Class Conflict/Class Struggle

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The ABC of Communism
Bukharin, Preobrazhensky; (edited by Carr, E. H.)
Book
1920
Written as a commentary on the Bolshevik Party program, combining a vision of communist society with a program for practical action.
Adventures in Marxism
Berman, Marshall
Book
1999
Marshall Berman explores and rejoices in the emancipatory potential of Marxism.
Affirmative Action or Class Solidarity?
Article
2007
Affirmative action continues the game of pitting people against each other. It distorts what people mean by racial justice, which would require decent jobs for all. Instead the government promotes une...
Against All Odds
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1985
The shadow haunting the power structure is the danger that those who are controlled will realize they are powerless only so long as they think they are. Once people stop believing they are powerless t...
Against School: How public education cripples our kids, and why
Gatto, John Taylor
Article
2003
An essay by a retired teacher on the infantilization of children by the public school system. This intellectual history of US public school curiculum reveals that it was conceived as a democratic mea...
Allan Bérubé, 1946-2007: Against The Current vol. 135
Kinsman, Gary
Article
2008
An inspiring and broad-ranging queer historian, Allan Bérubé died at the age of 61 on December 11, 2007. He left us with major contributions of exciting historical work, but also important unfinished ...
Amazing Brexit: Identity and Class Politics
Bohne, Luciana
Article
2016
This shell of a once fighting left embraces the culture of identity but excludes the entity of class. As a result poverty has become the P-word, and the poor the pariahs of neoliberal dystopic utopia....
American Primitive in Red, Black and White: Race and Class in the U.S.
Goldner, Loren
Article
1989
The centrality of race in the formation of the American working class, its inseparability from the question of class, can be stated very succinctly: in 1848 and 1968, when working-class upsurges explo...
The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912
Kipnis, Ira
Book
1952
A history of the American Socialist Party, which at its height had over 150,000 dues-paying members, published hundreds of newspapers, and won almost a million votes for its presidential candidate.
The American Working Class in Historical Persepctive
Glaberman, Martin
Article
1973
A review of Jeremy Brecher's Strike! (See CX6590)
Angels of the Workplace: Women and the Construction of Gender Relations in the Canadian Clothing Industry, 1890-1940
Steedman, Mercedes
Book
1997
Examines how the intricate weaving together of the meanings of class, gender, ethnicity, family, and the workplace created a job ghetto for women. Detailing the disparities between men and women in te...
Autonomous Struggles and the Capitalist Crisis: A Workers' Autonomy Pamphlet
Book
1974
A Canadian pamphlet with English translations of three articles originating with the Italian autonomist Marxist organization Lotta Continua.
Before the White Race Was Invented: Review of The Invention of the White Race
Scott, Jonathan
Article
1998
With white racial oppression in place, the ruling class could promote poor and propertyless European-Americans into the "middle class," the same way the British promoted "mulattos" in the Caribbean, b...
Beyond a Boundary
James, C.L.R.
Book
1963
Part memoir of a boyhood in a black colony (by one of the founders of African nationalism), part passionate celebration of the game of cricket, this book raises serious questions about race, class, po...
Bolivia After the Referendum: Against The Current vol. 137
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2008
The month following Bolivia's recall referendum on August 10, 2008 tragically confirmed the class polarization of that country. The right-wing autonomists of the Santa Cruz, Pando, Beni, Tarija and Su...
Bordiga, Amadeo - Writings - Index
Article
Writings by Amadeo Bordiga (1889-1970).
Burying the White Working Class
Kilpatrick, Connor
Article
2016
Liberal condescension towards white workers is code for a broader anti-working class agenda. The white working class is a zombie that doesn't know it's dead. Or if it's not fully zombified yet, its me...
Canada Since 1960: A People's History: A Left Perspective on 50 Years of Politics, Economics and Culture
Gonick, By (ed.)
Book
2016
An account of the most important developments in Canadian history from the 1960s to today, seen through the eyes of Canadian Dimension magazine.
Canada's 1960s: The Ironies of Identity in a Rebellious Era
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
2008
A history of social movements of the 1960s, including Canada’s student and anti-war movements, the rise of women’s liberation, labour agitation, and Quebec’s independence movement.
The Canadian City
Gerecke, Kent
Book
1991
Based on the belief that a healthy city life is possible, this volume collects articles, stories and histories about the city and its people, covering aspects such as human and social relations, art a...
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
Capitalism and the National Question in Canada
Teeple, Gary
Book
1972
Essays examining a variety of questions about Canada's past, from a Marxist perspective.
The Case for Socialism
Maass, Alan
Book
2005
An argument for socialism: a society built from the bottom up through the struggles of ordinary people against exploitation, oppression, and injustice -- one in which people come before profit. A soci...
Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
Jones, Owen
Book
2011
An analysis of Britain's working class and the sociopolitical attitudes regarding them.
China in the Contemporary World Dynamic of Accumulation and Class Struggle
Goldner, Loren
Article
2005
The Chinese ruling elite is riding the whirlwind precisely because its own necessary reforms are quite visibly setting in motion social processes that could completely overwhelm it, namely a working-c...
Chomsky.Info
Chomsky, Noam
Website
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Class and Colour in South Africa 1850-1950
Simons, H.J.; Simons, R.E.
Book
1969
A historical and sociological overview which provides a critical analysis of the Labour and National movements in South Africa and explores how and why the white working class traded its socialist pri...
