Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

- Mark Twain

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Speak Out Now!: Readings

I am not completely sure how I landed on a socialist leaning site... Gabor Mate appeared in something connected. He is a drug exopert and a psychiastrist author with some wild ideas of his own about addiction. Next thing you know........



Speak Out Now!: Readings

Readings


Still Updating…

Marxist PhilosophyMarxist Economist Theory
The Communist Manifesto - Marx and EngelsValue, Price and Profit - Marx
90 Years After the Communist Manifesto - TrotskyWage, Labor, and Capital - Marx
Socialism Utopian Scientific - EngelsAn Introduction to Marxist Ecomic Theory - Mandel
Karl Marx and His Doctrines - Lenin
The Materialist Conception of History - Plekhanov
On the Role of the Individual in History - Plekhanov
The ABC of Materialist Dialectics - Trotsky
Anti-Duhring - Engels
Materialism and Empirio-Criticism - Lenin
The Russian RevolutionLives Of Working Class Militants
Ten Days that Shook the World - John ReedTwenty Years in Underground Russia: Memoirs of a Rank-and-File Bolshevik
Soviets in Action - John ReedStriking Flint - Genora Johnson
The Structure of a Soviet State - John Reed
Year One of The Russian Revolution - Victor Serge
The History of the Russian Revolution - Leon Trotsky
The Revolution Betrayed - Leon Trotsky


Publications

The Paris Commune, 1871download pdf
The Russian Revolution of 1917download pdf
A History of the Democratic Party - Loyal Defenders of Capitalism, From Slavery to Obama
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
download pdf
The Strike at Ford River Rouge: Detroit 1941download pdf
Iraq: A History of Struggle Against Decades of Imperialismdownload pdf
Big Bill Haywood: A Giant in the Struggles of the Working Classdownload pdf
May Day - Made in the USA, Exported to the Worlddownload pdf
The Seattle General Strike of 1919download pdf





Where We Stand

The world we live in today has enormous possibilities — the potential to open up the most challenging epoch of humanity’s existence. We have the prospect of living in a conscious fashion, using all the advances of human knowledge and engaging the creative potential of each person on the planet. Instead we see the world moving in the opposite direction — increasingly ruled by prejudice and fear, a world of widespread violence and war, where exploitation and oppression are the rule, with the many dominated by the few.

The Force For Change Exists Today

Everywhere, working people’s labor makes society run. The exploitation of labor is what generates profits, which are at the heart of capitalism. Working people have the power to bring this system to a halt and bring about the changes needed to transform our lives. Like slavery, feudalism and other systems that enriched the minority at the expense of the majority, capitalism’s removal is long over due. The time for socialism has come.

We Stand For Socialism

A world based on peaceful collaboration and international cooperation of working class people — not the exploiters who rule today.

  • The common ownership and sharing of the world’s resources and productive capacity under the democratic control of the world’s peoples.

  • An egalitarian and democratic government, organized and controlled from the bottom up, which facilitates people’s active participation in making decisions about how society is run.

  • Protection of the world’s ecological systems, putting science to work to sustain life, not destroy it.

  • A society where human relations are based on respect, equality and dignity of all peoples, not racism, sexism or homophobia.

Our Political Heritage

We base ourselves on the ideas and actions of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Trotsky, on the model of the Russian Revolution of 1917 when the working class showed its capacity to take over and exert its power, and on the revolutionary ideas of the Fourth International in its struggles against Stalinism.

We Must Go Beyond Reforms

We support the struggles of those who are fighting against the oppression of capitalism, even if the goals of those struggles are not aimed at replacing the capitalist order. We support the right of people to determine how they will live and to throw off the forces of imperialism — be it the domination of the corporations, the World Bank, the IMF, military forces or other agents of imperialism. We support the fight against racial and sexual discrimination. We fight against attacks on the standard of living of working people — wage and benefit cuts, attacks on health care, education, housing and other basic rights.

Socialism cannot come through a modification of the existing system. It is not replacing corrupt politicians or union officials with those who are more honest or who are willing to see more of society’s resources shared with the poor. It is not getting better contracts or laws. These systems based on privilege and exploitation must be removed and replaced by one that can guarantee the reorganization of society for the benefit of all.

What Is Needed To Bring This Change About?

It will take a massive social struggle, a revolution, by the majority, the workers and poor of the world, with the working class at its head, taking power in its name and reorganizing society.

It will take the construction of an international revolutionary leadership actively engaged in these struggles.

It will take the development of a party, based in the working class, in the U.S., the richest country of the world, as part of this international leadership. The fate of the world depends on building such an organization, though today it is represented only by individuals or small groups, scattered and marginalized, who share those goals.

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