Reformism

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The Abolition of the State: Anarchist & Marxist Perspectives
Price, Wayne
Book
2007
Both Anarchists and Marxists believe that it will be possible to do away with the state. But what do they mean by that? What is the state, after all? What institutions, if any, would be necessary ...
American Socialists and Evolutionary Thought, 1870-1920
Pittenger, Mark
Book
1993
While Pittenger does not provide us with an explanation for the evolutionist degradation of socialism his book is a most insightful rediscovery of a forgotten chapter of U.S. socialism.
An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Callinicos, Alex
Book
2003
An extended argument about what the anti-capitalist movement should stand for.
Bernstein and the Marxism of the Second International
Coletti, Lucio
Article
1969
An essay from the collection entitled From Rouseau to Lenin: Studies in Ideology and Society, First published as Ideologia e Societá by Editori Laterza, Rome, Italy.
The City and Radical Social Change
Roussopoulos, Dimitrios
Book
1982
A collection of essays dealing with the dynamics of the new forces for social change in our urban milieu, discussing how new ideas are contributing to an urban insurgency which could lead to a new cit...
Classical Marxism and the Question of Reformism: Gluckstein, Donny
Article
2014
A central issue for our movement is whether to work towards a complete revolutionary overturning of capitalism and the state that protects it, or rely on partial methods of struggle. This choice is ob...
Coming Home to the Struggle: Against The Current vol. 134
Thompson, Wendy
Article
2008
I became a political activist at the age of 12, when I marched for open housing in Evanston, Illinois. We lived next to the Black community in Evanston; African-American students made up 40% of my gra...
A comment on Greece and Syriza
Seymour, Richard
Article
2012
This analysis is a rebuke to the notion that there is nothing between the far left and social democracy. That diagnosis may have been appropriate in the period of revolutionary growth beginning in 196...
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
The End of Parliamentary Socialism: From New Left to New Labour
Panitch, Leo; Leys, Colin
Book
1997
Argues against the assertion that there is no alternative to neo-liberalism. This account of the British Labour Party's recent history argues that Tony Blair's modernizing tendency was profoundly mist...
The Evil of the Lesser Evil
Binh, Pham
Article
2008
Lesser-evilism as a progressive strategy has succeeded -- succeeded in making American politics progressively more and more right-wing.
Evolutionary Socialism
Bernstein, Eduard
Book
1899
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.
Fragments of a Reformist Anarchism: A review of David Graeber (2004), Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology
Price, Wayne
Article
2007
A collection of scattered thoughts about anarchism, anthropology, and academic studies. David Graeber argues against the need for a revolutionary confrontation with the state or its eventual overthrow...
Gramsci's Marxism
Boggs, Carl
Book
1976
Carl Boggs introduces Gramsci as one of the first marxist theorists to grapple with the problems of revolutionary change in advanced capitalist society and as the first to identify the importance of t...
Hallas, Duncas - Writings - Index
Hallas, Duncan
Article
Writings of Duncas Hallas (1925-2002).
Imagine Democracy
Rebick, Judy
Book
2000
Rebick calls for the transformation of fundamental institutions in Canada: the economy, the media and the electoral system.
The Impossibilities of Reformism
Article
2012
We would like to use this text to begin a dialogue with those comrades within social democracy who contend that the last 25, 15 or 5 years of bleak development is the result of a series of coincidence...
Introduction to Social Revolution
Article
1976
A Short Introduction to Social Revolutionary Politics, with short articles on ""Capitalism," "War," "State Capitalism," "National Liberation and Imperialism," "Racism," "Sex Roles," "Education," and "...
IPPN Standing Strong in the Storm: Against The Current vol. 88
Sentmanat, José Manuel
Article
2000
If I were asked to name the one virtue that best describes the political left in America, I would say “perseverance.” As we know all too well, the long history of the left in our country is a history ...
Irish Communist Policy: Letter to Sylvia Pankhurst
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1922
The belief that some foreign power, the State, may accomplish it for the workers by decrees and laws is a social-democratic belief - nay, only the most narrow-minded social democrats believe it; most ...