Class Composition and the Theory of the Party at the Origin of the Workers-Councils Movement
Bologna, Sergio
Article
1972
Re-examines a crucial segment of labour history, the German workers' council experience, which bridges the classical socialist phase of the Second and Third Internationals, and the post-Keynesian peri...
Class conflict: Wikipedia article
Article
Class conflict, frequently referred to as class warfare or class struggle, is the tension or antagonism which exists in society due to competing socioeconomic interests and desires between people of d...
Class Conflict, Slavery and the United States Constitution: Ten essays
Lynd, Staughton
Book
1967
One of the first studies to identify the importance of slavery to the founding of the American Republic.
Class Dismissed: Why We Cannot Teach or Learn Our Way Out of Inequality
Marsh, John
Book
2011
John Marsh debunks a myth cherished by journalists, politicians, and economists: that growing poverty and inequality in the United States can be solved through education. Marsh shows that education ha...
Class, Gender, and Region: Essays in Canadian Historical Sociology
Kealey, Gregory S.
Book
This is reprinted from The Canadian Journal of Sociology. It is a collection of new work by historians and sociologists from across Canada.
Class is More Intersectional than Intersectionality
Article
2016
The Left as it exists currently is often ashamed of and apologetic for its class struggle orientation, chasing after demographic-specific oppression issues. An approach that leans toward greater empha...
Class, Party and the Challenge of State Transformation
Panitch, Leo; Gindin, Sam
Article
2017
An essay examining the challenges of changing the state and status quo following major crises of capitalism, and how the current neoliberal status quo has persisted through the various crises it has p...
Class Politics in Palestine
Cliff, Tony (writing as L. Rock)
Article
1939
Zionism is a factor that weakens the class struggle of the Jewish masses, and strengthens the reaction outside of Palestine as well as the reactionary forces in Palestine. Jewish immigration into Pale...
Class Struggle and Nation
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1912
Does the bourgeoisie really have an interest in putting an end to national struggles? Not at all, it has the greatest interest in not putting an end to them, especially since the class struggle has re...
Class Struggle at Air France
Marlière, Philippe
Article
2015
On Monday, about 100 employees stormed an Air France management and union official meeting that was discussing dramatic job cuts. As the negotiations had been making no progress, the staff became angr...
Class-Struggle Road to Black Freedom: Part Two: Marxism vs. the Myth of "White Skin Privilege"
Article
2015
The victory of the socialist revolution in this country will be achieved through the united struggle of black and white workers.
The Class Struggles in France, 1848 to 1850
Marx, Karl
Book
1850
Originally a series of articles written between January and October 1850 specially for the Neue Rheinische Zeitung. Politisch-ökonomische Revue and published in it under the general title "1848-1849."
Class Unionism
Debs, Eugene
Article
1905
The Class War at Home: The Rich Getting Richer
Quigley, Bill
Article
2010
There is a class war – the war of the rich on the poor and the middle class – and the rich are winning.
Class War in the British Labour Party: Tories, Blairites Turn the Screws on Jeremy Corbyn
Article
2016
Ever since Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the British Labour Party last September, the party has been in a state of internal class warfare. Corbyn is a decades-long member of old Labour’s left wi...
Class-Struggle Road to Black Freedom: Part One: The Roots of Black Oppression
Article
2015
The purpose of this talk is to motivate a Marxist materialist program for the fight for black freedom as opposed to the idealism embodied in both black nationalism and guilty white liberalism, includi...
Climate Change as a Class Issue
Coles, Nick
Article
2013
Protesting PNC Bank in Pittsburgh financing of mountain-top removal (MTR) coal mining across Appalachia. MTR causes increased cancer rates and birth defects, as well as massive environmental degradati...
Common Sense for Hard Times: The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies
Brecher, Jeremy; Costello, Tim
Book
1976
Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is org...
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis
Book
This first volume in Rosa Luxemburg's Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, contains some of Luxemburg's most important statements on the globalization of capital, wage labour, imperialism, an...
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume II: Economic Writings 2
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis and Paul Le Blanc)
Book
This volume contains a new English translation of Luxemburg’s most important book, The Accumulation of Capital (1913) as well as her response to its critics. Taken together, they constitute one of the...
Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
Crisis in the US: Social and Economic Effects, Restructuring and Methods of Adapting
Simon, Henri
Article
2010
The cause of the crisis in the US must be found in the context of the world capitalist economy and not credited to internal causes. These internal causes of course exist but in fact only shape the way...
Critique of Nonviolent Politics: From Mahatma Gandhi to the Anti-Nuclear Movement
Ryan, Howard
Book
1984
Ryan accepts that sometimes nonviolence can be effective, but says that sometimes it is not: "a principled insistence on nonviolence can in some circumstances be dangerous to progressive social moveme...
Eugene V. Debs Internet Archive
Debs, Eugene
Article
Writings of Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926).
Democracy Against Capitalism
Wood, Ellen Meiksins
Book
1995
Wood provides a brilliant explication and defense of the key theoretical concepts relevant to socialism, understood to be the most radical social and economic democracy.
Democracy for the Few
Parenti, Michael
Book
1988
How does the U.S. political system work and for what purpose? What are the major forces shaping political life and how do they operate? Who governs in the United States? Who gets what, when, how, and ...
The Dialectics of Community Control
Aronowitz, Stanley
Article
1970
The movement for community control will fall short often, unless it becomes a broader struggle for popular, democratic control of all public institutions and the economy.
