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

The new opposition in the post-Mandelite Fourth International

Submitted by martin on 9 August, 2017 - 11:28 Author: Martin Thomas

1. How the Fourth International's world view was shattered in 1989-91

Since the 1990s, the "Fourth International" has become more and more like a loosely-Marxist think-tank, or association of think-tanks, geared to left social democracy.

"Fourth International" here refers to the international network associated with the ideas of Ernest Mandel, otherwise called "USFI" or "United Secretariat of the Fourth International", though it ceased to have a leading body called "United Secretariat" as long ago as 2003.

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 AWL Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:00

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.