Introduction to the Thought of the Arab Marxist Mahdi Amel

Mahdi Amel was born in Lebanon in 1936, where he completed his secondary education. He then moved to France, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy. He worked for a short period in Algeria after the victory of the revolution against French colonialism and was...

Notes on the Evolution of the Industrial Proletariat 

Introduction Most of the left-wing currents put into question the strategy of the socialist revolution as well as the role of the industrial proletariat as the social subject of this revolution. That stand got stronger after the earthquake that shook the leftwing due to the overthrow of the world Stalinist apparatus...

Some Thoughts on the Paris Commune

The 150th anniversary of the Paris Commune has given rise to many studies, books, comments and public enthusiasm. Much more than the hundred years of the Russian Revolution.   By Michel Lenoir, Paris   The Commune still in vogue This striking difference is due to a series of factors, at least three. Unlike the...

The Two Phases of Communism

All activists who fight for a world without exploitation of man by man have heard of the two stages, or phases, to get there. socialism, first, and communism. By Marcos Margarido  This is how Lenin uses these terms in his book State and Revolution. Socialism would be a transitional phase until...

Revolution is a Process: Huey Newton on Revolutionary Strategy and Consciousness

Revolution is a Process  Huey Newton on Revolutionary Strategy and Consciousness By James Markin Founded in 1966, the Black Panther Party (BPP) remains a shining light in the history of the US left. Deeply based in the black nationalist tradition of Malcolm X, the BPP also took inspiration from the ideas of...

Engels and the Materialist Interpretation of the History of Women’s Oppression

Engels was born on 28 November, 200 years ago. In his homage, the International Workers League - Fourth International published a series of articles in defence of Marxism and Engels' legacy, thus recovering his theoretical and revolutionary heritage as a co-founder of scientific socialism. This series of articles would...

Profit Non-Profit: The Influence of Corporate Foundations on Nonprofits and Social Movements

By Brian Crawford   Crises are endemic to capitalism. Increasingly, even when economic indicators point toward prosperity, this prosperity only extends to a very thin layer within society. Labor has for many decades experienced wage losses and massive reductions in state interventions to ameliorate the worst aspects of capitalism. Lacking sufficient...

Fiddles Melody: Bicentennial of Friedrich Engels, the Communist General

"For a correct appraisal of Marx’s views, an acquaintance is essential with the works of Frederick Engels, his closest fellow-thinker and collaborator. It is impossible to understand Marxism and to propound it fully without taking into account all the works of Engels." Lenin, 1914. In 1893, shortly before the publication of...

Engels’ Ecological Dialectical Materialism

It is undeniable that Marx was deeply curious about the development of the sciences of his time. Not only the natural sciences but also the humanities, which was evident in his notebook on Lewis Henry Morgan, which eventually became the raw material of the book The Origin of the...

Engels, Co-author of the Materialist Conception of History

Engels and Marx’s collaboration had as a starting point the elaboration of the materialist conception of history: this was the result of a convergence of ideas and, from then on, of a partnership in the theoretical elaboration and political militancy for their whole lives. By José Welmowicki Marxism against determinism In the...

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