History & Theory

This section deals with the major aspects of Marxist theory: dialectical materialism, historical materialism, Marxist economics, the class nature of the USSR, the colonial revolution, and more.

Recent highlights:

Malcolm X: "You show me a capitalist, I’ll show you a bloodsucker.”

Written by In Defence of Marxism Monday, 23 February 2015

mxFifty years ago Malcolm X was brutally asassinated and thus one of the loudest voices against injustice was removed. In the last period of his life he was evolving towards a class understanding of society. As he said, "we are today seeing a global rebellion of the oppressed against the oppressor, the exploited against the exploiter.” We republish here an article about the man and his ideas. (Click here)


Our Cherished Freedom of Speech Myth

Written by Daniel Morley Friday, 20 February 2015

freedom-of-speech-megaphone2On February 17th Peter Oborne, one of the UK's most respected journalists, resigned from the Daily Telegraph and publicly condemned its practice of placing advertisers interests above those of the truth. As a conservative liberal, Peter Oborne is concerned that our famed and cherished 'freedom of speech' is being undermined by business interests. Freedom of expression is routinely and uncritically heralded as our society's proudest achievement to be defended at all costs. It is always assumed that, essentially, we possess this freedom, and it is only necessary to preserve it in one way or another. In truth, under capitalism there is no such thing as free expression nor a free press, for capital decides everything.


Reading Guide: An Introduction to Marxism

Written by In Defence of Marxism Tuesday, 09 December 2014

A reading guide to the fundamental ideas of Marxism.


Introduction to Revolution and Counterrevolution in Spain

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 05 December 2014

image1Recently the Spanish Marxist Tendency Lucha de Clases published a new edition of Felix Morrow's classic Revolution and counterrevolution in Spain with a new introduction by Alan Woods. The launch meetings in Spain have been a great success and the book has already been sold out and a second edition is in preparation. Today we are publishing the introduction by Alan Woods which provides a brief analysis of the reasons for the defeat of the Spanish Revolution of 1931-37 while also dealing with the resurgence of the Spanish workers' movement in the 1960s and 70s and drawing the lessons for today.


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