Determining the class nature of the state

By Simon Butler, Adelaide branch

[The following is a constribution to the DSP's internal discussion on Venezuela's revolution.]

Comrade Marce Cameron's recent article "The State and Revolution in Venezuela" (Marce Cameron, The Activist Vol 17, # 1) contains a lengthy discussion on the Marxist view of the state and the class nature of Venezuelan state in particular. As part of his discussion Comrade Marce introduces a new but mistaken criteria for identifying for class nature of a state.

The state and revolution in Venezuela

By Marce Cameron, Syndey branch

[The following is a constribution to the DSP's internal discussion on Venezuela's revolution.]

Comrade Stuart Munckton's discussion contribution "Venezuela's battle in the countryside and the 'revolution within the revolution'" (The Activist Volume 16, No. 8) takes up the important question of the class nature of the Venezuelan state.

Venezuela's unfolding socialist revolution appears to defy two of the cornerstones of the Marxist theory of the state.

Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution, February 2003-December 2006

By Katherine Bradstreet

[Part two of an introduction to the Bolivarian Revolution, covering the period February 2003 to December 2006, presented at the DSP Socialist Summer School, Sydney, January 2007. Part one, covering January 1958 to February 2003, was presented by Marcus Pabian.]

Since the end of 2002, there have been huge developments in Venezuela. This next part of the workshop will go through some of the initiatives that have been undertaken, and will try to put together a bit of a picture of the revolution.

Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution, January 1958-February 2003

By Marcus Pabian

[Part one of an introduction to the Bolivarian Revolution, covering the period January 1958 to February 2003, presented at the DSP Socialist Summer School, Sydney January 2007, in the series on Latin America. Part two, covering February 2003 to December 2006, was presented by Katherine Bradstreet]

The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela has established a socialist revolution in the 21st century that is winning the support of millions of people.

Socialist Summer School talks now on the web

Seven of the eight feature talks presented to the Democratic Socialist Perspective's Socialist Summer School, held at the University of Sydney in January are now available. The talks cover topics from: What is Marxism? to War, Imperialism and Revolution, the role of a revolutionary socialist party, Youth, Students and Revolution, Marxism and the environment and other issues. Click here to view the talks. A feature talk on women's liberation today is coming soon.

Class in Australia Today

By Graham Matthews

[Feature talk presented to the Democratic Socialist Perspective Socialist Summer School, January, 2007, Sydney.]

According to Marx and Engels in the Communist Manifesto published in 1848, the history of all hitherto existing societies has been the history of class struggles.