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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 ...
Anarchism, Marxism and the Bonapartist State
Newman, Saul
Article
2004
A critique of Marxism, with emphasis on its alleged obsession with economics.
Anarchist communism: Connexipedia Article
Article
"Anarchist communism" is a term used by some anarchists to describe their vision of a future society. The term, like the related terms "libertarian communism" or "libertarian socialism," has been used...
An Anti-Capitalist Manifesto
Callinicos, Alex
Book
2003
An extended argument about what the anti-capitalist movement should stand for.
Beyond Sovereignty: Issues for a Global Agenda (2nd Edition)
Love, Maryann Cusimano
Book
2003
Discussion of the increasingly transnational structure of power in today's world and proposals forabandoning nation-state sovereignty for more integrated, cooperative rule between different types of g...
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, ...
The Chinese Working Women's Network: Against The Current vol. 113
Ngai, Pun; Ming, Yang Lie
Article
2004
There is no doubt that China is growing rapidly in importance in the global economy. China has now surpassed the United States as the largest destination in the world for foreign investment. While man...
Clandestinity: Resisting State Repression
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Article
2003
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...
Connexions Annual Overview: Human Rights, Civil Liberties
Article
1989
If we accept that anyone may be denied their rights, their freedom, then we undermine our own rights and freedoms even as we undermine social solidarity.
Connexions Other Voices - July 22, 2017: Secrecy and Power
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Secrecy is a weapon the powerful use against their enemies: us. This issue of Other Voices explores the relationship of secrecy and power.
Corporate Power and Canadian Capitalism
Carroll, William K.
Book
1986
Carroll looks at the accumulation of capital in Canada since the Second World War. Most of the book is devoted to tracing actual patterns of corporate ownership and intercorporate relationships.
Critique of the Gotha Programme
Marx, Karl
Article
1875
Karl Marx's criticisms of the programme adopted by congress to unite the two German socialist parties in 1875.
The Death of the State in Marx and Engels
Draper, Hal
Article
1970
Surveys the thinking of Marx and Engels on the 'dying-away' of the state in socialist (communist) society.
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.
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Ecology as Politics
Gorz, Andre
Book
1980
Socialism is no better than capitalism if it makes use of the same tools. The total domination of nature inevitably entails a domination of people by the techniques of domination.
The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy
Bookchin, Murray
Book
1982
Bookchin's synthesis of ecology, anthropology and political theory traces conflicting legacies of hierarchy and freedom from the first emergence of human culture to today's globalized capitalism, cons...
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...
Facing Reality
James, C.L.R., Lee, Grace C., Chaulieu, Pierre
Book
1958
Inspired by the October 1956 Hungarian workers' revolution against Stalinist oppression, as well as the U.S. workers' "wild-cat" strikes (against capital and the union bureaucracies), the authors look...
Facing Reality 45 Years Later: Critical Dialogue with James/Lee/Chaulieu
Goldner, Loren
Article
2003
According to Goldner, "In 1958, Facing Reality was an important book, uncannily anticipatory of the historical period which would unfold over the following 15 years. Its main assertions are still bein...
Feminism, Politcal Economy, and the State
Armstrong, Pat; Connelly, Patricia M
Book
For Reasons of State
Chomsky, Noam
Book
1973
Essays in which Chomsky analyzes the role of the American state and discusses some of the ways in which individuals can respond to its growing power.
Four Trends That Scare the Hell Out of Me
Wilson, Robert Anton
Article
1989
To paraphrase H.G. Wells, modern history has become a race between education and miseducation. There are very few people around who really don't know anything, but there are multitudes who know many t...
'Free speech' - as long as it doesn't offend anyone
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2009
On the issue of free speech most of the right and much of the left are in agreement, and so too are many liberals, activists, and human rights apparatchiks. They hold essentially the same position on ...
Imperialism, Nationalism, and Canada.
Heron, Craig (ed.) Introduction by John Saul and Craig Heron
Book
1977
Interpretations of Canada's status in the system of world imperialism and the internal dynamics of class, race, and region within the Canadian national state.
Is this what a police state looks like?
Dobbin, Murray
Article
2010
The corporate security state is not static - it will keep filling more and more space to the extent that they are allowed to by civil society. The police actions in Toronto are one of those key moment...
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...
Lenin 1917-18: the road to the authoritarian state.
Biddulph, Barry
Article
2014
Lenin’s focus when he returned to Russia in 1917 was on the facts of the revolution, rather than outdated Bolshevik theory. He began with what was real, rather than an abstract possibility.
Lenin, Vladimir - Writings - Index
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
Article
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.
A Manifesto of Emancipation: Marx's "Marginal Notes to the Programme of the German Workers' Party" after One hundred and twenty-five years
Chattopadhyay, Paresh
Article
2000
The Critique of the Gotha Program contains a condensed discussion of the most essential elements of the capitalist mode of production, its revolutionary transformation into its opposite and a rough po...
Manual for Revolutionary Leaders
Michael Velli. Compiled and edited by Lorraine and Fredy Perlman
Book
1972
A devious satire aimed at Leninists, Trotskyists, Maoists, and vanguardists of all stripes.
