The significance of Lenin’s April Theses 1917

As part of our preparation for the national In Defence of Lenin conference we republish here an article by Darall Cozens from 2007. This month marks 90 years since Lenin returned to Russia from exile. He immediately embarked on the task of convincing not only the mass of workers, but also the Bolshevik leadership, that Read more about The significance of Lenin’s April Theses 1917[…]

Willy Wonka’s Exploitative Chocolate Factory

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory predates almost all my political knowledge, and the capitalist undertones of the novel could hardly be interpreted and analysed by a seven-year-old. As the question of class and race became an increasingly conscious factor in my political outlook, however, the connotations of the Oompa-Loompas being shipped from Africa Read more about Willy Wonka’s Exploitative Chocolate Factory[…]

Some fundamental questions on the policies of Lenin and Trotsky

This article was originally published in 1974, on the 57th anniversary of the Russian Revolution) in answer to a member of the Labour Party Young Socialists [the youth section of the Labour Party at the time], Frank Tippin, who wrote to Ted Grant posing a series of questions. We republish it here as part of Read more about Some fundamental questions on the policies of Lenin and Trotsky[…]

The Myths about Marxism

by Owen Walsh and Gavin Jackson, Leeds Marxist Society   The past two decades have witnessed a barrage of propaganda against Marxism and its revolutionary heritage.Since the collapse of Stalinism – not socialism, but a monstrously deformed caricature of Marxism – from one front to another the mainstream media, universities, professors and historians have gone Read more about The Myths about Marxism[…]

Trotsky’s advice to young Marxists: “Don’t spread yourself too thin”

  (A letter to the Kiev comrades. From Pravda, May 31, 1923. Translated for this volume from Collected Works, Vol. 2 1, by Marilyn Vogt. From: Problems of Every Day Life by Leon Trotsky.) Dear Comrades: You complain that you have not been able to read even one-tenth of the books that interest you, and Read more about Trotsky’s advice to young Marxists: “Don’t spread yourself too thin”[…]

Marxism and Anarchism

  To mark the publication of Marxism and Anarchism, we publish below a review of this text by Archie Marshall, President of the LSEsu Marxist Society and member of the MSF Executive Committee. ——————————– The 2008 economic collapse had a radicalizing effect on students and young workers, who are always the first to respond to these earth-shaking Read more about Marxism and Anarchism[…]

Rising Inequality: Thomas Piketty and the Relevance of Marx’s Capital Today

On June 3  the LSE Marxists had the first meeting of the LSE Marxist Society. This also marked the last event of the London Marxist Societies this academic year. We held the meeting in order to analyse, from a Marxist perspective, the work of Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the 21st Century, who’s been all the rage recently and Read more about Rising Inequality: Thomas Piketty and the Relevance of Marx’s Capital Today[…]