Sunday 4:15pm

Marxism 101 - Historical materialism: an introduction to Marxist philosophy

Marxism 101
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Introduced by Sydney climate activist and socialist, Lily Campbell.

Marx’s philosophical work broke from theorists before him by grounding an understanding of the world and human society in materialism - rejecting abstract idealism. Marx showed not only that human action in the past created the modern world, but also that human action could shape a future world free from the contradictions of capitalism. Human beings under capitalism are both ‘world determined’ and ‘world producing’. Contrary to textbook interpretation, Marxism is not determinist, but a theory of revolutionary social change, developing from Marx’s own experiences of class struggle.

Readings

The Revolutionary ideas of Karl Marx - Alex Callinicos, chapter 3 and 4

An Introduction to Marx’s theory of Alienation https://www.marxists.org/history/etol/newspape/isj2/1998/isj2-079/cox.htm

Base and Superstructure - Chris Harman https://www.marxists.org/archive/harman/1986/xx/base-super.html

The Algebra of Revolution - John Rees

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