Imperialism & War

Imperialism & War“In the end all serious questions are settled by war. The biggest question of all, the future of humanity will be settled by the war between the classes. However much we wish this weren't the case, to hide from this truth can only lead to defeat, and further terrible wars between the nations. Far better to recognise this truth now and start building a revolutionary force that can change the world.” — From Marxism and war

War is a constant feature of life under capitalism, especially in the epoch of imperialism. There has not been a single day of peace since the end of WWII, despite the appearance of WWII (and all previous wars) of being the “war to end all wars”. Capitalism is inherently unstable, competitive and violent. Moreover, there can be no final peace between the classes, since this system is based on the exploitation of the working class by the rich.

However, there are wars of different kinds under capitalism. The question of war is the hardest equation of all to judge, so careful study is essential so that revolutionaries are not blown off course by the complexities involved. For example, some “socialists” called for support for the war in Iraq, as it had the appearance of establishing “democracy” over dictatorship. Equally, the failure to understand the true meaning of WWI and its implications was the direct cause of the death of the Second International.

Wars, like revolutions, represent the sharp extreme of capitalism’s crisis. Under capitalism, there will be many wars in the future. The more revolutionaries study and understand capitalism’s previous wars, the better equipped we will be to fight against future wars and the capitalist system itself.

Title Created Date Author
The living nightmare of the civil war in Libya – imperialism is responsible! 25 April 2019 Roberto Sarti
Cameroon: factional struggle conceals imperialist interests 06 March 2019 Joe Attard
Haiti: imperialist aggression against Bolivarian Revolution sparks mass movement 22 February 2019 Rob Lyon
Venezuela: imperialist pressure ramped up under guise of “humanitarian aid” 21 February 2019 Jorge Martin
Special envoy Elliott Abrams: brute of US imperialism 21 February 2019 José Manuel
[Video] Alan Woods interview: Venezuela coup attempt and imperialist hypocrisy 07 February 2019 In Defence of Marxism
Chavistas march against imperialism: what is the next step in Trump's coup? 05 February 2019 Jorge Martin
[Video] Syria, Turkey, and the Oppression of the Kurds 01 June 2018 Socialist Appeal (UK)
[Video] IMTV: Israel and Palestine – a Marxist perspective 31 May 2018 Socialist Appeal (UK)
Venezuela: Maduro wins presidential election, despite imperialist meddling – what next? 21 May 2018 Jorge Martin
Venezuelan presidential elections: between imperialist aggression and economic crisis 16 May 2018 Jorge Martin
Imperialists celebrate 70 years of Israel with a bloodbath 15 May 2018 Francesco Merli
Afghan Saur Revolution 1978: what it achieved, how it was crushed 27 April 2018 Adnan Khan
Military strikes on Syria: what does it mean? 14 April 2018 Alan Woods
[Video] Syrian chemical attacks and imperialist cynicism 11 April 2018 In Defence of Marxism
[Video] Imperialism and crisis in the Middle East 06 April 2018 Hamid Alizadeh
Syria: the barbarism of war and imperialist hypocrisy 27 February 2018 Alan Woods
Escalation of imperialist aggression against Venezuela: respond with revolutionary measures 12 February 2018 Lucha de Clases (Venezuela)
The Tet Offensive: the turning point in the Vietnam War 31 January 2018 Alan Woods
Trump and Western imperialism: hands off the Iranian protests! 09 January 2018 Farshad Azadian
The Vietnam War: eye-opening documentary shows full horror of imperialism 08 January 2018 Steve Jones
[Video] Imperialism – then and now 01 December 2017 Fred Weston
100 Years Since Vimy Ridge: Canada’s ‘founding myth’ Obscures Reality of Imperialist War 25 April 2017 Luke Harris
The stinking hypocrisy of Trump's attack on Syria 07 April 2017 Hamid Alizadeh
Imperialist coup plotters rail against a coup - what is really happening in Venezuela? 31 March 2017 Jorge Martin
Capitalism: a history of horror without end [Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4] 21 March 2017 Fred Weston
Syria from revolution to counter-revolution, how it happened and why - a reading guide 20 December 2016 In Defence of Marxism
[Video] The fall of Aleppo and the hypocrisy of the west 14 December 2016 Hamid Alizadeh
[Video] Marxism, imperialism and war 25 November 2016 Niklas Albin Svensson
[Video] Imperialism in the 21st century 13 November 2016 Daniel Morley
Five years after Gaddafi's death: The balance sheet of imperialist intervention 03 November 2016 Roberto Sarti
Aleppo, Mosul and Imperialist Hypocrisy 21 October 2016 Alan Woods
Western imperialism conveniently turns blind eye on events in Yemen 12 October 2016 Hamid Alizadeh
Syria: Ceasefire breakdown underlines immense contradictions between the powers 20 September 2016 Hamid Alizadeh
The Ceasefire in Syria: what does it mean? 13 September 2016 Hamid Alizadeh
NATO and the contradictions within western Imperialism 22 July 2016 Ben Gliniecki and Hamid Alizadeh
First World War - A Marxist Analysis of the Great Slaughter 01 July 2016 Alan Woods
Africa's Pinochet: The case Hissène Habré and the role of US Imperialism 06 June 2016 Ben Morken
Libya – a new imperialist intervention is being prepared 14 March 2016 Roberto Sarti
The United Nations: a tool of imperialism 26 February 2016 Daniel Morley
Syria: at which stage is the war? 05 February 2016 Hamid Alizadeh
Afghanistan: ‘Tormenting the hearts and minds’. 23 December 2015 Lal Khan
Introduction to the new Mexican edition of Lenin’s Imperialism 04 December 2015 Alan Woods
[Video] Say NO to bombing! - Cameron, Corbyn, and the War in Syria 02 December 2015 Alan Woods
Britain set for war in Syria as Blairites back Cameron 01 December 2015 Adam Booth
Syria: Erdogan's manoeuvre backfires 27 November 2015 Fred Weston and Hamid Alizadeh
[Video] Turkey, Russia and the Syrian Civil War 24 November 2015 Alan Woods
[Video] World War One - The Great Slaughter 11 November 2015 Alan Woods
[Video] Syria, Iraq, and the role of imperialism 03 November 2015 Alan Woods
NATO, Russia and the Syrian inferno: The impotence of imperialism 09 October 2015 Alan Woods