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Karl Marx

The Resolution of the Communards

The Paris Commune was founded 150 years ago today. The working class took power for the first time in history. This new government fought for workers' control and women's liberation.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 18, 2021

Insurgent Communards: The Road to Revolution

The Paris Commune was founded on March 18, 1871. A few days before the 150th anniversary, we look at how the ground was prepared for the first working-class government in history.

Doug Enaa Greene

March 14, 2021

The Commune at 150: Socialists and the State

Chris Maisano praises “Marxist reformism.” But for Marx himself, the Paris Commune of 1871 showed the need for revolution.

Nathaniel Flakin

March 7, 2021

What the Current Moment Tells Us About the Importance of Revolutionary Politics

The past three months of social unrest have highlighted the need for broad social change. But we cannot achieve a better society through a reformist approach. A revolutionary alternative is needed. 

Thomas Hummel

September 11, 2020

Juneteenth: A Marxist Perspective

This year’s commemoration of Juneteenth --- the day the last of the enslaved Black people in the United States were formally emancipated --- is also a reminder that the job of ending all forms of slavery is not yet finished. As Karl Marx wrote, we have nothing to lose but our chains and a world to win!

Scott Cooper

June 19, 2020

Notes on Class, Political Parties, and the Communist Party in Marx and Engels

Marx and Engels did not provide a theory of the organic political party. But this does not mean that we cannot find important elements on this subject in the thinking of the two revolutionaries.

Giacomo Turci

May 13, 2020

Things to Do in Quarantine: Read Marx!

The thought of reading 150-year-old books on political economy might sound daunting. But Marx was a surprisingly accessible and entertaining writer. If you have already checked out introductory works like the Communist Manifesto, here are eight more short-ish books to continue your studies.

Doug Enaa Greene

May 3, 2020

Furniture that Tells a Story: The Capitalist Destruction of Craftsmanship

Capitalism has made craftsmanship of furniture into something that only the rich can afford. This means that the working class is being forced to settle for cheap and disposable furniture with no sentimental or material value. But we don’t have to live this way. 

Chandler Black

April 24, 2020

Six “Spooky” Socialism Quotes to Enjoy on Halloween

It’s no secret. Marx and Marxists loved to use vivid and yes, spooky imagery: spectres, ghosts, rotting corpses and vampires. Here are six of our favorites. Send us your favorite spooky socialist quotes and we will update this article to include audience submissions. Contact us via email ([email protected]), Twitter (@left_voice) or send us a Facebook message!

Left Voice

October 31, 2019