Following the great success of the first volume of the Classics of Marxism, a second volume is now published with five more important works.
Wage Labour and Capital
Karl Marx’s Wage Labour and Capital contains many important insights into the workings of the capitalist system and the way in which labour is exploited. With an excellent introduction by Frederick Engels.
Value, Price and Profit
Value, Price and Profit was first delivered as a speech delivered by Marx in June 1865, while he was working on the first volume of Capital that was published two years later.
“Left-Wing” Communism: An Infantile Disorder
In “Left-Wing” Communism we have Lenin’s exposition of the necessity to combine theoretical firmness with tactical and organizational flexibility in order to win the masses.
In Defence of October
Leon Trotsky’s work In Defence of October is the title of a speech delivered to a meeting of Social Democratic students in Copenhagen advancing the cause of the Russian Revolution.
Stalinism and Bolshevism
By contrast, in Stalinism and Bolshevism Trotsky examines the revolution’s bureaucratic degeneration which finally resulted in the Stalinist antithesis of the democratic workers’ state.
Twenty five years on from the fall of the Soviet Union, it can be seen as the prelude to a far greater drama: an unprecedented crisis on a world scale which shows that the capitalist system has exhausted itself is ready to follow Stalinism into the dustbin of history.
Table of Contents
Introduction (by Alan Woods)
Wage Labour and Capital (by Karl Marx)
- Introduction to Karl Marx’s Wage Labour and Capital
- What Are Wages? How Are They Determined?
- By What Is the Price of a Commodity Determined?
- By What Are Wages Determined?
- The Nature and Growth of Capital
- Relation of Wage-Labour to Capital
- The General Law That Determines the Rise and Fall of Wages and Profits
- The Interests of Capital and Wage-Labour Are Diametrically Opposed: Effect of Growth of Productive Capital on Wages
- In What Manner Does the Growth of Productive Capital Affect Wages?
- Effect of Capitalist Competition on the Capitalist Class, the Middle Class and the Working Class
Value, Price and Profit (by Karl Marx)
- Production and Wages
- Production, Wages, Profits
- Wages and Currency
- Supply and Demand
- Wages and Prices
- Value and Labour
- Labour Power
- Production of Surplus Value
- Value of Labour
- Profit Is Made by Selling a Commodity at Its Value
- The Different Parts into Which Surplus Value Is Decomposed
- General Relation of Profits, Wages, and Prices
- Main Cases of Attempts at Raising Wages or Resisting Their Fall
- The Struggle between Capital and Labour and Its Results
“Left-Wing” Communism: An Infantile Disorder (by V I Lenin)
- In What Sense We Can Speak of the International Significance of the Russian Revolution
- An Essential Condition of the Bolsheviks’ Success
- The Principal Stages in the History of Bolshevism
- The Struggle against Enemies within the Working-Class Movement Helped Bolshevism Develop, Gain Strength, and Become Steeled
- “Left-Wing” Communism in Germany: The Leaders, the Party, the Class, the Masses
- Should Revolutionaries Work in Reactionary Trade Unions?
- Should We Participate in Bourgeois Parliaments?
- No Compromises?
- “Left-Wing” Communism in Great Britain
- Several Conclusions
- Letter from Wijnkoop
In Defence of October (by Leon Trotsky)
- The materialist conception of history
- The meaning of revolution
- The coup d’état
- The causes of October
- The law of uneven development
- The law of combined development
- The peasantry
- The national question
- The permanent revolution
- Pre-requisites for October
- The Bolshevik Party
- Can October be justified?
- The balance sheet of October
- The Revolution and its place in history
- The future of man
Stalinism and Bolshevism (by Leon Trotsky)
- The reaction against Marxism and Bolshevism
- “Back to Marxism”?
- Is Bolshevism responsible for Stalinism?
- Bolshevism’s basic prognosis
- Stalinism and “State Socialism”
- The political “sins” of Bolshevism as the source of Stalinism
- Questions of theory
- Questions of morals
- The traditions of Bolshevism and the Fourth International