• Fight fundamentalism and imperialism! Support the PTUDC!

    The attack by the Taliban on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday 16th December 2014 was perhaps the most barbaric and brutal attack carried out by the fundamentalists to date. Now more than ever, it is vital to highlight the courageous work of the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign. Read More +
  • UKIP and the crisis of the Establishment

    A crisis has taken hold of the political establishment in Britain in recent months. Its latest episode was played out in the Rochester and Strood by-election, where the UK Independence Party emerged to claim their second parliamentary seat at the expense of the ruling Conservative Party. Read More +
  • Capitalism in crisis: "Red warning lights flashing"

    “Six years on from the financial crash that brought the world to its knees, red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the global economy.” These words are not those of a Marxist, but of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, expressing his deep concerns about the crises in the world economy. Read More +
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Socialist Appeal is taking a two-week break over the winter period and will begin resuming articles again on Monday 5th January 2015.

In the meantime, we wish all our readers and supporters a Merry MarXmas and a Red New Year!

Latest news

  • World economy in turmoil as oil price plunges

    Tectonic shifts are taking place in the world economy. The price of oil has fallen dramatically in the past six months. The price of Brent Crude has now fallen to less than $60 a barrel. This marks a near fifty per cent drop in price from $115 a barrel in June. It heralds a new stage in the capitalist crisis, and its impact is being felt throughout the world.

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  • US admits failure and re-establishes diplomatic relations with Cuba - a change of tactics to achieve the same aim

    The United States has admitted that its attempt to bully Cuba into submission had failed. This should be seen as a victory for the Cuban Revolution and its resilience against the relentless onslaught of the most powerful imperialist power. However, US imperialism has not given up on its aims: the restoration of the rule of private property and the destruction of the gains of the revolution; it has just changed the means to achieve the same result.

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  • Mass protests against police violence sweep across the US

    A grassroots upsurge has swept the US over the past few weeks, its sudden eruption marked by huge marches last weekend on the East Coast and by smaller, broadly based protests across the length and breadth of the country. These protests have popped the lid off a widespread, simmering popular discontent in the USA and given it focus.

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  • Fight fundamentalism and imperialism! Support the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign!

    The attack by the Taliban on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday 16th December 2014 was perhaps the most barbaric and brutal attack carried out by the fundamentalists to date. Now more than ever, it is vital to highlight the courageous work of the Pakistan Trade Union Defence Campaign and to ask for concrete solidarity for those fighting imperialism and fundamentalism in Pakistan.

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  • Pakistan: Barbarity of the Peshawar massacre

    The massacre of 141 people including 132 children by the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban at the Peshawar Army Public School yesterday was probably the most heinous barbarity ever seen even in Pakistan, which has been victim to this scourge for decades now. Hardly a day passes without suicide attacks, terrorist bombing or target killings in this tragic country.

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  • London Young Labour AGM 2014: “How can we get young people involved in the Labour Party?” - with socialist policies!

    70 members turned up the 2014 Annual General Meeting of London Young Labour (LYL) last weekend, reflecting the fact that young people in general feel fundamentally disengaged from the policies of the Labour Party. Only with revolutionary socialist policies can the Labour Party hope to attract the radicalised youth of today to their banner.

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  • Educate Yourself

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

    Marxist theory is the basis upon which our analysis, perspectives, program, and participation in the movement are based. It is our "guide to action." This why Socialist Appeal and IMT place so much emphasis on political education. To this end, we have created an extensive Education Plan to assist comrades in their political development. This is an important resource.

    However, it's length and scope may seem daunting to new comrades. With this in mind, Socialist Appeal has compiled a shorter list of classic works and other important writings we think will serve to lay a strong foundation in the ideas and… Read More +

  • Dialectical Materialism and Science

    Dialectical Materialism is the philosophy or methodology of Marxism. Every political movement, party, or even statement of any kind bases itself, consciously or unconsciously, on some sort of philosophy or world outlook. Marxism is concerned with effecting a radical change in society, and therefore requires an exceptionally clear, thoroughgoing, and systemic set of philosophical principles.

    The ideas of Dialectical Materialism, based on the best traditions of philosophical thought, are not a fixed dogma but a system of tools and general principles for analysing the world materialistically and scientifically.

    If we are to understand society in order to change it, this cannot be… Read More +

  • Historical Materialism

    Historical Materialism is the result of Dialectical Materialism applied to human society and history. It encompasses the general theory of how and why society develops in the way it does. A deeper, more concrete understanding of these principles in combination with a study of real, living history of class struggles enables us to come to a general understanding of where capitalist society is headed and what political strategy is required to successfully influence the course of events.

