Socialist Studies

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The Canadian Left: A Critical Analysis
Penner, Norman
Book
1977
The main focus of the book is the emergence and development of Canadian socialist thought. Penner examines the origins of the Communist Party of Canada and its ideological base and the beginings and d...
Das Capital, Volume 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Marx, Karl
Book
1867
Marx's great work sets out to grasp and portray the totality of the capitalist mode of production, and the bourgeois society that emerges from it. He describes and connects all its economic features, ...
The Caribbean Left's Legacy: Against The Current vol. 112
Abraham, Sara
Article
2004
Sara Abraham interviews Eusi Kwayana of The Working People's Alliance (WPA) in Guyana. The WPA continued to organize and build its ranks through a democratic socialist multi racial agenda, but has con...
The Case for Grassroots Archives
Diemer, Ulli
Article
2012
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called "the battle of memory". People's history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden historie...
Neil Chacker, 1942-2004: Against The Current vol. 113
Finkel, David
Article
2004
During the Vietnam war, one Colonel Reberry at Fort Lewis, Washington, posted a threatening notice forbidding the distribution of material that would promote "disloyalty and discontent." A response s...
C.L.R. James and Anti-/Postcolonialism: Against The Current vol. 90
Farred, Grant
Article
2001
C.L.R. James' proclamation in Beyond A Boundary (1963, a classic study of cricket and colonialism), after almost three decades of radical intellectual work, that “Thackeray, not Marx, bears the heavie...
Cuba, the United States and the Left: Against The Current vol. 89
Almeyra, Guillermo
Article
2000
The nationalist anti-imperialist revolution of the long beards has lasted forty-one years. It was never a socialist revolution. The Moncada combatants were not socialists, neither were those in the Si...
Deeply Re-examining Marxism
Smith, Cyril
Article
1998
Having just read Michael Lowy's “The Centrality of Self-emancipation for a Critical Marxism”, I agree strongly with many of Lowy's remarks about the next steps for those who consider themselves to be ...
A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
Bottomore, Tom
Book
1983
Empire, Religion and Liberation: Against The Current vol. 135
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2008
“At least 10 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Sunday by Israeli fire,” today’s New York Times reports as I write this review, “bringing the number of Palestinians killed since Wednesday… to more th...
Equal Shares in Caring
Brotchie, Jane ; Hills, Dione
Article
1991
Erfurt Program: Connexipedia Article
Article
Program was adopted by the Social Democratic Party of Germany during the SPD congress at Erfurt in 1891.
Eugene V. Debs Speaks
Tussey, Jean Y. (ed.)
Book
1983
European Socialism, A Concise History with Documents
Smaldone, William
Book
2013
An introduction to European socialism, which arose in the maelstrom of the industrial and democratic revolutions launched in the eighteenth century. Striving for sweeping social, economic, cultural, a...
Facing Fascism in Europe: Against The Current vol. 84
Smaldone, Bill
Article
2000
Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933, and the Nazis' rapid destruction of Germany's Social Democratic and Communist parties, shook the European left to its core. For many socialists and communists, th...
Failure of a Dream?: Essays in the History of American Socialism
Laslettt, John H. M.; Lipset, Seymour Martin
Book
1974
Examines the reasons for the relative weakness of American socialism.
Feminism in the Radical and Early Socialist Movement: Chapter 8 of Hidden from History. 300 Years of Women's Oppression and the Fight Against It
Rowbotham, Sheila
Article
1973
There existed a strong minority tradition in radicalism which questioned the whole social and sexual position of women.
1492-1992 -- Five Centuries of Imperialism and Resistance
Bourgeault, Ron; Broad, Dave; Brown, Lorne; Foster, Lori
Book
1992
Articles critiquing the "Columbus myth, and chronicles the repression of North America's original indigenous inhabitants.
Global Labor: Socialist Register 2001: Review published in Against The Current Vol. 95
Fletcher, Bill Jr.
Article
2001
For all intents and purposes, I discovered the Socialist Register during the early '90s. When I say "discovered" I, of course, do not mean that I was the first to come across it. Rather, having heard ...
Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism
Haug, Wolfgang Fritz (ed.)
Book
1994
12 volumes
Humanism and Socialism
Mattick, Paul
Article
1965
The resumption of the struggle for socialism would also be the rebirth of socialist humanism.
Is that an archive in your basement... or are you just hoarding?: Sources News Release
Article
2012
Are you an 'accidental archivist'? Have you been saving the publications and documents produced by the social justice projects you've been involved in? Then Connexions would like to hear from you.
