An Introduction to Dialectical Materialism

What is a philosophy? 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. Some people believe they have no need of such a philosophy or world outlook. Yet in practise Read more…

NUS delegate elections at UCL – successful campaign for the Marxist Student Federation

Having taken part in student union elections for the first time since its establishment, the Marxist Student Federation (MSF) can now celebrate its first success, as it had laid the first stone in the foundation of its intervention in the NUS in the coming year. In the recent elections in UCL, the MSF ran two candidates for the positions of NUS delegate, one of whom secured a confident victory. Sian Creely, elected Read more…

31st October – Support the Strike!

Last week it was announced that UCU, Unison and Unite unions will be taking joint strike action on Thursday 31st October 2013 to demand decent pay and conditions. This action will involve academic and non-academic staff at universities all over the country. Marxist students wholeheartedly support this strike action as a step forward in the struggle for a socialist society, which is the only way to guarantee decent pay and conditions for staff; decent and free education for all; Read more…

Teachers’ strikes show anger: time for national action

The strength of feeling among teachers can be seen in the magnificent turnout for the regional strikes that took place this month on October 1st and 17th. Teachers in the NUT and NAS/UWT, representing 90 per cent of teachers, have come out en masse, with the result that thousands of schools have been closed for the day. What is also significant is that it has not only been secondary schools that have Read more…

An Introduction to Marxist Economics

Introduction 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. This brief introduction to Marxist economics attempts to provide the class conscious worker not with a complete account of economics, but a guide to the basic laws of motion of capitalist society dominating his existence. The shallowness of capitalist economics is demonstrated Read more…

Stop the student debt sell off!

This Friday 18th October students at UAL and Goldsmiths will be demonstrating against the privatisation of student debt. Come along and join the UAL Marxists in calling for no privatisation of student debt, the cancellation of student debt, the abolition of fees and the nationalisation of the banks to fund education. Since the introduction of fees and the cutting of grants, the influence of big business and the market on higher education has been steadily Read more…

UCLU Elections: vote for a socialist NUS!

As autumn elections in UCLU are underway, UCL students are due to give their mandate to 6 delegates who will represent them at the NUS National Conference in April 2014. The levels of participation are strikingly low – 6 vacancies are contested by only 8 candidates, and students generally are unaware that there are any elections taking place. Thus, it is crucial to address the importance of these elections, as well as Read more…

Book review: Behind the Myths – The Foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

  John Pickard’s book delves into the history of the three most important religions in the Western world, and this has profound political implications. If you think about it, religion dominates so many people’s lives from their birth to their death and yet, incredibly, so little is known about how religion, in particular Judaism, Christianity, and Islam really came about. Well, if you get a copy of this book, you will wonder Read more…

The Russian Revolution – Triumph or Tragedy?

On Thursday 10th October the Marxist Student Federation hosted a fiery debate between Alan Woods, editor of www.marxist.com, and Orlando Figes, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London on the topic of ‘The Russian Revolution: Triumph or Tragedy? Alan Woods Addressing a packed hall of 180 people, Woods opened the debate by pointing out that the Revolution was a mass popular movement of millions of workers and peasants coming onto the Read more…

Ex-miner and Sheffield students debate Thatcher’s real legacy

Around 150 students crammed into the Revolution Coffee Bar at Sheffield University on Monday 30th September to hear John Dunn – Socialist Appeal supporter, ex-miner, and current member of Unite the Union – debate against a motion proposing that Margaret Thatcher’s time as Prime Minister was a triumph, leading to long term prosperity for British people that we should all be very grateful for today. Joe Rollin, the local organiser of the Read more…

Marxist Student Federation off to a flying start

The Marxist Student Federation is a new organisation for revolutionary students. Members of Socialist Appeal have taken the decision to launch this national platform for Marxist ideas in the student movement because it is clear that there is both a need and a thirst for Marxist ideas in the movement. The response we have received at the freshers fairs with the numbers signing up and coming to our opening meetings has been Read more…

The Privatised Life of a Student

  by Guy Howie, UCLU Marxists Students coming to London this year face an unprecedented attack on their education. Ever since the Tories and Liberals trebled fees to £9,000 in 2010, we have seen university funding continually rolled back and the costs of student living soar. For London students in 2013 the cut-backs have reached a critical point. At UCL, the “Bloomsbury Masterplan” – a £500 million sell-off of many of the Read more…