Paul D'Amato

  • A system of organized violence

    The threat--and use--of violence, has always been a crucial way in which states promote the economic interests of their rulers.

  • Is the ruling class too strong to defeat?

    History provides several examples that show how, even in the face of immense repression, workers' revolution is possible.

  • "Chasing over the surface of the globe"

    To Marxists, the phenomenon of globalization isn't a policy but a dynamic that is built into the very nature of capitalism.

  • Taking on the ruling ideas in society

    The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class, Marx and Engels wrote in the Communist Manifesto.

  • Does social change happen gradually?

    We're taught that social change is something that happens gradually--but this flies in the face of the historical record.

  • The struggle at the heart of our history

    Throughout history, class struggle has been essentially been a conflict over control of what the exploited classes produced.

  • To occupy or (un)occupy?

    In some Occupy encampments, the question has been raised whether we should use the term "occupy" at all.

  • Marx vs. the myth of human nature

    Do human beings have a built-in nature, shaped genetically by their physical attributes, which programs their behavior?

  • Why was Marx a materialist?

    Marx's materialist philosophy was rooted in the idea that the world around us shapes and limits our possibilities.

  • The limits of consensus

    For a movement or struggle, hoping for general agreement after a thorough discussion is very different from requiring it.

  • The socialists before Marx

    Visions of socialism and ideas about how to achieve it are as old as class society--but Marxists have very distinctive answers.

  • Will there always be wars?

    If war is a product of human culture and history, rather than the result of some immutable nature, then it can be changed or done away with.

  • Why we need socialist theory

    What Marx called the "ruling ideas of society" are widely disseminated in order to obscure the real workings of the system.

  • The lies they tell about Lenin

    Any honest look at the life of the Russian revolutionary Lenin quickly puts to rest the idea that he wanted an elite to seize power and impose socialism.

  • Never a force for good

    In every U.S. military intervention, the justifications concocted for public consumption differ substantially from the U.S. government's real aims.

  • Winds of change in the Middle East

    Egypt's revolution opens the door for democracy and human liberation throughout the region--but especially for Palestine.

  • Crime and punishment under capitalism

    As Rosa Luxemburg wrote, bourgeois justice is "like a net, which allowed the voracious sharks to escape, while the little sardines were caught."

  • Disaster socialism

    Contrary to what the media says, a natural disaster can reveal the capacity human beings have to reorder our lives in new, cooperative ways.

  • Solidarity, struggle and socialists

    Contrary to those who try to portray socialists as "interlopers" in movements, our outlook is what makes us among their most committed fighters.

  • Myth of the altruistic conqueror

    The practice of cloaking military invasions in idealistic garb has a long history--to hide the real aims of conquest, colonization and exploitation.

  • Who was Spartacus?

    A rebellion of slaves in the ancient world still thrills us today with its size--and the way it humbled the greatest empire of its day.

  • Socialism and "animal rights"

    Non-human animals don't possess the attributes that would allow them to engage in activities we associate with "liberation" and "rights."

  • Where oppression comes from

    Capitalism depends for its survival on divisions created in the working class, so the struggle for a new society must challenge those divisions.

  • Can individuals change history?

    Marxists reject the idea that history is made by charismatic "great men." But that doesn't mean they view individuals as cogs in the machine.

  • How history is made

    There's a misconception that Marxists believe history follows a predetermined course as a result of economic laws, which human beings can't affect.