Korea's New Revolutionaries: Against The Current vol. 87
Sheppard, Barry
Article
2000
Against the background of a rising militant working-class movement, revolutionary socialists in South Korea are undergoing a process of regroupment. An important force in this development are comrades...
The "Labor Aristocracy" and Working-Class Struggles: Consciousness in Flux, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 124
Post, Charles
Article
2006
Whatever the theoretical and empirical problems with the economics of the labor aristocracy thesis, its defenders still claim that well paid workers have generally been more reformist and conservative...
Liberation, Then What?: Against The Current vol. 124
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2006
In a lucid contribution to our understanding of contemporary Africa, David Seddon and Leo Zeilig recently charted that continent's two waves of popular protest and class struggle over the last 40 year...
Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red
Prichard, Alex; Kinna, Ruth; Pinta, Saku; Berry, David (eds.)
Book
2017
Explores the important, too often neglected left-libertarian currents that have thrived in revolutionary socialist movements. By turns, the collection interrogates the theoretical boundaries between M...
Manifestos, Programs, Visions: Selected Manifestos - Political Statements - Programs
Website
1649
A selection of left manifestos, programs, poltical statements and visions from the 1600s to today.
Marx Myths & Legends
Website
A critical reading of the work of Karl Marx now requires us to lay to one side the myths and legends which have obscured his ideas over the past one hundred and twenty years- distortions and misinterp...
The Marxism of the First International
Korsch, Karl
Article
1924
On 28 September 1864 it was decided at an international meeting of workers in London to found the International Workingmen's Association. On 25 July 1867, Karl Marx wrote the preface to the first edit...
The Meaning of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution: Against The Current vol. 113
Albo, Greg
Article
2004
A feature of revolutions is that they keep coming around in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. Who would have dared predict the eruption that was Seattle in November 1999, when the powers behi...
Morris Slavin: 1913-2006: Against The Current vol. 124
Phelps, Christopher
Article
2006
Morris Slavin, a historian of the French Revolution and one of the last remaining veterans of the American Trotskyist movement of the early 1930s, died on February 6 in Denver, Colorado, at the age of...
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...
Notes from a Revolution Dying: Against The Current vol. 134
Pirani, Simon
Article
2008
In June 1922, five years on from the Russian Revolution, a group of Moscow communists gathered to discuss a letter by Vladimir Petrzhek, an auto worker, tendering his resignation from the communist (o...
An October for Us, for Russia and for the Whole World: Against The Current vol. 131
an appeal from Russian Intellectuals and Artists
Article
2007
This appeal from Russian intellectuals and artists on the 90th anniversary of the Russian October Revolution comes to us from veteran leftists, social democrats, artists and even children of Left Oppo...
On Criticizing Marx
Haberkern, Ernest
Article
1998
MICHAEL LOWY'S ARTICLE in ATC 71 was titled “For a Critical Marxism.”This is obviously a misprint. The original title could only have been “Where Marx Went Wrong.”
On E.P. Thompson's Legacy
Cohen, Sheila
Article
2014
In a tribute to E.P. Thompson, Cohen gives insights into his work "The Making of the English Working Class" regarding its valuable focus on the self-activity and self-organization of the people.
Opa Nobody: Against The Current vol. 135
Tribich, Chloe
Article
2008
In Opa Nobody, Sonya Huber — an activist struggling to reconcile her politics with the demands of human relationships and the realities of contemporary U.S. life — undertakes an ambitious task: the po...
The Post- Industrial Utopians
Frankel, Boris
Book
1987
Power & Opposition in Post-Revolutionary Societies
Althusser, Louis et al
Book
1978
Between 11 and 13 November 1977 the Italian formation Il Manifesto, organized a conference in Venice on the topic 'Power and Opposition in Post-Revolutionary Societies'. Present were prominent West Eu...
Ralph Nader and the Legacy of Revolt (Part 2): Against The Current vol. 89
Sheasby, Walt Contreras
Article
2000
Our electoral dilemma today derives from a political realignment a hundred years ago, when a faction of populists joined in fusion with William Jennings Bryan and the “Free Silver” Democratic Party. A...
Ralph Nader and the Legacy of Revolt (Part 3): Against The Current vol. 90
Sheasby, Walt Contreras
Article
2001
Ralph Nader has a complex relationship with the historical currents of change before World War I (populism, socialism and progressivism), but it may be his relationship to the Communism of the mid-twe...
Reasoning Otherwise: Leftists and the People's Enlightenment in Canada 1890 - 1920
McKay, Ian
Book
2008
Examines the people and events that led to the rise of the left in Canada from 1890 to 1920, and highlights how a new way of looking at the world based on theories of evolution transformed struggles a...
