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The State is Counter-Revolutionary (Part 1)

The State is Counter-Revolutionary (Part 1)

Heyyy everyone, Anark here. Today’s video will be focused upon a very important topic in leftist theory, namely: the role and nature of the state in the revolutionary process. It would be an understatement to say that this has been a point of contention for a variety of committed socialists. Indeed, it represents the most significant early theoretical split in the left, one which has endured until this day. Over the course of this video, we will inspect why this…

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Why is there Social Stratification?: Crash Course Sociology #22

Why is there Social Stratification?: Crash Course Sociology #22

If you asked a medieval peasant whether they liked working two days a week for their lord, while they barely made enough food for themselves, they’d probably say no. And if you ask a factory worker today whether they like making a tiny fraction of what their company’s CEO makes, they’d probably have a similar answer. But, even though huge numbers of people don’t want inequality, it still exists, and it has for a long time. And the systems of…

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Marx Part 2: Capitalism’s Consequences | Philosophy Tube

Marx Part 2: Capitalism’s Consequences | Philosophy Tube

March is my month of Marx: In Part 1 we learned about Labour and Class conflict. In this Part 2 we’ll be looking at capitalism’s consequences, vis-a-vis Alienation. As well as being a generally bad time for anybody who worked in a factory, the other thing Victorian England was famous for was machines: automation, and this is gonna become very important later in the series. Remember Marx thought that value comes from labour. A machine, then, for Marx, is like…

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Karl Marx: On Social Evolution

Karl Marx: On Social Evolution

Karl Marx: On Social Evolution by Dr. Frank W. Elwell Marx predicted that capitalism would ultimately be transformed by the actions of the proletariat into socialism. The bourgeoisie is constantly creating more powerful forces of production. Wealth is becoming more concentrated. Labor is viewed as just another cost to be reduced in industry. In attempts to maximize profits, capitalists automate factories or send jobs to third world countries to be done by cheaper labor without the costs of government regulation…

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AskProfWolff Is religion an opium of the people?

AskProfWolff Is religion an opium of the people?

This is a response to G. McNamara, who writes and asks me, “Is religion the opium of the people? Is it a barrier to worker solidarity and cooperation?” You know, this question arises often, and it’s an important one. It has to do with how people influenced by the Marxian tradition look upon that famous line that Marx wrote, that religion is the opium of the people. But what has often happened is that people didn’t read the whole quote….

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How Democracy Works in Cuba

How Democracy Works in Cuba

If you live in any of these countries, and by these countries I really mean this country, it may come as a shock to you that Cuba is not a totalitarian dictatorship ruled by a single person. In fact, Cuba has a very interesting system of participatory democracy that I’m going to explain to you in this video. Thank you to the Swedish-Cuban Organisation in Gothenburg for helping me with this video. It’s been very helpful to be able to…

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Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part I)

Economic Update: The Contributions of Karl Marx (Part I)

Welcome to part one of a four-part series on the work and the contribution made by Karl Marx. We do this now because it’s the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, but of course the real reason we do it, is because we think that that work, that criticism of the capitalist economic system, remains a source of important insights, that can be useful for all of those who want to make a better world out of the one we’re…

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Class 13 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

Class 13 Reading Marx’s Capital Vol I with David Harvey

» SMITH: What’s very clear, I think, from the text is that, from that chapter onward the analysis becomes much more historical, rooting the dynamics, that he’s still working out analytically, it’s become an historical text already by chapter 25. The history now comes to abet the analysis after chapter 25. » HARVEY: I read somewhere that somebody had suggested that Capital as a book should be read backwards. You start with the last part, which is the origins of…

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Caller: Thom You are a Marxist!

Caller: Thom You are a Marxist!

Marvin watching free speech TV in Cookeville Tennessee hey Marvin what’s on your mind a Tom a yeah I you call the other guy from montana would you call them and get the evidence to bed and stuff yes I think it’s the first time in probably eight years I’ve actually called somebody a name well I mean I just put it like this i’ve listened to your show in in in what not over the years and I’m I…

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