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Explaining and illustrating Marxist concepts with intelligent but nontechnical language, this guide describes terms such as socialism, imperialism, and self-determination,illuminating the class character of current and historical world events. The Marxist definitions of these words will sharpen an understanding of society from a working-class perspective and the concepts w Explaining and illustrating Marxist concepts with intelligent but nontechnical language, this guide describes terms such as socialism, imperialism, and self-determination,illuminating the class character of current and historical world events. The Marxist definitions of these words will sharpen an understanding of society from a working-class perspective and the concepts will help 21st-century activists organize for radical and transformative change.


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Explaining and illustrating Marxist concepts with intelligent but nontechnical language, this guide describes terms such as socialism, imperialism, and self-determination,illuminating the class character of current and historical world events. The Marxist definitions of these words will sharpen an understanding of society from a working-class perspective and the concepts w Explaining and illustrating Marxist concepts with intelligent but nontechnical language, this guide describes terms such as socialism, imperialism, and self-determination,illuminating the class character of current and historical world events. The Marxist definitions of these words will sharpen an understanding of society from a working-class perspective and the concepts will help 21st-century activists organize for radical and transformative change.

30 review for What Is Marxism All About?: A Street Guide for Revolutionaries on a Move

  1. 5 out of 5

    Devin

    It felt like a pretty good introduction to Marxism. It presented some information about US imperialism that I was undereducated on. The history it presented was obviously very biased and didn’t mention the atrocities committed by many of the communist leaders it praised. But the critiques on capitalism were generally valid. All in all, it was helpful for explaining people’s motivation for wanting true revolution and not just reform.

  2. 4 out of 5

    skylar

    great introductory read on marxism!! would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about socialism/communism/capitalism etc. although each topic mentioned was brief it was still super informative and easy to comprehend.. wish it had more statistics and examples throughout which is why i’m not giving it 5 stars but u know. it b like that sometimes

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deana Ayers

    This was quick and straightforward read, which I think is a good thing. I was especially grateful for the explanation of dialectical materialism, a concept that I have struggled to match with the definition. I gave this book three stars because I think if you're going to say that a vanguard party is the only way to achieve communism, you should name that and dedicate a full section to it's explanation. I was also a bit weirded out and unclear on how they described increased personal property at This was quick and straightforward read, which I think is a good thing. I was especially grateful for the explanation of dialectical materialism, a concept that I have struggled to match with the definition. I gave this book three stars because I think if you're going to say that a vanguard party is the only way to achieve communism, you should name that and dedicate a full section to it's explanation. I was also a bit weirded out and unclear on how they described increased personal property at first (especially since I use a degrowth lens), as well as describing states as repressive and then saying we should want one. I would still recommend this book to others who want a guide to some basic terms and definitions surround Marxism!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tammara

    I really enjoyed this, it offers a good starting point into understanding Marxist terminology and beliefs. Whilst I already knew a lot of the terms, for a beginner I think this would be useful and useful to refer back to.

  5. 4 out of 5

    moon

    this is a great introductory book on marxism, it’s very informative and still manages to be light 10/10

  6. 4 out of 5

    Your Friend Fieldy

    I was really happy with this as a reading group pick for members who wanted to start with some simple foundations. Wasn't sure if it would be too basic since each section is only a few pages. It was really helpful to have these concepts defined in simple terms and every section led to great discussions. There were a few places that could use updates or a little more elaboration, but overall a really good introductory layout of Marxist ideology. I was really happy with this as a reading group pick for members who wanted to start with some simple foundations. Wasn't sure if it would be too basic since each section is only a few pages. It was really helpful to have these concepts defined in simple terms and every section led to great discussions. There were a few places that could use updates or a little more elaboration, but overall a really good introductory layout of Marxist ideology.

  7. 4 out of 5

    morhy

    A good introductory book! But I do think it could've been less simplistic. It's also pretty US centered, which is fine because it was supposed to be read by US citizens, but wasn't a good fit for me. Would still recommend it, getting the basics right is a important beginning. A good introductory book! But I do think it could've been less simplistic. It's also pretty US centered, which is fine because it was supposed to be read by US citizens, but wasn't a good fit for me. Would still recommend it, getting the basics right is a important beginning.

  8. 4 out of 5

    rosie

    i appreciate that this is in much more accessible language than other texts like these it was very informative

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex Hare

    Good primer on Marxism for people coming to it seriously for the first time like me, especially since it's written for a younger/teenage audience. Lays things out very simply and clearly, though that leads inevitably to oversimplification. It's take on current and recent socialist countries is pretty rosy, avoiding mention of human rights abuses or oppression (so it reads as fairly shocking to someone who grew up in an American school system). Still, a quick and informative read. Good primer on Marxism for people coming to it seriously for the first time like me, especially since it's written for a younger/teenage audience. Lays things out very simply and clearly, though that leads inevitably to oversimplification. It's take on current and recent socialist countries is pretty rosy, avoiding mention of human rights abuses or oppression (so it reads as fairly shocking to someone who grew up in an American school system). Still, a quick and informative read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ngọc ♡

