Karl Marx

"Marx's Telescope" — The Grundrisse, in Workers' Liberty 3/16

Submitted by martin on 2 December, 2007 - 11:40 Author: Martin Thomas
Marx

Workers' Liberty 3/16, entitled "Marx's telescope", looks at the light that a little-known but major work of Marx, the Grundrisse, can bring to understanding 21st century capitalism. Download pdf or read online:
"Marx's telescope", part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | "The Grundrisse on exploitation"


Back numbers: WL3/1 to WL 3/15 | WL volumes 1 and 2

Letter: Taking them down a peg

Submitted by Matthew on 24 May, 2017 - 11:12 Author: Martin Thomas

Andrew Northall (Letters, Solidarity 438) asks important questions about taxing the ultra-rich and the merely well-off. No socialist strategy, I believe, can escape the risk of a “counter-revolutionary reaction” from the rich.

That is not just because of our challenge to their income. It is because of our challenge to their wealth and their power. No socialism is possible without taking the top 1% down a peg, and they will resist that ferociously. At certain times they will shrug and pay more tax.

Is socialism against human nature?

Submitted by Matthew on 2 November, 2016 - 12:09 Author: Sean Matgamna

Our recently published book Can Socialism Make Sense? takes on the arguments against socialism. In this abridged excerpt a critic of socialism (B) is answered by a socialist (A) on the question of human nature.

B: You can’t change human nature. Humanity remains an animal. Human nature — competition, individualism, selfishness, predatoriness — produces, protects, and preserves capitalism.

Revolutionary versus “democratic socialism”? A reply to Luke Akehurst on "entryism"

Submitted by Matthew on 7 September, 2016 - 11:21 Author: Sacha Ismail

An October 2015 article by Luke Akehurst, a prominent and combative Labour right winger who recently failed to be elected to the party's NEC, was recently drawn to my attention. The article, published on the LabourList website, was about “entryism”, by which Akehurst means the presence of a revolutionary socialist group like Workers’ Liberty within the Labour Party. It has renewed relevance during the current events.

The world economy since 2008

Submitted by AWL on 4 February, 2016 - 2:00 Author: Martin Thomas

Since the immediate recovery from the great 2008-9 economic crisis, world economic growth has been slow and troubled. Major areas have slipped back into recession. Now a “third leg” of the crisis, or even a new crash, are possibilities for 2016. Martin Thomas surveys the path, the causes and the sequels of the crisis.

The sham of Osborne’s “Northern Powerhouse”

Submitted by Matthew on 28 October, 2015 - 12:12 Author: John Cunningham

It is alarming and deeply disturbing to see that some people, many of whom should know better, have swallowed George “high-vis” Osborne’s fantasy-speak about building a “Northern Powerhouse”.

This is more amazing when you consider that ever since the Industrial Revolution there has always been a “Northern Powerhouse”, and it was the Conservative Party and Thatcher that destroyed it.