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.

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The puzzle of productive and unproductive labour

Written by Rob Sewell Thursday, 17 July 2014
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digging-a-hole-thIn their desperate search for profitable fields of investment, the capitalist class, especially the financial oligarchy, has presided over an explosive growth of unproductive expenditure that today threatens to undermine the very edifice of capitalism. As more and more surplus value is siphoned off into unproductive activities, the issue of “productive” and “unproductive” labour has once again resurfaced as a factor contributing to, and a reflection of, the present terminal decline of world capitalism.

 

WWI – Part Three: The strange story of the Kaiser and the Tsar

Written by Alan Woods Tuesday, 15 July 2014
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german-revolution-ends-horror-of-war-2-thThe Austrian attack on Serbia did not lead immediately to war with Russia. In St. Petersburg the generals were impatient to take action. However, Russian foreign minister Sazonov seems not to have shared the blind confidence of his generals. He feared the effects of war on the unstable political situation in Russia and was not convinced that the Russian army could win in a conflict with the formidable German military machine.

 

WWI – Part Two: On the brink of the abyss

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 04 July 2014
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Wilhelm II 1905-thSelf-styled philosophers of the post-modernist kind deny the possibility of finding any rational explanations for human history. It is alleged that there are no general laws, no objective factors that lie behind the conduct of individuals and determine their psychology and behaviour. From this standpoint – the standpoint of extreme subjectivity – all history is determined by individuals acting according to their own free will. To attempt to find some inner logic in this turbulent and lawless sea would be as futile an exercise as to try to predict the precise momentum and position of an individual subatomic particle.

 

WWI – Part One: Assassination in Sarajevo – The first shots of the Great Slaughter

Written by Alan Woods Friday, 27 June 2014
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german-revolution-ends-horror-of-war-2-thOne hundred years ago, on 28 June 1914 two pistol shots shattered the peace of a sunny afternoon in Sarajevo. Those shots reverberated around Europe and shattered the peace of the whole world.

 

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