EVENTS

Oct
3

Mon 3 Oct 6:30 am - 8:00 am

Oct
5

Wed 5 Oct 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oct
7

Fri 7 Oct 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Oct
21

Fri 21 Oct - Sun 23 Oct

Marxist ideas have never been more relevant and more needed than in this present epoch. Students, especially those entering university for the first time, have become radicalised and are asking profound questions about our society. Above all they want to change society in a revolutionary way - from Wall Street to Cairo radicalised students are demanding a different kind of society and are experimenting with different methods of mobilisation to effect that. Underneath this process lies a thirst for revolutionary ideas. This enthusiasm was certainly experienced by Militant Student supporters up and down the country as they took part in freshers fairs. We have many more reports coming in, which will be published shortly, but in the meantime please read the following reports from some of the universities where our comrades intervened, advertising meetings on Marxist theory (see our events panel below) and with Marxist literature:

Queen Mary’s Marxist Society

As anyone involved in the freshers’ fairs across the country in the last few weeks will have noticed, there seems to be a growing interest in Marxist ideas and solutions to the current crisis of capitalism among young people. This was especially felt at Queen Mary’s University in East London, where interest in the Marxist Society was unprecedented. We were approached by many students already familiar with the ideas of Marx, and several students had even read Capital as part of their studies.

Despite torrential rain, a good turnout of new students attended our first meeting to hear Rob Sewell give an excellent lead off on Marx and Engels’ predictions in the Communist Manifesto, and how society can be transformed to meet peoples’ needs. A lively discussion followed, with contributions ranging from the impact of Marxism in peoples’ places of work, to questions surrounding the USSR.

Stressing the importance to act upon theory, it was discussed how we might support the current struggle of over 50 staff facing redundancies at the University. Links are to be made with Unison, who represent the workers, and we are offering support for their campaign.

It is hoped that this meeting will launch the start of a successful term of activity on campus. It is vital that we actively engage with and educate young people in the theory and methods of Marxism. University Marxist societies therefore have an important role in this task.

Glasgow Freshers’ Fair Intervention

Student life witnessed an explosive second semester at the end of last year, culminating in a march of 3,000 against cuts, the biggest demonstration in the history of Glasgow University. There was also a student occupation that successfully resisted a full scale police operation trying to evict it through mass action and was in the end able to win significant concessions from management. This sets the scene for new action with Scottish universities starting to set fees for students from the rest of the UK and the prospect of more cuts to come.

For the first time there was a Glasgow Marxist intervention at the freshers’ fair over two days. We had a stall at the fair and were able to set up an official society after getting more than enough support from students over the fair. Despite the tail end of an American hurricane over both days we were able to collect names and attracted a wide range of interest from students from Scotland, England, Ireland and some from other parts of Europe.

On the Thursday, the day after the fair ended we had a successful founding meeting at which the political editor of Socialist Appeal Rob Sewell spoke about the development of the international crisis of capitalism. He emphasised the deepening of the crisis in the Eurozone and the inability of capitalism to find a way out of the situation. The ruling class of all countries are desperately floundering from one method to another and repeatedly being forced to resort to bailouts and quantitative easing. However, across the world in Tunisia, Egypt, Greece and in Britain we are seeing millions of young people in particular starting to question the legitimacy of capitalism and looking for an alternative.

The society intends to connect with this layer and go on to build regular meetings explaining Marxist ideas whilst intervening in the movement at the University and in the wider movement in Glasgow.

Sheffield University

We are now passing through a new epoch of capitalism where growth will not be the norm and western economies will collapse. If William Hague knows this and announced it to the Tory conference then the youth, who are streaks ahead of the backward reactionary Tory party, certainly know the self evident truth that capitalism is in crisis. This realization that capitalism will not be able to offer employment, housing or a better life for future generations has resulted in the most advanced layers of the youth actively seeking an alternative. This can be seen in a concrete form in the expansion of students at university fresher fairs seeking out societies that can offer education on the turbulent times they find themselves in. The societies we are setting up across the country can offer a suitable explanation for these layers by basing themselves on the classics of Marxism with a dedication towards being active within the labour movement.

