A hub featuring links to selected resources about socialism,
as well as other progressive sites of interest to socialists and activists.
Selected Internet resources
Internet Archive - Large archive of the writings of Marx
and Engels and of others in the Marxist tradition. Searchable.
Page - Information about Marxism, and some Marxists classics.
Marxism is understood here as the theory and practice of working
class self-emancipation. "This theoretical and political tradition
is radically different from the way Marxism is generally described
by both critics and many 'adherents' who identify Marxism with the
repressive state capitalist regimes that used to dominate Russia
and eastern Europe and still hold sway in China, North Korea, Vietnam
Online - Articles from the radical U.S. magazine.
- International directory, organized by country, of thousands
of non-profit activist organizations, designed to help people "think
globally and act locally"
- Connexions works to connect individuals and
organizations working for social change with each other, with information
and ideas, and with the general public. Connexions Online features
information about resources and organizations fostering democratization,
economic justice, environmental responsibility, civil liberties,
and the creation and preservation of community.
Periodicals and more Web sites
Press Center - Annotated links to alternative points of view
available on the Internet.
Information - Online social change library.
Dimension Online - The Web site of the Canadian socialist
Gravediggers - Socialist site: "When people understand
why capitalism cannot work for them, the structure of society needed
to solve our problems becomes clear".
for Social Justice - Conducts research, education and advocacy
to narrow the gap in income, wealth and power..
Comrade's Socialist Songbook - Revolutionary and trade union songs,
mostly from the The Socialist Songbook.
Watch (UK) - Radical research and publishing group supporting
activism against large multinational corporations
Directory A-Z Index - A directory of Canadian NGOs
and grassroots organizations.
Radical Digressions -
A left perspective.
- A major site with information about labour activities throughout
- Programs - Visions - Selected political
programs, vision statements and manifestos.
Marxism.ca - A hub featuring links to selected resources about Marxism.
- The Marxism list is a worldwide moderated forum for activists
and scholars in the Marxist tradition who favor a non-sectarian
and non-dogmatic approach. It puts a premium on independent thought
and rigorous but civil debate
- Trotskyist-leaning site with a relatively broad range of resources.
Internationalist Online - Articles from the New Internationalist.
and Letters - Articles from a Marxist-Humanist perspective.
- An international calendar of protests, events, meetings and
- Activist Web site.
Menace - A libertarian socialist newsletter.
Pepper - Independent magazine of the green and radical left.
- Web site of Nova Scotia's "discovery magazine".
for Socialist Studies - Purpose is to facilitate and encourage
research and analysis in Canada with emphasis on socialist, feminist,
ecological, and anti-racist points of view.
Party of Canada - Founded in 1905, the party's objective
is the establishment of a system of society based upon the common
ownership and democratic control of the means and instruments for
producing and distributing wealth by and in the interest of society
as a whole.
Straight Goods - A daily Internet news and feature publication
featuring investigative reports, columns, and a variety of features.
Selected articles and publications
"In the socialist movement as it developed before Marx, nowhere did the line of the Socialist Idea intersect the line of Democracy-from-Below.
This intersection, this synthesis, was the great contribution of Marx: in comparison, the whole content of his Capital is secondary. This is the heart of Marxism: 'This is the Law; all the rest is commentary.' The Communist Manifesto of 1848 marked the self-consciousness of the first movement (in Engels' words) 'whose notion was from the very beginning that the emancipation of the working class must be the act of the working class itself.'"
- Hal Draper, The Two Souls of Socialism
"'In order to change yourselves and to render yourselves fit for political dominion': this is Marx's program for the working-class movement, as against both those who say the workers can take power any Sunday, and those who say never. Thus Marxism came into being, in self-conscious struggle against the advocates of the Educational Dictatorship, the Savior-Dictators, the revolutionary elitists, the communist authoritarians, as well as the philanthropic dogooders and bourgeois liberals. This was Marx's Marxism, not the caricatured monstrosity which is painted up with that label by both the Establishment's professoriat, who shudder at Marx's uncompromising spirit of revolutionary opposition to the capitalist status quo, and also by the Stalinists and neo-Stalinists, who must conceal the fact that Marx cut his eyeteeth by making war on their type.
'It was Marx who finally fettered the two ideas of Socialism and Democracy together' because he developed a theory which made the synthesis possible for the first time. The heart of the theory is this proposition: that there is a social majority which has the interest and motivation to change the system, and that the aim of socialism can be the education and mobilization of this mass-majority. This is the exploited class, the working class, from which comes the eventual motive-force of revolution. Hence a socialism-from-below is possible, on the basis of a theory which sees the revolutionary potentialities in the broad masses, even if they seem backward at a given time and place. Capital, after all, is nothing but the demonstration of the economic basis of this proposition.
It is only some such theory of working-class socialism which makes possible the fusion of revolutionary socialism and revolutionary democracy."
- Hal Draper, The Two Souls of Socialism
E-mail: socialism 'at' connexions.org