Paul D'Amato

  • The sigh of the oppressed

    Religious ideas continue to thrive as a way of coming to terms with alienation and misery.

  • A committed few aren't enough

    What both voluntarism and substitutionism forget is that major social changes are the result of mass mobilizations.

  • Protecting the environment

    The way that capitalism organizes production--not industrial production per se--is the cause of environmental destruction.

  • What is a vanguard party?

    Socialists who consider themselves Leninists are often criticized for wanting to create a "vanguard party."

  • Is reforming capitalism enough?

    Socialists and liberals agree that struggles for reform are key, but is curbing the excesses of capitalism enough?

  • A society divided into classes

    For most of our history as a species, human societies knew "no soldiers, no gendarmes or police, no nobles [or] kings."

  • Organizing for the battles ahead

    Revolutionaries take part in the day-to-day struggles of the working class, even when there is no revolution in the offing.

  • A system built on violence

    The truth about capitalism is that those in power reserve the right to use violence whenever they consider it necessary.

  • Getting to the roots of crime

    Crime is the product of capitalism, an economy based on competition, greed, exploitation and alienation.

  • Is "living simply" the answer?

    Are the personal choices people make, like whether to drive a car, enough to solve society's problems?

  • Destruction caused by profit

    Under capitalism, scientists devote more time to finding military applications for scientific discoveries than curing cancer.

  • The best democracy money can buy

    In a society based on a massive concentration of wealth, one billionaire has far more clout than millions of poor people.

  • Why workers must take the lead

    Unless workers organize as an independent force to fight for their aims, the struggle for change can only go so far.

  • Is our society really democratic?

    For socialists, democracy exists only in name unless it consists of genuine popular control from below.

  • Is the free market efficient?

    Capitalist competition may act to spur increased production, but it does so at an enormous cost--and enormous waste.

  • "Without struggle, there is no progress"

    Real change for working-class people won't come without mass struggles like the labor rebellions of the 1930s.

  • Do the ends justify the means?

    Capitalism has two different moralities--one of them for the rulers and one that is imposed on those who are ruled.

  • Does all power corrupt?

    One fundamental difference between Marxists and anarchists is their different approaches to the question of authority.

  • How do our rulers stay in power?

    The tiny minority that rule over society would have a hard time staying in power if it weren't for false consciousness.

  • Socialists and the united front

    The experience of struggle can help convince people whose consciousness is shifting to adopt a socialist point of view.

  • How the bosses profit from our labor

    Workers produce enough to cover the cost of their wages in just part of the working day. The rest goes to the boss.

  • Why do shoes cost more than socks?

    Karl Marx explained how what we pay for goods is ultimately determined by the amount of labor time to produce them.

  • Behind the slander and lies about Lenin

    The Russian revolutionary Lenin is perhaps the most misunderstood, maligned and lied-about figure in history.

  • What happened to the Russian Revolution?

    The belief that Russia was socialist came from the idea that socialism equals state ownership of property. That isn't socialism.

  • Socialists and trade unions

    Union struggles are more than a means to win a wage increase or defend working conditions--they're training grounds.