Tag: In Defence of Marxism

International Working Women’s Day – By V.I. Lenin

Original article, by V.I. Lenin (yep…him), via In Defence of Marxism:

“The working woman and the peasant woman are oppressed by capital, but over and above that, even in the most democratic of the bourgeois republics, they remain, firstly, deprived of some rights because the law does not give them equality with men; and secondly – and this is the main thing – they remain in “household bondage”, they continue to be “household slaves”, for they are overburdened with the drudgery of the most squalid, backbreaking and stultifying toil in the kitchen and the family household.” V.I.Lenin, March 4, 1921

No light bulb will shine, no wheel will move, without the permission of the workers of this world.

Original article, by Jutta Schmitt – University of Los Andes (ULA) senior lecturer in political sciences, via In Defence of Marxism:

Alan Woods held a meeting with workers and students last night (November 19) in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of The Andes in Merida (Venezuela), to talk about the systemic crisis of capitalism on a world wide scale.

The Last Stand of the Levellers

Original article, by Dudley Edwards, via In Defence of Marxism:

An interesting historical piece, pointing out that Revolutions sustained by the poor and working class can still end up just chainging one boss for the next.

It’s quite interesting and well worth the read.

The Unfolding Capitalist Crisis – a nightmare for workers everywhere

The Unfolding Capitalist Crisis – a nightmare for workers everywhere

By Rob Sewell

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Argentina: Zanon belongs to the workers

Orignal article, written by the workers of Zanon-Sindicato Ceramistas in Neuquén, Argentina and subtitled “After 9 years of struggle we have achieved the definitive expropriation of our factory.” Via In Defence of Marxism.

After 9 years of struggle we have achieved the definitive expropriation of our factory.

The path taken by the workers at Zanon would not have been possible without previously seizing our union representation from the trade union bureaucracy.

Argentina: They’ve made history – Workers will be owners of Ceramica Zanón

Original article, by ANRED, via In Defence of Marxism:

It would seem that the force of the wind, which was blowing at more than 60 km/hr in the Neuquén capital, was an omen of what was to come. 26 deputies supported the definitive expropriation and this sealed the declaration that the factory was of public interest and the transfer of Cerámica Zanon to the Fasinpat cooperative.

When Science Fiction Meets Marxism

Original article, by Christos Kefalis and subtitled John Carpenter’s “They Live“, via dissidentvoice.org:

Science fiction has been frequently utilized in embellishing the capitalist system. Suffice it to mention movies like Superman and Exterminator, which, under a seemingly innocent story, cover a barely hidden apology of its dominant values. In the history of the seventh art there exist, however, opposing examples where the symbolism of the imaginary is used for aims of social criticism. One of the most outstanding is undoubtedly offered by John’s Carpenter’s They Live. Although it appeared about 20 years ago, in 1988, the movie remains timely and relevant as one of the most devastating and sharp criticisms of American imperialism ever made. And it also reads as prophesy of what later crystallized to be the embodiment of its most brutal features, the corrupt and cynical Bush administration, now leaving the scene.

The Greek police kill school student – big wave of mobilisations all over Greece

Original article, and editorial from Marxistiki Foni (Marxist Voice), via In Defence of Marxism:

On Saturday night, an officer of the Special Forces of the Greek Police killed a young 15-year old school student, Alexandros Grigoropoulos, in Exarchia in the centre of Athens, (just 200 meters from the office of our paper). This is the modern “democratic” manner in which a police officer answered the usual anti-police slogans that a small group of ordinary and completely unarmed school students were raising against him. The police officer shot at the group of school students in an area where there are many coffeehouses full of people and at an hour (9pm) when there are many youth gathered together enjoying an evening out.

The return of Karl Marx

Original article, by Fred Weston, via In Defense of Marxism:

Articles have appeared recently in newspapers and websites around the world highlighting the fact that sales of Marx’s books over the past year have risen sharply in East Germany, particularly among young people. It is worth quoting just a few of these articles.