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The Principles of Communism

The Principles of Communism by  Friedrich Engels
Friederich Engels

Communism is the doctrine of the conditions of the liberation of the proletariat.

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Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
Friederich Engels

From that time forward, Socialism was no longer an accidental discovery of this or that ingenious brain, but the necessary outcome of the struggle between two historically developed classes — the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. ______________________________________________________________

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Liberalism, Ultraleftism or Mass Action

Liberalism, Ultraleftism or Mass Action by Peter Camejo 1970
Peter Camejo

An excerpt…….We’re not interested in moving 20 or 200 or several hundred community organizers to engage in some sort of civil disobedience, window trashing, or whatever. We say that is a dead end, because it doesn’t relate to the power that can stop the war — the masses. You can’t ask the 15 million trade […]

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Ninety Years of the Communist Manifesto

90 Years of the Communist Manifesto by Leon Trotsky
Leon Trotsky

The Paris Commune proved that the proletariat, without having a tempered revolutionary party at its head, cannot wrest power from the bourgeoisie. Meanwhile, the prolonged period of capitalist prosperity that ensued brought about not the education of the revolutionary vanguard, but rather the bourgeois degeneration of the labor aristocracy, which became in turn the chief […]

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What is the Permanent Revolution?

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Leon Trotsky

The socialist revolution begins on the national arena, it unfolds on the international arena, and is completed on the world arena. Thus, the socialist revolution becomes a permanent revolution in a newer and broader sense of the word; it attains completion, only in the final victory of the new society on our entire planet.

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Speech at the Grave of Karl Marx

Speech at the Grave of Karl Marx, F. Engels
Friederich Engels

Highgate Cemetery, London, March 17, 1883 On the 14th of March, at a quarter to three in the afternoon, the greatest living thinker ceased to think. He had been left alone for scarcely two minutes, and when we came back we found him in his armchair, peacefully gone to sleep — but for ever. An immeasurable […]

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Wage Slavery in the American Auto Industry: Obama’s Shame

Wage Slavery in the American Auto Industry: Obama’s Shame
Brad Forrest

In an ideal world, we’d like all our plants to run around the clock, 365 days a year Ford’s VP of North American manufacturing The American auto industry is back in business in a big way. The carmakers are making enormous profits, direct from the blood, sweat and tears of autoworkers. The Wall Street Journal […]

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Anarchism & Marxism: Their Similarities & Differences

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Mark Vorpahl

For Anarchists, classes exist because of the state. Without the state, society would by definition be classless. Therefore, Anarchists main aim is to liquidate the state. Only after this will it be possible to build a classless society based on mutual cooperation. For Marxists, in contrast, the state arose as a result of class conflict […]

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The Origins of Modern Socialism

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Shamus Cooke

The specter of socialism is again haunting the minds of the corporate elite, from the Americas to Europe and beyond. This, after decades of pro-capitalist campaigning from the corporate media, which has always confused “capitalism” with “freedom.” But of course freedom and democracy cannot exist alongside tremendous inequalities of wealth — or next to corporations […]

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Why Socialism?

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Albert Einstein

This essay was originally published in the first issue of Monthly Review (May 1949). Editor’s note: For compelling background on the FBI’s 22-year investigation of Albert Einstein please visit: BBC and FBI Freedom of Information Is it advisable for one who is not an expert on economic and social issues to express views on the subject of socialism? […]

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Why Join a Revolutionary Socialist Party

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Ann Robertson and Bill Leumer

There are basically two benefits to being a member of a revolutionary party. The first, an educational benefit, plays out on several different levels. (1) Having a strong command of Marxist theory can be extremely valuable on many different fronts. (a) For example, Marx’s Capital provides a sharp analysis of capitalist society so that one […]

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The Case for Socialism

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Shamus Cooke

The world today is undeniably chaotic — war, abject poverty, and unimaginable wealth exist side by side. In an attempt to explain the current social turmoil, some have resorted to religion and apocalypse, while others place the blame on the few bad apples that held positions of power as the economy slid into destitution. And […]

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A Short Introduction to Marx’s Das Kapital

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Ann Robertson

Ann Robertson Marx’s analysis of capitalism, unlike bourgeois accounts, is conducted from a historical perspective. In other words, Marx was keenly aware that during the march of history, one economic system, because of internal, irreconcilable contradictions, has been replaced by another until it too falls victim to similar contradictions. Of course, when one is born […]

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Marxism and Anarchism: The Philosophical Roots of the Marx-Bakunin Conflict

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Ann Robertson

This article is available as a PDF.  Please see the Publications page. This the first part of this article has been translated into Greek and Italian. Introduction Again, I’m not enough of a Marx scholar to pretend to an authoritative judgment. My impression, for what it is worth, is that the early Marx was very much […]

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A Better World is Possible With Socialism

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Ann Robertson

But socialism is more than being well paid for the work one does. It truly revolutionizes how society operates. The capitalist system, in which a small number of capitalists are allowed to subordinate everyone else’s interests to their own – sometimes perverse – pleasures, is replaced with a democratic structure in which the working class […]

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Socialism: What It Is and What It Is Not

Socialism: What It Is and What It Is Not
Ann Robertson

“Socialism!” The mere uttering of the word conjures up the most horrifying nightmare for a small, extremely rich minority who, because it monopolizes the productive forces of society-the factories and businesses that make up our economy – succeed in pursuing unlimited profit and unimaginable riches by allotting to the rest of humanity an increasingly smaller […]

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