Marxists are irreconcilably opposed to all oppression and bigotry and fight determinedly for liberation and against discrimination. This goes hand-in-hand with the struggle for socialism.

Marxists are irreconcilably opposed to all oppression and bigotry and fight determinedly for liberation and against discrimination. This goes hand-in-hand with the struggle for socialism.

Introduction

For Marxists, the fight against oppression goes hand-in-hand with the class struggle. While we recognise that different groups in society suffer different forms of oppression, we affirm that this oppression is rooted in the class system itself. Racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia are deeply ingrained in capitalist society. However, the Marxist method of historical materialism allows us to trace the roots of these ideas, looking at how they’ve evolved historically and the role they play in society today.

No form of oppression is built into our DNA, nor naturally ordained. The systematic attack against specific groups was not possible before the emergence of the state and class society. As it developed, these ideas have helped uphold the position of the ruling class. In modern society, segregation, violence against women and disenfranchisement are all examples of ways to keep the working class divided, downtrodden and less able to organise against its common exploiter – the capitalist class. 

In Lenin’s book, What is to be Done? he explains how uniting struggles is not the same as merging them all into each other. It is precisely this approach that we take in the fight against oppression. Using class methods, we seek to strike these forms of discrimination at their core. By pitting us against one another, the ruling class creates the idea that an individual worker can benefit from the oppression of another. This is a lie. All means of discrimination serve to put a constant downward pressure on conditions and quality of life for the working class, creating a race to the bottom.

The only way to fight against this is to unite the workers of all nations, races, genders and sexualities along class lines. This is how we will ensure the full liberation of all of humanity.


Introductory articles

Fight women's oppression! Fight capitalism! - In Defence of Marxism

Women's oppression: where it comes from and how to fight it - Rachel Gibbs and Claire Martin

The lessons of Stonewall: 50 years on - Laurie O'Connel

The origins of women's oppression - Rob Sewell

Women and Capitalism - Barbara Humphries

Women and the Struggle for Socialism - Alan Woods

Women and the Suffrage - Barbara Humphries

 

Longer articles

Marxism vs Identity Politics - In Defence of Marxism

Marxism vs Intersectionality - Jessica Cassell

Marxism vs Queer Theory - Yola Kipcak

Women's Struggle and Class Struggle - Marie Frederiksen

Women before, during, and after the Russian Revolution - Marie Frederiksen

Marxism and the Emancipation of Women - Alan Woods and Ana Muñoz 

From the Rice-Fields to the Modern Call-Centers - Sophia Previato

From emancipation to criminalisation: Stalinist persecution of homosexuals from 1934 - Fred Weston

The Emancipation of Women in Russia Before and After the Revolution - Elisbetti Rossi

 

Marxist classics

On the Emancipation of Women - Lenin

On Women - Leon Trotsky

The Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State - Frederik Engels

Lenin on Women - Clara Zetkin

 

Audio and video

Marxism and Feminism - Marie Frederiksen

Marxism and Feminism - Ylva Vinberg

The origins of the family: In defence of Engels - Natasha Sorrell

The Suffragettes and the fight for equality - Natasha Sorrell

Women, the Family, and the Russian Revolution - Emily Cosentino

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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
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