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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Reading guide: Marxism and the European Union

Written by In Defence of Marxism Tuesday, 26 July 2016

ragged EU flag - Public DomainThe European debt crisis of 2009 marks a decisive turning point in the history of European capitalism. Across the continent, the economic, diplomatic and political situation is characterised by uncertainty, instability and collapse. Everywhere, contradictions which had built up under the surface for decades have exploded onto the scene.


Ted Grant - The permanent revolutionary

Written by In Defence of Marxism Wednesday, 20 July 2016

TG-speakingOn the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the death of Ted Grant, the founder of the Militant, we publish here his biography, written by his friend, comrade and closest collaborator, Alan Woods.


Time to exorcise the ghost of Franco

Written by Jorge Martín Monday, 18 July 2016

Franco - Public Domain - WikipediaEighty years after the beginning of the Spanish Civil War and 40 years after the end of the Franco dictatorship which followed it, this is an issue which in Spain raises white hot passions. Far from this being an historical question, it is a burning one today. As a new revolutionary upswing is starting, the new generation is attempting to come to terms with the lessons of the past.


80 Years since the Spanish Civil War

Written by Rob Sewell Monday, 18 July 2016

asturian communeToday marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War. On 17 and 18 July, 1936, General Franco began his military uprising in Morocco, a prelude to the fascist uprising throughout Spain. The Popular Front government, elected in February, was suspended in mid-air. The landlords and capitalists went over to Franco. The workers, however, responded in a spontaneous fashion. Had the revolutionary upsurge been successful, it could have changed the whole course of history.


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