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Marxism

The Leninist Conception of the Party: Myths and Realities

In recent years, Leninism has again become a reference point for some thinkers on the radical Left. This is cause for celebration after decades in which Lenin’s name was associated — unjustly — with the experiments known as “actually existing socialism” and the torments of Stalinism. Left out of this (relative) return to Lenin as a reference point, though, has been the question of the party. In Lenin’s work, this question is not only decisive but is also probably the most difficult to unravel, since it has given rise to so many myths and fantasies. This article contributes to the reopening of these debates.

Marina Garrisi

October 3, 2021

Michael Harrington’s Failure of Vision

Interview with Doug Greene, author of a new biography of Michael Harrington.

Left Voice

July 25, 2021

Mariátegui: Marxism, Anti-imperialism, and Socialism

The political crisis in Peru has led to a renewed interest in José Carlos Mariátegui, Latin America’s greatest Marxist.

Juan Dal Maso

July 25, 2021

Competition, Monopoly, and Exploitation under Capitalism

While signing an executive order to expand competition and crack down on monopolistic practices, Joe Biden said that “capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism. It’s exploitation.” His statement reflects a long-standing assumption among both classical and more left-leaning economists alike that increasing monopolization is the source of increasing exploitation under capitalism. What do they get wrong? Economist Michael Roberts explains.

Michael Roberts

July 17, 2021

Marxism and the Origins of the Ecological Critique

John Bellamy Foster’s The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology (Monthly Review Press, 2020) shows the role played by biologists and other scientists with a nonmechanistic, materialist outlook, alongside various Marxists, in laying the foundations of ecology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Marxism and Trans Liberation

It is impossible to achieve trans liberation, or the liberation of any oppressed sector of society within the framework of capitalism. We need a revolution to overthrow it.

Virginia Guitzel

May 28, 2021

François Matheron (1955–2021) 

On April 3rd, the French Marxist philosopher François Matheron passed away from complications related to Covid-19. Here we publish an obituary by regular Left Voice contributor, Warren Montag, celebrating Matheron's life and his contributions to Marxist thought.

Warren Montag

May 6, 2021

Reconnecting Gramsci to the Traditions of Revolutionary Marxism: A Review of “Hegemonía y Lucha de Clases”

Juan Dal Maso’s "Hegemonía y lucha de clases. Tres ensayos sobre Trotsky, Gramsci y el marxismo" represents an ambitious attempt to rethink the relation of Gramsci to the traditions of revolutionary Marxism, by means of a critique of those positions that emphasised the possibility of a reformist reading of Gramsci and of an attempt to suggest that Gramsci and Trotsky faced the same open challenges of redefining revolutionary strategy.

Panagiotis Sotiris

April 7, 2021

In Defense of the Transitional Program

Why Trotsky’s method is crucial for creating a socialist program today.

Nathaniel Flakin

April 4, 2021