Marxists were for the defense of the national state in the bourgeois revolutionary epoch because it furthered the proletarian cause. Marxists can be for national defense today, upon a basis that furthers the interests of the proletariat against those of the bourgeoisie. In this lies the key to our agitation in the daily political struggle – our agitation to expose the “national defense” of the bourgeoisie and reveal its fraudulent character.
Ernest Erber wrote in 1940.
An article from the June 1996 issue of Monthly Review
Most contemporary feminist theory has owed at least some of its substantive content to the works of Marx and Engels. And yet a closer examination of the "marriage" of Marxism and feminism - to use Heidi Hartmann's now well-known phrase - indicates a troubled relationship.
This is the text of the Safdar Hashmi Memorial Lecture (organised by Jana Natya Manch) delivered by eminent Marxist economist Prof. Prabhat Patnaik, on 8th November 2008 in New Delhi. In this lecture Prof. Patnaik argues that Marxist theory should not be viewed as a closed isolationist knowledge system. On the contrary, It is important for Marxist theory, especially today, to break out of isolationism, to engage vigorously with the world of ideas in general, and thereby to enrich itself to cope with the unfolding reality of the world capitalist crisis.
''There are two opposing approaches to the analysis of ecological destruction and the emergence of Indian movements in Latin America: the liberal and the Marxist.
Marxist class analysis highlights the centrality of property ownership, specifically the class nature of the ownership of the means of production and control over state power as central to understanding the destruction of the environment and the complex politics of Indian society''.
James Petras concludes ''Ecology and Indian liberation are essentially and inextricable part of the class struggle''. (Courtesy: Dissidentvoice)
Is the intellectual opinion of capitalism changing? Eric Hobsbawm on the financial crisis.
Courtesy:BBC Radio 4 Today
Conversation with Eric Hobsbawm
This is the 3rd and the final part in this series of articles that examines the intersecting experiences of urban migration, political alienation, social marginalisation and a radicalisation through the exposure to working class conditions and hardships, which also brought him closer to direct politics. A writer turned activist, he went on to become the central figure of a socialist nucleus in the city as well as one of the founders of the Communist Party of India in the early 1920s
Concluding part of the four part series on Lenin's writings in 1917.
Part 3 of a four part series on Lenin's writings in 1917.
Second part of a four part series on Lenin's writings in 1917.