Society and culture
- The Beer Festival
- The Climate Campaigner
- Too Many People
- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
- The Information Society: Selling the System
- Imagine’ by John Lennon
You don’t believe that work is ever undertaken freely under money-driven capitalism? Just check out your local beer festival.
Activists often like our ideas but just want to do something ‘in the meantime’.
‘The Earth can support billions but not billionaires’.
What happened when some socialists went leafleting…
The forms of education, entertainment and consumption that are produced by capitalism.
The politics of the Beatles songwriter John Lennon.
Socialists reject religion, and we also attempt to explain its origins and function.
Here is the definition of religion proposed by Jared Diamond in his The World Until Yesterday:
‘a set of traits distinguishing a human social group sharing those traits from other groups not sharing those traits in identical form. Included among those shared traits is one or more, often all three, out of three traits: supernatural explanation, defusing anxiety about uncontrollable dangers through ritual, and offering comfort for life’s pains and the prospect of death. Religions other than early ones became co-opted to promote standardized organization, political obedience, tolerance of strangers belonging to one’s own religion, and justification of wars against groups holding other religions.’
Religion, then, involves belief in supernatural forces (gods, saints, and so on) but also serves functions such as providing consolation against the harshness of class society and justifying particular political views.
Our A to Z of Marxism has this to say about religion:
The following resolution was passed at our 2003 Conference:
Here are some links to other pages on our website that deal with religion:
- Socialism, Atheism or Religion?
- Religion: Dying but not yet Dead
- Religion and the Limits of the State
- Religion, Racism and Class
- Socialism and Religion (1910)
More on the Marxian socialist analysis of religion can be found at www.marxists.org/archive/pannekoe/1947/religion.htm