Browsing All posts tagged under »Marx«

The need to talk about Marxism

May 21, 2018


The ideas of Karl Marx have, in one way or other, had the greatest influence on trade union and labour movement internationally. But these ideas have been more distorted and lied about than those of any other social theorist. What, in fact, does Marxism actually mean?

Let’s stop abusing holy prophets & Marx

February 1, 2015


The Q’uran and the Prophet Mohammed cannot be held responsible for the Jihadi atrocities of Boko Haram or the Islamic State groups any more than can the Christian Gospels and Jesus be held responsible for apartheid or the Ku Klux Klan. To claim otherwise is simply illogical.

Red herring: equating socialism & nationalisation

July 19, 2013


The simple nationalism equals socialism equation, widely touted within the trade union movement, has become difficult to sustain — and was dealt with quite comprehensively more than 130 years ago.

More & more people, fewer & fewer jobs

May 23, 2013


Globally there are now more than 200 million people who are jobless and with little hope of their circumstances changing. This is particularly frightening in South Africa where we face the prospect of thousands of jobs about to be lost in the mining sector.

Nationalisation, socialisation & worker control

August 12, 2011


To nationalise or not to nationalise? That is the question — and increasingly so in South Africa today. But what does this mean? And what about socialisation? Or real, democratic, worker control?

Religion, opium and Karl Marx

December 29, 2010


“Religion is the opium of the people” is probably the most often quoted statement attributed to Karl Marx. But it distorts the views of Marx about religion because it is taken out of both literary and historic context.