New Arabic editions of Marxist Classics

In Defence of Marxism is proud to announce the brand new publication of ‘The Communist Manifesto’ in Arabic, alongside the first ever Arab-language edition of ‘Lenin and Trotsky: What they really stood for’ by Alan Woods and Ted Grant.

‘The Communist Manifesto’ is unarguably one of the single most important texts ever written. Its words have millions of revolutionaries throughout the past 160 years and is an invaluable tool for all those who want to change the world. Although the book was written more than 160 years ago, this work has never been more relevant. Especially as it explains the reasons behind the current crisis of world capitalism and the revolutionary conclusions which we must draw from it. Needless to say, the fact that we can now offer it in our Arabic speaking Marxists is very important step.

comm man arab coverMeanwhile, ‘Lenin and Trotsky: What they really stood for’ is a consummate summation of the ideas of Marx as they were embodied in the writings and struggles of those two great eponymous revolutionaries.  Alan Woods and Ted Grant use this polemic against Monty Johnstone, a leading theoretician of the Communist Party of Great Britain, to dispel the slanders and myths that have been propagated against Lenin and Trotsky since their arrival onto the world stage. With a greater thirst for the ideas of Marxism around the world than ever before, it is important that they should be freed from the distortions of Stalinism, as Woods and Grant achieve here.

Alan Woods notes in his introduction to the Classics of Marxism: “Whether in Britain or Greece, Egypt or the United States, the masses can only learn from experience. Yet Lenin and Trotsky, like Marx and Engels, devoted their entire lives to a careful study of theory and their works are a treasury of ideas that today are a vital part of the armoury of working class struggle.” Workers in Arab countries over the last three years have learnt from experience. All that has been lacking is revolutionary theory to link the movements to the crisis inherent in the capitalist system. Only through a democratic, workers-led international struggle can the fate of the many uprisings we have seen be determined positively. Such a struggle will be founded on the revolutionary ideas of Marxism. In this way, these new Arab-language publications are a highly significant step forward.

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Get your copies of The Communist Manifesto and Lenin and Trotsky: What They Really Stood For

English Versions: here and here