What is Marxism?


Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2010

175 pages

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We are repeatedly told that Marxism is either irrelevant , or outdated, or even dead. Yet, if that were true, why are so many books and articles churned out year on year attacking Marxism? Clearly the powers that be are rattled or indeed frightened by these “dead” ideas.

So what is this set of ideas that frightens them so much? Marxism, or Scientific Socialism, is the name given to the body of ideas first worked out by karl Marx and Friedrich Engels more than 150 Years ago. In their totality, these ideas provide a fully worked –out theoretical basis for the struggle of the working class to attain a higher form of human society- Socialism. The component parts of Marxism fall under three main headings, corresponding broadly to philosophy, social history and economics – Dialectical Materialism, Historical Materialism and Marxist Economics. These are the famous “Three Sources and three component parts of Marxism “ of which Lenin Wrote.

The Present book comprises the Education for socialists series and other material which was launched to Promote the study of Marxism. They were intended to assist the student of Marxism by providing a basic introduction to the subject matter, with suitable Marxist texts. It was hoped that this would whet the appetite for further reading and study. This Material, aimed at the first-time reader, is suitable for individual study or as the basis of Marxist discussion group.

Alan Woods

Alan Woods (born 23 October 1944) is a Trotskyist political theorist and author. He is one of the leading members of the International Marxist Tendency (IMT), as well as its British affiliate group Socialist Appeal. He is political editor of the IMT's In Defence of Marxism website. Woods was a leading supporter within the Militant tendency within the UK Labour Party and its parent group the Committee for a Workers' International until the early 1990s. A series of disagreements on tactics and theory led to the expulsion of Woods and Ted Grant from the tendency, who founded the Committee for a Marxist International (soon renamed International Marxist Tendency) in 1992. They continued with the policy of entryism into the Labour Party. Woods has been particularly vocal in his support for the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, and repeatedly met with the socialist Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, leading to speculation he was a close political adviser.