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.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume III: The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
Draper, Hal
Book
1986
Hal Draper examines how Marx and Marxism dealt with the issue of dictatorship in relation to the revolutionary use of force and repression, particularly as this debate has centered on the use of the t...
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume IV: Critique of Other Socialisms
Draper, Hal
Book
1990
Much of Karl Marx's most important work came out of his critique of other thinkers, including many socialists who differed significantly in their conceptions of socialism. Draper looks at these critiq...
Klein vs. Klein
Out of the Woods
Article
2015
This Changes Everything is a book capacious enough to allow Naomi Klein two positions at once. But a real climate-justice movement will at some point have to make choices.
The "Labor Aristocracy" and Working-Class Struggles: Consciousness in Flux, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 124
Post, Charles
Article
2006
Whatever the theoretical and empirical problems with the economics of the labor aristocracy thesis, its defenders still claim that well paid workers have generally been more reformist and conservative...
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another
Article
2015
We start from the premise that Canada is facing the deepest crisis in recent memory. so we need to Leap.
"Left Reformism" and socialist strategy
Rooksby, Ed
Article
2013
Rooksby talks about the renewed interest in radical left "big picture" questions of socialist strategy that represents a return to "important debates of the left largely absent over the last three dec...
Left reformism, the state and the problem of socialist politics today
Blackledge, Paul
Article
2013
Blackledge claims that, while it is of the first importance that revolutionaries welcome and work alongside these coalitions, it is also imperative that we maintain our political independence from the...
Luxemburg, Rosa - Writings - Index
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
Writings of Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919).
Manoeuvres from above, movements from below: Greece under Tsipras
Jenkins, Gareth; Karayianni, Despina
Article
2015
The Syriza left is at a crossroads. For all the belief that Syriza is a different kind of party, one that transcends the division between reform and revolution and therefore should be the home for the...
A Marxist History of the World part 100: 1968-1975: the workers' revolt
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
As the crisis of capitalism spread around the world, the working class took centre stage – but the revolt did not result in successful revolution anywhere.
A Marxist History of the World part 67: Reform or Revolution?
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The world Socialist movement was blown apart as its members supported the First World War. Neil Faulkner looks at how the question of reform or revolution lay behind the split.
Mattick, Paul - Writings - Index
Mattick, Paul
Article
Writings of Paul Mattick (1904-1981).
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...
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...
Once more on left reformism: A reply to Ed Rooksby
Blackledge, Paul
Article
2014
Paul Blackledge replies to Ed Rooksby’s arguements about left reformism.
Opportunism and the art of the possible
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1898
Opportunism is a political game which can be lost in two ways: not only basic principles but also practical success may be forfeited.
Pannekoek, Anton - Writings - Index
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
Writings of Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960).
Parecon and the nature of reformism: A review of Robin Hahnel (2005). Economic Justice and Democracy; From Competition to Cooperation. NY
Price, Wayne
Article
2005
The concept of participatory economics, as developed by Hahnel and Albert, is worth exploring. They are inspired by the tradition of libertarian, councilist, socialism. They share the values of revolu...
Ralph Nader and the Legacy of Revolt (Part 2): Against The Current vol. 89
Sheasby, Walt Contreras
Article
2000
Our electoral dilemma today derives from a political realignment a hundred years ago, when a faction of populists joined in fusion with William Jennings Bryan and the “Free Silver” Democratic Party. A...
Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg
Evans, Kate; Buhle, Paul
Book
2015
A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. Red Rosa gives Luxemburg her due as a radical and human being. In this beaut...
Reform and Revolution
Gorz, Andre
Article
1967
An essay taken from Andre Gorz's Le Socialisme Difficile in which he discusses how socialist strategy can aim to crate the objective and subjective conditions which will make mass revolutionary action...
