Thursday, 10 May 2018

Key Marxist Websites and Links

The best way to check out the contemporary analysis and politics of the Marxist tradition is to search the websites of some of the more significant anti-Stalinist Marxist organisations. These sites have lots of articles providing useful discussions of a wide range of issues.

Socialist Alternative: and

SA is arguably the largest socialist organisation in Australia. It is based in the International Socialist tradition but has no formal links to the organisation that founded this tradition- the British Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP). As well as coverage of international issues such as Brexit, the US presidential election, the refuge crisis, and global warming, it also provides socialist analysis of political developments in Australia, such as the outcome of the Australian federal election, the racist politics of Pauline Hanson, the anti-worker policies of the Turnbull Liberal Government, and so forth.

Democratic Socialists of America: 
According to its website, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States. DSA's members are building progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly democratic socialist presence in American communities and politics. At the root of our socialism is a profound commitment to democracy, as means and end. As we are unlikely to see an immediate end to capitalism tomorrow, DSA fights for reforms today that will weaken the power of corporations and increase the power of working people. For example, we support reforms that:
·       decrease the influence of money in politics
·       empower ordinary people in workplaces and the economy
·       restructure gender and cultural relationships to be more equitable.
We are activists committed to democracy as not simply one of our political values but our means of restructuring society. Our vision is of a society in which people have a real voice in the choices and relationships that affect the entirety of our lives. We call this vision democratic socialism — a vision of a more free, democratic and humane society.

The DSA produce an impressive magazine - Jacobin - which is a left-wing quarterly magazine, based in New York, offering socialist and anti-capitalist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture from the American left.

International Socialist Organization (US): and
The ISO is one of, and possibly is the, largest socialist organisation in the United States. Like SA, it is based in the International Socialist tradition but has no formal links to the SWP. As well as coverage of international issues such as Brexit, Syria, the recent British and French elections, and so forth, Socialist Worker (US), provides in depth socialist analysis of a wide range of political developments in the US such as the Trump presidency, the Black Lives Matter movement, the struggle for immigrant rights, reproductive rights, anti-LGBT violence, and so forth.

We Are Many:
This site is sponsored by the Center for Economic Research and Social Change, which also hosts Haymarket Books and the International Socialist Review. “We are simply trying to offer a small sampling of the best radical audio and video sources we know of. We know that the internet provides vast opportunities to share information and ideas, but we do not believe that this can replace the real actions of real people. We encourage our visitors, friends, fellow-travellers, and comrades to take inspiration from the people included here into their own struggles for justice.”

Solidarity: Against the Current:
Solidarity is a Trotskyist organisation in the U.S. Its main publication – Against the Current carries lots of useful articles on a broad range of topics.

International Socialist Organization (NZ):
Established at the University of Otago in 1993, the ISO now has branches in Auckland, Wellington, and Dunedin. Although still very small, it is not as small as the other socialist groups in Aotearoa. Recent articles on its website have focused on: the TPPA, Gramsci, Brexit, the struggle for a Living Wage, disability rights, workers’ struggles, ANZAC Day, Maori struggles, and this year’s election. 

Inequality: A New Zealand Conversation:
This site contains useful and interesting articles on inequality in New Zealand.

RS21: Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century:
About: “Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st Century (rs21) is a news, comment, analysis and campaigning website run by a group of revolutionary socialists in Britain.”

Socialist Workers’ Party (SWP): Publishes Socialist Worker (UK) (weekly socialist newspaper), Socialist Review (monthly magazine) and International Socialism (quarterly journal of socialist theory and analysis).
Still the largest socialist group in Britain, the SWP emerged from the most serious crisis in its history in 2013 less than half the size that it was prior to the crisis. Nonetheless, its main publications do contain some useful socialist analysis of developments and issues taking place internationally and/or in the UK.

The Fourth International:
This is the main English language publication of the Fourth International that was established by Trotsky in 1938. The FI is the other major Trotskyist current with affiliated organisations in many countries. One of the major issues that divides the ‘orthodox Trotskyists’ of the Fourth International from the ‘neo-Trotskyists’ in the IS tradition concerns their different analyses of the rise and international spread of Stalinism. But on many, if not most, issues there is broad agreement between the member organisations of the two largest anti-Stalinist socialist currents. Quite apart from this, International Viewpoint carries very good socialist analysis of international political developments and issues.

As a very large online directory of radical (anarchist, feminist, environmentalist, and socialist) periodicals, with links.

Aotearoa Independent Media Centre -

Independent Media -
“Indymedia is medium for positive radical change. It is a totally independent media platform that allows users (like you!) to create stories, events, photo essays, and share information with others. Indymedia is run by a collective of individuals who volunteer their time for the project; there is zero corporate involvement and no advertising whatsoever.
The purpose of Indymedia is to create a space for the exchange of ideas and information about what is really going on in the world. It is about exposing the truth of global corporate greed and capitalist exploitation. It is about laying bare the reality of the world we live in. It is about creating an alternative to the spoon-fed mass media infotainment that passes for news.”