This is certainly true at the University of Sheffield where I found myself as a fresher setting up a Marxist society. In the space of a couple of hours without a stall within the main fair, myself and a fellow comrade had so many students come up to us that at times we couldn’t cope and people were forced to queue to talk to us! We managed to distribute all the flyers we printed and were just shy of filling in all the contact detail sheets for the setting up of the society. The only reason we didn't manage to fill out all the contact sheets was because our voices became hoarse with talking to students about Marxism. The level of enthusiasm and the political level of the students were great to experience. We had many people saying that the society’s ideas were what they had been looking for and were unable to find anywhere else.

It is not an accident that we had initial success at the University of Sheffield. It is a direct consequence of the objective situation and our orientation towards revolutionary theory. The most serious students and workers will not be conned with simplistic reformist arguments but by a serious approach to the problems that face the working class as a whole.

Manchester Freshers' Fayres

On the 21st and 22nd of September, comrades set up a stall outside the Freshers’ Fayres for both Manchester Metropolitan and the University of Manchester in order to raise the idea of a new Marxist discussion group for students of both Universities. We were present outside the Manchester Metropolitan Fayre from 10am to roughly 11.30am and were the only non-corporate stall outside. However, we were eventually told to leave by one of the stewards, but in the time we were there we did manage to get E-mail addresses of interested students.

Next, we went straight down the road to the University of Manchester where there was a multitude of different stalls advertising a wide range of societies (particularly political societies). We pitched up our stall beside the Labour students and hoped for a better result. Over the next four hours we had a great amount of interest and discussed with many students as well as selling papers and leaflets/books etc.
By the end of the Fayres, after more or less one and a half days the 'Manchester Marxist
Discussion Group' had over 40 possible members, we had sold 15 copies of Socialist Appeal and several books!

COMING EVENTS

Mon Oct 10 @17:00 - 07:00PM
Newcastle Marxists: What is Marxism?
Tue Oct 11 @18:30 - 08:30PM
UAL Marxists: The Arab Revolution
Tue Oct 11 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Cambridge Marxists: Riots, reforms or revolution? The relevance of Marxism today
Wed Oct 12 @18:30 - 08:30PM
ULU Marxists: Wall Street Rocked! Prospects for the American Revolution
Wed Oct 12 @18:30 - 08:30PM
Leeds Marxists: Where is Britain going?
Mon Oct 17 @17:00 - 07:00PM
Newcastle Marxists: Crisis in the Eurozone
Tue Oct 18 @18:30 - 08:30PM
UAL Marxists: The necessity of Art?
Tue Oct 18 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Cambridge Marxists: The Crisis of Capitalism: Why Marx was right
Wed Oct 19 @18:30 - 08:30PM
ULU Marxists: Was Russia Socialist?
Mon Oct 24 @17:00 - 07:00PM
Newcastle Marxists: The Pakistani revolution 1968-69
Tue Oct 25 @18:30 - 08:30PM
UAL Marxists: Murdoch - Corruption and the Media
Tue Oct 25 @19:00 - 09:00PM
Cambridge Marxists: Fascism and the Far Right
Wed Oct 26 @18:30 - 08:30PM
ULU Marxists: Crisis and Revolution in 2011
Sat Oct 29 @11:00 - 04:30PM
Newcastle Marxists: Marxist Weekend School
Sun Oct 30 @11:00 - 04:30PM
Newcastle Marxists: Marxist Weekend School

 

  • 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
  • Imperialism and War +

    War is a constant feature of life under capitalism, especially in the epoch of imperialism. There has not been a single day of peace since the end of WWII, despite the appearance of WWII (and all previous wars) of being the “war to end all wars”. Capitalism is inherently unstable, competitive and violent. Moreover, there can be no final peace between the classes, since this system is based on the exploitation of the working class by the rich. 

