Marxism

Lenin: 150 years since his birth

Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by his revolutionary alias, Vladimir Lenin, was born in the city of Simbirsk, now known as Ulyanovsk, on Russia’s Volga river a century and a half ago. By the...

Why are people feeling lonely?

A person who recently bought The Socialist from one of our street stalls asked: “Have you seen the latest figures about loneliness in Australia? Why is it on the rise and what do you...

In Defence of Marxism, 80 years on

Leon Trotsky’s In Defence of Marxism is a book every Marxist needs to study. It’s a collection of letters and key documents from a sharp debate within the Socialist Workers Party in the US...

Lenin: The State

A lecture delivered at the Sverdlov University - July 11, 1919 ** Comrades, according to the plan you have adopted and which has been conveyed to me, the subject of today’s talk is the state. I...

What’s the difference between socialism and communism?

One of our readers recently asked “What’s the difference between socialism and communism?” Our 'Ask The Socialist' column answers below. ** All around the world people are talking about the chaos, crisis and cruelty of capitalism,...

Karl Marx’s theory of class struggle

Without the labour power of workers, capitalists can’t make profits. The system can’t function. Of all the things a capitalist can buy to build their business, only labour power adds value; meaning the business can...

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