Law of Value 1: Introduction by Brendan M. Cooney

Brendan M. Cooney's Law of Value Series: Part 1: Introduction + Marx Quiz

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Law of Value 1: Intro (Addendum)

brendanmcooney | April 27, 2010

This is a brief Addendum to the Introduction to my Law of Value video series. It gives some advice on how to watch these videos, cautioning to think critically about the way we contextualize information online.

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Marx’s Vision of Socialism by Brian Jones

by Brian Jones
March 4, 2009

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Socialism isn’t a utopian dream. It is a part of the real world, a struggle already in progress. Brian Jones examines Marx’s revolutionary ideas in this last of three articles.

KARL MARX is widely condemned as a utopian dreamer. The irony in this is the fact that Marx is distinguished from previous socialists precisely by his departure from a utopian approach.

The real utopians were the socialists before Marx. They dreamed of an egalitarian society, and drew up elaborate plans for them–rigorously detailed blueprints for industry, education and social life. The utopians hoped that if these plans were presented to rich and powerful people, they would be convinced by the rationality of socialism, and they–the bourgeoisie–would give us an egalitarian society.

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Marx becomes a Marxist by Brian Jones

by Brian Jones
February 25, 2009

Karl Marx developed his ideas in an era of when young people were dedicating their lives to a struggle for new rights and freedoms. Brian Jones examines Marx’s revolutionary ideas in this second of three articles.

HOW DID Karl Marx become a Marxist? Marx developed his idea not just through study–although he was a voracious reader (really, the word “voracious” doesn’t begin to touch it). Marx’s Marxism is really the theoretical product of his practical efforts to build a movement for radical change, and his observations of struggles taking place around him.

This is worth our attention because Marx is not only the author of a set of ideas about history, but the author of a unique method of looking at history. This method is widely known as historical materialism or dialectical materialism.

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The Return of Marx by Brian Jones

by Brian Jones
February 16, 2009

Karl Marx (1818 – 1883)

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The ideas of Karl Marx–that class society creates great wealth for the few at the expense of the many–ring truer every day. Brian Jones examines Marx’s revolutionary ideas in this first of three articles.

IN THE last 150 years of U.S. history, you can’t point to a generation whose most active, radical layers have not been drawn to the ideas of Karl Marx.

This was true of the abolitionist movement (Marxist immigrants even fought with the Northern Army in the Civil War), the early pioneers of our labor movement, the hundreds of thousands (if not millions) who passed through Socialist and Communist Parties in the first half of the 20th century, and of the many thousands who joined the Black Panther Party and other parties that declared themselves against capitalism and in favor of socialism in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

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Howard Zinn’s ‘Je Ne Suis Pas Marxiste’

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March 28, 2010

by Darren
crossposted at Inveresk Street Ingrate
September 13, 2006

Does this qualify as an internet exclusive?

John at A Revolutionary Act produced the much missed ‘Socialist View’, bi-monthly journal of the North East Branch of the SPGB, a few years back and in amongst the canny jokes, sharp socialist commentary and any cartoon or Private Eye style photo that took the piss out of Bush, Prescott or any passing stray Mackem, he also sought – and got – permission from Howard Zinn to reproduce his famous essay ‘Je Ne Suis Pas Marxiste’ within its pages. Those of us who have the back issues of the ‘Socialist View’ in amongst our tea stained pamphlets and leaflets in the back of our cupboards or the Zinn Reader on our bookshelves have had ready access to the essay for a number of years, but a not so exhaustive google search suggests that the essay is not online.

As John has kindly given me permission to reproduce material from the back issues of the ‘Socialist View’, I’ll take him up on his offer by reproducing Zinn’s essay that appeared in issue 12 of the branch journal. I hope that Zinn’s delightful essay is of interest to people.

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