ABC’s of Marxism

ABC’s of Marxism

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This course provides a basic introduction to Marxism.  All basic concepts are covered in the eighteen lessons.

Lessons

What Is Fascism?

Length: 12 minutesComplexity: Standard

fascism

Fascism is best described as "the open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, most chauvinistic and most imperialist elements of finance capital."

The Workers Must Have Their Own Political Party

Length: 15 minutesComplexity: Standard

workersparty

A Communist Party is a party of action and purpose. The purpose is to promote the unity and strength of the working class and whatever members of other classes are willing to help.

Do Marxists Oppose Religion?

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

religion

Chairman Gus Hall was famous for saying, "Our quarrel is with capitalism, not God."

Communists Fight for Women's Emancipation

Length: 12 minutesComplexity: Standard

comwomen

Marx, Engels, Lenin, and all Communists stand for the complete emancipation of women. This may seem remarkable when one considers that American women, considered the most advanced of all the democratic nations, didn't even win the vote until 1920 and continue to lack full rights and equal pay even as this is written 92 years later.

Study Up on Election Policies

Length: 15 minutesComplexity: Hard

election

We noted that no other aspect of political struggle confuses so many, raises such high tempers, and divides activists as much as the argument over electoral policies.

Capitalist Culture Must be Understood and Withstood!

Length: 12 minutesComplexity: Standard

capculture

"When people grow up in capitalist society there are many institutions – family, school, church, mass media, and the like – which teach the values of the larger culture, tell you what’s right and what’s wrong, teach you what’s possible and what isn’t. That larger culture is the culture of capitalism, and it shapes how we think and how we relate to class rule."

Why Are Unions So Important?

Length: 12 minutesComplexity: Standard

unions

Real Marxists emphasize the tremendous importance of the union movement, even if some so-called 'radicals' seek to discredit it.

Class Struggle Is the Key to Understanding History

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

classstruggle

With the improved production, people could live longer and better, but class society was also born. One class took control of the farmland and/or herd of animals; the other class did the work.

Why Do People Think What They Think?

Length: 8 minutesComplexity: Standard

whythink

It is important to grasp this fundamental materialist fact, because it is the basis of understanding class society.

Is The Real World Real?

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

reallec3

Not all socialists are materialists, and not all materialists are socialists, but Marxists are materialists.

Socialism: What It Is And Isn't

Length: 7 minutesComplexity: Standard

soclec2

The capitalists laughed at the early socialists and dismissed them. They aren't laughing at scientific Marxism, and they can never dismiss it.

Materialists Have A Better Understanding of History

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Hard

understandinghistory

Marxists apply our materialist philosophy to the study of history. The result is Historical Materialism, which explains that the great changes in human history came about because of changes in the means and modes of production.

Change is Constant (It Really Isn't "What It Is")

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

changeconstant

To understand our world better, we need dialectical thinking. We need to build on our good common sense and cultivate an approach that will enable us to understand more and, hopefully, predict better.

What Do Marxists Mean by "Class?"

Length: 10 minutesComplexity: Standard

marxistclass

If different groups have different material circumstances, it stands to reason that they would have different attitudes.

Why Study Marxism?

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Easy

whymarx

We study Marxism because we recognize our own humanity. We care what happens to our sisters and brothers. We recognize suffering, and we want change.