Marxism – Classical and Contemporary

Oxford dictionary: Marxism

The political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, later developed by their followers to form the basis of communism.

Central to Marxist theory is an explanation of social change in terms of economic factors, according to which the means of production provide the economic base which influences or determines the political and ideological superstructure. Marx and Engels predicted the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism by the proletariat and the eventual attainment of a classless communist society

Attempts at Marxism have been corrupted by power and greed. That prediction has not happened, yet.

An interesting blog with resources for POLS 323 Marxism – Classical and Contemporary 

Some links on Marxism and the introduction of communism to Russia.:

Marx in Soho performed by Brian Jones

This play provides both a genuinely amusing and accurate account of Marx’s life and central ideas. Well worth watching. Learn stuff and have a good laugh while doing so.

‘Karl Marx’ 30 minute humorous introduction to Marx by Marx Steel (in 2003).

Unfortunately the only online version I have been able to find is very low definition- but it is still well worth watching.

The Russian Revolution

The most accurate short (20 minutes long) video documentary on the Russian Revolution that I have been able to find currently (2016) available on Youtube is: Timeline: The Russian Revolution – by British socialist John Rees – produced as part of a historical ‘timeline’ series of historical documentaries produced by Islam TV in the UK.

Lenin – What is Soviet Power?

Five minute speech by Lenin with English subtitles.

Another interesting short speech by Lenin: 

The Neoliberal Critique of Marxism



  1. Blazer

     /  July 11, 2018

    Chomsky(Manufacturing consent vid)has a brilliant analytical mind.
    Unfortunately his lack of ‘charisma’ means his message never gets the cut through it…deserves.

  2. Blazer

     /  July 11, 2018

    Hayek and Friedman’s comments should be re evaluated in the light of the GFC,Libor and the revelations of moral hazard embarked upon by the financial sector ,since they were…made.

  3. Zedd

     /  July 11, 2018

    It was a shame that a philosophy based on ‘equality for all’ has mostly been implemented as closer to totalitarian & even compared to fascism eg China, USSR & DPRK

    I think the one state closest to ‘Socialism’ was probably Cuba (under Castro & Guevara).. unfortunately Capitalist USA was intent on imposing sanctions on any trade & it has now crumbled under.. :/

    “Viva la Revolucion Amigos” 🙂

    • Grimm

       /  July 11, 2018

      Cuba is a third world country with no democracy. Cubans have a very low standard of living with frequent power cuts, lack of access to drinking water and epidemics of disease.

      Castro and Guevara were murderous bastards. May they burn in hell.

      Socialism always ends as totalitarianism. It crushes the human spirit and then buries it in mass graves.

      • Blazer

         /  July 11, 2018

        has some positives…

        ‘There is virtually no homelessness in Cuba, and 85% of Cubans own their homes and pay no property taxes or mortgage interest. Mortgage payments may not exceed 10% of a household’s combined income.’

        ‘Historically, Cuba has ranked high in numbers of medical personnel and has made significant contributions to world health since the 19th century.[90] Today, Cuba has universal health care and despite persistent shortages of medical supplies, there is no shortage of medical personnel.[295] Primary care is available throughout the island and infant and maternal mortality rates compare favorably with those in developed nations.’

        ‘ Cuba’s literacy rate of 99.8 percent[201][288] is the tenth-highest globally, due largely to the provision of free education at every level.[289] Cuba’s high school graduation rate is 94 percent.’

        U.S sanctions have stymied progress in Cuba.

      • Zedd

         /  July 11, 2018

        .. & capitalism promotes greed & self interest.. ‘Mind the Gap !’
        with 90% of the wealth controlled by about 10% of the people !!

        what are you really saying Grimm ?

        • Grimm

           /  July 11, 2018

          The fact that you see the need to justify (even glorify) murderous socialist regimes speaks to your extreme ignorance of reality.

          • Blazer

             /  July 11, 2018

            ‘Ninety-five percent of all known executions were carried out in only six countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Pakistan and Iraq.’

        • Grimm

           /  July 11, 2018

          “capitalism promotes greed & self interest” Nope, that the human condition.

          Your view of the capitalist world that equates folk getting wealthy at the expense of others is mere envy.

          The reality is that if you want a better world, you would be better to champion improved capitalism, less cronyism, more competition and more wealth creation. Instead you chose to champion failed idealogies that have caused misery for hundreds of millions.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 11, 2018

    Marxists don’t want opportunity, they just want economic equality as of right. This fantasy doesn’t survive either the free-rider problem or the greed of their political elite.