Our aim is to spread the ideas of Marxism, in an organised fashion, amongst workers and youth. We must study the history and traditions of the working class.

Our aim is to spread the ideas of Marxism, in an organised fashion, amongst workers and youth. We must study the history and traditions of the working class.


Socialist Appeal is the Marxist voice of Labour and youth, working with activists from across the International Marxist Tendency to fight for world revolution. Our aim is to spread the ideas of Marxism, in an organised fashion, in the labour and youth movement. Only the working class has the ability to change 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 working class in order for Marxist ideas to connect with them. There are all too many groups who simply declare themselves the vanguard of the working class, and have a dismissive attitude to the class’ real traditions.

In this section readers will find a series of articles explaining our position on the class struggle in Britain; the key points in the history of the working class and the lessons to be learnt from them; and the strategy of the Marxists in relation to the movements of the masses.


Introductory articles

'Base building' or Bolshevism - Antonio Balmer

Interview With Ted Grant on Militant - Fred Weston

Origins of British Trotskyism - Rob Sewell

Where to Begin? - Lenin


Longer articles

Marxism vs Sectarianism - Socialist Revolution USA

Problems of Entryism - Ted Grant

How the Militant Was Built and How it Was Destroyed - Rob Sewell

Marxism and the Labour Party - Rob Sewell

The Trade-Unions in the Epoch of Imperialist Decay - Leon Trotsky


Marxist classics and books

Bolshevism: The Road to Revolution - Alan Woods

History of British Trotskyism - Ted Grant

Ted Grant: The Permanent Revolutionary - Alan Woods

In the Cause of Labour: a History of British Trade Unionism - Rob Sewell

Left-Wing Communism: An Infantile Disorder - Lenin

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back - Lenin

What is to Be Done? - Lenin



Bolshevism - Alan Woods

Karl Marx and The First International - Fred Weston

The art of insurrection - Daniel Morley

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
We present here Marxism 101: a series of responses and short video talks answering the most common myths and questions about Marxism, socialism, and revolution. Read More
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 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 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
  • Educate Yourself
  • Marxism 101
  • Fundamentals of Marxism
  • Dialectical Materialism
  • Historical Materialism
  • Marxist Economics
  • Stalinism and the Soviet Union
  • The State
  • Anarchism
  • Identity and Oppression
  • Fascism
  • The National Question
  • Imperialism and War
  • Revolutionary History
  • Revolutionary Strategy