    A concise introduction to Marxism. I mostly read this book to familiarize myself with the Marxist terms in English, so I appreciate how simple and easy to understand the authors explain them. Not giving this a rating since I find this book a bit too oversimplified (to be fair, I've learned the basics most of these concepts at university) and US-centric, but I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in studying Marxism(-Leninism) as the perfect starting point. A concise introduction to Marxism. I mostly read this book to familiarize myself with the Marxist terms in English, so I appreciate how simple and easy to understand the authors explain them. Not giving this a rating since I find this book a bit too oversimplified (to be fair, I've learned the basics most of these concepts at university) and US-centric, but I would recommend it to anyone who's interested in studying Marxism(-Leninism) as the perfect starting point.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

    For someone who is not a novice, this book gives a crisp review of the core ideas of Marxism. While I understand that it is beyond the scope of this book, it would've been better if some of the key arguments opposing Marxism had been addressed. Either way, this can be a great start for beginners to understand Marxism and Marxist texts better. For someone who is not a novice, this book gives a crisp review of the core ideas of Marxism. While I understand that it is beyond the scope of this book, it would've been better if some of the key arguments opposing Marxism had been addressed. Either way, this can be a great start for beginners to understand Marxism and Marxist texts better.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Adrien Desautels

    Recommended by someone dear to me. A quick read and a good primer for laying down the lexicon, which truly is the greatest barrier for productive conversation and common ground when it comes to a shared vision of a better future. Would recommend to anyone interested in understanding Marx in the modern context.

  13. 4 out of 5

    K

    Rating this a five because though the writing was simple, this book was exactly what it claimed to be: an introduction to Marxism. It was nothing more, nothing less. A quick read that can answer introductory questions on Marx/WWP/Socialism

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    The PERFECT introduction to Marxist political theory for anyone who wants to get into communism but is confused by the initial gigantic wall of academic jargon in a lot of political theory books. Now I actually understand what materialism is!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hene

    A great overview of socialist ideas and terminology. I just wish it had a more critical view of totalitarian communism, because totalitarianism with ANY ideology is bad bad bad. This is a common fault within the socialist circles, I've found. A great overview of socialist ideas and terminology. I just wish it had a more critical view of totalitarian communism, because totalitarianism with ANY ideology is bad bad bad. This is a common fault within the socialist circles, I've found.

  16. 5 out of 5

    alice

    ☆☆☆1/2

  17. 5 out of 5

    Raghunath Kalpana-Ananth

    "A reformist struggle is like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound" :O A bit simplistic but informative and easy read. "A reformist struggle is like putting a band-aid on a bullet wound" :O A bit simplistic but informative and easy read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    yipeng

    A great introduction to Marxism in clear, concise chapters with accessible language. I like how digestible it is, as most texts can be quite dense and overwhelming.

  19. 5 out of 5

    daisy

    This is a really good, short and easy introduction to marxism and community liberation. its time to get with the real politics and not liberal BS

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

    A great introduction to Marxist terms, this pamphlet provides something sorely needed on the left - concise explinations of jargon used largely internally.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Pretty helpful primer on the basics. Even if you know the definitions for these terms, it's helpful to brush up. Pretty helpful primer on the basics. Even if you know the definitions for these terms, it's helpful to brush up.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gregg

    This is a very good, easily readable introduction to Marxism. It lays out clearly it's tenets and explains clearly obtuse ideas like dialectical materialism and private vs personal property. You owe it to yourself to read this if you are curious at all about left wing politics, or if you already understand Marxism but aren't quite sure how to explain it. Even if you are not left wing or are anti-Marxism, you should have the intellectual honesty to know exactly what a leftist means when they talk This is a very good, easily readable introduction to Marxism. It lays out clearly it's tenets and explains clearly obtuse ideas like dialectical materialism and private vs personal property. You owe it to yourself to read this if you are curious at all about left wing politics, or if you already understand Marxism but aren't quite sure how to explain it. Even if you are not left wing or are anti-Marxism, you should have the intellectual honesty to know exactly what a leftist means when they talk about their ideas. Best of all, this is easily available online in PDF format!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dominic Mitchell

    This is an excellent primer on socialism, specifically Marxist-Leninist orientated socialism, for anyone who is interested. The authors of this short book do an excellent job of demonstrating how at its core an intersectional socialism is the only adequate solution to the problems that plague us. If for no other reason, you should consider reading this book—which takes no time at all and can be found for free online—to better inform yourself about a contentious subject many on both the left and This is an excellent primer on socialism, specifically Marxist-Leninist orientated socialism, for anyone who is interested. The authors of this short book do an excellent job of demonstrating how at its core an intersectional socialism is the only adequate solution to the problems that plague us. If for no other reason, you should consider reading this book—which takes no time at all and can be found for free online—to better inform yourself about a contentious subject many on both the left and right have misconceptions about.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Resa Boydston

    this guide gave an in-depth look at all the terms that our local news uses to make activists look bad. so, if you want to know the truth of our histories, what the powers-that-be are doing to confuse us and keep in-fighting going between the races and the social classes...this is the book for you. if you want to be the ostrich that sticks its head in the sand...keep believing Fox news

  25. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    decent, if necessarily oversimplified, introduction to marxism(-leninism) from a 21st century us perspective

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cass Lace

  27. 5 out of 5

    indah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frank Sanchez

  29. 4 out of 5

    Todd

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rambling Reader

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