Marx and Engels Collected Works Volume 26: Engels 1882 - 1889
Engels, Friedrich
Book
1889
Includes Manuscripts on Early German History and The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, and Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy, and The Role of Force in His...
Marx, theoretician of anarchism
Rubel, Maximilien
Article
1973
Under the name communism, Marx developed a theory of anarchism; and further, in fact it was he who was the first to provide a rational basis for the anarchist utopia and to put forward a project for a...
Marxism, Feminism, the State: Volume 1
Socialist Studies Editorial Collective
Book
1983
Includes essays on the sexual division of labour, and socialist organizing in the 80s, referring to Engels, Ryerson, and MacPherson.
Marxist Theories of the State Played out in Venezuela
Ellner, Steve
Article
2017
The implications of Marxist state theories developed by Nicos Poulantzas and Ralph Miliband are useful for framing issues related to leftist strategy in twenty-first century Venezuela.
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 Masks of Proteus: Canadian Reflections on the State
Resnick, Philip
Book
1990
A multi-faceted study of the modern state.
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...
Miliband, Ralph - Writings - Index
Miliband, Ralph
Article
Writings of Ralph Miliband (1924-1994).
Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative
Cohn-Bendit, Daniel; Cohn-Bendit, Gabriel
Book
1968
An account of the May 1968 uprising in Paris, positing a left radical alternative to the encrusted beliefs of the old left and the right. A comment on power, on bureaucracy, and on the paths to libera...
Organizational Platform of the General Union of Anarchists
Makhno; Mett; Arshinov; Valevski; Linski
Article
In 1926 a group of exiled Russian anarchists in France, the Delo Truda (Workers' Cause) group, published this pamphlet.
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.
The Political Slaughterhouse: Statism's Death Knell for Liberty and Democracy
Bovard, James
Article
2010
The issue of government coercion has been taken off the radar screen of politically correct thought. The more government power has grown, the more unfashionable it becomes to discuss or recognize gove...
Radical Democracy
Lummis, C. Douglas
Book
1997
Lummis revives the meaning of democratic struggle and critques the economic and technological processes that have hindered its growth.
Reflexions sur le role de l'Etat et de la Police Series: On Vous a a l'Oeil
Groupe d'Etude Sur le controle social, Ecole de Criminologie, Universite de Montreal, Le
Article
1978
Review: International Socialist Review on "Contemporary Anarchism"
Wetzel, Tom
Article
The word "anarchism" is a rather vague word that covers such a wide variety of political views and approaches it is often hard to see how they have anything in common. This means it is also probably n...
Rights and Freedoms State Fear The Global attack on rights: New Internationalist March 2005
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
A look into rights and freedoms, the connection to occupation, and their state in different parts of the world.
The Secret Secret: Of Wikileaks and Literacy
Johnson, Jimmy
Article
2010
Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret pri...
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Gramsci, Antonio
Book
1951
Gramsci's Notebooks cover a wide range of subjects including history, culture, politics, and philosophy.
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.
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 Register 1970: Volume7: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
The Socialist Register 1979: Volume 16: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
A series of essays on the state of the global economy.
The Socialist Register 1990: Volume 26: The Retreat of the Intellectuals
Miliband, Ralph; Panitch, Leo (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1990
Essays on the retreat away from socialism and Marxism by Left or formerly Left intellectuals.
The State as Protection Racket: Chapters in the History of Daylight Robbery
Wilkinson, T.P.
Article
2010
The debate about the current global economic "crisis" is obscenely counterintuitive and illogical to the point of incoherence. Who is willing to 'follow the money"? This dictum appears utterly forgott...
The State in Capitalist Society: The Analysis of the Western System of Power
Miliband, Ralph
Book
1969
Miliband argues that the pluralist-democratic view of society, of politics and of the state in regards to the countries of advanced capitalism, is in all essential wrong.
The State in Revolutionary Periods
Hekmat, Mansoor
Article
1985
The subject of the present discussion is "state in revolutionary periods." Under this heading we are going to deal with an aspect of the Marxist theory of the state, or, in other words, the methodolog...
State of Power 2014
Article
2014
A report with iinfographics and essays that expose and analyse the principal power-brokers that have caused financial, economic, social and ecological crises worldwide.
The State of the World Atlas
Kidron, Michael
Book
1981
The State and Revolution
Lenin, V. I.
Book
1917
Lenin on the Marxist view of the state and revolution.
Telling the Truth: Socialist Register 2006
Panitch, Leo; Keys, Colin (eds.)
Book
2005
A collection of essays that examines the difficulties of illuminating the degenerative and secretive nature of public life.
War is the Health of the State
Bourne, Randolph
Article
1918
Once the State has begun to function, and a large class finds its interest and its expression of power in maintaining the State, this ruling class may compel obedience from any uninterested minority. ...
The Warfare State
Cook, Fred J.
Book
1964
Why Marx Was Right
Eagleton, Terry
Book
2011
Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.
Working Class Experience: Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991
Palmer, Bryan D.
Book
1983
From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweepi...

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The State in Global Perspective
Kazancigil, Ali; (Ed.)
1986
The expansion of the modern state is a central phenomenon of our time. A dominating force, as well as a guardian of society, it elecits contradictory feelings of repulsion and attraction. Fourteen sch...

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