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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...

The Marxist Doctrine: An overview by Lenin

The Marxist Doctrine: An overview by Lenin

Editor's note: To commemorate the 202nd anniversary of Karl Marx's birth, we republish Lenin's overview of Marxist theory, "The Marxist Doctrine." It is part of an entry on Marx that Lenin wrote in 1914 for the Granat Encyclopedic Dictionary, and serves as a clear and...

What is democracy?

What is democracy?

“Bourgeois democracy, although a great historical advance in comparison with medievalism, always remains, and under capitalism is bound to remain, restricted, truncated, false and hypocritical, a paradise for the rich and a snare and deception for the exploited, for...

What is the working class?

What is the working class?

The Marxist view of society starts with questions of power, such as: who holds power, how, and to what end? In class societies, these questions focus on issues of ownership, since ownership determines who has the power to decide what happens with land, banks, mines,...

What is dialectical materialism? An introduction

What is dialectical materialism? An introduction

After the deaths of Marx and Engels, socialists began taking up the important task of summarizing their work for popularization. In 1919, for example, Georg Lukács, the Hungarian Marxist, argued that the essence of Marx’s project is not the correctness or...

6 ways socialism is superior to capitalism

6 ways socialism is superior to capitalism

How would socialism address the terrible problems of capitalist society? The following is an edited version of a talk given by Brian Becker, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s Executive Committee, at an East Coast PSL membership conference. We...