Psychology of the private individual - MG

Psychology of the Private Individual Critique of Bourgeois Consciousness

The Marxist Group's best work: stinging critique of bourgeois consciousness.

On the Suicide of a Revolutionary (For Bob Starobin)

Letter eulogizing radical scholar Bob Starobin, by author and photographer Julius Lester, mailed to me (paper copy) by my comrade Ellen from her personal archives. 6-page pdf.

The poetry and brief life of a Foxconn worker: Xu Lizhi (1990-2014)

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Translations of poems by Xu Lizhi (许立志), the Foxconn worker who committed suicide on 30 September 2014, at the age of 24, in Shenzhen, China. Also includes an obituary with some explanatory notes.

Is life worth living or should I blast myself?

An account of being a juvenile delinquent and having to live with a family who had a multitude of issues.

A class struggle perspective on the gun control debate

Yesterday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conneticut once again re-ignited the gun control debate. For US liberals, stricter gun regulations are the key to preventing future tragedies. For conservatives, responsible gun ownership and armed citizenry is the best defence. But neither position really gets to the roots of the issue.

The voiceless’s last scream: a suicide a day among the unemployed in Italy

In the last few years many suicides in Italy have been strongly linked to the economic crisis and unemployment. 357 people killed themselves in 2009, compared to the 260 of the previous year: a 37.3% growth. 76% of those people had lost their jobs or couldn’t find one due to the crisis, with a smaller percentage of younger people who were looking for their first job.

Occupy Equitalia


Equitalia is a state-owned tax collection agency. Created in 2007, it was meant to replace all the private companies previously in charge of the task.

Rest in peace Dimitris Christoulas

A pensioner kills himself outside the Greek parliament due to austerity measures that has left him in poverty.

Making a killing: suicide under capitalism

An article on the relation between capitalism and suicide from the June 2011 issue of The Commune.

The fatal pressure of competition - Robert Kurz

2002 analysis of the phenomenon of school shootings, which the author claims reflect the totalitarian mass psychology of capitalism in crisis, whose perpetrators are described as "robots of capitalist competition gone haywire" in a "culture of self-destruction and self-forgetting".