Topic: Marx/Marxist tradition

  • Marxism and the making of history

    At the core of Marxism is the answer to a question: If people are products of their circumstances, how can they change those circumstances?

  • Theses on national questions

    In 1920, Lenin took up the question of how socialists approach the demands of colonies and oppressed nations for equality.

  • Agitation and propaganda

    When they make their case, socialists take into account the audience they hope to convince and the kinds of arguments needed at the time.

  • What do we say about the national question?

    Lenin insisted that support for the right of oppressed nations to self-determination is indispensible for building international working-class solidarity.

  • The question of nationalities

    In letters written in 1922, Lenin argued about the approach of the Russian workers' state toward oppressed nations.

  • The question of Ukraine

    In 1939, Leon Trotsky turned his attention to Ukraine and the right of oppressed nations to self-determination.

  • Trotsky's developed insight

    The radical novelty of Leon Trotsky's theory of uneven and combined development is often underestimated.

  • Defending time-honored principles

    The ISO does not have delusions of grandeur about being "the" revolutionary party. Its self-stated goal is more modest.

  • Peru's economic evolution

    A Peruvian socialist traces the impact of imperial conquest and colonialism on the country's economy and society.

  • The European war and international socialism

    When many socialist parties backed their rulers at the start of the First World War, it signaled the collapse of the Second International.

  • Order prevails in Berlin

    This last article by Rosa Luxemburg was written after the Spartacus uprising in Germany was crushed, hours before her arrest and murder.

  • Fascism must be defeated

    In remarks to the Reichstag in 1932, a leading German Communist made an impassioned call for a united front to defeat fascism.

  • Trotskyism reassessed

    In the last decade of Trotsky's life, he fought to preserve the authentic communist tradition under unfavorable circumstances.

  • Attacks in the social reproductive sphere

    The capitalists are attacking workers not just in the sphere of production, but in the sphere of social reproduction.

  • The significance of the Russian Revolution

    A critical analysis of the Russian Revolution in all its historical connections is the best training for the international working class.

  • What is social reproduction theory?

    Women are primarily responsible for labor in the sphere of reproduction--creating and sustaining the working class--at almost no cost to the system.

  • Marches, Marxism and the united front

    Discussion about the united front is acting as a somewhat confusing stand-in for other, frankly more important, conversations.

  • The united front and antiwar struggles

    A united front antiwar movement, in the context of today's political situation, must be based on a number of related issues.

  • Liberalism and the united front

    The united front is not a dogma, but it is an insight into ways that we can relate to liberals and liberal organizations.

  • The ongoing relevance of the united front

    The history of the united front provides an important grounding for discussions about our approach to and method of organizing.

  • Why national marches still matter

    National marches break down the sense of atomization people inevitably feel as a consequence of living in a period of low struggle.

  • Marxism, feminism and the fight for liberation

    Two socialist writers consider the discussion about how Marxists understand women's oppression and the struggle for liberation.

  • A world to win

    Marx and Engels summarized their ideas in the most famous revolutionary pamphlet of all times, published as the revolutions of 1848 began.

  • Talking about Socialism

    The Socialism 2013 conference in Chicago on June 27-30 will bring together hundreds of people seeking to understand the world--and how to change it.

  • Karl Marx, radical environmentalist

    Activists today have much to gain by engaging with the ecological critique of capitalism developed by Marx and Engels in the 19th century.