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Marx: a very short introduction - Peter Singer

A PDF book introduction to the central vision that unifies Marx's thought, enabling us to grasp Marx's views as a whole. Singer sees him as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist. In plain English he explains alienation, historical materialism, the economic theory of Capital, and Marx's ideas of communism, and concludes with an assessment of Marx's legacy.

Seventeen contradictions and the end of capitalism - David Harvey

To modern Western society, capitalism is the air we breathe, and most people rarely think to question it, for good or for ill.

This world we must leave - Jacques Camatte

A pamphlet consisting of texts from the journal Invariance: "This World We Must Leave" and "Statements and Citations". Translated by David Brown.

The Socialist Labor Party 1876-1991 - Frank Girard and Ben Perry

A history of the Socialist Labor Party (SLP) is long overdue. Started In 1876, it is the ancestor of the far better known Socialist Party (SP), ('Communist Party (CP) and innumerable leftist organizations; it was a major factor in the launching of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Left-Wing Lies Ken Ellis

Left-Wing Lies Ken Ellis

6th edition (2003)
What a Worker Found in his Quest for a Definition of Socialism

Grey is the golden tree of life, green is theory - Robert Kurz

In this 2007 essay, Robert Kurz examines the question of theory and practice from the perspective of the “categorical” “critique of value-dissociation”, with extensive discussions of Marx, Engels, Bloch, Adorno, Horkheimer, Gramsci, Althusser, Foucault, Debord, Negri, and Holloway, and concludes, in the face of the prevalent urge for immediate “action” and the equally widespread denigration of theory, that “critical theory must consciously maintain a distance from all existing praxis”.

Outline study course in Marxian economics - International Council Correspondence

An "Outline study course in Marxian economics ... offered as a help to instructors of study classes on the first volume of Marx's Capital", first published as a pamphlet by International Council Correspondence in 1935.

What is a Marxist organization? - Scott Jay

Self-proclaimed Marxist organization never apply a Marxist analysis to their own organizations. While the rest of the world is shaped by social forces, they always assume they are exempt because of their ideas. This is an idealist approach to organizations, not a materialist one.

Activism - Amadeo Bordiga

In this short article first published in 1952, Amadeo Bordiga addresses the question of “activism” as “an illness of the workers movement” that exaggerates the “possibilities of the subjective factors of the class struggle” and neglects theoretical preparation, which he claims is of paramount importance because of the need for consciousness to be “expressed in the class party, which is in the last analysis the determinant factor of the transformation of the bourgeois crisis into the revolutionary catastrophe of all of society”, claiming furthermore that, “in the party, consciousness precedes action, unlike what takes place among the masses and at the level of the individual.”

'Communism... is the affirmation of a new community': notes on jacques camatte - Chamsy el-Ojeili

This article by Chamsy el-Ojeili gives a broad overview of the thought of Jacques Camatte from his Marxist phase in the Italian Communist Left tradition to his orientation towards primitivism. There is focus on Bordiga's theory of the communist party, Camatte's rejection of democracy, and his understanding of communism as "Gemeinwesen".