What is Marxism?

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2. What is Marxism?

This session introduces the main outlines of the Marxist worldview. It establishes the philosophical basis of Marx’s thought and its continuing relevance for revolutionaries in the world today before introducing the materialist conception of history. We examine how this theory allows us not only to analyse the class struggles at the heart of our society, but most importantly, shows how capitalism, like feudalism before it, is just one phase in the history of the development of social production, destined to be overthrown by the revolutionary working class.

Marxism is a science, not a dogma, enriched continually by the practical experience of radical struggle. It is the means by which the current crisis of capitalism can be both understood and overcome in the interests of the socialist transformation of society.

Reading

FRFI 87 Dialectical Materialism

FRFI 152 Karl Marx: Before all else a revolutionary

FRFI 142 The Communist Manifesto: Its relevance today

Preface to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. By Karl Marx

Basic principles of Marxism — Part One: The lives and times of Marx and Engels

Basic Principles of Marxism – Part Two: 1848 Revolutions and the Paris Commune

Basic principles of Marxism – Part Four: The Chartists

Supplementary reading 

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific. By Frederick Engels.

Karl Marx: A brief biographical sketch with an exposition of Marxism. By Lenin

The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism. By Lenin

The Economic Basis of Politics. By James Connolly

Theses on Feuerbach. By Karl Marx

Letters on Historical Materialism, 1890-93. By Engels

On the Question of Dialectics. By Lenin

The workers’ government Clara Zetkin

Marx Emasculated by Steve Palmer, Published 12 March 2015