Communists and Social Democrats

Communism means a classless society evolved on the ruins of capitalism (which is based on capitalist exploitation of wage labour). This is to be achieved by intensification of class struggle to the point of abolition of the two poles of the antagonism — capital and wage labour. Whenever communists participate

Socialism and Communism

The real negation of capitalism is communism, which abolishes all forms of exploitation of man by man. But this cannot be achieved by one stroke. Socialism came to be conceptualised as the first decisive step of transition towards communism. Initially socialism carries many imperfections (economic, political, cultural, etc.), many birth-marks of

Democratic and Socialist Revolutions

Historically, democratic revolution is the bridge leading from the feudal to the bourgeois order. The English and the French revolutions (mid 17th and late 18th centuries respectively) were classic examples, which abolished serfdom and monarchy and ushered in the parliamentary republic. Being anti-feudal, the democratic revolution has as its main

Proletariat and Communist Party

Communist Party is the revolutionary party of the proletariat. It unites and mobilises the working class and all exploited oppressed sections of society in the struggle for their immediate interests and for putting an end to all exploitation and injustice. The Communist Manifesto defines “the proletariat, the modern working class” as

Classes and Class Struggle

Class is determined by the objective position a social group occupies in the vast network of production and distribution, by its relation to the means of production (i.e., whether it owns or just works on these means) and consequently, by the share of gross social wealth it possesses. To take

Imperialism and the US Empire

All the developed industrialised countries such as Belgium, Japan, Germany, Australia and so on are imperialist in terms of the economic essence or stage of development (decaying, parasitic, monopoly capitalism dominated by finance capital); many of them also possess, and occasionally use, their enormous military prowess. But among them there

Globalisation as the Latest Phase of Imperialism

What is the relation between imperialism and globalisation? Globalisation is a euphemism for the global offensive — economic, political and, as it recently turned out, military offensive — of imperialism led by US imperialism. If we were to divide the historical stage of imperialism, which has completed a hundred years of

Imperialism after Lenin

In many ways, imperialism has continued to display the major features noted in Imperialism, and all the more glaringly so. Today’s transnational corporations (TNCs) far outshine Lenin’s “trusts and cartels”. “Export of capital predominating over export of commodities” has become more pronounced and assumed newer forms such as hot money

Imperialism

We propose to present the vast subject in four sub-topics Imperialism as Lenin Saw it To begin with the basics, let us see how Lenin defined imperialism. “If it were necessary to give the briefest possible definition of imperialism, we should have to say that imperialism is the monopoly stage of capitalism.” (Imperialism,

The “Civil Society” Viewpoint on the State

The NGOs or “non-governmental organizations” (rechristened by some as CSOs or civil society organisations) counterpose civil society against the state and describe themselves as champions and vanguards of the former, working against the apathy and bureaucratism of the latter. With the blind market forces playing havoc with people’s lives and