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In a major U-turn, Ryanair this morning declared it would agree to engage with unions after some of its Dublin-based pilots voted in favour of strike action ahead of Christmas. The low-cost airline claimed it had written to pilot unions inviting them to recognition talks. As pilot Martin Swayne writes, this marks a major victory for the flight crew.

In the 1930s, Labour MP Ellen Wilkinson wrote a book entitled "The Town that was Murdered", detailing the devastating impacts of the Great Depression and British capitalism’s decline on her constituency, the town of Jarrow. Today, this book's title could easily be used to describe the situation of many other towns across the country. Lilly Cockwill looks at the particularly tragic case of Blackpool.

Tory austerity and the deepening crisis of British capitalism has plunged hundreds of thousands into poverty, with 1.25 million people now classified as ‘destitute’ according to latest figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a social research charity. These mass poverty levels are a clear sign that the system is broken and cannot be reformed.

Since September, Marxist students have been running campaigns to get elected as delegates to the national conference of the National Union of Students. Several Marxist candidates have been successful, with many campaigns yet to come next term. Help us fight for socialist policies in the student movement! Join your local Marxist society today!

Over the past few weeks, a series of local Labour council candidate selections have prompted various outcries of a Momentum-led ‘Labour purge’ in the mainstream media. Reza Mohammadi of the Hornsey and Wood Green CLP discusses what really happened: this was no purge, just democracy and accountability in action.

The Local Government Employers in England and Wales have offered a two-year pay deal to unions representing a million council workers. This offer, however, falls far short of what is needed. Public sector unions need to unite and fight for the pay rise that workers deserve.

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Why we are Marxists

Why we are Marxists

Marxism is a set of ideas that allows us to understand the world - and how we can fight to change it. Read More
The revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx

The revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx

The revolutionary ideas of Marxism have never been more relevant than in this epoch of economic crisis and political radicalisation. But what is Marxism? Read More
The myths about Marxism

The myths about Marxism

The ideas of Marxism are frequently attacked and slandered by those who defend capitalism and the status quo. But what do Marxists really think? Read More
What will socialism look like?

What will socialism look like?

The root cause of the problems facing society today is the profit system. With democratic planning, we could meet everyone's needs and fulfill humanity's true potential. Read More
Why you should be a socialist

Why you should be a socialist

Capitalism is in crisis; inequality is growing; the environment is being destroyed. And yet the potential exists to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease. We need to fight for socialism. Read More
The need for a revolutionary international

The need for a revolutionary international

The fight for socialism is an international struggle. The whole history of the Marxism movement is one of international solidarity. Read More
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Educate Yourself

Socialist Appeal are proud to publish this education guide to help focus your studies of Marxist theory and practice. Visit the various tabs below to find links to introductory articles, classic texts, videos and audio talks for different topics. Read More

The Fundamentals of Marxism: suggested reading

Check out this selection of writings for an excellent introduction to many of the fundamentals of Marxist theory, providing a strong basis for those wishing to equip themselves with the ideas necessary in order to fight for socialism. Read More

Dialectical Materialism and Science

Dialectical materialism is the philosophy or methodology of Marxism. We must seek to understand the laws of society and nature in order to change them. Read More

Historical Materialism

Historical materialism is the general theory of how and why society develops in the way it does. Each social system has its inherent laws of motion. If we want to overthrow capitalist society, we must understand how capitalism works. Read More

Marxist Economics

Marxist economics is the study of the laws of motion of capitalist society, allowing us to understand why capitalism perpetually goes into crisis, where inequality comes from, and what the alternative is. Read More

The State

For Marxists, the state is not at all neutral. We must understand the state’s real basis and strip away its mysticism by treating it historically - taking in its origins, rise, and eventual fall. Read More

Russia, Lenin, Trotsky and Stalinism

The Russian Revolution is the greatest event in world history for Marxists. Studying the events of 1917, and understanding why the Revolution degenerated into Stalinism, provides vital lessons for revolutionaries today. Read More

Anarchism

Anarchism is naturally attractive for those wanting to abolish capitalism. But only Marxist ideas can explain why bureaucracy and oppression exist - and how to overthrow the exploitative capitalist system. Read More

Feminism

Marxists are irreconcilably opposed to the oppression of women and fight determinedly for liberation and against discrimination. We believe this will be achieved through the class struggle - to abolish the oppressive capitalist system. Read More

Fascism

The madness of fascism expresses the historic crisis and dead-end of capitalism. But it could have been avoided if the working class had a united revolutionary leadership, prepared to take power. Read More

Imperialism and War

Wars represent the sharp extreme of capitalism’s impasse. Imperialism, Lenin said, was the "highest stage of capitalism". As long as the profit system exists, there will be wars over markets and spheres of influence. Read More

The National Question

Nations have not always existed, nor will they always exist in the future. Marxists are internationalists, fighting for world socialist revolution as the only way forward for humanity and our planet. Read More

Revolutionary History

All written history, Marx stated, is the history of class struggle. Our task is to learn the lessons from history in order to prepare for the revolutionary events taking place today and in the future. Read More

Revolutionary Strategy

Our aim is to spread the ideas of Marxism, in an organised fashion, amongst workers and youth. In order to do this, we must study the history and traditions of the working class. Read More