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via The Communist Bloc

The Socialist Republic of Solveneia

Finally got around to reading this month's theory and boy is it short and approachable! I personally wouldn't say I learned anything new, but it certainly acts as a good refresher on the basics of Marxism, and is super quotable as well.

"The Marxist doctrine is omnipotent because it is true." is such a powerful statement for such a short sentence lmao

The three chapters (as one might infer from the work's title) go over the three sources (and component parts) of Marxism, that is (German) philosophy, (English) political economy and (French) socialism. Each one is, again, very brief and almost a delight to read, but still sufficiently filled with information. There's really no point in me quoting passages I liked because there's so few of them, I'd basically just copy the whole text lol

More than anything, this work acts as a great jumping off point for deeper dives into one or more of these components of marxism, itself even suggesting several works (These on Feuerbach and Anti-Dühring for philosophy and Capital for political economy, though that one's definitely a bit out of my league for now). I'm not that great with starting discussions and such, so I'll just end this with my favourite passage:

"People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises. Champions of reforms and improvements will always be fooled by the defenders of the old order until they realise that every old institution, how ever barbarous and rotten it may appear to be, is kept going by the forces of certain ruling classes. And there is only one way of smashing the resistance of those classes, and that is to find, in the very society which surrounds us, the forces which can—and, owing to their social position, must—constitute the power capable of sweeping away the old and creating the new, and to enlighten and organise those forces for the struggle."