The England of Shakespeare, like the Spain of Cervantes, was in the throes of a great social and economic revolution.
Shakespeare transformed English literature, reaching heights that before were unheard of and which have not been reached subsequently.
Marxists don’t believe in heaven—but if heaven did exist, we can be sure Mother Teresa wouldn’t be allowed in.
We republish here for our organization-wide reading a short article from 1934 by Leon Trotsky discussing perspectives for the quick development of socialism in the United States. While this article is quite old, it is far more relevant than at the time of its publication.
Armed with a Marxist understanding of society and a knowledge of the enormous potential for a better world, Marxists see capitalism for what it was—a horror.
Marxism must take a scientific and practical interest in art, a phenomenon which can sometimes appear to be very separate from politics.
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has gone certifiably viral. But what does it all mean? Is “raising awareness” enough? Is this really a way to “create a world without ALS”?
We’ve lost a spirited voice of the oppressed and exploited, as Pete Seeger drew his last breath. Having reached the age of 94, Seeger had lived, fought, and sung through several tumultuous periods of ebb […]
Les Misérables resonates particularly well in a society where wealth inequality has reached previously unthinkable levels, and millions of people are searching for some sense of security and freedom. Like the musical for the past 25 years and the book for the past 125 years, this film is able to capture and portray this yearning of people to better their situation; the yearning for revolution.
This a revolutionary poem written by Patrick Russell. You can also watch a live reading of the poem at May Day 2011 in St. Paul, MN.
On 31 July Gore Vidal died at his home in Los Angeles from complications arising from pneumonia. He was 86 and had been ill for some time. As I was away on holiday at the […]
For our March 2015 organization-wide reading we are republishing “Proletarian Culture and Proletarian Art,” a chapter from Literature and Revolution by Leon Trotsky.