Tag Archives: Karl Marx

Class Struggle: How is change won?

By Grace Fors, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Today’s generation is growing up surrounded by crises. As they come of age, dead-end jobs, crushing debt, and climate destruction await them. After 18 months of isolation, the COVID-19 pandemic is rearing its head again with no clear end in sight. All of these combined disasters can create ...

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History: 250 years since the birth of Robert Owen

By Tom Costello Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in England, Wales and Scotland) This month marks 250 years since the birth of a legendary utopian socialist. While today many of his ideas have been contorted into simple philanthropy, what is often overlooked is what he developed. Robert Owen’s radical social vision that provided inspiration for many, itself playing a pivotal ...

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Engels, Marx & the “Irish Question”

A lesser known aspect of Marx and Engels’ work is their attention to events and processes in Ireland. This is reflected in Marx’s Capital, where he references the shirt factories in Derry and the effect their development had on the broader local economy. However, it was primarily Engels who studied events in Ireland. This was in part through his relationship ...

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Keynes, the crisis of neoliberalism and why capitalism can’t be reformed

Covid-19 has turned the world upside down, making all that was considered impossible now seem possible. In the context of a new crisis for capitalism and the undermining of the neoliberal order globally, the ideas of the liberal economist John Maynard Keynes will increasingly gain traction in terms of the policies of capitalist governments, writes Cillian Gillespie.  The Covid-19 crisis ...

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Economic crash shows who the real wealth creators are

By Mike Murphy  Plans by governments and central banks to deal with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic feature in the news virtually every day. While the initial news focus was very strongly on the healthcare system response to the crisis, more recently the focus on the more usual interests of the ruling class has become more pronounced.  The ...

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1930s Great Depression & global crisis today

“The shock to the global economy from COVID-19 has been both faster and more severe than… even the Great Depression.” That comment by economist Nouriel Roubini on 24th March indicates the growing possibility of global events entering an entirely new period. One way to prepare is to study and draw lessons from the 1930s. By Per-Ake Westerlund, Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (our ...

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Kautsky and the Parliamentary Road to Socialism – A Reply to Eric Blanc

By Rob Rooke, member of Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US- article was originally published in its journal Socialist World)  We are living through a dramatic period in U.S. history. While the Trump presidency has emboldened the right, we have also witnessed the re-emergence of strikes, the growth of a new left with DSA, Alexandria Occasio Cortez’s stunning ...

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“We only want the earth” – The case for socialist change

Dean O’Donnell & Cillian Gillespie make the case for a democratic socialist society based on need, not profit What type of economic system allows the 26 richest people to have as much as the 3.8 billion poorest? Why is it that, despite decades of warnings from the science community, we appear headed toward climate catastrophe? How do one in seven ...

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Karl Marx’s theory of class struggle: the working class & revolution

Two hundred years since Karl Marx was born and 170 years since his most famous work, The Communist Manifesto, was published, Eddie McCabe looks at Marx’s theory of class struggle and assesses its relevance for today.   Without the labour power of workers, capitalists can’t make profits. The system can’t function. Of all the things a capitalist can buy to ...

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Marx’s Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis & critique of capitalism

By Robin Clapp, from The Socialist, paper of the Socialist Party in England and Wales The Daily Mail reacted with predictable hysteria when, in May 2017, John McDonnell stated: “You can’t understand the capitalist system without reading Marx’s Das Kapital.” When asked to immediately condemn his shadow chancellor, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to do so and correctly added that Marx was ...

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