Karl Marx

An updated and improved Marxism

A brief outline of a 21st-century conception of revolution. The notion of a "dictatorship of the proletariat" that smashes the capitalist state in one great insurrection has to be put to rest. Realism (materialism) is better than idealism.

Rethinking the Marxist conception of revolution

A critique and revision of the Marxist conception of socialist revolution.

The significance and shortcomings of Karl Marx

Karl Marx

In honor of the bicentennial of Marx's birth, this essay summarizes some of his contributions and explain in what respects he got his own ideas wrong.

150 Years of "Capital" and its Bourgeois Reviewers - GegenStandpunkt

150 Years of "Capital" and its Bourgeois Reviewers - GegenStandpunkt

The modern Marx reception in its varieties is entirely in the tradition of the bourgeois scientific enterprise, which from the beginning did not hesitate to examine Marx from the point of view of his usefulness for theory and practice of the capitalist enterprise. Some of their highlights are documented in the following.

The Marxist ideology in Russia - Karl Korsch

Karl Korsch

In this text from 1938, Karl Korsch puts forward the notion that Marxism in Russia effectively served as the ideological cloak of capitalist development, but that this was in fact anticipated by theoretical concessions, made by Marx and Engels in the 1870s/1880s, to the ideas held by the Russian populists, the Narodniki.

Response: A digital capitalism Marx might enjoy

This is a response to an article originally posted on the MIT Technology review . The article claims that the nature of capital has changed so much from the newly industrialized economies Marx knew that there is a fundamental change in capitalism Marx could agree with. They take this position in favor of labor, but we will see just how good their analysis and proposal for the position of the laborer in future society is.

Living The Dream with Marx's Theories of Crisis

Latest episode of Living The Dream - an anticapitalist podcast from The Word From Struggle Street

Telling the truth about class - Gáspár Miklós Tamás

Rousseau vs. Marx

G.M. Tamás argues that all socialist endeavours can be divided between Rousseauian and Marxian ones. Rousseau seeks to replace stratified society with the people, while Marx believes that capitalist society might end by one of its fundamental classes, the proletariat, abolishing itself.

'Communism in Living' - What can early human society teach us about the future? by Camilla Power

We need to appreciate the significance that understanding primitive communism held for the early Marxists.

Marx himself put aside his work on Capital to do some anthropology, which we find in his notebooks - from which Engels extracted the work which led to The origin of the family, private property and the state. Besides Marx and Engels, there is Rosa Luxemburg: as a prisoner in World War I, she wrote Introduction to political economy, where she deployed the cutting edge of anthropology of her day.