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  1. Against School
    How public education cripples our kids, and why

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2003
    An essay by a retired teacher on the infantilization of children by the public school system. This intellectual history of US public school curiculum reveals that it was conceived as a democratic means to a reflexively obedient work force.
  2. Agrarian Socialism
    The Cooperative Commonwealth in Saskatchewan: A Study in Political Sociology

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1968
    A study of the social background of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation in Saskatchewan, which in 1944 became to first government with avowed socialist goals to be elected to office in Canada. The updated 1968 edition contains a new introduction and additional essays by five other scholars.
  3. The American Working Class in Historical Persepctive
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1973
    A review of Jeremy Brecher's Strike! (See CX6590)
  4. Beyond a Boundary
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1983
    Part memoir of a boyhood in a black colony (by one of the founders of African nationalism), part passionate celebration of the game of cricket, this book raises serious questions about race, class, politics, and the realities of colonial oppression.
  5. Building Identify Through Struggle - Book Review
    Against The Current vol. 158

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
    Socialists seeking to win support among working people in the United States today face twin obstacles. A conservative, pro-business officialdom, tied to the capitalist Democratic Party and opposed to any manifestation of working class militancy, dominates the labor movement.
  6. Class Composition and the Theory of the Party at the Origin of the Workers-Councils Movement
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1972
    Re-examines a crucial segment of labour history, the German workers' council experience, which bridges the classical socialist phase of the Second and Third Internationals, and the post-Keynesian period.
  7. Class consciousness
    Connexipedia Article

    Resource Type: Article
    Consciousness of one's social class or economic rank in society.
  8. Class Is in Session
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Millennials are better educated than ever. They also overwhelmingly identify as working class.
  9. Class is More Intersectional than Intersectionality
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    The Left as it exists currently is often ashamed of and apologetic for its class struggle orientation, chasing after demographic-specific oppression issues. An approach that leans toward greater emphasis on a class struggle focus is actually more intersectional than a focus which gives more attention to demographic-specific issues than to class.
  10. Class Struggle at the Waistline
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    The obesity rate has soared not because lower income earners lack the knowledge to eat wisely, but because they have lost power over the economic conditions of their lives.
  11. Common Sense for Hard Times
    The Power of the Powerless to Cope with Everyday life and Transform Society in The Nineteen Seventies

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1976
    Presents a vision of society as it is and as it could be. Putting the problems of contemporary daily life in historical perspective, it reveals that they have their roots in the way our society is organized, and thereby enables us to re-examine our own situation and experience.
  12. Connexions
    Volume 8, Number 2 - Summer 1983 - Toward a New Economy

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1983
  13. Connexions Library: Race, Racism, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2009
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on race, racism, ethnicity, multiculturalism, identity.
  14. Consumption: Domestic Imperialism
    Resource Type: 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 from work under capitalism.
  15. A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1983
  16. Down To Earth People
    Beyond Class Reductionism and Postmodernism

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1999
    Working class women and men offer their analysis of the world today and its multi-dimensional inequalities.
  17. The Emergence of the Canadian Working Class Movement
    1845-1875

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
  18. False Promises
    The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
  19. Gramsci's Marxism
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1976
    Carl Boggs introduces Gramsci as one of the first marxist theorists to grapple with the problems of revolutionary change in advanced capitalist society and as the first to identify the importance of the ideological-cultural struggle against bourgeois values.
  20. The Hidden Injuries of Class
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    Sennett and Cobb look at human relations between people of different classes and analyze everyday life and ordinary situations to identify class signals that make people feel inadequate.
  21. History and Class Consciousness
    Studies in Marxist Dialectics

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
  22. How Inequality Kills
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    The Global March of Neoliberalism: The World Inequality Report 2018
  23. How The Oligarchy Gets Politicized
    A Short History of Elite Responses To Political-Economic Crisis

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    The political activism of the elite is striking in times of crisis, when the latter takes the form either of severe economic contraction or of working-class militancy, or both.
  24. Industry and Labour
    Class Struggle at Work and Monopoly Capitalism

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1978
  25. Jai Bhim Comrade
    Resource Type: Film/Video
    Published: 2011
    India’s Dalit (oppressed) castes were abhorred as “untouchables”. The film, shot over 14 years follows the music of protest of Maharashtra's Dalits. In an age of increasing bigotry and superstition, it is both a record of recent history as well as eloquent testimony to a tradition that has survived amongst the subaltern for thousands of years.
  26. Karl Marx: Essential Writings
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    A selection of Marx's writings ranging from his early works on philosophy, religion, alienation, and Hegelianism, through the materialist conception of history, the theoretical analysis of capitalism, and the politics of revolution. Bender provides informatative introductions setting the context for each set of materials.
  27. Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution
    Volume I: State and Bureaucracy

