Introducing the Giants: Vladimir Lenin

View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Marxist Student (@marxiststudent) On April 22nd 1870, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was born. Born in Ulyanovks (then called Simbirsk, he would go on to become Lenin, a guiding figure of the Russian Revolution and Communist International! His father was a schoolmaster and his mother was the daughter of a doctor. His brother, part of the Narodovoltze, was executed for being involved in the Read more…

Wayne Couzens, sexism, and the state: More police on the streets won’t protect us

For many women, news over the last week has laid bare our worst fears. It has been uncovered that Wayne Couzens spent months planning the violent rape and murder of Sarah Everard – or, more precisley, any woman on the streets of Clapham that night. Couzens has admitted that he used COVID protocols learnt in police training to carry out his attack. Those who saw the abduction thought they were seeing a Read more…

Irish state attacks climate activists: defend the right to protest!

On 19 March, Orla Murphy walked up to the Department of Foreign Affairs building in Dublin and splashed pink paint against the building before spray painting the words “No More Empty Promises” on the front of the building. Meanwhile, her friend, fellow activist, and supporter of the Irish Marxists (the IMT in Ireland), Zac Lumley, live-streamed her protest. For this justified protest at the inaction of the Irish state, gardaí arrested both Read more…

Introducing the giants: Friedrich Engels

Friedrich Engels was born on 28 November 1820, and is one of the founding fathers of “scientific socialism” – the theoretical ideas collectively and commonly known today as Marxism. Both in life and in death, however, Engels was always in the shadow of Marx’s undeniable genius. Indeed, Engels himself was extremely modest and humble, consistently emphasising Marx’s vital role over his own. In the history books, Engels is often recorded as simply Read more…

Students4Change: Trinity College Dublin students fight back!

We interviewed László Molnárfi, founder of Students 4 Change at Trinity College Dublin. The University has faced an upsurge in anger from students, surrounding their education. They are organising on campus and demanding changes from the University. However, László also believes that this cannot just happen at Trinity College but has to be a complete transformation of society.  What was the background to this outpouring of anger? Trinity College has faced over Read more…

Where next for the student movement: educate, agitate, organise

The academic year 2020/21 was rough for students. University students were charged £9,000 plus rent for tiny accommodation, poor quality online lectures (not the fault of staff but of government and university management), and terrible mental health. School students suffered through trying to study from home, being guinea pigs in the government’s rush to reopen without proper safety measures, and huge disruption to exams and grades. No wonder last year saw the Read more…

Liverpool has shown us Pride must be a protest

In recent years violent attacks toward LGBT people in the UK have risen exponentially. The situation in Liverpool has been particularly dire with the number of these vicious attacks rising over 25 percent since last year, according to the Merseyside police.  However, the abuse faced by LGBT people in Liverpool reached its boiling point in the month of pride. There were several high profile attacks upon LGBT youth causing a reckoning between Read more…

Introducing the Giants: Karl Marx

View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Marxist Student (@marxiststudent) Karl Marx was born on May 5, 1818 (New Style), in the city of Trier (Rhenish Prussia). He went on to make the greatest single contribution to the working class struggle against capitalism. He was a great theoretician and an indefatigable activist. His ideas live on today, more relevant today than they have ever been. After leaving school in Read more…

Britain: back to ‘business as usual’ – is austerity over?

It is undeniable that the pandemic has hammered the final nail into the coffin of the previous epoch. But jubilant claims that austerity is a thing of the past have proved premature, as the ruling class begins to wind up its COVID spending spree and resume attacks on workers. The question is, what is the character of this new period, and what will it entail for the working class?