Marxism

On the fate of the state: Bakunin versus Marx - Paul McLaughlin

An article in which Paul McLaughlin compares the role of the State in Marx and Bakunin's thought. He concludes that Marxism is statist in ends, not solely in means.

Kautsky's theory of proletarian revolution - Isaak Alter

Karl Kautsky August Bebel Second International

A critical survey, quite detailed, but containing few new insights. Source: Under the Banner of Marxism, 1928, No.4, p. 30-71.

Choke points: mapping an anticapitalist counter-logistics in California - Degenerate Communism

While it is indisputably within the sphere of production that the value-form is created and the obfuscation of social relations under capital begins, perhaps the notion that it is within sphere of circulation that the value-form can begin to be destroyed necessitates more tactical experiments explicitly targeting this realm in the US context of struggles.

Review of Vivek Chibber's Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital

Vivek Chibber challenges the post-Marxist framework of the Subaltern Studies group.

Why we don't need money - Socialist Party of Great Britain

The SPGB respond to free market capitalist critics of socialism and explain how money is unnecessary.

Reflections on Violence (1908) - Georges Sorel

A philosophical work published in 1908 by the French revolutionary syndicalist Georges Sorel. Sorel argues that the success of the proletariat in class struggle depended on the creation of a catastrophic and violent revolution achieved through a general strike. Many of the ideas within would later influence fascists and as well as socialists. This version was translated and edited by Jeremy Jennings for the 'Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought' series (pub. 1999).

Huiming Centennial: Why Talk about 1910s Anarchism in the 2010s?

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Overview and critical reflection on the historical significance of early 20th century Chinese anarchism, from a 2013 conference celebrating the centennial of China's first anarchist periodical, Huiminglu, better known as Minsheng (Voice of the People).

Selections from the prison notebooks - Antonio Gramsci

Almost five hundred pages of Gramsci's writings on history, culture, politics, and philosophy. From the study of philosophy to problems of Marx, Marxism, and Machiavelli, to the state and civil society. We have huge disagreements with Gramsci's (essentially Stalinist) politics, but reproduce this text for reference.

James O'Connor's second contradiction of capitalism

The Deepwater Horizon disaster: capital undermines its ecological basis

A critical introduction to the influential ecological Marxist concept of 'the second contradiction', proposed by James O'Connor.

Capitalism, nature, socialism: a theoretical introduction - James O'Connor

The Alberta tar sands

James O'Connor's influential 1988 article introducing the idea of a 'second contradiction of capitalism', between political economy and the environment.