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1977
    A wide-ranging and thorough exposition of Marx's views on democracy.
  28. Karl Marx's Theory of Revolution
    Volume II: The Politics of Social Classes

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1978
    Draper ranges through the development of the thought of Marx and Engels on the role of classes in society.
  29. Know Thy Enemy
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1976
    A poem.
  30. Let's Stop Kidding Ourselves About the NDP
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1989
    Canadian socialists are terribly reluctant to give up their illusions about the NDP.
  31. Manual for Revolutionary Leaders
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    A devious satire aimed at Leninists, Trotskyists, Maoists, and vanguardists of all stripes.
  32. Marxism.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
  33. A Marxist History of the World part 73: 1917: the October Insurrection
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2012
  34. Marxist Theories of the State Played out in Venezuela
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    The implications of Marxist state theories developed by Nicos Poulantzas and Ralph Miliband are useful for framing issues related to leftist strategy in twenty-first century Venezuela.
  35. Marxists Internet Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
  36. The Mass Psychology of Fascism
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1970
    Wilhelm Reich's class study, written during the years of the German crisis. Reich repudiates the concept that fascism is the ideology or action of a single individual or nationality, or any ethnic or political group. He understands fascism as the expression of the irrational character structure of human beings whose needs and impulses have been suppressed.
  37. The Meaning of Socialism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1969
    Paul Cardan's 1961 discussion of modern conceptions of socialism, and the future of socialist movements.
  38. Myles Horton
    Insights from organizer Myles Horton

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1990
  39. The new socialist revolution
    An introduction to its theory and strategy

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1973
    Chapter 6 - Strategy and Tactics. The first task of the revolutionary movement, its most important task within the next few years, is to destroy bourgeois hegemony and develop a radical consciousness among each of the potential constituencies for revolutionary action.
  40. News and Letters
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
  41. The No-Nonsense Guide to Class, Caste & Hierarchies
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2002
    Concentrates mainly on the history of social hierarchy in Western civilization, and particularly the struggles of the working class.
  42. On Roediger's Wages of Whiteness
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2002
    An extended discussion and critique of David Roediger's book Wages of Whiteness. Allen writes: "David Roediger's Wages of Whiteness, because of its almost universal acceptance for use in colleges and universities, has served as the single most effective instrument in the socially necessary consciousness-raising function of objectifying 'whiteness,' and in popularizing the 'race-as-a-social-construct' thesis. As one who has been the beneficiary of kind supportive comments from him for my own efforts in this field of historical investigation, I undertake this critical essay with no other purpose than furthering the our common aim of the disestablishment of white identity, and the overthrow of white supremacism in general."
  43. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2017
    Race and Class

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 2017
    Class conflict - first and foremost, the relationship between the capitalist class and the working class -- is the fundamental contradiction that defines capitalist society. Class is a reality which simultaneously encompasses and collides with other dimensions of oppression and domination, such as gender and race. The relationship between race and class, in particular, is the theme of this issue of Other Voices.
  44. Our Generation
    Volume 5 Number 1

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1967
  45. Preface to Martin Glaberman's Four Essays on the Working Class
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1975
    Glaberman insists that the working class is not merely a victim of capitalism. Working people are active participants in creating their own consciousness, their methods of struggle and their own history.
  46. Propaganda and Consciousness: The Future of Big Flame Newspaper
    Resource Type: Article
    A political dicussion of the strategy and practice of Big Flame, written in the early 1970s.
  47. Ragpicking Through History: Class Memory, Class Struggle and its Archivists
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Our current conjuncture invites a renewed rethinking of two historical imaginaries: first, what is class memory? To ask this question is really to reopen a discussion on what is class struggle – and, more specifically, how does our collective memorialisation of struggles past inform our relationship to struggle in the present. Second, and relatedly, who can be this struggle's archivist?
  48. Raising the Workers' Flag
    The Workers' Unity League of Canada, 1930-1936

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2012
    A history of the Workers' Unity League, the Canadian affiliate of the Communist Red International of Labour Unions.
  49. Red City, Blue Period
    Social Movements in Picasso's Barcelona

    Resource Type: Book
  50. The Red Menace
    A libertarian socialist newsletter

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1980
    Articles on topics such as socialism, Marxism, anarchism, work, popular education, organizing, wages for housework, Leninism, bureaucracy, hierarchy, jargon, prostitution, obscenity, science fiction, and terrorism.
  51. Red Menace #4
    Volume 3, Number 1 - Winter 1979

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1979
    A Libertarian Socialist Newsletter
  52. Rosa Luxemburg
    Abridged Edition

