The materials in this guide will give you a broad understanding of Marxist politics, philosophy and economics. They will also help you to start learning how to apply Marxist science to the problems workers face in Britain toady. They cannot be exhaustive, and should not be considered the end, but only the beginning of your education.

Foundation course: our beliefs and values outlined

Without a revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement. (VI Lenin, What Is To Be Done? 1901)

Video: Theory and practice (an introduction by Harpal Brar, chairman of the CPGB-ML)

Red Youth statement of aims: We Want Freedom

Each one, teach one: build the red bases! (Red Youth)

Video: Join the struggle! (speech by R Brar)

CPGB-ML party programme

Video: Revolution in Britain (speech by H Brar)

Video: Serve the people – join the CPGB-ML (speech by P Mercia)

About the CPGB-ML

1. A Marxist political understanding outlined

The three sources and three component parts of Marxism by VI Lenin, 1913

Video: The Communist Manifesto (presentation by R Brar)

The principles of communism by F Engels, 1847

K Marx and F Engels, The Communist Manifesto, 1848

Video: Class society and the state (presentation by J Brar)

Video: The state and revolution (presentation by H Brar)

JV Stalin, The Foundations of Leninism, 1924

VI Lenin, The State and Revolution, 1917

F Engels, Anti-Dühring [Part 3], 1977

F Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State, 1884

2. Marxist philosophy

Video: Dialectical materialism (presentation by R Brar)

Video: Darwin, Marx and materialism (presentation by G Cremer)

JV Stalin, Dialectical and Historical Materialism, 1938

On contradiction by Mao Zedong, 1937

On practice by Mao Zedong, 1937

The part played by labour in the transition from ape to man by F Engels, 1876

G Plekhanov, On the Role of the Individual in History, 1898

F Engels, Anti-Dühring [Part 1], 1877

F Engels, Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy, 1886

G Plekhanov, The Development of the Monist View of History, 1895

VI Lenin, Materialism and Emperio-criticism, 1908

Religion is the opium of the masses

Lenin on Religion (selected articles)

K Marx, A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right, 1843

3. Marxist economics

Video: Economics 101 – capitalism (presentation by E Rule)

Value, Price and Profit (K Marx), 1865

A Leontiev, Political Economy – a Beginner’s Course, 1936

F Engels, Synopsis of Capital, 1867

K Marx, Wage Labour and Capital, 1847

F Engels, Anti-Dühring [Part 2], 1877

K Marx, Capital, Volume 1, 1867

Imperialism, the highest stage of capitalism

Video: Imperialism and war (presentation by H Brar)

Video: Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh (poem by G Cremer)

Video: Fight for Queen and country? (speech by H Brar to the Durham Union)

Part 1

Part 2

Video: Flowers and famine (speech by M Hassan)

Video: Water in Gaza (speech by M Zaytoun)

VI Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, 1916

H Brar, Imperialism – Decadent, Parasitic, Moribund Capitalism, 1998

H Brar, Imperialism and War, 2008

The capitalist economic crisis of overproduction

Monopoly capitalism staring into the abyss, Lalkar, March 2016

Which way forward in the economic crisis? CPGB-ML statement, March 2009

Economic crisis: no escape under capitalism, Proletarian, December 2008

Video: food crisis (presentation by E Rule)

Video: Capitalism can’t save the planet (speech by H Brar to the Oxford Union)

Video: Capitalism has failed (speech by H Brar to the Durham Union)

Video: Capitalist crisis (presentation by H Brar)

H Brar and E Rule, Imperialism and the Worst-Ever Crisis of Overproduction, 2013


Video: The economics of socialism (speech by T Rahman)

JV Stalin, Economic Problems of Socialism in the USSR, 1951

4. Organisation

Being a party member

Building the party

Representing the party

Promoting the party using social media

Sprit in work

The foolish old man who removed the mountains by Mao Zedong, 1945

Combat liberalism by Mao Zedong, 1937

Revolutionary organisation, democratic centralism, mass work what does real unity look like?

The History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolshevik), 1938

VI Lenin, What Is To Be Done?, 1901

VI Lenin, One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, 1904

K Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme, 1875

Formation of the CPGB-ML

Red Youth: We Want Freedom!

Party programme

A new party, Proletarian, August 2004

Formation of the CPGB-ML, Proletarian, August 2004

Video: New Year’s message – another world is possible! (speech by H Brar)

More about the party and its programme

5. History: World wars, revolutions and national-liberation struggles

World War 1

World War One: an Interimperialist War to Redivide the World

Video: World War One

War and revolution (VI Lenin)

Imperialism and the split in socialism (VI Lenin)

The military programme of the proletarian revolution (VI Lenin)

The Russian revolution of October 1917

The international significance of the October revolution

JV Stalin, The October Revolution and the Tactics of the Russian Communists

The international character of the October revolution by JV Stalin

Video: Soviet communism – the truth (H Brar on Durham student radio)

Refutation of the bourgeois falsification of soviet communism

Lies Concerning the History of the Soviet Union (M Sousa)

Video: Lies about Soviet Socialism (M Sousa)

Video: Celebrate the October revolution (H Brar at 2008 anniversary celebrations)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Video: What does the Soviet Union mean to us? (J Brar at 2008 anniversary celebrations)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Video: Red Youth – October

Lies about the history of the USSR

Stalin: fearless leader and friend of the international proletariat

Why carry a Stalin banner on May Day?

