Marxism, or Scientific Socialism, is the name given to the body of ideas first worked out by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. In their totality, these ideas claim to provide a theoretical basis for the struggle of the working class to attain a higher form of human society - socialism.
What relevance do these ideas, over 150 years old have to today's society? Are they still relevant? Is there still such thing as a working class? Do we still live in a class society? Didn't the Soviet Union prove that socialism does not work?
Alan Woods spoke at a recent meeting of the ULU Marxist Society in London on the relevance of Marxism today.
Reviewer:Robert B. Livingston
March 10, 2015 Subject:
Pleasant intro to Marxism hides flaw
Alan Woods popularizes Marx's thought quite eloquently and convincingly in this lecture.
However, his advice to his listeners to join a union or to support a political party is bad advice.
Capitalism has rendered bourgeois unions and political parties as they exist globally beyond reform.
The working class must indepentently reorganize society into one that completely replaces the profit system with one that satisfies human needs.
Woods also errs by not mentioning the World Socialist Website, the most read socialist website in the world today-- one that resists the Pabloist deviations to carry on the true tradition of revolutionary world Marxism.
As Woods tells the students in his lecture, "don't take mine or anyone's word."
There are no easy short cuts learning about Marx, or the many intrigues that occurred since he wrote Capital. Students must explore, read, and think for themselves.