The 'Dictatorship of the Proletariat' in Marx and Engels
Draper, Hal
Article
1987
What did the phrase 'dictatorship of the proletariat' mean to Marx and to his contemporaneous readers?
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Dividing the Races to Benefit the Rich: Prison Populism?
Washington, Linn Jr.
Article
2010
Race baiting broadcast agitators like Beck and Rush Limbaugh have their audiences believing the factually flawed foolishness that the reason they are falling behind economically is because the federal...
Down To Earth People: Beyond Class Reductionism and Postmodernism
Secombe, Wallace; Livingstone, David W.
Book
1999
Working class women and men offer their analysis of the world today and its multi-dimensional inequalities.
Drug use, the labour market and class conflict
Helmer, John; Vietorisz, Thomas
Article
A social history and analysis of drug use and its relationship with class struggle.
The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
Marx, Karl
Book
1852
Marx wrote The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon between December 1851 and March 1852. The "Eighteenth Brumaire" refers to November 9, 1799 in the French Revolutionary Calendar -- the day the fir...
The Enemy of Nature: The End of Capitalism or the End of the World?
Kovel, Joel
Book
2002
We live in and from nature, but the way we have evolved of doing this is about to destroy you. Capitalism and its by-products -- imperialism, war, neoliberal globalization, racism, poverty, and the de...
Europe's New Road to Serfdom: Trichet Threatens Greece with Iron Heel
Hudson, Michael
Article
2011
The conditios for Greece's new loan package is that Greece must initiate a class war by raising its taxes, lowering its social spending – and even private-sector pensions – and sell off public land, t...
For Communism: Propositions on a Strategy for Revolution in the Advanced Capitalist Countries
Article
1970
A series of 100 propositions addressing the strategic vacuum on the Italian and European left at the end of the 1960s.
40 years ago: the grandeur and the limits of the Portuguese Revolution
Palheta, Ugo
Article
2014
The Portuguese Revolution plunged its roots in the crisis of the Salazar regime. A fascist dictatorship based on a reactionary ideology which would serve as inspiration for the Vichy regime, the Estad...
Free Public Transit
Raudjarv, Revo
Film/Video
2015
This video focuses on accessibility when it comes to public transit in Tallinn, Estonia and how transit issues intersect with social justice issues.
From Iron Mines to Iron Bars
Garvey, John
Article
2010
Exploring some of the consequences of the long-term decline in union membership and the significant shift in membership towards public sector workers.
Martin and Jessie Glaberman Collection: Papers, 1939-2001
Glaberman, Martin & Jessie
Unclassified
The papers of the Marxist radicals Martin Glaberman and Jessie Glaberman, now housed at Wayne State University.
Global Labor: Socialist Register 2001: Review published in Against The Current Vol. 95
Fletcher, Bill Jr.
Article
2001
For all intents and purposes, I discovered the Socialist Register during the early '90s. When I say "discovered" I, of course, do not mean that I was the first to come across it. Rather, having heard ...
The Greeks Get It
Hedges, Chris
Article
2010
Here's to the Greeks. They know what to do when corporations pillage and loot their country. They know what to do when Goldman Sachs and international bankers collude with their power elite to falsify...
Hallas, Duncas - Writings - Index
Hallas, Duncan
Article
Writings of Duncas Hallas (1925-2002).
Tim Hector: A Caribbean Radical's Story
Buhle, Paul
Book
2006
An account of the life of Antiguan activist Tim Hector.
The Heresy Of The Greeks Offers Hope
Pilger, John
Article
2010
Greece is a microcosm of a modern class war rarely reported as such.
The Historical Moment That Produced Us
Goldner, Loren
Article
2010
As we emerge, hopefully, from this dismal period of rollback, we recall Rosa Luxemburg's remark, shortly before her murder in 1919: "The revolution says: I was, I am, I shall be!" We assert the ongoin...
A History of Canadian Wealth
Myers, Gustavus
Book
1914
Myers lays bare the corruption, swindling, land deals, and bribery that are at the basis of Canadian history. This is Canada's past seen through the eyes of a muckraker.
The History of Democracy: A Marxist Interpretation
Roper, Brian S.
Book
2013
Roper traces the history of democracy from ancient Athens to the emergence of liberal representative and socialist participatory democracy. He argues that democracy cannot be understood separately fro...
History of union busting in the United States: Connexipedia Article
Article
Union Busting is a term used by labor organizations and trade unions to describe the activities that may be undertaken by employers, their proxies, workers and in certain instances states and governme...
How Does the Subaltern Speak?
Chibber, Vivek
Article
2013
Vivek Chibber argues that postcolonial theory discounts the enduring value of Enlightenment universalism at its own peril. Focusing particularly on the strain of postcolonial theory known as subaltern...
How The Oligarchy Gets Politicized: A Short History of Elite Responses To Political-Economic Crisis
Nasser, Alan
Article
2011
The political activism of the elite is striking in times of crisis, when the latter takes the form either of severe economic contraction or of working-class militancy, or both.
International Liquidity and Class Struggle: A First Approximation
Goldner, Loren
Article
1998
In my view, the current situation is merely the latest eruption of a crisis in accumulation that first surfaced ca. 1965 in the simultaneous recessions in the U.S., Germany and Japan, signaling that t...
