Where they teach you how to be thick - James Heartfield

As the government embarks on yet another set of sweeping "reforms" of the education system, James Heatfield argues that state education has consistently encouraged working-class children to accept their lot in life.

Class: an introduction

An explanation of what we on mean by the word "class", and related terms such as "working class" and "class struggle".

Are the revolutionaries one counter-revolution behind? - La Banquise

Examining the nature and definition of the proletariat, class society and its abolition.

The making of the English working class - E. P. Thompson

E. P. Thompson's monumental study of the making of the English working class, and the development of its consciousness, during its formative years of 1780 to 1832.

The revolutionary potential of “social scum”

Some thoughts on the possibility for a progressive politics of the excluded and Marxism's deep fear and loathing of the 'lumpen proletariat'.

Karl Marx on the transition from feudalism to capitalism - Claudio.J.Katz

A useful summary of the argument that the class struggle of the peasantry was crucial in the transition to capitalism.

Proletariwhat? on class and the meaning of "proletarian".

What's the working class anyway?

A letter exchange in Subversion about the nature of class.

Unfinished business - review by Subversion

Class War Federation's book Unfinished business - the politics of Class War, is reviewed by the Subversion group which points out several important flaws, including on class and nationalism.

Class Science and Scientific Truth


The following article contains the text of the keynote address Richard Levins delivered at The New York Marxist School's Conference on Dialectical Materialism, held in October 1979. It was first published in Working Papers on Marxism and Science, published in 1981 by The New York Marxist School.