Welcome to Southampton Marxist Society! We’re a group of young Marxists at your university, fighting for international socialist revolution. We hold weekly meetings on revolutionary history, current affairs, and Marxist theory, as well as socials and regular reading groups on Marxist classics. During the coronavirus lockdown, we have continued to hold public meetings. Without revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement! But we don’t just talk: we act, and have been involved in various campaigns, both on and off campus. When university staff went on strike last academic year to defend their pensions and pay, we mobilised students to support them. We attended UCU picket lines every day, and built student solidarity with staff against the marketisation of education, speaking at rallies. We have also taken part in the Fridays4Future climate strikes, marching with young people from across the city, and advocating a revolutionary solution to the climate crisis – one which capitalism is incapable of providing. During last year’s general election, we took part in door-knocking and rallies to fight for a socialist Labour government, and more recently, have been involved in the A-level fiasco protest held in Southampton. With each day, capitalism moves closer to barbarism. There has never been a better or more important time to learn about the ideas of Marxism and get involved in the fight for socialism. This parasitic system, that has caused so much suffering to people and planet, isn’t going to overthrow itself.

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Today's In Defence of Marxism article, quoted above, examines the mass protests that have been taking place in Thailand for almost a month. Started by school students, these protests have left the already-divided Thai ruling class paralysed. Despite the support of US imperialism, the fall of the Thai monarchy and its military-dominated government is only a matter of time. The question remains – what will succeed it? In the article below, Ben Gliniecki explains where these protests come from, their significance, and where the movement should go next in order to achieve its fundamental demands. Link to the article can be found below and in our bio: https://www.marxist.com/thailand-mass-protests-shake-the-regime.htm What did you think of the article? What are your thoughts on the situation in Thailand? Let us know in the comments below or by messaging us! #thailand #marxistsociety #marxism #capitalism #capitalismkills #revolution #marxist #history #politics #southampton #communism #communist #southamptonmarxists #thailandprotest #socialism #socialistappeal #socialist #imt #marxsoc #republic

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Revolutionary of the Week – Leon Trotsky This year marks the 80th anniversary of the assassination of Leon Trotsky. On the 20th of August 1940 the Russian Marxist was assassinated by an NKVD agent on Stalin's orders. It was Lenin and Trotsky who led the Russian workers to power in the 1917 October Revolution. This was the first time the working class had consciously seized power and at least began to carry out the socialist transformation of society. Trotsky organised the defence of the new workers republic from the counter-revolutionary White Armies and the 21 foreign nations that invaded Russia. From almost nothing, he built and organised the Red Army into a powerful force that triumphantly defeated reaction and saved Soviet Russia. His greatest task was his leading of the fight for the defence of Marxism and the October Revolution against the Stalin-led conservative bureaucracy, after the death of Lenin. Following the failure of the European revolutions, the isolated position the Russian masses found themselves in accelerated the growth of the bureaucracy. From exile, forced out of one country after another , Trotsky built an International Left Opposition to Stalinism and eventually the 4th International. For this, he was murdered. Stalin thought he had solved his problems by doing so. But an idea whose time has come is impossible to kill, and today, Trotsky's life and ideas, for his writings are an essential contribution to Marxist theory that all revolutionaries should study, are more relevant than ever! Below is a link to an article by Rob Sewell explaining further Trotsky's life and ideas, and ultimately, why we should pledge ourselves to the task he and Lenin set out to achieve – the liberation of humankind through the socialist revolution. https://www.socialist.net/80-years-since-the-death-of-leon-trotsky-in-defence-of-marxism.htm #MarxistStudents #marxism #marxist #history #politics #southampton #communism #communist #southamptonmarxists #lenin #trotsky #capitalism #marx #revolution #bolshevik #marxistsociety #russianrevolution #russia #soviet #sovietunion #soviethistory #russianhistory #socialism #socialist #socialistappeal #imt #theory

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