Jai Bhim Comrade
Patwardhan, Anand
Film/Video
2011
India’s Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as “untouchables”. The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra's Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, i...
James Green's Death in the Haymarket: Against The Current vol. 125
Quinn, Patrick M.
Article
2006
James Green's Death in the Haymarket tells the story of the anarcosyndicalist militants accused of perpetrating the throwing of a bomb that killed police at a workers’ rally at the Haymarket in Chicag...
John Pilger on Class Vs "Identity"
Pilger, John
Film/Video
2016
Award-winning journalist & film-maker, John Pilger describes the corrosive impact of "identity" politics and the loss of "class" as a tool to understand the world we live in.
Karl Marx: Economist or Revolutionary?
Cleaver, Harry
Article
1983
Cleaver illustrates how, in the history of Marxist work on the theory of crisis, many have forgotten the revolutionary content of Marx’s own work and thus left themselves open to the dangers of capita...
Karl Marx: Essential Writings
Bender, Frederic L.
Book
1972
A selection of Marx's writings ranging from his early works on philosophy, religion, alienation, and Hegelianism, through the materialist conception of history, the theoretical analysis of capitalism,...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume I: State and Bureaucracy
Draper, Hal
Book
1977
A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
Kicking Ass for the Working Class: Against The Current vol. 133
Moody, Kim
Article
2008
There it was, staring at me from the AFL-CIO’s very own blog: a black sign with bold red letters saying “KICKING ASS FOR THE WORKING CLASS,” signed AFL-CIO. Surely they meant to say “working for,” or ...
Labor on the Ropes: Against The Current vol. 135
Leyshon, Traven
Article
2008
In U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition, Kim Moody focuses on why the organized labor movement went into decline and points to potential signs of revival. The author’s explanation begins with the wors...
Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves About the NDP
Diemer, Ulli
Article
1989
Canadian socialists are terribly reluctant to give up their illusions about the NDP.
Liberal Dreams and Nature's Limits: Great Cities of North America Since 1600
Lemon, James T.
Book
1996
An exploration of city life through time, focusing on the life [economically, socially, politically, etc.] of five large North American cities at various times in the past - Philadelphia during the ti...
Liberalism as Class Warfare
Urie, Rob
Article
2017
Liberals, as guardians of the status quo, are class warriors on the side of economic mal-distribution and the immiseration of the labouring classes and poor for the benefit of the rich.
Liberation, Then What?: Against The Current vol. 124
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2006
In a lucid contribution to our understanding of contemporary Africa, David Seddon and Leo Zeilig recently charted that continent's two waves of popular protest and class struggle over the last 40 year...
Loren Goldner speaks on the current capitalist crisis
Goldner, Loren
Film/Video
2010
Writer and activist Loren Goldner contextualizes the current economic crisis and class struggles in a theory of capitalist development.
Main Currents of Marxism: Volume 1: The Founders
Kolakowski, Leszek
Book
1978
Kolakowski gives his interpretation of the origins of Marxism, and analyses the development of Marx's thought and its divergence from other forms of socialism.
Man's Worldly Goods: The Story of the Wealth of Nations
Huberman, Leo
Book
1936
Huberman sets out to explain history using economic theory, and to explain economic theory using history. He tries to explain, in terms of the development of economic thought, why certain doctrines ar...
Marx and Nature: A Red and Green Perspective
Burkett, Paul
Book
1999
While recognizing that production is structured by historically developed relations among producers, Marx insists that production as a social and material process is shaped and constrained by natural ...
Marxism and "Subaltern Studies"
Usmani, Adaner
Article
2013
A review of Vivek Chibber's book Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital.
Marxism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
A Marxist History of the World part 102: What is neoliberalism?
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The ‘free-market’ theory provides a pseudo-scientific justification for the greed and poverty endemic to the system, and the main beneficiaries are the global mega-corporations of neoliberal capitalis...
A Marxist History of the World part 14: The Greek Democratic Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Neil Faulkner looks at the radical participatory democracy which began in Athens between 510 and 506 BCE and spread to virtually every city-state in the Aegean.
A Marxist History of the World part 16: Roman Military Imperialism
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Rome represented a unique fusion of Greek-style citizenship with Macedonian-style militarism. The result was the most dynamic imperialist state in the ancient world.
A Marxist History of the World part 17: The Roman Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
Neil Faulkner looks at the Roman Revolution - a complex, distorted, century-long process of class struggle.
A Marxist History of the World part 33: The class struggle in medieval Europe
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Despite dominating western Europe in the 11th century by the 14th century Feudalism was faced with a crisis that generated a wave of revolutionary struggle. Neil Faulkner looks at the causes and outco...
A Marxist History of the World part 41: 1640-1645: revolution and war in England
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
The attempt to impose Absolutism by Charles I led to a revolutionary civil war in which the King would be executed - Neil Faulkner looks at the English Civil War.
A Marxist History of the World part 42: The Army, the Levellers, and the Commonwealth
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Neil Faulkner looks at how even the most radical bourgeois forces, if they are to preserve their property and status, must break the momentum of the movement that has brought them to power.
A Marxist History of the World Part 48: The French Revolution - The Jacobin Dictatorship
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
In his latest instalment, Neil Faulkner explores the rise of the Jacobin dictatorship and the ever-present threat of counter-revolution in 18th Century France.
A Marxist History of the World part 49: The French Revolution - Themidor, Directory and Napoleon
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
In his third chapter on the French Revolution, Neil Faulkner discusses the contradictions of bourgeois revolution - but celebrates the gains it won.
