September 12, 2013

Marxist Theory: Articles

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Articles from Marxist Student

WHY MARXISTS FIGHT FOR NATIONALISATION
by Thomas Soud, Warwick Marxists

“Nationalisation in itself is not a revolutionary demand, but it is elementary that Marxists defend the continuing public ownership of essential services like healthcare and education (the latter of which academisation aims to privatise by the back door), as well as calling for the re-nationalisation of railways and utilities. However, we must also go further in agitating for public control of the finance sector, and Britain’s richest monopolies and big businesses ‒ in short, the commanding heights of the economy.”…”

WHAT IS THE RELEVANCE OF MARXISM TODAY?
by Samuel Connelley, Portsmouth Marxists

“All too often, Marxists are posed with questions such as “surely Marxism isn’t relevant any more? We’ve moved on since Marx was writing” or “why do you still defend a man who was writing about the conditions of a couple of centuries ago?”…”

MARXISM AND FEMINISM IN THE STUDENT MOVEMENT
by Marxist Student Federation

“The ideas of Feminism have traditionally found support in universities, and these ideas are currently enjoying a surge in popularity amongst students. At a time when the ideas of Marxism are also finding a growing echo in the student movement, what attitude do Marxists take towards different feminist ideas?…”

PERSPECTIVES FOR THE STUDENT MOVEMENT IN BRITAIN 2014
by Marxist Student Federation

“The perspectives below were discussed by Marxist societies all over Britain and at the conference of the MSF on 15th February 2014. The document was approved by delegates and constitutes a guide to the work of the Federation over the next year…”  

THE PART PLAYED BY LABOUR IN THE TRANSITION FROM APE TO MAN
by Frederick Engels

“Labour is the source of all wealth, the political economists assert. And it really is the source – next to nature, which supplies it with the material that it converts into wealth…”

LENIN’S LAST STRUGGLE
by Alan Woods

“In the last active period of his life, Lenin was chiefly absorbed by the problems of the Soviet economy under the New Economic Policy…”

LENIN ON THE NATIONAL QUESTION
by Rob Sewell

“The existence of nations, nation states, and national consciousness, is a characteristic feature of the capitalist epoch. Before the advent of capitalism, there was no genuine national consciousness in the modern sense…”

MARXISM AND THE STATE
by Phil Mitchinson

“Standing between the working class and the socialist transformation of society is a colossal state machine. Where did it come from? What purpose does it serve?..”

INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL MATERIALISM
b
y Alan Woods and Rob Sewell

“When one looks at history, it appears to be a mass of contradictions. Events are lost in a maze of revolutions, wars, periods of progress and of decline. Conflicts of classes and nations swirl around in the chaos of social development…”

INTRODUCTION TO DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM
by Rob Sewell and Alan Woods

“At each stage in human history, men and women have worked out some sort of picture of the world and their place in it. They develop a Philosophy. The pieces they use to make up this picture have been obtained by observing nature and through generalising their day to day experiences…”

INTRODUCTION TO MARXIST ECONOMICS
by Rob Sewell and Alan Woods

“Today, under the impact of the capitalist crisis, many workers and students have developed a thirst for economics. They are attempting to understand the forces which dominate their lives…”

MARXIST STUDENTS AND THE NUS
by Daniel Morley

“In November 2010, the new Tory government was greeted by the largest and most militant student movement for decades. At the time, a brief wave of euphoria spread through the activist movement. The birth of a new generation of radicals had arrived…”

MARXIST STUDENTS AND STUDENT ACTIVISM
by Adam Booth

“It has been a busy period within student politics over the past few months as students from across the political spectrum have campaigned for positions within student unions, culminating in the NUS conference this week…”