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The Accumulation of Capital
Luxemburg, Rosa
Book
1913
Rosa Luxemburg's analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalist accumulation.
Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century 1914 - 1991
Hobsbawm, Eric
Book
1994
A overview of the history of the years 1914 - 1991.
The American Socialist Movement: 1897-1912
Kipnis, Ira
Book
1952
A history of the American Socialist Party, which at its height had over 150,000 dues-paying members, published hundreds of newspapers, and won almost a million votes for its presidential candidate.
Back to Marx
Wood, Ellen Meiksins
Article
1997
Maybe it's time for the left to see the universalization of capitalism not just as a defeat for us but also as an opportunity -- and that, of course, above all means a new opportunity for that unfash...
Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America: Historical Studies of Chile and Brazil
Frank, Andre Gunder
Book
1967
The four essays in this book offer a sweeping reinterpretation of Latin American history as an aspect of the world-wide spread of capitalism in its commercial and industrial phases.
Capitalism for Beginners
Lekachman, Robert; Van Loon, Borin
Book
1981
An amusing, soundly researched, and highly accessible illustrated book that tells you everything you want to know about capitalism.
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I: Economic Writings 1
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis
Book
This first volume in Rosa Luxemburg's Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, contains some of Luxemburg's most important statements on the globalization of capital, wage labour, imperialism, an...
The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume II: Economic Writings 2
Luxemburg, Rosa (Edited by Peter Hudis and Paul Le Blanc)
Book
This volume contains a new English translation of Luxemburg’s most important book, The Accumulation of Capital (1913) as well as her response to its critics. Taken together, they constitute one of the...
Consumption: Domestic Imperialism
Gilbert, Dave
Article
This article deals with the social organization of production under modern American capitalism. The author considers the impact of technological development on labour and its potential for liberation ...
Democracy Against Capitalism
Wood, Ellen Meiksins
Book
1995
Wood provides a brilliant explication and defense of the key theoretical concepts relevant to socialism, understood to be the most radical social and economic democracy.
Devastating Crisis Unfolds: Against The Current vol. 132
Brenner, Bob
Article
2008
Bob Brenner, for the ATC editors. The current crisis could well turn out to be the most devastating since the Great Depression. It manifests profound, unresolved problems in the real economy that have...
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
The Economics of Imperialism
Brown, Michael Barratt
Book
1974
Brown discusses different theories of the connection between capitalism and imperialism. His own position is derived from Rosa Luxemburg, holding that imperialism is a process of assimilation and tran...
The Economy of Cities
Jacobs, Jane
Book
1970
Ideas about what makes cities rich or poor, how cities grow, and how city growth affects national economies.
FTAA, The Hydra's New Head: Against The Current vol. 90
Hart-Landsberg, Martin
Article
2001
Capitalism in many ways is like the mythical hydra of Greek legend, a gigantic serpent with multiple heads, the center one being immortal; every time an attacker chopped off one of its outer heads, tw...
The Historical Moment That Produced Us
Goldner, Loren
Article
2010
As we emerge, hopefully, from this dismal period of rollback, we recall Rosa Luxemburg's remark, shortly before her murder in 1919: "The revolution says: I was, I am, I shall be!" We assert the ongoin...
A History of Canadian Wealth
Myers, Gustavus
Book
1914
Myers lays bare the corruption, swindling, land deals, and bribery that are at the basis of Canadian history. This is Canada's past seen through the eyes of a muckraker.
How Does the Subaltern Speak?
Chibber, Vivek
Article
2013
Vivek Chibber argues that postcolonial theory discounts the enduring value of Enlightenment universalism at its own peril. Focusing particularly on the strain of postcolonial theory known as subaltern...
How the Left has Won
Livingston, James
Article
2012
Capitalism was the unintended consequence of bourgeois revolutions, whereas socialism has been the avowed purpose, or at least a crucial component, of every revolution since 1911. This difference has ...
Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism
Warren, Bill
Book
1980
Argues that the accepted theories of imperialism are profoundly flawed.
The Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves
Levine, Yasha
Article
Levine reviews the transition from peasantry to industrial labour and the impacts of captitalism in workers.
Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution: Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes
Draper, Hal
Book
1978
Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
The Making of the Modern World: An Introductory History
Robertson, R.T.
Book
This book's global approach to world history puts the major political, economic and social transformations of the past hundred years into context. Focusing on the growth and transformation of capitali...
Man's Worldly Goods: The Story of the Wealth of Nations
Huberman, Leo
Book
1936
Huberman sets out to explain history using economic theory, and to explain economic theory using history. He tries to explain, in terms of the development of economic thought, why certain doctrines ar...
A Marxist History of the World: Making the future
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Historian Neil Faulkner concludes A Marxist History of the World by looking at what that history can tell us about the possibility for radical social change.
A Marxist History of the World part 100: 1968-1975: the workers' revolt
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
As the crisis of capitalism spread around the world, the working class took centre stage – but the revolt did not result in successful revolution anywhere.
A Marxist History of the World part 101: The Long Recession
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
By the early 1970s, the levers of state economic management had stopped working and the world economy entered a long period of stagnation.