A Marxist History of the World part 51: The origins of the Labour Movement
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Capitalism's industrial revolution gave birth to its own gravediggers, argues Neil Faulkner as he examines the rise and fall of Chartism.
A Marxist History of the World part 52: The 1848 Revolutions
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Even when progress is reversed, some hard-won gains are permanent. Neil Faulkner examines how the counter-revolution in 1848 failed to entirely turn the clock back.
A Marxist History of the World part 53: What is Marxism?
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
In his latest instalment, Neil Faulkner explores the complex history of Marxism - and how capitalism produced its own gravediggers.
A Marxist History of the World part 55: The Making of the Working Class
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
The development of capitalism entails two complementary processes. The first, explored in MHW 54, is competitive capital accumulation. The second, explored here, is the making – and continual re-makin...
A Marxist History of the World part 6: The First Ruling Class
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2010
This week Neil Faulkner looks at the rise of the first ruling classes as the surplus created through the increasing productivity of human labour allowed a section of society to live without producing.
A Marxist History of the World part 64: What is Imperialism?
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Neil Faulkner looks at how the growth of giant monopolies and the fusing of industrial, bank, and state capital created global competition - and the roots of World War I.
A Marxist History of the World part 72: February to October the rhythms of revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The situation of 'dual power' that emerged after the overthrow of the Tsar in February 1917 was marked by a series of major political crises.
A Marxist History of the World part 76: Italy's 'Two Red Years'
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Like Germany, Italy was on the brink of revolution in the summer of 1920, after the strains of imperialist war had levered open deep fractures in an unstable social order.
A Marxist History of the World part 78: The First Chinese Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In 1927, the Chinese nationalists smashed the country's first working-class revolutionary movement – a defeat that would shape the whole subsequent history of China.Counterfire
A Marxist History of the World part 79: Revolt in the Colonies
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The anti-colonial revolts of the early 20th century were inspired by radical ideas, but, as the examples of Ireland, India and Mexico show, history exacts a heavy price for political timidity.
A Marxist History of the World part 85: June 1936: the French general strike and factory occupations
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In the mid-1930s French workers launched a wave of strikes and occupations. Neil Faulkner explains how the Stalinised Communist Party worked to contain this resistance.
A Marxist History of the World part 86: The Spanish Civil War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In 1936, after General Franco had led an unsuccessful coup against a democratically elected government, revolution swept across Spain. Neil Faulkner explains why the workers were ultimately defeated.
Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism
Hudis, Peter
Book
2013
In contrast to the traditional view that Marx's work is restricted to a critique of capitalism – and that he consciously avoided any detailed conception of its alternative – this work shows that Marx ...
The Mass Strike, the Political Party and the Trade Unions
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1906
Luxemburg writes that "the mass strike in Russia [in 1905] has been realised not as means of evading the political struggle of the working-class, and especially of parliamentarism, not as a means of j...
The Meaning of Socialism
Cardan, Paul (Cornelius Castoriadis)
Article
1961
Paul Cardan's 1961 discussion of modern conceptions of socialism, and the future of socialist movements.
The Meaning of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution: Against The Current vol. 113
Albo, Greg
Article
2004
A feature of revolutions is that they keep coming around in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. Who would have dared predict the eruption that was Seattle in November 1999, when the powers behi...
Modern Capitalism and Revolution
Cardan, Paul (Cornelius Castoriadis)
Book
1959
For revolutionaries one central point must be grasped to understand how the system works: the struggle of human beings against their alientation, and the ensuing conflict and split in all spheres, asp...
The Myth of the Labor Aristocracy, Part 1: Against The Current vol. 123
Post, Charles
Article
2006
The persistence of reformism and outright conservatism among workers, especially in the imperialist centers of North America, Western Europe and Japan, has long confounded revolutionary socialists. Th...
The National Question: Selected Writings by Rosa Luxemburg
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited by Davis, Horace B.)
Book
In her penetrating analysis of nationalism, Rosa Luxemburg argues that the formula of "the right of nations to self-determination" is essentially not a political or programmatic guide to the nationali...
The new socialist revolution: An introduction to its theory and strategy
Lerner, Michael P.
Article
1973
Chapter 6 - Strategy and Tactics. The first task of the revolutionary movement, its most important task within the next few years, is to destroy bourgeois hegemony and develop a radical consciousness ...
The Next Liberation Struggle: Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy in Southern Africa
Saul, John S.
Book
2005
An indispensable guide to understanding how the resources of that era can be used to contribute to real liberation for the region and for the continent of Africa as a whole.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Class, Caste & Hierarchies
Seabrook, Jeremy
Book
2002
Concentrates mainly on the history of social hierarchy in Western civilization, and particularly the struggles of the working class.
No surrender in Greece
Davenellos, Antonis
Article
2010
A member of International Workers Left (DEA), reports from Athens on the May 20 general strike and workers' growing radicalization.
Not Bad Policy, But Class Policy: Holes in the Keynesian Against G20 Austerity Plan
Hossein-Zadeh, Ismael
Article
2010
Liberal critics of the vicious austerity policies passionately argue against such policies as bad, misguided, or unwise as if the governments that make such policies do not know what they are doing. A...
