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Fundamentals of Marxism
The base-superstructure: A model for analysis and action

The base-superstructure: A model for analysis and action

Although Marx himself only mentioned the “base” and “superstructure” in (by my count) two of his works, the base-superstructure “problem” remains a source of serious contention for Marxists, our sympathizers, and our critics. Despite its outsized role in Marxist...

What is imperialism? An introduction

What is imperialism? An introduction

Editorial Collective Note: This is a new introduction to imperialism that replaces our earlier introduction from 2006. It’s part of our renovation and expansion of our “Fundamentals of Marxism” series. In the suffering of the Global South, the brutality of capitalism...

Relative surplus value: The class struggle intensifies

Relative surplus value: The class struggle intensifies

Toward the end of our earlier introduction to surplus value, the heart and motor of the class struggle, we wrote that: “The rate of surplus value for the capitalist is the rate of exploitation for the worker. By merely prolonging the working day, the capitalist...

Revolutionary Friedrich Engels at 200

Revolutionary Friedrich Engels at 200

Today the world is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Friedrich Engels, renowned across the globe as one of the greatest revolutionaries and theorists to ever live. Engels, who along with Karl Marx founded the modern communist movement, was born on...

What is the capitalist class? An introduction

What is the capitalist class? An introduction

A 2020 report by the Institute for Policy Studies found that “Between 1990 and 2020, U.S. billionaire wealth soared 1,130 percent in 2020 dollars, an increase more than 200 times greater than the 5.37 percent growth of U.S. median wealth over this same period" [1]. In...