Workers International League-NYC

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This is something quite different from the old free competition between manufacturers, scattered and out of touch with one another, and producing for an unknown market. Concentration has reached the point at which it is possible to make an approximate estimate of all sources of raw materials (for example, the iron ore deposits) of a country and even, as we shall see, of several countries, or of the whole world. Not only are such estimates made, but these sources are captured by gigantic monopolist associations. An approximate estimate of the capacity of markets is also made, and the associations “divide” them up amongst themselves by agreement. Skilled labour is monopolised, the best engineers are engaged; the means of transport are captured—railways in America, shipping companies in Europe and America. Capitalism in its imperialist stage leads directly to the most comprehensive socialisation of production; it, so to speak, drags the capitalists, against their will and consciousness, into some sort of a new social order, a transitional one from complete free competition to complete socialisation.
Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, Chapter 1 (via arielnietzsche)

(via jayaprada)

Suggested Reading List on Historical Materialism

The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels 
The German Ideology
, Marx and Engels 
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
, Engels 
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
, Engels 
The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Man to Ape
, Engels 
The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism
, Lenin 
The History of the Russian Revolution
, Trotsky 
The Civil War in France
, Marx 
The Peasant War in Germany
, Engels 
The Eigteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
, Marx 
The Holy Family
, Marx 
Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy
, Engels 
The Poverty of Philosophy
, Marx 
The Development of the Monist View of History
, Plekhanov 
The Foundations of Christianity
, Kautsky
On Marx and Engels
, Lenin 
Preface and Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy, Marx 
The critique of the Gotha Programme
, Marx 

In honor of our upcoming Engels Day tour of the Museum of Natural History, we’ve decided to post a reading list on the subject of Historical Materialism, the Marxist philosophy which will serve as the foundation of our analysis for this event.

All of the above texts can be found online on, any many can be physically purchased through or

Do you often dream of having communist friends? Then come hang out with us this Sunday, July 29th at 2:30 pm for our guided tour of the Museum of Natural History in NYC, while we discuss our favorite bourgie—Friedrich Engels’—work on the emergence of early class society and establish a solid introduction to the Youth for International Socialism.

Anyone interested in attending or learning more about the meet up should contact for further information.

The Eroica symphony

A decisive turning-point both in Beethoven’s life and in the evolution of western music was the composition of his third symphony (the Eroica). Up till now, the musical language of the first and second symphonies did not depart substantially from the sound world of Mozart and Haydn. But from the very first notes of the Eroica we enter an entirely different world. The music has a political sub-text, the origin of which is well known.

Beethoven was a musician, not a politician, and his knowledge of events in France was necessarily confused and incomplete, but his revolutionary instincts were unfailing and in the end always led him to the correct conclusions. He had heard reports of the rise of a young officer in the revolutionary army called Bonaparte. Like many others, he formed the impression that Napoleon was the continuer of the revolution and defender of the rights of man. He therefore planned to dedicate his new symphony to Bonaparte.

This was an error, but quite understandable. It was the same error that many people committed when they assumed that Stalin was the real heir of Lenin and the defender of the ideals of the October revolution. But slowly it became clear that his hero was departing from the ideals of the Revolution and consolidating a regime that aped some of the worst features of the old despotism.”

Alan Woods

Silly Liberals. Art is not made a vacuum.

Come join the WIL as we discuss the history of the French Revolution from a Marxist perspective.

This Bastille day, Saturday July 17th, 12:30pm at 60 Wall St.