Rob Sewell, Leon Trotsky: the man and his ideas
Today marks the anniversary of Leon Trotsky’s assassination. Struck down 72 years ago by an ice-pick to the head from a cowardly Stalinist assassin, he soon fell into a coma and died the following day, 21st August 1940.
ATTN socialists in the NYC/metro area, this Saturday at 12:30pm at 60 Wall St., we’ll (the WIL) be doing a lead off on dialectical materialism. We’ll cover how Das Kapital is not only a book, but also a weapon with which you can beat reactionaries over the head, a door stopper, and even toilet paper too(!) because use-values are always so radically heterogeneous. #DIALECTICAL MATERIALISM
KK is leading off and I’m chairing so it’ll be fun.
email us to RSVP.
"The materialist conception of history starts from the proposition that the production of the means to support human life and, next to production, the exchange of things produced, is the basis of all social structure; that in every society that has appeared in history, the manner in which wealth is distributed and society divided into classes or orders is dependent upon what is produced, how it is produced, and how the products are exchanged. From this point of view, the final causes of all social changes and political revolutions are to be sought, not in men’s brains, not in men’s better insights into eternal truth and justice, but in changes in the modes of production and exchange. They are to be sought, not in the philosophy, but in the economics of each particular epoch. The growing perception that existing social institutions are unreasonable and unjust, that reason has become unreason, and right wrong, is only proof that in the modes of production and exchange changes have silently taken place with which the social order, adapted to earlier economic conditions, is no longer in keeping. From this it also follows that the means of getting rid of the incongruities that have been brought to light must also be present, in a more or less developed condition, within the changed modes of production themselves. These means are not to be invented by deduction from fundamental principles, but are to be discovered in the stubborn facts of the existing system of production.”-Fredrich Engels, Socialism:Utopian and Scientific (1880)
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.
Planning on coming to Engels Day?
Don’t be shy! Come join us on an unofficial Marxist tour of the Museum of Natural History. We’re excited to meet you!
Please RSVP by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
For assistance on the day of the event please call: 917-830-MARX
July 29th, 2:30pm, Museum of Natural History. 200 Central Park West.