A Marxist History of the World part 43: Colonies, slavery, and racism
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Capitalist contradictions were most evident in the 18th century, when the wealth of the merchant-capitalist class of Britain’s port-cities was contrasted with the untold human misery of the slaves, ra...
A Marxist History of the World part 51: The origins of the Labour Movement
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
Capitalism's industrial revolution gave birth to its own gravediggers, argues Neil Faulkner as he examines the rise and fall of Chartism.
A Marxist History of the World part 55: The Making of the Working Class
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2011
The development of capitalism entails two complementary processes. The first, explored in MHW 54, is competitive capital accumulation. The second, explored here, is the making – and continual re-makin...
A Marxist History of the World part 61: The Long Depression, 1873-1896
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Neil Faulkner writes about the The Long Depression – an unprecedented economic slump which started the countdown to the First World War.
A Marxist History of the World part 62: The Scramble for Africa
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The imperial competition to control Africa spawned a predatory colonialism of mines, plantations, and machine-guns and propelled humanity towards industrialised world war writes Neil Faulkner.
A Marxist History of the World part 64: What is Imperialism?
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Neil Faulkner looks at how the growth of giant monopolies and the fusing of industrial, bank, and state capital created global competition - and the roots of World War I.
A Marxist History of the World part 67: Reform or Revolution?
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
The world Socialist movement was blown apart as its members supported the First World War. Neil Faulkner looks at how the question of reform or revolution lay behind the split.
A Marxist History of the World part 69: The First World War
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Neil Faulkner looks at how capitalism plunged humanity into an abyss of carnage, destruction, and waste without precedent, as mass production methods produced industrialised slaughter.
A Marxist History of the World part 77 World Revolution
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In the five years after the First World War, revolutionary contagion spread around the world. It showed the extraordinary possibilities that arise when the masses become active in making their own his...
A Marxist History of the World part 81: The Roaring Twenties
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
Although the 'American Dream' became a reality for millions in the 1920s, it was built on shaky grounds - the huge speculative bubble that was building up on Wall Street was waiting to collapse
A Marxist History of the World part 92: The Great Boom
Faulkner, Neil
Article
2012
In the first three decades after the war, the world economy experienced unprecedented growth rates and falling unemployment. But the boom rested on unstable foundations.
The Myth of the Labor Aristocracy, Part 1: Against The Current vol. 123
Post, Charles
Article
2006
The persistence of reformism and outright conservatism among workers, especially in the imperialist centers of North America, Western Europe and Japan, has long confounded revolutionary socialists. Th...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Degrowth and Sustainability
Ellwood, Wayne
Book
2013
This No-Nonsense Guide looks deeper into the idea of economic growth – to trace its history and understand why it has become so unchallengeable and powerful.
Plunderbund and Proletariat: A History of the IWW in B.C.
Scott, Jack
Book
1975
A history of working class struggle from the workers' perspective.
Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital
Chibber, Vivek
Book
2013
Against the thesis that Western subalterns are made of different stuff, Chibber argues that human beings are, at their core, not that different across contexts. The winds of history and culture may ch...
Racism in Australia: from 1788 to stopping the boats
Tully, John
Article
2015
When the First Fleet sailed into Port Jackson on January 26, 1788, it carried more than the physical paraphernalia for European settlement. Along with tools, agricultural implements, chains, handcuffs...
Requiem For The American Dream
Nyks, Kelly; Scott, Jared P.; Hutchison, Peter D. (directors)
Film/Video
2015
In his final long-form documentary interview - filmed over four years - Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality. Tracing a half-c...
Review of Vivek Chibber's Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital
Carr, David Matthew
Article
2014
A book review of Vivek Chibber's Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital. Vivek Chibber challenges the post-Marxist framework of the Subaltern Studies group.
Rosa Luxemburg's Accumulation of Capital: New Perspectives on Capitalist Development and American Hegemony
Schmidt, Ingo
Article
2010
From a Luxemburgian perspective post-war capitalism developed in two phases, each of which was possible because class-struggles and international conflicts had opened non-capitalist environments for c...
Studies in the Development of Capitalism
Dobb, Maurice M.A.
Book
1947
A Marxist interpretation of economic development in the period of modern capitalism. Starting with the decline of serfdom, the book deals with the beginnings of the bourgeoisie in the rising urban com...
The Transition from Feudalism to Capitalism: A Symposium
Sweezy, P.M; Dobb,M; Takahashi H.K; Hilton,R; Hill,C.
Book
1967
U.S. Labor's Subterranean Fire: Against The Current vol. 131
Post, Charlie
Article
2007
The broad outlines of the crisis of the U.S. labor movement -— sharply declining union density, concession bargaining, failures to organize the growing non-union manufacturing and service sectors, the...
Why Marx Was Right
Eagleton, Terry
Book
2011
Eagleton takes common objections to Marxism and demonstrates how and why they are wrong.
Yes, There is an Alternative!: Book Review
Friedman, Sam
Article
2014
Review of "Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism" by Peter Hudis.

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Racism in Asia
2017
Racism in Asia exists for similar reasons that racism elsewhere exists, with roots in events that have happened anywhere from thousands of years ago to the present.