Introductory Education Programme

SECTION TWO - What is Marxism?


‘Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it’ – Karl Marx, Theses on Feuerbach

This section introduces Marx and Engels’ theory of history. We examine how Marxism 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.

Primary Reading: The Communist Manifesto: its relevance today - FRFI 142 April / May 1998