Reform or Revolution
Mattick, Paul
Book
1983
The reformists had no principles to 'betray.' They remained what they had been all along, but they were now obliged first of all to safeguard the system in which their cherished practice could continu...
Reform or Revolution?
DeLeon, Daniel
Article
1896
Socialism knows that revolutionary upheavals and transformations proceed from the rock bed of material needs.
Revolution Re-Assessed: Politics of Human Liberation
Article
1980
The political objectives and beliefs of the Australian-based Libertarian Socialist Organisation.
Revolutionary Centennial: Guyana's 1905 Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 114
Westmaas, Nigel
Article
2005
1905 was a landmark year in the history of Guyana, as it was for several places around the world. In Russia, the Tsar and his troops shot workers delivering a petition in St. Petersburg. In Bengal t...
Rosa Luxemburg: Selected Political Writings
Luxemburg, Rosa (edited with an introduction by Robert Looker)
Book
1972
A selection of Rosa Luxemburg's writings which highlight her outstanding contributions to the theory and practice of revolutionary socialism.
The Rosa Luxemburg Reader
Luxemburg, Rosa. [Anderson, Kevin; Hudis, Peter (eds.)]
Book
2004
A definitive one-volume collection of Luxemburg's writings.
Rosa Luxemburg Speaks
Waters, Mary Alice
Book
A selection of speeches and writings by Rosa Luxemburg.
Rosa Luxemburg: Speech to the Hanover Congress
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1899
In its struggle, the working class has no greater enemy than its own illusions -- and those who foster illusions.
Rosa Luxemburg: Speeches to Stuttgart Congress
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1898
Luxenburg criticizes Eduard Bernstein's comment: "The final goal, whatever it may be, is nothing to me: the movement is everything!" with the reply "Anyone who says that does not stand for the necessi...
Rosa Luxemburg's Reform or Revolution in the Twenty-first Century
Scott, Helen
Article
2010
Rosa Luxemburg’s Reform and Revolution, written at a high point of socialist struggle, contains invaluable lessons for today's new generation of activists as they confront the political and organizati...
Social Democracy and Parliamentarism
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1904
Parliamentarism is far from being an absolute product of democratic development, of the progress of the human species, and of such nice things. It is, rather, the historically determined form of the c...
Social Reform or Revolution
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1900
Rosa Luxemburg's attack on reformism.
Socialism and Revolution
Gorz, Andre
Book
1967
Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and...
The Socialist Crisis in France
Luxemburg, Rosa
Article
1901
"The Republic is in danger! That is why it was necessary for a socialist to become the bourgeois Minister of Commerce. The Republic is in danger! That is why the socialist had to remain in the cabinet...
Socialist Reformism and "Evolutionary" Debate
Löwy, Michael
Article
1997
While Pittenger does not provide us with an explanation for the evolutionist degradation of socialism--which is of course not an exclusively American phenomena--his book is a most insightful rediscove...
The Socialist Register 1970: Volume7: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Socialist Register 1980: Volume 17: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1980
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
The Socialist Register 1985/1986: Volume 22: Social Democracy and After
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John; Liebman, Marc; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1986
Socialist Register 1991: Volume 27: Communist Regimes the Aftermath
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1991
Socialist Thought: A Documentary History
Fried, Albert; Sanders, Ronald (eds.)
Book
1964
An anthology of important documents in the history of European socialist thought, from pre-revolutionary France to the 1950s.
The Story of Fabian Socialism
Cole, Margaret
Book
1961
A history of the Fabian Society and the organizations and individuals who were part of the Fabian milieu.
There are Reforms and There are Reforms: Or, Two Sorts of Reforms
Pannekoek, Anton
Article
1908
Those who believe that we will manage to gradually realize socialism by social reform within the current regime misunderstand the class antagonisms that determine reforms. Current social reform, havin...
Why changing our diets won't save the Earth
Emspon, Martin
Article
2016
Received wisdom says that to save the planet we have to change our eating habits. Elaine Graham-Leigh explains why the received wisdom isn't just wrong, it blames working people for a crisis they didn...

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