• Dialectical Materialism

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    You may have heard people say that "Marx's ideas are beautiful in theory, but they don't work in practice"? It is almost universally the case that poeple who express this opinion have not read Marx - and have little or no understanding of his real philosophy.

    Other than revealing the mechainsm of capitalist exploitation, Marx's truy great gift to human knowledge was his philisophical method, his "revolutionary dalectics", as Lenin called it, which not only applies to the general study of thought and knowledge itself, but has profoundly influenced the study of the natural world, Science, as well as Society and its history.

    The revolutionary implications of Marx's DIalectics are not lost on our exploiters, the capitalists. It is for this reason that Marxism has become a taboo in 'polite' society, our media, state and educational institutions. For all of these are controlled by the capitalist class, directly and indirectly, but most assuredly and effectively. And yet Marx's ideas have revolutionaised every branch of human learning, and cannot be 'undiscovered' any more than Darwin's Evolutionary theory.

    It is just these 'dialectical materialist' ideas applied to Human society that all workers must understand if we are to win our freedom, and combat our exploiters effectively.

    It is just this approach to Socialism, the idea of changing society to meet the needs of the mass of working people, that has transformed our movement for workers' freedom from a dream, a Utopia, to a reality.

    The idea of stuying human history society in all its detail, understanding it and weighing up the forces that are impelling its development, forwards and backwards, allowed Marx to reveal how to bring a socialist world into being, not in idealist dreams, but in concrete reality, out of the chaos and destruction that is capitalism. It is the dialectical method that allows us to talk of Marxism-Leninism as being SCIENTIFIC socialism.

    Yet precious little material is available to explain this revolutionary outlook and philosophy to Workers. We hope this modest contribution will go some way towards explaining and popularising the understanding of dialectics, but it can never be a substitute to grappling with the texts in detail. Get them, read them, form a study circle and increase your unertanding together. Great things may yet happen!

    In the words of Marx:

    "There is no royal road to science, and only thse who do not dread the fatiguing climbs of its steep paths, have a chance of gaining its luminous summits.

    "Believe me, dear reader, your Karl Marx."


    Marxism is 'dialectical' in its approach, its method of studying natural phenomena, while its interpretation of those phenomena, its theory, is materialistic.

    The word dialectics comes from the Greek "dielago" meaning to debate, to discourse. Ancient Greek philosophers believed that the best way to advance their understanding was by argument between opposite points of view - thesis and antithesis. This would reveal weaknesses, inconsistencies or 'contradictions' in one or both arguments.

    Thus the principle features of a problem would be revealed, allowing their combination - synthesis - into a more complete and accurate idea, a more 'truthful' approximation of reality.

    Dialectics developed into a way of describing and understanding the world around us. It regards nature as being in a state of continual movement, of constant change, this being brought about by the interaction of opposing forces.

    Dialectics is the direct opposite of metaphysics. Put simply, dialectics is a set of laws of motion of matter. The remarkable thing, because all things are composed of more or less complex forms of matter, is the extent to which these patterns manifest themselves everywhere one looks, from the microcosm to the macrocosm, physics to biology, palaeontology to human history...


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    A short word about our organisation

    The CPGB-ML was set up in July 2004 by a group of committed communists who had either been expelled or had resigned from the Socialist Labour Party. It was set up in recognition of the fact that there was no existing party in Britain that carried a consistently Marxist-Leninist, anti-imperialist, anti-social democratic political line. It was, and is, the unshakable conviction of these comrades that only such a party can develop into a genuine working-class vanguard.

    More information on the setting up of the CPGB-ML can be found in the first issue of our journal, Proletarian, in particular the article Why the CPGB-ML?

    As time has gone on, our belief that we are truly different from all the other parties calling themselves socialist and communist in Britain has only deepened. In 2011, there was clear blue water between our position and that of every other party on ALL the important questions: on the crisis, its causes and solutions; on Libya and Col Gaddafi; on Syria and President Bashar al-Assad; on the youth uprisings; on Korea and Comrade Kim Jong Il.

    What differentiates us is a consistent revolutionary analysis and a thoroughly scientific approach to all aspects of our work. We are small, but we are growing. We welcome anyone who is serious and committed to working for a socialist future.

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    The bourgeoisie turns everything into a commodity, hence also the writing of history. It is part of its being, of its condition of existence, to falsify all goods; it falsified the writing of history. And the best-paid historiography is that which is best falsified for the purposes of the bourgeoisie

    Friedrich Engels.

    "Show everybody, then, that no power will succeed in depriving the workers of class consciousness! Without knowledge the workers are defenceless, with knowledge they are a force!"

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    What is communism? What is the record of the communist movement in power? Is communism relavant to workers and their struggles today?

    Who was Stalin ('man of steel')? What are the differences between Lenin ('man of iron') and Trotsky? Which has proven itself in practice and can aid the liberation of working people from their economic and political oppression?

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    Anglo-american imperialism, seeks domination, not democracy. Its bloody history of conquest, plunder and murderous genocidal war in the middle east is proof positive of this fact.

    From Iraq, to Palestine, Afghanistan to Syria, Iran to Egypt, Saudi to Syria, we have a duty to recognise and oppose the disgusting policies of interference pursued by our own ruling class and say: these are not in our interest and cannot be pursued in our name.

    An active policy of non-cooperation with imperialism's war crimes in the middle east and the wider world must be championed by any British party seeking to free the working class from its slavish subordination to the British imperial ruling class.

    Victory to the anti-imperialist forces of resistance in the middle east!
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