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  1. The Accumulation of Capital
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1913
    Rosa Luxemburg's analysis of the inherent contradictions of capitalist accumulation.
  2. 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.
  3. Amazing Brexit: Identity and Class Politics
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    This shell of a once fighting left embraces the culture of identity but excludes the entity of class. As a result poverty has become the P-word, and the poor the pariahs of neoliberal dystopic utopia. When we talk about class in a Marxist, materialist, scientific sense, we are talking about a relation of power, specifically about who does and who doesn’t have power to shape society. Identity politics makes this conflict of interests in society invisible. Neoliberal economics, however, is class war. It has advanced in part because identity politics depoliticized the public.
  4. Autonomous Struggles and the Capitalist Crisis
    A Workers' Autonomy Pamphlet

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1974
    A Canadian pamphlet with English translations of three articles originating with the Italian autonomist Marxist organization Lotta Continua.
  5. Beyond Oppression, Beyond Diversity: Class Analysis and Gender Inequality
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1995
    Massive increases in tuition fees resulting from government cutbacks to education were not addressed at a Status of Women conference -- an indication that much of what shall be referred to in this paper as "left feminism" has increasingly lost its way.
  6. Break Their Haughty Power
    Resource Type: Website
    Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
  7. Das Capital, Volume 1
    A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1890
    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, together with its legal, political, religious, artistic, philosophical and ideological manifestations.
  8. Das Capital, Volume 2
    The Process of Circulation of Capital

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1956
  9. Das Capital, Volume 3
    The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
  10. Chibber, Vivek
    Wikipedia article

    Resource Type: Article
    Vivek Chibber is an Indian academic, Marxist theorist, editor and a professor of sociology.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. The Class Nature of Israel
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1971
    Israeli society is not merely a society of immigrants; it is one of settlers. The society, including its working class, was shaped through a process of colonization. The permanent conflict between the settlers' society and the indigenous, displaced Palestiniann has never stopped and has shaped the very strcuture of Israeli sociology, politics, and economics.
  14. Class Notes
    Posing As Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2001
    Reed argues against the solipsistic approaches of cultural or identity politics, and in favour of class-based political interpretation and action. Class Notes moves on to tackle race relations, ethnic studies, family values, welfare reform, the so-called underclass, and black public intellectuals.
  15. Classes in Modern Society
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1970
    Bottomore provides an introduction to the concept of class and examines its place in Marxist theory and in critical revisions and rejections of that theory.
  16. The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume I
    Economic Writings 1

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2013
    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, and pre-capitalist economic formations.
  17. The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, Volume II
    Economic Writings 2

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2015
    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 most important Marxist studies of the globalization of capital.
  18. Complicating "White Privilege"
    Class, Race and Images of Wilma

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    The most heavy-handedly enforced rule, and the one we, in the white privilege brigade, still seem determined to protect with the greatest earnestness, dictates that Nobody shall, during a conversation about white privilege, mention any identity that is not a racial identity or any oppression that is not racism. To my knowledge, there is no official rulebook governing conversations about white privilege. If such a rulebook did exist, though, I am sure that this rule would be printed in bold italics.
  19. Connexions
    Volume 8, Number 2 - Summer 1983 - Toward a New Economy

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1983
  20. Connexions Digest
    Issue 52 - August 1990 - A Social Change Sourcebook

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1990
  21. Connexions Library: Health Focus
    Resource Type: Website
    Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on health.
  22. 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.
  23. Creating an Ecological Society
    Toward a Revolutionary Transformation

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2017
    Because it aims squarely at replacing capitalism with an ecologically sound and socially just society, Creating an Ecological Society is filled with revolutionary hope. Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams, who have devoted their lives to activism, Marxist analysis, and ecological science, provide informed, fascinating accounts of how a new world can be created from the ashes of the old.
  24. A critique of anti-assimilation
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    In this piece, Gayge Operaista critiques how anti-assimilation politics of many radical queer tendencies ignores class struggle, and recasts queer liberation in terms of the class struggle, countering the worst excess of identity politics with an introduction to models of class struggle.
  25. A Dictionary of Marxist Thought
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1983
  26. The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1852
    Marx wrote The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon between December 1851 and March 1852. The "Eighteenth Brumaire" refers to November 9, 1799 in the French Revolutionary Calendar -- the day the first Napoleon Bonaparte had made himself dictator by a coup d'etat. Marx traces how the conflict of different social interests manifest themselves in the complex web of political struggles, and in particular the contradictory relationships between the outer form of a struggle and its real social content.
  27. The Emergence of the Canadian Working Class Movement
    1845-1875

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1975
  28. Falling Behind
    The State of Working Canada, 2000

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 2000
    An accessible collation of data and analysis, analyzed from a progressive perspective, about the social and economic realities of working people in Canada.
  29. Martin and Jessie Glaberman Collection
    Papers, 1939-2001

    Resource Type: Unclassified
    The papers of the Marxist radicals Martin Glaberman and Jessie Glaberman, now housed at Wayne State University.
  30. 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.
  31. Intersectionality is a Hole. Afro-Pessimism is a Shovel. We Need to Stop Digging, Part 1 of 2
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2018
    Dixon argues that intersectionality - or, rather, its interpretation by the so-called "US left" - decenters class struggle in its effort to equalize oppressions.
  32. Interview with Ulli Diemer
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1990
    Jeff Orchard interviews Ulli Diemer about socialism, capitalism, life, and social change.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Letter from Marty Glaberman to Zerowork
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1977
    Martin Glaberman explains some of his criticism of the Zerowork journal.
  37. Main Currents of Marxism
    Volume 1: The Founders

