“The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e. the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. The class which has the means of material production at its disposal, has control at the same time over the means of mental production, so that thereby, generally speaking, the ideas of those who lack the means of mental production are subject to it.” — Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, The German Ideology
What Marx and Engels wrote in 1845 remains true today. And in the contemporary capitalist order, one of the most effective means that the ruling class has of disseminating its worldview is the multi-billion-dollar apparatus of propaganda that masquerades under the guise of “news.”
The purpose of this blog is to provide a small counterpoint to that apparatus. It will serve as a clearinghouse for reports and analysis about events of contemporary and historical interest to those on the left generally, and specifically to those on the revolutionary left who are sympathetic to the political tradition of Marx, Engels, Lenin, and Trotsky.
To do a semblance of justice to the task will require not just a single author, but rather a team of talented and creative thinkers who are willing to devote the necessary time and effort. If you are interested in joining the team, please use the contact form accessible via the link in the menu at the top of the page. Your message should describe how you identify politically, what subjects specifically you would like to write about, and what contributions you feel you will be able to make (e.g., how many quality posts you can realistically envision yourself contributing). As our team grows, the quality of the blog will improve. And the quality of the blog improves, hopefully greater numbers of contributors will be drawn to our project. In the meantime, bear in mind that every contribution – no matter how small – helps.
Hopefully, together, we can build a blog worthy of the working-class struggle we aim to advance.