Vladimir Lenin

“Bourgeois Democracy”: What Do Marxists Mean by That Term?

The inauguration of a new U.S. president is a moment to reflect on the kind of democracy Marxists fight for, and on the true character of the pseudo-democracy used to administer the United States on behalf of the capitalist class.

Anti-Colonial Marxism: 100 Years Since the Congress of the Peoples of the East in Baku

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Baku Congress. The Congress of the Peoples of the East was initiated by the Communist International, bringing together revolutionary organizations from Iraq, Persia, Turkey, Afghanistan, China, India, and other countries. This experience shows what Marxism has to offer to anti-colonial struggles.

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!

What Is To Be Done to Create Revolutionary Consciousness?

Do workers become revolutionary when they organize and struggle? Or does revolutionary consciousness come from outside the working class? Lots of debates — and lots of misunderstandings — revolve around Lenin’s 1902 work “What Is To Be Done?”