Happy 200th Birthday Karl Marx!

Karl Marx by Robert Diedrichs, 1970. Courtesy WikiCommons

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International May Day 2018

WSWS on May 5, 2018

The 2018 International Online May Day Rally will begin at 5:30 PM EDT on Saturday, May 5. This event is hosted by the International Committee of the Fourth International.

Marx’s call: “Workers of the world unite!” resonates today amid an eruption of the class struggle on every continent. In the first four months of 2018, tens of millions of people have participated in the largest demonstrations and strikes in decades. The capitalist system, based on the exploitation of the working class, is wracked by crisis.

All over the world, the ruling elites seek to protect their wealth and save this bankrupt system by resorting to war and repression. The governments and corporations are censoring the Internet out of fear that this revolutionary source for information and communication can link workers across the world in a common struggle against inequality, dictatorship and war.

It is time to fight back! Take up the fight for socialism! Unify the working class! No to war, inequality and dictatorship!

Speakers will include:

David North, chairman of the WSWS International Editorial Board
Wije Dias, General Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka)
Chris Marsden, National Secretary of the SEP (UK)
Julie Hyland, Assistant National Secretary of the SEP (UK)
James Cogan, National Secretary of the SEP (Australia)
Joseph Kishore, National Secretary of the SEP (US)
Andre Damon
Bill Van Auken
Jerry White
Nick Beams
Alex Lantier

Good discussion in the comment section on the video on the WSWS website.


200th Anniversary of the Birth of Marx and a Revolution in Understanding History

TheRealNews on May 5, 2018

Historian Gerald Horne and host Paul Jay discuss the ongoing relevance of Marx’s Materialist Conception of History; to understand and fight ideas that defend injustice today, people must know the economic roots they give rise to, and perpetuate, such ideology.


See also:

The Communist International: Its present-day relevance by John Riddell

from the archives:

David Harvey: What is Neoliberalism? + Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

The Difference Between Socialism, Communism, and Marxism Explained by a Marxist

Understanding Marx by William T. Hathaway

Getting started with Marx and Engels by Todd Chretien

The legacy of Karl Marx by Duncan Hallas (1983)

Marx’s theory of working-class revolution by Alan Maass

Law of Value 1: Introduction by Brendan M. Cooney