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1978
    Kolakowski gives his interpretation of the origins of Marxism, and analyses the development of Marx's thought and its divergence from other forms of socialism.
  38. Marxism.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A gateway to resources about Marxism compiled by Connexions.
  39. Marxists Internet Archive
    Resource Type: Website
    Large archive of the writings of Marx and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
  40. Maybe 99% is a bit much, but...
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2011
    It is a fact that over the last couple of decades, much of the growth in total income in the U.S. has gone to the upper reaches of society.
  41. The National Question
    Selected Writings by Rosa Luxemburg

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1976
    In her penetrating analysis of nationalism, Rosa Luxemburg argues that the formula of "the right of nations to self-determination" is essentially not a political or programmatic guide to the nationality question, but only a means of avoiding that question.
  42. Natives in a class society
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1983
    Same as CX2835.
  43. News and Letters
    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
  44. The Newsletter
    Periodical profile

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1974
    Newsletter published in 1973 and 1974 by the New Tendency, a loose collaboration of independent leftists primarily based in Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, and Kitchener-Waterloo. Articles dealt with workplace issues, labour unions, workers autonomy and related topics. A total of five-and-a-half issues were published. Copies of the newsletters are available in the Connexions Archive and online on the Connexions website.
  45. 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.
  46. 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."
  47. 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.
  48. Out of the Driver's Seat
    Marxism in North America Today

    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1974
    Outlines the political perspective of the Windsor-based Labour Centre in the wake of divisions in the Centre in 1974. Issues explored include the nature of the working class, women in the working class, gay rights, and students rights.
  49. Philippines: Walden Bello on fighting fascism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2017
    Walden Bello at the National Anti-Dictatorship Conference, University of the Philippines, outlines the key elements of an anti-dictatorship program.
  50. Postmodernism, the Academic Left, and the Crisis of Capitalism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2013
    Over the past fifty years, postmodern theory — an umbrella term generally used to refer to such diverse theoretical movements and paradigms as post-structuralism, Lacanian psychoanalysis, deconstruction, and others — has generally dominated most fields in the humanities and some in the social sciences. But the economic meltdown in 2008 and the subsequent chronic crisis in capitalism have dealt a fatal theoretical blow to the varied and nearly ineffable assemblage of perspectives that are often grouped under the rubric of “postmodernism.” postmodernism was indeed tragedy. It was tragedy for the massive amounts of “cultural capital” that it wasted; it was tragedy for the defrauding of intellectual integrity that it represented; it was tragedy for the abandonment of reality that it recommended. Further, like the financial fiasco, it was criminal.
  51. The Problem of Nationality and Autonomy
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1908
    Rosa Luxemburg on the national question, federalism, autonomy, and the right of nations to self-determination.
  52. Race, Class, Gender
    Bonds and Barriers

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1989
    Takes a historical and theoretical approach to the themes of race, class and gender. Issues touched on include the role of the state in organizing gender and ethnic group formation; racism in the women's movement; patriarchy; colonial domination of Indian women; racism and sexism in trade unions.
  53. 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.
  54. Review of Vivek Chibber's Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 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.
  55. Rosa Luxemburg
    Abridged Edition

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1969
    A biography of Luxemburg by a British academic.
  56. Six Questions About Your Class Location that EverydayFeminism.com Isn't Asking You to Think About
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    Solidarity doesn’t exist, like a material object, the way tables and chairs do. Solidarity is the confidence we can sometimes have that others, sharing with us a common enemy and a core of overlapping aspirations, will have our back when we find ourselves under attack, or when we need their support to win a crucial struggle. We don't stumble upon solidarity when poring over statistics; we won't find it by comparing our pay stubs with that of the worker down the street. We forge it in common struggle
  57. 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.
  58. Socialism.ca
    Resource Type: Website
    Published: 2016
    A gateway to resources about socialism, socialist history, and socialist ideas, compiled by Connexions.
  59. The Socialist Register 1970
    Volume 7: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1970
  60. The Socialist Register 1981
    Volume 18: A Survey of Movements & Ideas

    Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
    Published: 1981
  61. Towards a Marxist Critique of 'Privilege Theory'
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2014
    A contribution by Tad Tietze to an ongoing debate on Marxism and 'privilege theory.'
  62. The Useful Altruists: How NGOs Serve Capitalism and Imperialism
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2015
    NGOs are far from revolutionary organizations, but many of us would think that their work still seems more helpful than not. Political differences with them aside, it seems dogmatic to denounce free health care and anti-poverty programs. Short of more radical measures, NGOs seem to serve an important interim function. In fact, though, it can be argued that many NGOs are destructive, both in their current work and in their preclusion of an alternative future beyond the capitalist present. They undermine, divert, and replace autonomous organizing and erase working class struggle and organizing.
  63. The Vertical Mosiac
    An Analysis of Social Class and Power in Canada

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1965
  64. The Wealthy Banker's Wife
    The Assault on Equality in Canada

    Resource Type: Book
    Published: 1993
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. What's Class Got to Do With It?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Unsettled by Donald Trump's bigotry and xenophobia, liberal pundits have struggled to understand his improbable anointment as the nominee of the Republican party. Many have sought answers in the experience and behaviour of the white-working class, the bedrock of Trump support.
  68. Who Advocates Spontaneity?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 1973
    The working class can come to understand its power to act only by acting.
  69. Why the Working Class?
    Resource Type: Article
    Published: 2016
    Workers are at the heart of the capitalist system. And that's why they are at the centre of socialist politics.

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