The myths about Marxism

Written by Marxist Student Federation Wednesday, 16 April 2014

marx-face-thumbThe past two decades have witnessed a barrage of propaganda against Marxism and its revolutionary heritage. Since the collapse of Stalinism – not socialism, but a monstrously deformed caricature of Marxism - from one front to another the mainstream media, universities, professors and historians have gone on the offensive to discredit Marxism. We examine here the most common myths about Marxism and socialism.

 

Liberals win majority in Quebec election: Charter rejected, austerity to come

Written by Joel Bergman Wednesday, 16 April 2014

quebec-couillard-thLess than two years after it was kicked out from power, the Quebec Liberals have been returned to government with a crushing victory in the Quebec provincial election. With over 1.7-million votes (41% of the total), the Liberals took 70 of the province’s 125 seats. The 33-day campaign started with premier Pauline Marois confident that her Parti Québécois would be forming a majority government. Instead, the election ended with Marois losing her own seat and the PQ capturing its lowest vote total since 1973, with just over 1-million votes (25% of the total) cast for the party.  Now, there is an ominous feeling amongst Quebec’s workers and youth as memories of Jean Charest’s majority government come to the fore.  Yes, the charter has been defeated, but austerity is still on the agenda — more firmly than ever before.

 

Venezuela: Neither agreements nor conciliation - Complete the revolution!

Written by Lucha de clases, Marxist tendency of the PSUV Tuesday, 15 April 2014

201404-Maduro-Capriles-SIBCI-thOn the evening of April 10, the main political representatives of the Venezuelan opposition attended a meeting at Miraflores Presidential Palace with representatives of the government and the Bolivarian revolution. The meeting generated a lively debate within the Bolivarian movement. We publish here the statement of Lucha de clases - the Venezuelan section of the IMT, together with some explanatory notes.

 

Ukrainian crisis spiralling out of control

Written by Francesco Merli Monday, 14 April 2014

20140414-Donetsk-regional-admin-building-PIC-Graham-W-Phillips-thUkrainian president Oleksandr Turchynov declared yesterday in a live televised address that a full-scale operation involving the army will be launched to regain control over Eastern Ukraine. Whether it is a bluff or a real threat, which the Ukrainian government has the will and means to enforce, is yet to be seen. But today, the same Turchynov has declared that the Kiev government is not against holding a referendum in Eastern Ukraine and set a date for May 25. Meanwhile, there is talk of Kiev asking for UN peacekeepers. This all shows the insoluble mess the Ukrainian authorities have got themselves into.

 

Ted Grant - The Permanent Revolutionary. Chapter One: The Early Years

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 11 April 2014

Ted Grant - Permanent Revolutionary coverThis is the first chapter of the biography of Ted Grant, written by his friend and collaborator for more than 50 years, Alan Woods. It describes Ted Grant's childhood and early life in South Africa, how he came into contact with the Trotskyists and the background to his emigration to Britain. The book is available for sale on Wellred Books (UK and US) and as an Ebook on Amazon and other markets. We will be publishing it here over the coming weeks.

 

Successful Hands off Venezuela meeting in Germany distorted by Bavarian Broadcasting

Written by Claudia Kocabalkan and Christoph Mürdter Friday, 11 April 2014

20140328-HOV-Germany-th"Hands off the Revolution in Venezuela" was the title of a public meeting in the city of Wiesbaden organised by the local neighbourhood branch of DIE LINKE (Left Party) Wiesbaden-Westend, Hands off Venezuela (HOV) in Germany and Der Funke editorial board on March 28, 2014. The speakers invited were Jimmy Chediak, Venezuelan Consul General in Frankfurt, and Hans-Gerd Öfinger from HOV in Germany.

 

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Bhagat Singh: La historia olvidada de la liberación

Written by Lal Khan Wednesday, 16 April 2014

bhagat singh 1929 thLos historiadores de la élite de Asia meridional han distorsionado deliberadamente ciertos acontecimientos dentro de sus archivos sobre la lucha contra el dominio imperial británico y la sangrienta separación posterior entre India y Pakistán. Uno de esos episodios significativos fue la lucha de la Asociación Revolucionaria Socialista Indostaní (HSRA) y su más famoso mártir, Bhagat Singh. El 23 de marzo de 1931, el revolucionario de veintitrés años y sus compañeros de armas Sujdev y el gurú Raj fueron asesinados en la Prisión Central de Lahore.

 

Venezuela: Ni pacto, ni conciliación - completar la revolución - Declaración de Lucha de Clases, Corriente Marxista del PSUV

Written by Lucha de Clases, Corriente Marxista del PSUV Tuesday, 15 April 2014

201404-Maduro-Capriles-SIBCI-thEn la noche del 10 de abril se celebró la primera reunión del Diálogo por la Paz con Justícia entre representates del gobierno y la revolución bolivariana y representantes de la oposición. La reunión ha generado una viva polémica en el movimiento bolivariano sobre sus objetivos y límites. Publicamos la declaración de Lucha de Clases, la sección venezolana de la CMI.

 

La crisis ucraniana escapa fuera de control

Written by Francesco Merli Tuesday, 15 April 2014

20140414-Donetsk-regional-admin-building-PIC-Graham-W-Phillips-thEl presidente ucraniano Oleksandr Turchynov declaró ayer en un discurso televisado en vivo que pondrá en marcha una operación militar a gran escala para recuperar el control sobre el este de Ucrania. Tanto si se trata de un farol o de una amenaza real, aún está por verse que el gobierno ucraniano tenga la voluntad y los medios para hacer cumplir su amenaza. Pero hoy, el mismo Turchynov ha declarado que el gobierno de Kiev no está en contra de la celebración de un referéndum en el este de Ucrania y establece una fecha para el 25 de mayo. Mientras tanto, en Kiev se habla de solicitar fuerzas de paz a la ONU. Todo esto muestra el lío insoluble en el que se han metido las autoridades ucranianas.