Karl Marx on Religion

“The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This stateContinue reading “Karl Marx on Religion”

Karl Marx on the Fundamentals of Human Existence

“The first premise of all human existence and, therefore, of all history, [is that humans] must be in a position to live in order to be able to ‘make history.’ But life involves before everything else eating and drinking, a habitation, clothing and many other things. The first historical act is thus the production ofContinue reading “Karl Marx on the Fundamentals of Human Existence”

J.V. Stalin on the Working Class Movement and Socialism as Ship and Compass

“What is scientific socialism without the working-class movement? — A compass which, if left unused, will only grow rusty and then will have to be thrown overboard. What is the working-class movement without socialism?—A ship without a compass which will reach the other shore in any case, but would reach it much sooner and withContinue reading “J.V. Stalin on the Working Class Movement and Socialism as Ship and Compass”

Karl Marx on the Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas

“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means ofContinue reading “Karl Marx on the Ruling Class and Ruling Ideas”

V.I. Lenin on the Dictatorship of the Proletariat and Opportunist Distortions of Marxism

“Those who recognize only the class struggle are not yet Marxists; they may be found to be still within the bounds of bourgeois thinking and bourgeois politics. To confine Marxism to the theory of the class struggle means curtailing Marxism, distorting it, reducing it to something acceptable to the bourgeoisie. Only he is a MarxistContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on the Dictatorship of the Proletariat and Opportunist Distortions of Marxism”

Karl Marx on Materialism, Base and Superstructure and Relations of Production

“In the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production. The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on whichContinue reading “Karl Marx on Materialism, Base and Superstructure and Relations of Production”

Karl Marx on Abolishing Private Property

“You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property. But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths.” – Karl Marx, “The Communist Manifesto”

V.I. Lenin on Anti-Semitism

“Anti-Semitism means spreading enmity towards the Jews. When the accursed tsarist monarchy was living its last days it tried to incite ignorant workers and peasants against the Jews. The tsarist police, in alliance with the landowners and the capitalists, organised pogroms against the Jews. The landowners and capitalists tried to divert the hatred of theContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on Anti-Semitism”

Karl Marx on the Labor Process

“Labour is, in the first place, a process in which both man and Nature participate, and in which man of his own accord starts, regulates, and controls the material re-actions between himself and Nature. He opposes himself to Nature as one of her own forces, setting in motion arms and legs, head and hands, theContinue reading “Karl Marx on the Labor Process”

V.I. Lenin Warns Against Capitalist Restoration

“What was one of the most powerful incentives that multiplied our strength and our energies to a tremendous degree when we fought and won on the war front? It was the realisation of danger. Everybody asked whether it was possible that the landowners and capitalists might return to Russia. And the reply was that itContinue reading “V.I. Lenin Warns Against Capitalist Restoration”

V.I. Lenin on World Imperialism and the Great War

“It is proved in the pamphlet that the war of 1914-18 was imperialist (that is, an annexationist, predatory, war of plunder) on the part of both sides; it was a war for the division of the world, for the partition and repartition of colonies, and spheres of influence of finance capital, etc. Proof of whatContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on World Imperialism and the Great War”

Karl Liebknecht on the Spartacist Uprising

“Yes. The revolutionary workers of Berlin have been defeated. Yes. Hundreds of their best have been slaughtered. Yes. Many hundreds more have been thrown into dungeons. Yes. They were defeated because they had been abandoned by the ones they relied on: the sailors, the soldiers, the security forces, the people’s militia. Their power was inhibitedContinue reading “Karl Liebknecht on the Spartacist Uprising”

V.I. Lenin on the Necessity of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat

“The dictatorship of the proletariat alone can emancipate humanity from the oppression of capital, from the lies, falsehood and hypocrisy of bourgeois democracy — democracy for the rich — and establish democracy for the poor, that is, make the blessings of democracy really accessible to the workers and poor peasants, whereas now (even in theContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on the Necessity of the Dictatorship of the Proletariat”

V.I. Lenin on the Degeneration of the Socialist Revolutionary Party

“The counter-revolutionary wave inside the country, however, was more powerful last year than this. The activities of the Left Socialist-Revolutionaries had reached the highest point at that time. The armed struggle that they launched suddenly in place of their verbal support took us by surprise. The difficulties were immense, for they had chosen their timeContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on the Degeneration of the Socialist Revolutionary Party”

V.I. Lenin on the Distortion of the Legacy of Great Revolutionaries

“What is now happening to Marx’s theory has, in the course of history, happened repeatedly to the theories of revolutionary thinkers and leaders of oppressed classes fighting for emancipation. During the lifetime of great revolutionaries, the oppressing classes constantly hounded them, received their theories with the most savage malice, the most furious hatred and theContinue reading “V.I. Lenin on the Distortion of the Legacy of Great Revolutionaries”