An October for Us, for Russia and for the Whole World: Against The Current vol. 131
an appeal from Russian Intellectuals and Artists
Article
2007
This appeal from Russian intellectuals and artists on the 90th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution comes to us from veteran leftists, social democrats, artists and even children of Left Oppo...
On Roediger's Wages of Whiteness
Allen, Theodore, W.
Article
2002
An extended discussion and critique of David Roediger's book Wages of Whiteness. Allen writes: "David Roediger's Wages of Whiteness, because of its almost universal acceptance for use in colleges and ...
On Unions and the Class Struggle
Article
1969
Written during the wave of workers' struggles known as the Italian hot autumn of 1969, when the autonomous struggles of the working class reached an unprecedented level, laying bare the character and ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - May 7, 2016: Destabilization and Regime Change
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
When governments get too far out of line -- the most outrageous offence, from the point of view of imperial power, is pursuing policies that help ordinary people at the expense of transnational corpo...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2017
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Class conflict - first and foremost, the relationship between the capitalist class and the working class -- is the fundamental contradiction that defines capitalist society. Class is a reality which s...
Party and Class
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1936
The belief in parties is the main reason for the impotence of the working class; therefore we avoid forming a new party - not because we are too few, but because a party is an organization that aims t...
Peasants and Classes: A Study in Differentiation in Bangladesh
Rahman, Atiur
Book
1989
Dr. Rahman shows how in Bangladesh old relations of production and exchange are changing, poor peasants are being dispossessed as the rich enlarge their landholdings, and proletarianization is making ...
A People's History of Science
Connor, Clifford
Book
Connor focuses on the contributions of ordinary people living in ordinary times and the social and political history in which they lived. Spanning the time from the hunter-gatherers to the information...
A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium
Harman, Chris
Book
1999
Harman describes the shape and course of human history as a narrative of ordinary people forming and re-forming complex societies in pursuit of common human goals.
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital
Chibber, Vivek
Book
2013
Against the thesis that Western subalterns are made of different stuff, Chibber argues that human beings are, at their core, not that different across contexts. The winds of history and culture may ch...
Pragmatics Of Community Organization - First Edition
Lee, Bill
Book
1986
Information on how to plan action, how to organize meetings, how to train participants for action, how to negotiate, and how to end a particular exercise in community organization.
The Problem of Nationality and Autonomy
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1908
Rosa Luxemburg on the national question, federalism, autonomy, and the right of nations to self-determination.
Race and Class: The Wealth Gap: Against The Current vol. 88
Miah, Malik
Article
2000
Politicians and government officials point to the historic low unemployment level in the Black community as signs of a strong economy and a future where whites and African Americans will finally have ...
Race and Class: What About the Working Poor?
Miah, Malik
Article
2010
One striking feature of political debate in the country today is that — while every commentator, pundit and political observer talks about and focuses on the concerns of the super-rich and the middle ...
Race and Class: Brown v. Board of Education 50 Years Later: Against The Current vol. 111
Miah, Malik
Article
2004
I found the headline of the May 17 Business Week article on the 50th anniversary of the famous Brown v. Board of Education landmark Supreme Court ruling, that "separate but equal" schools were unconst...
Race and Class in Civil War Mississippi
Spritzler, John
Article
2009
The poor whites of Mississippi who fought the Confederacy alongside slaves did so because of working class values that they shared with slaves. The fact that poor whites may have believed some racist ...
Racism and Responsibility: Against The Current vol. 133
Fish, George
Article
2008
Malik Miah writes in Against the Current 131, “[Orlando] Patterson, and others in Black academia and middle-class civil rights organizations, are right to point to internal problems within the Black c...
Radical Digressions 4
Diemer, Ulli
Website
2006
Radical Perspectives on the Economic Crisis of Monopoly Capitalism
URPE/PEA Teach-In/Teach-Out Pamphlet Collective
Book
1975
A popular education pamphlet on the economic crises of monopoly capitalism.
Raising the Workers' Flag: The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936
Endicott, Stephen L.
Book
2012
A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
Ralph Nader and the Legacy of Revolt: Against The Current vol. 88
Sheasby, Walt Contreras
Article
2000
Ralph Nader, announcing his presidential candidacy in Washington, D.C. on February 21, 2000, said, "The struggle between the forces of democracy and plutocracy has ebbed and flowed throughout our hist...
Recent Class Struggles in the USA
Goldner, Loren
Article
2003
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
A Report on Recent Struggles in Greece
BIDA
Article
2010
In periods of crisis, such as the current period of overaccumulation crisis, capitalists use the politics of 'public debt' in order to devise new ways to intensify exploitation. In contrast with capit...
Restructuring and Resistance: Diverse voices of struggle in Western Europe
Abramsky, Koyla
Book
2000
The book consists of 77 individual chapters, almost all of them written by activists based on their experiences of struggle against the different aspects of capitalist globalisation. Those that aren't...
The Road to Wigan Pier
Orwell, George
Book
1937
George Orwell's investigation of an English working class community in the 1930s.
Rosa Luxemburg: Abridged Edition
Nettl, Peter
Book
1966
A biography of Luxemburg by a British academic.
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
Dunayevskaya, Raya
Book
1981
Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Au...
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Gramsci, Antonio
Book
1951
Gramsci's Notebooks cover a wide range of subjects including history, culture, politics, and philosophy.
Sex-Pol: Essays 1929-1934
Reich, Wilhelm; (Baxandall, Lee, ed.)
