Marxist Theory: Educate Yourself!



Fightback are proud to republish this basic guide, provided by the Workers International League, the US Marxists, to help focus your studies of Marxist theory and practice. We will be expanding and developing this section over time. Linking to the various websites of the IMT Internationally. Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions, or if you'd like any suggestions on what to read next. 

We also invite our readers to become acquainted with the more basic ideas of Marxism by going through the FAQ section.However, reading the
classics of Marxism is the best way to understand these ideas.  At first it may seem difficult, but every worker and young person knows that things worth having are worth working hard for!  Patient and persistent study, discussion, and ultimately, the day to day application of these ideas over a lifetime are the key.


Trotsky gave some very good advice in his short article Don't Spread Yourself Too Thin. We recommend everyone interested in studying the ideas of Marxism start by reading it. We also suggest reading If America Should Go Communist by Leon Trotsky and The Principles of Communism by Frederick Engels, and Workshop Talks by James Connolly. In particular the ABC of Communism by Nikolai Bukharin and Evgenii Preobrazhensky gives an excellent overview of many of the basic concepts of Marxism and a look at some of the progress made during the early years of the Soviet Union.

Science and Dialectical Materialism

Historical Materialism

Marxist Economics

Marxism and the State

Marxism and the National Question

Marxism and War

Russia, Lenin, Trotsky and Stalin

Marxism and Anarchism

Marxism and Religion

Marxism and Feminism


Organisation and Tactics

Other Important Works