    The basic principles of Historical Materialism are that human society has inherent laws guiding it - its developments are by no means arbitrary or… Read More +

  • Marxist Economics

    Marxist economics is the study of the laws of motion of capitalist society. Why does capitalism perpetually go into crisis? Why does mass unemployment exist? Are commodity production, the domination of the market, and rich and poor natural, immutable states of being for humanity? Or are they merely the products of this specific mode of production - capitalism? If so, is there any way capitalism can exist without these problems, or by minimising them?

    Marxist economics is a “holistic” way of analysing capitalist economy. It starts out by placing it in its real historical context (rather than dreaming up abstract idealisations… Read More +

  • The State

    Like money, the state is something we are all very familiar with and take for granted, but its real essence tends to elude us. The ideologists of capitalism have tried, in various ways, to justify the capitalist state as supremely rational; a neutral arbiter for society, and the embodiment of justice. For Marxists, the state is not at all neutral, nor just. It is certainly anything but rational. We must strip the vale of mysticism away and reveal the state’s real basis. To do that, we have to treat the state historically - taking in its origins, rise, and eventual… Read More +

  • Russia, Lenin, Trotsky and Stalinism

    The Russian Revolution is the greatest event in world history for Marxists. For the first time, the working class successfully took and held power. The slaves fought back and won. For these reasons, the name of Lenin and Trotsky, and the entire 1917 episode, has been deliberately dragged through the mud by the bourgeoisie ever since.

    Naturally they are aided in this task by the degeneration of the revolution and by the existence of Stalin’s monstrous dictatorship. However, Stalinism represents the opposite of Bolshevism’s real traditions, which readers can read about in this section, as well as the Marxist explanation for… Read More +

  • Anarchism

    Radicalised youth, seeking to understand how to change modern society, naturally tend to look to both Marxism and Anarchism in equal measure. The question as to which philosophy, or which combination of the two, has the best answers, has long been at the forefront of the minds of revolutionaries.

    Anarchism is naturally attractive to all those correctly alienated by bureaucracy in the revolutionary movement. Anarchists are certainly correct to reject Stalinism and careerism. However, it is not sufficient simply to reject these phenomena. We need to understand why bureaucracy and oppression exist and what role they play, in order to understand… Read More +

  • Feminism

    The discrimination and oppression of women is integral to class society, such that Engels even referred to it as the “first class oppression”. Along with the class system itself, the oppression of women often takes on the appearance of being natural, immutable and eternal, since it has been with us for so long.

    But Marxism is a historical science, concerned with understanding the fundamental changes that society goes through. It cannot be satisfied with comfortable prejudices. A study of the origins of human society, as Engels famously conducted in his book The Origins of the Family, Private Property and the State,… Read More +

  • Fascism

    Fascism is something of a bogeyman in modern British society, and has an almost mythical character in bourgeois public opinion. But despite constant talk of it, very little is said about why it happened and how it may or may not happen again.

    Fascism is really the death agony of capitalism and the “distilled essence of imperialism”. The fascists in Germany, Italy, Spain and other countries were only able to come to power on the back of defeats of the working class. Ultimately, the madness of fascism expresses the historic crisis and dead-end of capitalism that had arrived by the early… Read More +

  • The National Question

    The question of nationalities - that is, the oppression of nations and national minorities, which has characterised capitalism from its birth till the present time - has always occupied a central position in Marxist theory. Once again, the historical materialist approach of Marxism dissolves the apparent “natural” role of the nation as a necessary expression of human society. Nations have by no means always existed, nor will they always exist in the future.

    The nation as we know it today is a product of the development of capitalism and its need to unify peoples into units of a certain size (depending… Read More +

  • Revolutionary Strategy

    Socialist Appeal is the British section of the International Marxist Tendency, which is active in around 40 countries. Our aim is to spread the ideas of Marxism, in an organised fashion, in the labour and youth movement. Only the British working class has the ability to change British society, because of the central role they play in production and their shared interest in establishing socialism.

    However, we must carefully study the history and traditions of the British working class in order for Marxist ideas to connect with them. There are all too many groups who simply declare themselves the vanguard of… Read More +

  • Revolutionary History

    The ideas of Marxism and the need for a revolutionary party are not the result simply of a single individual, but arise from the study of history - the history of class struggle. In this respect, the revolutionary party is often referred to as being the memory of the working class, and our task is to learn the lessons from history in order to prepare for the revolutionary events taking place today and in the future.