Book
1934
Wilhelm Reich's writings from his Marxist period, outlining his thoughts about sexual and political liberation.
She's Beautiful When She's Angry
Dore, Mary (director)
Film/Video
2014
She's Beautiful When She's Angry resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women's movement in the United States from 1966 to 1971. She's Beautiful ...
A Short History of Progress
Wright, Ronald
Book
2004
If the population growth, consumption of resources, and technological advances continue according to the trend of the twentieth century, at the expense of the earth, the outcome may be disastrous.
Social Anarchism, Individualist Anarchism, the State and Leninism: A Reply to the International Socialist Organization
Wetzel, Tom
Article
2009
I take it that social or Left-anarchism and libertarian socialism are the same thing. Both stand opposed to Leninism, and both stand opposed to individualist anarchism.
Social and Sexual Revolution: Essays on Marx and Reich
Ollman, Bertell
Book
1979
A collection of essays by Bertell Ollman. Ollman tackles issues such as Karl Marx's concepts of class, class consciousness, and communism; he argues for the absorption of Wilhelm Reich's insights abou...
Socialism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
Socialist Feminism in the 21st Century
Brenner, Johanna
Article
2014
Brenner analyzes socialism in the 21st century, with a new discourse of gender equality that focuses on transnational feminism, community alliances, the mobilization of members, and overcome the divis...
The Socialist Register 1967: Volume 4: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1967
The Socialist Register 1970: Volume7: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Socialist Register 1972: Volume 9: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
The Socialist Register 1974: Volume 11: A survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1974
The Socialist Register 1975: Volume 12: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
The Socialist Register 1977: Volume 14: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1977
The Socialist Register 1981: Volume 18: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1981
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
The Socialist Register 1983: Volume 20: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1983
The Socialist Register 1985/1986: Volume 22: Social Democracy and After
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John; Liebman, Marc; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
The Socialist Register 1988: Volume 24: Problems of Socialist Renewal: East & West
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1988
An examination of the prospects for socialism written shortly before the fall of the Soviet Union.
Socialist Register 1989: Volume 25: Revolution Today. Aspirations and Realities
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1989
Ssangyong Motors Strike in South Korea Ends in Defeat and Heavy Repression
Goldner, Loren
Article
2009
The hard-right Korean government is signaling with these measures -- its latest and most dramatic "take no prisoners" victory over popular protest in the past year and a half -- its intention to steam...
Strike!: The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present
Brecher, Jeremy
Book
1972
A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
There’s Always a Class War Going On: An Interview with Chris Steele
Chomsky, Noam
Article
2013
An excerpt from the second edition of Noam Chomsky’s OCCUPY: Class War, Rebellion and Solidarity published by Zuccotti Park Press.
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Palmer, Bryan D.; Heroux, Gaetan
Book
2016
Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food an...
Trading Freedom: How Free Trade Affects Our Lives, Work and Environment
Cavanagh, John, Gershman, John, Baker, Karen, Helmke, Gretchen
Book
...
Travails of U.S. Labor: Against The Current vol. 84
Cohen, Sheila
Article
2000
A Short History of the U.S. Working Class is an excellent introduction for the “workers and students” whom Paul Le Blanc commendably defines as its principal audience. The language is clear and access...
2,500 Years of Class Hatred
Reid Ross, Alexander
Article
2016
Class struggle never existed without hatred of the poor. And neither has racism. Boots Riley's recent article, posted in The Guardian, systematically dispels the myth of black-on-black crime advocated...
The Two Methods of Trade-Union Policy
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1907
To be sure, revolutions and revolutionary struggles cannot be transplanted artificially, by means of ‘good intentions’, into a country. But the examples and lessons of a neighbouring revolutionary cou...
Ubu Saved From Drowning: Class Struggle and Statist Containment in Portugal and Spain, 1974-1977
Goldner, Loren
Book
2000
The end of the Salazar and Franco regimes on the Iberian peninsula was, in fact, a key moment in the beginning of a period in which literally dozens of dictatorships disappeared, a period in which the...
Underdevelopment in Canada
Article
1977
A collection of articles analyzing underdevelopment in Canada in historical and economic terms.
Union busting: Connexipedia Article
Article
A wide range of activities undertaken by employers, their proxies, and governments, which hinder workers from freely organizing, joining and maintaining trade unions.
The Unknown Dimension: European Marxism Since Lenin
Howard, Dick, Klare, Karl E.
Book
1972
The radical intellectual tradition of European post-Leninist Marxism, so different from the dogma of the orthodox leftist parties, is an unknowwn dimension. This anthology sets out to recover this Mar...
Untouchable!: Voices of a Liberation Movement
Joshi, Barbara (ed.)
Book
Over 100 million Indians today are Dalits ("Untouchables"). This volume comprises a unique collection of writings by Dalit authors - political activists, social scientists, journalists, and others. Th...
U.S. Labor's Subterranean Fire: Against The Current vol. 131
Post, Charlie
Article
2007
The broad outlines of the crisis of the U.S. labor movement -— sharply declining union density, concession bargaining, failures to organize the growing non-union manufacturing and service sectors, the...
The Useful Altruists: How NGOs Serve Capitalism and Imperialism
McMillan, Stephanie; Kelley, Vincent
Article
2015
NGOs are far from revolutionary organizations, but many of us would think that their work still seems more helpful than not. Political differences with them aside, it seems dogmatic to denounce free h...
Vanguard, Vanguard, Who's Got the Vanguard?
