prognosis of its future development (in and after 1917). [1]

  
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A German Lenin? - International Viewpoint

The 20th century attempts to build alternative to capitalism also failed miserably. On the one hand, the first (and in the opinion of this author, the only) successful workers’ revolution in Russia of October 1917 quickly abandoned the radical, democratic forms that brought the working class to power — the workers’ councils — under the impact of civil war, foreign intervention and economic collapse.

 
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6 ways socialism is superior to capitalism - Party for Socialism and Liberation

6 ways socialism is superior to capitalism - Party for Socialism and Liberation | real utopias | Scoop.it

The following is an edited version of a talk given by Brian Becker, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Executive Committee, at an East Coast PSL membership conference.


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“Positively” amazing!!

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“We have described BW as holding a “fundamentalist” and “dogmatic” interpretation of Marx’s ideas. In other words of adhering to the word – while ignoring a raft of text in Marx’s writings that undermine BW’s position – but not the method of Marx. We have also accused BW of drawing ultra-left programmatic and tactical conclusions that would do great damage to our party if we were to adopt his position in the trade union and wider working class movement.”

 

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COMMENT : Venezuela's resilient revolution — Lal Khan - Pakistan Daily Times

COMMENT : Venezuela's resilient revolution — Lal Khan - Pakistan Daily Times | real utopias | Scoop.it

The resounding victory of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (USPV) in last Sunday’s local elections yet again demonstrated the astonishing resilience of the workers and youth of Venezuela and their support for the ongoing revolutionary process. It also shows the pent up revolutionary zeal of the masses that are still fighting against all the odds so that the revolutionary movement keeps going strong since Chavez started the process in 2002. The socialists won more than 54 percent of the vote against 43 percent for the right wing opposition, and won office in 196 municipalities against the opposition’s 53. The advantage of the Bolivarian revolution over the opposition significantly increased, from only 1.49 percentage points in the April 14 presidential election to 6.52 now. As for the number of mayors, with most results already in, the PSUV and allies elected 234, for the opposition’s 67. The turnout was 58.92 percent, much higher than in most European countries for equivalent elections.

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1960s and 70s American "third camp" socialist archives now online - Workers' Liberty

The Marxists Internet Archive has uploaded the journals of the Independent Socialist Clubs and the International Socialists, organisations which continued the revolutionary "third camp" socialism of Max Shachtman and Hal Draper.

 
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A socialist paper in the 1970s - Socialist Worker Online

A socialist paper in the 1970s - Socialist Worker Online | real utopias | Scoop.it

ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1964, the Berkeley Independent Socialist Club (ISC) was founded by a small group of "Third Camp" revolutionary socialists, led by Hal Draper and myself. The Club originated following a years-long faction fight in the Young People's Socialist League and the Socialist Party to defend the political program of the Workers Party/Independent League (WP/ISL), against former comrades, Max Shachtman and his supporters, who were swinging rapidly to support of the Democratic Party and American imperialism.

 
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What is Britain's newly founded Left Unity party? - World Socialist Web Site

What is Britain's newly founded Left Unity party? - World Socialist Web Site | real utopias | Scoop.it

Left Unity has nothing to do with an attempt to build a socialist party. It is a political manoeuvre led by Alan Thornett’s Socialist Resistance group, the British section of the Pabloite United Secretariat of the Fourth International. It is seeking to emulate what it calls “broad left” party initiatives in other countries, particularly the Left Party of Jean-Luc Mélenchon in France, Syriza in Greece, and Die Linke in Germany.

 
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Leon Trotsky and the (Shachtman) Workers Party (1946) - Workers' Liberty

The infancy and childhood of the movement was fortunate in having the intellectual leadership of one of the greatest minds of all time, Karl Marx. It was doubly fortunate in having in Marx’s collaborator, Friedrich Engels, a genius in his own right, whose true stature always remained obscured in the public mind as a result of his modest subordination to the towering height of Marx. The period of the formation of the Second International under the sound, experienced guidance of Engels, his last great service to the working class, coincided with the rise of the Marxist movement in Russia. The latter was soon to replace the intellectually declining movement of Western Europe as the center of uncorrupted Marxist thought and as the source of a revolutionary socialist renaissance on a world scale. Vigorous young Russian Marxism produced two men to fill the international leadership left vacant after the death of Marx and Engels – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Leon Trotsky.

 
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Berlin rally commemorates 75th anniversary of the Fourth International - World Socialist Web Site

Berlin rally commemorates 75th anniversary of the Fourth International - World Socialist Web Site | real utopias | Scoop.it

Leading representatives of the Partei für Soziale Gleichheit (PSG) of Germany and the Socialist Equality Party of Britain spoke at a November 30 meeting in Berlin to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Fourth International. Among those who gathered in a lecture hall at the Technical University to mark one of the central historical events of the 20th century was a delegation from France.

  
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