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1969
    A biography of Luxemburg by a British academic.
  53. Rosa Luxemburg, Women's Liberation, and Marx's Philosophy of Revolution
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1982
    Part I - Rosa Luxemburg as Theoretician, as Activist, as Internationalist. Part II - The Women's Liberation Movement as Revolutionary Force and Reason. Part III - Karl Marx: From Critic of Hegel to Author of Capital and Theorist of "Revolution in Permanence."
  54. Selections from the Prison Notebooks
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    Gramsci's Notebooks cover a wide range of subjects including history, culture, politics, and philosophy.
  55. Sex-Pol
    Essays 1929-1934

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    Wilhelm Reich's writings from his Marxist period, outlining his thoughts about sexual and political liberation.
  56. Social and Sexual Revolution
    Essays on Marx and Reich

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1979
    A collection of essays by Bertell Ollman. Ollman tackles issues such as Karl Marx's concepts of class, class consciousness, and communism; he argues for the absorption of Wilhelm Reich's insights about the social function of sexual repression in maintaining capitalist relations; and he dicusses the various problems involved in trying to teach 'Marxism' in an academic context without destroying its central purpose as an instrument of class struggle.
  57. Socialism and Revolution
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    Representative democracy in every industrially advanced country is in a state of profound crisis. But we have been accustomed for so long to accept democracy in the form of its outward appearances and parliamentary institutions that its decay often does not become apparent to us until those institutions have been either brushed aside or reduced to a purely decorative role.
  58. The Socialist Register 1989
    Volume 25: Revolution Today. Aspirations and Realities

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1989
  59. Socialist Register 1995
    Volume 31: Why Not Capitalism?

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1995
  60. Strike!
    The True History of Mass Insurgence from 1877 to the Present

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1997
    A history-from-below that brings to light strikes as authentic revolutionary movements against the establishments of state, capital, and trade unionism.
  61. The Struggle of the 'Mill Girls'
    Class Consciousness in Early 19th Century New England

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    This article traces the development of class consciousness of and the antagonism between capitalists and the Lowell and Lawrence "Mill Girls" in the earlier half of the 19th Century in New England.
  62. Toronto's Poor
    A Rebellious History

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2916
    Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food and shelter in the wake of the many panics, downturns, recessions, and depressions that punctuate the years from the 1830s to the present.
  63. Toward Class Consciousness Next Time: Marx and the Working Class
    Published in Politics & society, volume 3, Number 1, Fall 1972

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1972
    Ollman asks what stands in the way of working people becoming class conscious.
  64. Unity brings strength
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1989
    The NDP puts too much emphasis on electioneering and not enough on economic action.
  65. The Unknown Dimension
    European Marxism Since Lenin

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1972
    The radical intellectual tradition of European post-Leninist Marxism, so different from the dogma of the orthodox leftist parties, is an unknowwn dimension. This anthology sets out to recover this Marxist tradition and to restore the centrality of Marxist revolutionary thought and practice.
  66. Vanguard, Vanguard, Who's Got the Vanguard?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1972
    A critique of Leninist vanguard-party theories and practice, especially as manifested in the new left groups of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Published in the May 1972 and August 1972 issues of Liberation magazine.
  67. The War after the War
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
  68. What Do We Do Now? Building a Social Movement in the Aftermath of Free Trade
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1989
    We have the potential to create a social movement in this country that goes beyond single-issue organizing to work toward an integrated vision of a more just and caring society.
  69. What is Class Consciousness?
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
    Critical of what he saw as Marxism's overly materialistic explanations, Reich proposes the perspectives of psychology and psychotherapy could revitalise radical political thought and the socialist movement.
  70. What Is Important?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1979
    It is necessary to demolish the monstrously false idea that the problems that workers see are not important, that there are more important ones which only "theorists" and politicians can speak about.
  71. What We Talk About When We Talk About Class
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Professor of sociology at North Carolina State, Michael Schwalbe, reflects on the intrinsic contradiction of teaching and researching about class in the United States while benefiting from his own class position.
  72. Who Advocates Spontaneity?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1973
    The working class can come to understand its power to act only by acting.
  73. Woman's Consciousness, Man's World
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1973
    The cultural and economic liberation of women is inseparable from the creation of a society in which all people no longer have their lives stolen from them, and in which the conditions of their production and reproduction will no longer be distorted or held back by the subordination of sex, race, or class.
  74. Working Class Experience
    Rethinking the History of Canadian Labour, 1800-1991

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1992
    From nineteenth-century tavern life to late twentieth-century cinema, from rough canallers and the first stirrings of craft unionism to contemporary public-sector strikes, this books provides a sweeping interpretive study of the history of the Canadian working class since 1800.

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