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The Condition of the Working Class in New Zealand in 1890

In 1842 Friedrich Engels, the 22-year-old son of a German textile manufacturer, was sent to Manchester, England, to work in the family business. Manchester was at the time the centre of a great textile industry. 2,555 more words

Class Struggle

Origins of the working class in New Zealand

The modern proletariat is a propertyless class. Evicted from the land, dispossessed of the means of life, the proletarians are thereby compelled, under threat of starvation, to sell their labour-power to the owners of the means of production, the capitalists, in return for a wage. 5,162 more words

Class Struggle

Opinion on how to be clear-headed about history (from 红旗)

怎样才能做到真正的历史清醒

 梁柱

来源:《红旗文稿》2015/07

For the original website see here. 

习近平总书记十分重视历史和历史经验对治国理政、以史为鉴的作用,他说:“历史是最好的清醒剂”。他特别强调:“历史就是历史,事实就是事实,任何人都不能改变历史与事实。”这不仅是对我国治史、学史、用史的史学传统的弘扬,而且有很强的现实针对性。多年以来泛起和泛滥的历史虚无主义思潮,打着“反思历史”、“还原历史”的旗号,按照自己的政治诉求,任意歪曲历史事实,颠覆科学的历史结论,制造思想混乱,危害至深。因此,在当前各种社会思潮相互激荡的格局中,如何做到真正的历史清醒就成为一个重要问题。

Newspaper Article

As If a Tree in Spring

The grass outside my window follows the gentle slope of the earth toward the pond. Royal purple violets wind between the green blades, in some spots a trickling line, in others a meandering patch. 989 more words

Rethinking Old Ideas

No scabs

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In the history of modern class struggle, those who cross picket lines to fill jobs temporarily vacated by workers on strike are known as “scabs.” Scabs are thus low-cost replacement workers, whose willingness to work for less allows employers to starve out the more organized regular workforce. 439 more words

Writings

We Want No Condescending Saviors

“… Kautskyists (or “Leninists”) are silly. They think they need to bring some grand theory to the ‘ignorant proles,’ as if historical materialism is some kind of prescriptive theory or tactic and not a descriptive outlook that is about the interaction between objective phenomena and subjective consciousness, and therefore envelops both. 500 more words

Capital

Work, Sex, & Power

Willie Thompson, author of new book Work, Sex, & Power: The Forces that Shaped our History provides an encapsulated version of the new sweeping history of humankind. 1,642 more words

Marxism