    However, there are wars of different kinds under capitalism. The question of war is the hardest equation of all to judge, so careful…

    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…

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NEWSLETTER

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EVENTS

Oct
3

Mon 3 Oct 6:30 am - 8:00 am

Oct
5

Wed 5 Oct 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oct
7

Fri 7 Oct 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Oct
21

Fri 21 Oct - Sun 23 Oct

VIDEO BLOG

Perspectives for World Revolution Perspectives for World Revolution
Duration: 00:01:56
Date: 2 Aug 2016
Vote for Corbyn! Fight for Socialism! Vote for Corbyn! Fight for Socialism!
Duration: 00:36:10
Date: 20 Jul 2016
Labour’s Civil War: Defend Corbyn! Fight for Socialism! Labour's Civil War: Defend Corbyn! Fight for Socialism!
Duration: 00:21:45
Date: 15 Jul 2016
Bernie or Bust? The way forward for the US revolution Bernie or Bust? The way forward for the US revolution
Duration: 00:12:30
Date: 15 Jul 2016
Brexit crisis: The status quo has failed Brexit crisis: The status quo has failed
Duration: 00:58:56
Date: 29 Jun 2016
The Socialist Alternative to the European Union The Socialist Alternative to the European Union
Duration: 00:21:48
Date: 14 Jun 2016
Britain on the Brink: Perspectives 2016 Britain on the Brink: Perspectives 2016
Duration: 00:01:45
Date: 13 Apr 2016
Sanders, Trump, and the American political earthquake Sanders, Trump, and the American political earthquake
Duration: 00:23:21
Date: 8 Mar 2016
China’s Warning Signs and the Crisis of Capitalism China's Warning Signs and the Crisis of Capitalism
Duration: 00:21:25
Date: 20 Jan 2016

MARXIST THEORY

The Origins of Marxist Economics The Origins of Marxist Economics
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Date: 2 Aug 2016
Keynesianism and the Post War Boom Keynesianism and the Post War Boom
Duration: 00:44:28
Date: 3 Jun 2016
The Spanish Revolution: Then and Now The Spanish Revolution: Then and Now
Duration: 00:01:20
Date: 11 Dec 2015
World War One: The Great Slaughter World War One: The Great Slaughter
Duration: 00:24:07
Date: 11 Nov 2015
Crime, Corruption, and Capitalism Crime, Corruption, and Capitalism
Duration: 00:01:07
Date: 11 Nov 2015
The European Crisis: past, present, and future The European Crisis: past, present, and future
Duration: 00:01:03
Date: 27 Oct 2015
What is Money? What is Money?
Duration: 00:01:14
Date: 21 Oct 2015
Climate Change, Crisis, and Capitalism Climate Change, Crisis, and Capitalism
Duration: 00:01:07
Date: 17 Oct 2015
Marxism and the National Question Marxism and the National Question
Duration: 00:01:46
Date: 19 Aug 2015
The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg The Revolutionary Ideas of Rosa Luxemburg
Duration: 00:01:53
Date: 7 Nov 2014
  • 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
  • Imperialism and War +

    War is a constant feature of life under capitalism, especially in the epoch of imperialism. There has not been a single day of peace since the end of WWII, despite the appearance of WWII (and all previous wars) of being the “war to end all wars”. Capitalism is inherently unstable, competitive and violent. Moreover, there can be no final peace between the classes, since this system is based on the exploitation of the working class by the rich. 

    However, there are wars of different kinds under capitalism. The question of war is the hardest equation of all to judge, so careful…

    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
  • 1

EVENTS

Oct
3

Mon 3 Oct 6:30 am - 8:00 am

Oct
5

Wed 5 Oct 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Oct
7

Fri 7 Oct 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Oct
21

Fri 21 Oct - Sun 23 Oct

NEWSLETTER

wellredbooksGet the Marxist classics from the Wellred online bookshop
Including: 
The Classics of Marxism
What is Marxism?