Stalin, friend of the Chinese people (Mao Zedong)

50th anniversary of the death of Joseph Stalin

Memories of Stalin (General V Varennikov, who defended Stalin’s legacy to the last)

A great servant of mankind who belongs to the ages (A Rothstein, Daily Worker)

50 years after the death of Joseph Vissarionovich Djugashvili Stalin (L Martens)

Memories of Stalin (Y Zhdanov, son-in-law)

Trotskyism or Leninism? (H Brar)

Another View of Stalin (L Martins)

The continuing revolution in Stalin-era Soviet history (G Furr)

Part 1

Part 2

Khrushchev Lied (G Furr)

Life under socialism

Video: My life in the USSR

World War 2

The Soviet Victory Over Fascism (H Brar)

Video: Seventieth anniversary of the victory over fascism

Seventieth anniversary of the victory over fascism

60th anniversary of the liberation of Vienna by the Red Army

The so-called ‘Hitler-Stalin’ pact

The Battle of Stalingrad

Video: The Battle of Stalingrad – a victory for humanity

Stalingrad – victory over fascism

A personal account of experiences in the German Panzers at Stalingrad (H Metelmann)

Video: Through hell for Hitler (interview with H Metelmann)

Victory on the Volga

Stalingrad by Antony Beevor – a piece of Nazi war propaganda (M Sousa)

The Chinese revolution
(1) Video: Reasons to support China

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Video: Mao Zedong: New China – New Life!

Video: The Comintern and the Chinese Revolution:

View whole presentation (playlist)

Part 1 – Comintern’s analysis

Part 2 – Trotsky’s analysis

Part 3 — Kanton & Wuhan

Part 4 — Revolutionary suicide

Part 5 — Trotsky’s tactical mistakes

Part 6 — Worker’s Allies

Part 7 — Policy and Victory

Part 8 — The United Front

Part 9 — 1927 Defeats

Part 10 — Mao & Stalin

Stalin and the Chinese Revolution:

Revisiting alleged 30 million famine deaths during China’s Great Leap

Internationalism: socialism and national-liberation struggles

Communists and the struggle against imperialism

The international character of the October Revolution (JV Stalin)

In memory of Norman Bethune (Mao Zedong)

Marxism and the National Question (JV Stalin)

Video: Hands off Korea

Video: North Korea reality check (eye witness account of the DPR Korea)

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Video: Zimbabwe speaks

Part 1

Part 2

(1) 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution

The counter-revolution and the collapse of the USSR

Revisionism and the Demise of the USSR (H Brar)

Perestroika – the Complete Collapse of Revisionism (H Brar)

Video: Khrushchevite revisionism and the demise of the USSR

Video: Market socialism = capitalist restoration

Greek Communist Party (KKE) adopt theses on Khrushchevite revisionism and the reasons for the collapse of the USSR

6. Roots of socialism

The three sources and three component parts of Marxism by VI Lenin

French socialism and the Paris Commune of 1871

Video: The Paris Commune

The Civil War in France, 1871 (K Marx)

The Class Struggles in France, 1848-50 (K Marx)

English capitalism and wage slavery

The Condition of the Working Class in England (F Engels)

7. Britain

Video: Revolution in Britain

Video: The history of the communist movement in Britain

A class analysis of British society at the start of the 21st century

Racism and black nationalism

Capitalism and immigration (H Brar)

Scottish nationalism

Video: Is Scotland a nation?

The national question in Scotland: is Scotland a nation?

Scotland: a part of the British nation

Scottish nationalism: weakening the working class movement

Scottish nationalism is a dangerous diversion

Bourgeois feminism

Work in progress…

British imperialism

Video: Should we fight for queen and country? (H Brar at the Durham Union)

Part 1

Part 2

Video: Labour, Lybia and Stop the War

Video: Defend Syria

Video: Syria  imperialist destabilisation

Video: Gaddafi tribute

The European Union and Brexit – Videos:

Workers for Brexit – EU Referendum

Rise and Fall of the EU


Will the EU survive the crisis?

Why British workers need a Brexit

Brexit: Turmoil in the imperialist camp

After Brexit: what next?

Bourgeois trends in the working-class movement:


Another view of Trotskyism

Trotskyism or Leninism? (H Brar)

Land and Freedom – Trotskyism squared (Spanish Civil War)

Dismembering history: how Trotskyism ‘remembers’ the Spanish civil war

George Orwell: Anti-Communist Propagandist, Champion of Trotskyism and State Informer (J Brar)

Video: Trotskyism or Leninism?


Anarchism or Socialism? (JV Stalin)

The dictatorship of the proletariat

The poverty of Philosophy (Karl Marx)

Video: Anarchism or socialism?

Social democracy (the Labour party)

Social Democracy – the Enemy Within (H Brar)

Imperialism and the split in socialism (VI Lenin)

Left-Wing’ Communism, an Infantile Disorder (VI Lenin)

Revisionist communism

Video: Britain’s road to socialism

Social Democracy – the Enemy Within


Bourgeois newspapers are maintained by large sums of capital. Workers’ newspapers are maintained by funds collected by the workers themselves. (VI Lenin)







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