Rebels, Reds, Radicals: Rethinking Canada's Left History
McKay, Ian
Book
2005
McKay looks at the history of the left in Canada as a series of experiments in "living otherwise" -- efforts to work out ways of life and thought strategically opposed to the prevailing liberal-capita...
Re-examine revolution, but don't abandon it : Book review
Nieham, Chris
Article
2017
Re-examine revolution, but surely now is not the time to abandon it. Chris Nineham reviews Socialist Register 2017: Rethinking Revolution
A Reluctant Memoir of the '50s and '60s: Against The Current vol. 134
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I have been asked to write a memoir that would give a sense of the old left/new left realities of the 1950s and ‘60s. That seems quite odd to me (why would I be writing such a thing?), until I look in...
Reluctant Memoir, Part 2: Against The Current vol. 135
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
I think it was in 1963 that I first became aware of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). My older sister Patty had married a very nice guy named Earl Brecher, with whom she went to Liberia as one ...
A Response on "Critical Marxism"
Lowy, Michael
Article
1998
Lowy writes "I'm very happy that my article provoked debate among readers of Against the Current. Several of the remarks seem to me very relevant and I'll try to answer at least some of them."
The Russian Revolution Ninety Years After: Against The Current vol. 131
Mandel, David
Article
2007
The October Revolution of 1917 in Russia was the most influential political event of the 20th century. But since history is written by the victors, it is not well known that October was the opening sh...
A Slice of Socialist History: Against The Current vol. 121
Fried, Frank; Rodney, Lester
Article
2006
The following correspondence sheds light on a lesser-known period in U.S. socialist history during the 1950s. Frank Fried was a member of the Socialist Union, led by Bert Cochran, following the “Cochr...
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
Engels, Friedrich
Book
1880
Socialism.ca
Website
A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
The Socialist Register 1974: Volume 11: A survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1974
The Socialist Register 1979: Volume 16: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1979
A series of essays on the state of the global economy.
Socialist Thought: A Documentary History
Fried, Albert; Sanders, Ronald (eds.)
Book
1964
An anthology of important documents in the history of European socialist thought, from pre-revolutionary France to the 1950s.
Studies in Socialist Pedagogy
Norton Theodore Mills; Ollmann, Bertell (eds.)
Book
1978
Traces of Magma: An Annotated Bibliography of Left Literature
Knight, Rolf
Book
1983
An annotated bibliography of left wing novels which deal with the lives of working people during the twentieth century.
Transcending Pessimism: Rekindling Socialist Imagination
Panitch, Leo; Gindin, Sam
Article
2009
Between Marx's broad historically-inspired vision of revolution/transformation and his detailed critique of political economy, there was an analytical and strategic gap - unbridgeable without addressi...
William Morris: From Romantic to Revolutionary
Thompson, E. P.
Book
1955
A biography of the nineteenth-century socialist, designer, artist, and intellectual William Morris.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

Marxism.ca
A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
New Left Review
A 160-page journal published every two months from London, New Left Review analyses world politics, the global economy, state powers and protest movements; contemporary social theory, history and phil...
Rethinking Marxism
To stimulate interest in and debate over the explanatory power and social consequences of Marxian economic, cultural and social analysis. We are interested in promoting Marxian approaches to social th...
Socialism.ca
A hub featuring links to selected resources about socialism, as well as other progressive sites of interest to socialists and activists.
Socialist Register
The Socialist Register was founded by Ralph Miliband and John Saville in 1964 as 'an annual survey of movements and ideas' from the standpoint of the independent new left. Each volume is focused on a ...
Society for Socialist Studies
The society's purpose to facilitate and encourage research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist, ecological, and anti-racist points of view.
Spartacus Books
Spartacus is a non-profit collectively run bookstore. We are non-sectarian and carry feminist, anarchist, socialist, lesbian/gay titles, literary criticism literature, environment, film, media, labour...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Center for Socialist History
A non-profit corporation founded to promote research and publication in the field of the history of socialism. We strongly believe that (to paraphrase) socialists who don't know their own history are doomed to repeat all the old m...
Marxists Internet Archive
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.

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Center for Socialist History
Website
A non-profit corporation founded to promote research and publication in the field of the history of socialism. We strongly believe that (to paraphrase) socialists who don't know their own history are ...
Docs Populi
Documents for the public
Website
Dedicated to documenting and publishing oppositional artwork of the late 20th century.
Marxists Internet Archive
Website
Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Socialist History Project
Website
The stated goal is documenting the revolutionary socialist tradition in Canada. Primarily oriented to Leninist and Trotskyist parties.
Society for Socialist Studies
Website
The society's purpose to facilitate and encourage research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist, ecological, and anti-racist points of view.