Category: Theory

  • Uttarakhand crisis: an impending disaster

    Uttarakhand crisis: an impending disaster

    An expensive and environmentally ruinous development project, built to appease Modi’s Hindu nationalist base, and approved following all manner of legal manoeuvres, represents a ticking time bomb in India’s mountains. Uttarakhand, a state in northern India crossed by the Himalayas, is known for its Hindu pilgrimage sites. Also known as Devbhoomi or the Land of…

  • Marx on the Indian Revolt, the violence of the oppressed, and imperialist hypocrisy

    Marx on the Indian Revolt, the violence of the oppressed, and imperialist hypocrisy

    The following short article by Karl Marx, published in the New York Daily Tribune in 1857, comments on the Indian Rebellion that broke out against the British East India Company the same year. In a few short lines, Marx skewers the hypocrisy of respectable English society reeling in horror at the violence of the rebels; the product…

  • Down with hypocrisy! Defend Gaza! – IMT statement

    Down with hypocrisy! Defend Gaza! – IMT statement

    The following statement by the International Marxist Tendency declares our solidarity with the Palestinian people. It answers the disgusting hypocrisy of western imperialism and its lackeys, who are rallying behind the reactionary Israeli state as it unleashes bloody vengeance on Gaza, following Hamas’ surprise attack on 7 October. We moreover explain why freedom for Palestine…

  • “Why has there not been a revolution?” – The need for revolutionary leadership

    “Why has there not been a revolution?” – The need for revolutionary leadership

    So-called left activists, even some self-described Marxists, often exclaim with despair and frustration: “look at how terrible things are, why hasn’t there been a revolution yet?” As Alan Woods explains in this article, those who ask such questions have no understanding of the consciousness of the masses, nor of the dialectical method, which Marxists use…

  • Marxism, money and inflation

    Marxism, money and inflation

    After decades of low inflation and rock-bottom interest rates, economies throughout the world are now facing a spectre unseen since the 1970s: rising inflation levels combined with the beginnings of another recession. It is clear that we have entered a new chapter in the crisis of world capitalism, which the strategists of capital themselves are…

  • The origins of class society

    The origins of class society

    For hundreds of thousands of years human beings inhabited the Earth without private property, classes, states, or any of the other elements that make up class society as we know it. And yet we are taught that class division is a natural and universal condition of human existence. As Josh Holroyd and Laurie O’Connel explain…

  • End police brutality in India! End capitalism!

    End police brutality in India! End capitalism!

    Police brutality and intimidation, particularly against Muslims and lower castes, has been rampant in India for decades. Under prime minister Modi’s COVID-19 lockdown, it is getting even worse. Several cases have been making headlines in recent months. In the context of the global movement against racism and police brutality, ignited after the murder of black…

  • Marxism, the State, and the Tributary Mode of Production

    Marxism, the State, and the Tributary Mode of Production

    In this article, Josh Holroyd discusses the so-called Tributary Mode of Production, which has gained traction in academic circles as an alleged ‘update’ to Marx’s conception of historical development. However, a close inspection of this theory, its method and origins reveals less a development of Marxism than a retreat from it, in the face of…

  • Defend the right of the people of Kashmir to decide their own destiny

    Defend the right of the people of Kashmir to decide their own destiny

    The following statement by the International Marxist Tendency addresses the continuing, brutal oppression of Kashmir. Down with imperialism! For workers’ struggle to liberate Kashmir! For a Socialist Federation of South Asia! The region today known as Kashmir has a long history of foreign domination, from the Mughal emperor’s conquest, to the period of Afghan rule…

  • Marxists and the National Question

    Marxists and the National Question

    As the capitalist system lurches from one crisis to the next, old contradictions are re-emerging. Instability, polarisation and huge political shifts are taking place all over the world. As part of this process, unsolved national questions are erupting once more with renewed force around the globe – from Catalonia to Kurdistan to Ireland. And it…