Schneider, Michael
Article
1972
A critique of Leninist vanguard-party theories and practice, especially as manifested in the new left groups of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Published in the May 1972 and August 1972 issues of Libe...
What is the Left?
Stephens, R.L.
Article
Stephens argues that class struggle is central to overcoming oppression.
What's Class Got to Do With It?
Gill, Lesley; Ross, Norbert
Article
2016
Unsettled by Donald Trump's bigotry and xenophobia, liberal pundits have struggled to understand his improbable anointment as the nominee of the Republican party. Many have sought answers in the exper...
What's the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America
Frank, Thomas
Book
2004
Explores the rise of conservative populism in the United States through the lens of Frank's native state of Kansas. According to his analysis, the political discourse of recent decades has dramaticall...
Who Advocates Spontaneity?
Brecher, Jeremy
Article
1973
The working class can come to understand its power to act only by acting.
Who do we try to rescue today?: Canada under corporate rule
Finn, Ed
Book
2000
A collection of essays discussing aspects of the role of corporations in late-20th-century Canada.
Why Marx Was Right
Eagleton, Terry
Book
2011
Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.
Wildcat Strikes in China
Carter, Lance
Article
2010
Winnipeg 1919: The strikers' own history of the Winnipeg General Strike
Penner, Norman (ed.)
Book
1972
The Winnipeg General Strike was a landmark in Canadian political and labour history. This book, with the lively and clearly-written strikers' account of the strike and more than 40 photos of major str...
Women's Suffrage and Class Struggle
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1912
In any society, the degree of female emancipation is the natural measure of the general emancipation.
The Writings of David Roediger
Horowitz, Roger
Article
1997
Roediger criticizes Marxists for too often reducing racial discrimination to conflicts over resources, such as jobs or housing, that are manipulated by a society's upper classes in order to divert att...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Black and Red
Publishing books and pamphlets with an anti-authoritarian perspective since 1968. Black & Red books record contemporary and historical attempts to lead principled lives. They examine social relations ...
Break Their Haughty Power
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
Bureau of Public Secrets
Articles from a Situationist perspective.
Chomsky.info
The Noam Chomsky Web site.
Food Banks Canada
National umbrella group for Canadian food banks, distributed nearly 9 million pounds of food in 2003 to member food banks in all provinces. Works to promote the eradication of hunger and poverty in Ca...
Infoshop.org
Anarchist website.
Labour/Le Travail
A bilingual journal holding no rigid position on the definition of labour. The editorial board hopes to foster imaginative approaches to both teaching and research in labour studies through an open ex...
Libcom.org
Resource for all people who wish to improve their lives, their communities and their working conditions. We want to discuss with one another, learn from experiences of the past and develop strategies ...
Marxism.ca
A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
Marxismo Libertario
Lecturas para la Emancipacion del Proletariado.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
News and Letters
An organization of Marxist-Humanists standing for the abolition of capitalism, both in its private property form and ins its state property form. We stand for the deveopment of new human relations; wh...
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
OCAP is a direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount grassroots political campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working peop...
Socialism.ca
A hub featuring links to selected resources about socialism, as well as other progressive sites of interest to socialists and activists.

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

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Building Identify Through Struggle - Book Review
Against The Current vol. 158
Post, Charlie
2012
Socialists seeking to win support among working people in the United States today face twin obstacles. A conservative, pro-business officialdom, tied to the capitalist Democratic Party and opposed to ...
Dream Worlds Here and There
Book Review of "2312" by Kim Stanley Robinson
Short, Jesse
2013
Short reviews Robinson's "2312," which concerns the state of a world three hundred years from now in which a twisted version of the dream "another world is possible" has come to pass, where nothing st...
George Orwell: A Life
Crick, Bernard
1980
A biography of George Orwell.
Revolution.international
Web resources on revolutionary politics and revolution.

From the Connexions Archives

Anarkismo.net
Website
Mulitlingual site featuring news and analysis from an anarchist-communist perspective.
Break Their Haughty Power
Goldner, Loren
Website
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
Labour in an Affluent Society
Fox, Steve; Kissinger, C. Clark; Mull, Brenda
Article
Put together by the Radical Education Project, this paper includes the following articles: "WILDCAT: anatomy of a work stoppage" by Steve Fox; "THE BRUNS STRIKE: a case study of student participation ...
LabourStart
Website
A major site with information about labour activities throughout the world.
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
New Democracy Internet site
Website
Supports a democratic revolution to overthrow corporate capitalism, but opposes socialism. Features short articles on labour issues, the deficit, education.
News and Letters
Serial Publication (Periodical)
Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
The Newsletter
Periodical profile
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1973
Newsletter published in 1973 and 1974 by the New Tendency, a loose collaboration of indepedent leftists primarily based in Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Articles dealt with workp...
Radical America - Volume 6, No. 3 - May - June 1972
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1972
Radical America - Volume 8, No. 5 - September-October 1974
Class Struggle in Britain
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1974
The Red Menace
A libertarian socialist newsletter
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1975
Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, ...
S.M. Lipset
Social Scientist of the Smooth Society
Jacobs, James
Article
A critique of S.M. Lipset's book Political Man, this article problematizes the assumptions made by social scientists.
The Theory of Social Classes in Marx
Armstrong, Hugh
Article
Armstrong attempts to synthesize various portions of Marx's writing to shed light on social class.