    In this section we present a series of articles and audios covering the key revolutionary struggles in history - from the early class struggles in… Read More +

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Marxist theory

The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg
Duration: 01:00:53
Date: 7 Nov 2014
Marxism and Feminism Marxism and Feminism
Duration: 00:57:28
Date: 30 Jun 2014
World War One and Imperialism World War One and Imperialism
Duration: 01:03:45
Date: 30 Jun 2014
French Revolution of May 1968 French Revolution of May 1968
Duration: 00:52:35
Date: 26 Jun 2014
Russia: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution Russia: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution
Duration: 01:46:35
Date: 4 Oct 2013
Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State
Duration: 01:12:16
Date: 27 Sep 2013
Marx Walk - The Life of Karl Marx in London Marx Walk - The Life of Karl Marx in London
Duration: 00:59:21
Date: 13 Sep 2013
The Italian hot autumn of 1969 The Italian hot autumn of 1969
Duration: 01:36:03
Date: 16 Aug 2013
Crisis of Capitalism (by Alan Woods) Crisis of Capitalism (by Alan Woods)
Duration: 01:11:09
Date: 17 Jul 2013
Marxism and Science Marxism and Science
Duration: 01:01:57
Date: 7 Mar 2013
Karl Marx and the First International Karl Marx and the First International
Duration: 01:21:11
Date: 7 Mar 2013
The Relevance of Marxism Today The Relevance of Marxism Today
Duration: 01:09:56
Date: 7 Mar 2013

Video blog

Solidarity with the kidnapped Mexican students Solidarity with the kidnapped Mexican students
Duration: 00:40:50
Date: 18 Nov 2014
Crisis in the Middle East - A Marxist Prespective Crisis in the Middle East - A Marxist Prespective
Duration: 00:49:30
Date: 5 Nov 2014
The Scottish referendum - a Marxist analysis The Scottish referendum - a Marxist analysis
Duration: 00:09:16
Date: 22 Sep 2014
Fighting Fascism in the Ukraine Fighting Fascism in the Ukraine
Duration: 00:25:19
Date: 17 Sep 2014
Iraq, ISIS, and Imperialism in the Middle East Iraq, ISIS, and Imperialism in the Middle East
Duration: 00:22:31
Date: 15 Sep 2014
The Fight Against Fascism in Ukraine The Fight Against Fascism in Ukraine
Duration: 01:07:11
Date: 26 Jun 2014
The Miners’ Strike of 1984 The Miners' Strike of 1984
Duration: 00:39:47
Date: 26 Jun 2014
UKIP and the 2014 Elections UKIP and the 2014 Elections
Duration: 00:16:12
Date: 6 Jun 2014
25 Years On: The Tian’anmen Square Movement of 1989 25 Years On: The Tian'anmen Square Movement of 1989
Duration: 00:21:42
Date: 6 Jun 2014
Alan Woods speaking on Ukraine solidarity Alan Woods speaking on Ukraine solidarity
Duration: 00:09:53
Date: 3 Jun 2014
Coup and crisis in Thailand - with Ben Gliniecki Coup and crisis in Thailand - with Ben Gliniecki
Duration: 00:13:52
Date: 15 May 2014
The Crisis in Ukraine - with Alan Woods The Crisis in Ukraine - with Alan Woods
Duration: 00:18:59
Date: 13 May 2014

Audio/Video

The Life and Ideas of Friedrich Engels

In this recording from the International Marxist Winter School 2014, Rob Sewell - editor of Socialist Appeal - discusses the important contributions made by Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx's closest friend and political peer. In particular, Rob explains Engel's groundbreaking analysis of the family, the state, evolution, and natural science, all from the standpoint of the Marxist method of dialectical materialism.

 

Race and the Class Struggle

In this talk at the Sussex Marxist society, held as part of Black History Month, Paul Bolton of the Glasgow Marxists, provides a historical and materialist analysis of the origins of racism, discussing its roots in slavery and its intrinsic link to class society. As Malcolm X, the revolutionary leader of the black struggle, stated: "you can't have capitalism without racism."

 

World War One and Imperialism Today

In this talk to the Sussex Marxist Society, given on the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War One, Alan Woods - author of "Bolshevism: the Road to Revolution" and "Reformism or Revolution" - analyses the causes behind the "Great War" and discusses the role of imperialism within global capitalism today.

 

 

Marxism and Feminism

In this recording at a joint meeting of the Marxist society and the Feminist society at Newcastle University, Rachel Gibbs of the Glasgow Marxists discusses the origins of women's oppression and explains the link between the struggle for women's liberation and the struggle for a classless society.