Was Rosa Luxemburg an Opponent of the Russian Revolution?

Post on: January 15, 2021 Nathaniel Flakin Rosa Luxemburg is often presented as an opponent of the Russian Revolution, but this is a deliberate misunderstanding. In fact, she was no more and no less than a critical Bolshevik. “Freedom is always the freedom of dissenters” or “the freedom of those who think differently.” This is by far the most well-known quote from Rosa Luxemburg. Wikipedia, for example, uses this quote to claim she “criticiz[ed] the Bolsheviks, presciently warning of their dictatorship.” Mitchell Cohen uses the same quote to make the…

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Engels: theorist of war, theorist of revolution

Republished From: https://fourth.international/en/275 Friedrich Engels was born on 28 November 1820 in Barmen (now Wuppertal). He was a close friend and collaborator of Karl Marx and was long considered to be one of the founders of Marxism, just like Marx. In the twentieth century, however, in Western heterodox Marxism, Engels was regularly criticized for his scientific and dogmatic deviation from Marxism and for being responsible for everything that was to be rejected in Marxism. On the occasion of the bicentenary of Engels, we propose to return to this important figure…

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“Put a Crimp in the Belt and the Whole Belt Freezes”: The Anniversary of the Flint Sit-Down Strike

Post on: December 30, 2020  William Lewis Today, 84 years ago, the Flint sit-down strike began. By sitting down, autoworkers stood up for the entire working class and set into motion a movement that built a mighty labor movement. As the pandemic and economic downturn continues to wreak havoc, it is important to remember what solidarity and grit can accomplish. When people picture the labor movement of the 1930s, one image that comes to mind is stern men sitting on car seat cushions reading the newspaper. They’re picturing the Flint sit-down strike.…

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Anthonio Gramsci (1891-1937)

Anthonio Gramsci (1891-1937) Before I go to his concepts which are in “Prison Notebooks”, I would go through his early life a bit. Anthonio Gramsci was born in Ales, Oristano province of the island of Sardinia in Southern Italy. He was the fourth of seven sons of Francesco Gramsci (1860-1937) and Giuseppina Marcias (1861-1932). Gramsci’s father’s family reportedly left Albania around 1821. Gramsh (Albanian form: Gramsci) is a town in central Albania. It seemed that  the Albanian origin of his father’s family hereditary claimed the Surname of Gramsci; an Italianized…

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Cooperatives and socialism: Prof Wolff on All Things Co-op

Professor Wolff recently joined the hosts of All Things Co-op in a special event to talk about cooperatives, Marxist theory, critiques of capitalism, and more.  In this conversation Prof Wolff shared many personal stories, including how his French father’s determination created a Latin class for him to take in his Ohio high school, his experiences in Ivy League schools, and how he became interested in cooperatives.  Wolff: “I spent 10 years of my life in these Ivy League places and they were constantly telling me economics is price theory and…

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UN climate report calls out global elite as cause of the crisis

Originally published: Liberation News by Tina Landis (December 11, 2020) The UN Emissions Gap Report released on Dec. 9, shows how far off the mark we are for averting complete climate catastrophe. Current global emissions reduction policies have us on track for 3.5 C warming by 2100, which would be catastrophic for life on Earth. An average increase of 1.5 C globally is the line that must not be crossed–with current temperatures at an average of nearly 1 C warming. The report takes a surprisingly class perspective by pointing out that the one percent…

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Anthonio Gramsci (1891-1937)

Gramsci is considered to be one of the most  marxist thinkers and the most famous discoverer and the sharp analyst of the superstructure of the theory of Carl Marx. Actually he used two stratas (political and civil society) inside of superstructure to explain how they work dialectical, not just the mechanical way. He was the first general secretary of Italian Communist Party in 1920S.He introduced a powerful concept of Hegemony in which the ruling class maintained and manipulated the power over the common people. Actually, he fell victim to the…

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The First Mass Communist Party

Post on: December 6, 2020  Nathaniel Flakin The United Communist Party of Germany (VKPD) was founded 100 years ago. The foundation of the Communist Party of Germany (KPD) is well known. On New Year’s Eve 1918 and New Year’s Day 1919, a stormy congress took place in the ballroom of the Prussian parliament. Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Liebknecht, and their Spartacus League united a disparate group of revolutionaries in the new party. Yet the KPD was tiny. One could say the party’s real foundation took place two years later. The KPD’s sixth congress,…

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“Intro to Marxian Economics”

This four part course provides a working foundation in the core concepts of Marxian economic theory — necessary and surplus labor, labor power, surplus value, exploitation, capital accumulation, distributions of the surplus, capitalist crises, and the differences between capitalist and other class structures. In addition, these core concepts will be systematically used to understand current social problems (including political and cultural as well as economic problems). The goal is to enable students to apply Marxian economics in their own efforts to analyze society and to strategize politically today. This course…

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Organize to claim the opportunity in the budget 2021!

By Working People’s Research Group The budget-making and policy talking in Sri Lanka amidst a pandemic have uncovered the anatomy of the Sri Lankan state. It is Siamese twins, of the repressive state and the private corporate lobby. The SLPP government and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa have disposed of the poor and dispossessed working people on whom they rode to power to nurture and facilitate a corporate lobby. Instead of addressing the economic grievances and frustrations of the working people who roll the economy forward with their labour-power, the SLPP government…

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