Marxism 2010 videos online
The Marxism conference videos are well worth a look... as is the new Socialist Review, which among other things celebrates the 'socialist diamond jubillee' of the formation of the Socialist Review Group in 1950.
'Historical materialism is the theory of the proletarian revolution.' Georg Lukács
'Culture is the conjunction of the skills and knowledge of historical mankind, the mankind of nations and classes. Knowledge grows out of the activities of man, out of his struggle with the forces of nature; knowledge serves to improve these activities, to spread the methods of combining each obstacle, and to increase the power of man. If we assess the meaning of culture in this way we shall grasp more easily the meaning of Leninism. For Leninism, too, is knowledge and skills - and also, not knowledge for its own sake but knowledge for skills. In this sense, although not only in this one, Leninism represents the product and consummation of all of man's previous culture. Leninism is the knowledge and ability to turn culture, i.e. all the knowledge and skills amassed in previous centuries, to the interests of the working masses. Therein lies the essence of Leninism.'
The victory of Ed Miliband - 'the candidate of the trade union bureaucracy' as Socialist Worker put it, against his brother David, 'the candidate of the New Labour bureaucracy' is remarkable - and certainly to be celebrated as a victory over all the very worst rotten pro-capitalist pro-war reactionary elements of the Labour Party (as well as leaving a nice amount of egg on the face of one time leading Labour left-winger Dennis Skinner) . Whichever Miliband won the election would have had - and Ed now has - a very good chance of being the next Prime Minister, but clearly the majority of grassroots Labour activists understood Ed Miliband would be a better bet to rebuild the Party itself than his brother - who as a former Foreign Secretary who fervently supported the criminal and disastrous imperialist wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would hardly be ideal to try and remove the stench of corruption and clean up the stains of blood left by the Blair-Brown years.
Back in 2007, I recorded a random conversation I had on my doorstep with some Mormons. This is a random conversation I had this morning in the street with an oddly smiley man in his 40s who approached me with leaflets early on my way to work.
Given the Cost-cutting Con-Dem Coalition of Cutters are, generally speaking, in the words of The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker, 'the most ideologically dry bastards since Hayek sandpapered a freeze-dried camel's hump', Business Secretary Vince Cable's populist attack on 'City spivs' and even 'capitalism' created a bit of a stir this week. However, those wanting clarification about the exact contradictary nature of Cable, capital and the coalition could do no better than read Alex Callinicos, who notes his speech 'falls into a long tradition of politicians trying to distance themselves from what [the then Tory Prime Minister] Ted Heath denounced in 1973 as the "unpleasant and unacceptable face of capitalism"'.
International Socialism journal presents a one day conference on the twin crises of the liberal world — the economic crisis and the crisis of imperialism.
Statement from the Right to Work Campaign about the proposed march past Tory conference on 3 October:
Though I did not really know Tom Behan, (and indeed one of my main memories of him was a meeting I think he one year at Marxism on 'A Marxist analysis of the Mafia' - which in about an hour certainly wiped away my sentimental sense of the 'rustic chivalry' and glamour about such organisations that I had imbibed from countless hours watching The Godfather trilogy and other mafia films - along with not living in a country where such organisations operated), it was still a tremendous shock to read the following email from the SWP about 'Tom Behan (1957-2010)':
From Tony Blair's A Journey: