Principles of Communism
Probabilities of the Quantum World
This book was first published in 1983 but has been unavailable for a long time. Daniel Semenovich Danin’s book presents a fascinating account of the first three decades of the previous century when the edifice of quantum mechanics was built with the participation of scientists from all over the world. It is not a drab account of the events and theories but “a mixture of ideas and passions, moments of inspiration and despair, joy and sadness….”
We hope readers will enjoy this introduction to quantum physics written by one of the finest popular science writers.
Problems of Socialism, Capitalist Restoration and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
The present essay was published in the Hindi journal ‘Dayitvabodh’ in its November-December 1993 issue under the Mao Tse-tung Birth Centenary Series but it was written in 1990. It was first presented as the base paper at the five-day All-India seminar at Gorakhpur organised by the Long-live Marxism Forum (6-10 June, 1990). The topic of the seminar was “Problems of Socialism, Capitalist Restoration and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution.”
The essay presents a class-analysis of the events in the erstwhile Soviet Union and East European countries at that time (1990) and underlines the epochal contributions of Mao Tse-tung while thoroughly analysing the causes of capitalist restoration and the problems of socialism. The author wrote a supplement to clarify his position and include some new points after the discussions during the five-day seminar, and it has also been included in this booklet.
Reader in Marxist Philosophy
One of the leading American Marxist philosophers of his time and one of the editors of this book Howard Selsam said somewhere that the best way to understand the Marxist philosophy and world outlook is to hear from its great exponents themselves, i.e., Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and Mao. The present selection is designed to acquaint the readers with the Marxist philosophy through the writings of Marx, Engels and Lenin. These writings are the ones which laid down the basic foundations of Marxist philosophy. As the editors have pointed out in their General Introduction, these writings do not deal explicitly or exclusively with questions of philosophy only; these writings often deal with the most immediate political and economic questions of the working class movement of the contemporary period. However, they contain the broadest philosophical generalisations, which now serve as the basis of Marxist philosophy.
Reader’s Guide to the Marxist Classics
Reminiscences of Marx and Engels
In these reminiscences we see Marx and Engels not only as thinkers of genius and outstanding revolutionaries; we see them as human beings, personifications of the most beautiful and most noble human qualities: crystal-clear moral purity, modesty, simplicity and truthfulness, unbending moral endurance and unconquerable optimism, the roots of which lay in their profound understanding of the objective laws of historical development and their unshakable faith in the inevitable dawn of a new era in the history of humanity, the era of communism.
Reservation: Support, Opposition and Our Position
This essay brings in light the fooling mechanism inherent in the idea of reservation, of course fooling both “supporters” and “opponents.”
When the ruling class hurls the bait of reservation in employment or higher education, the students and unemployed youth belonging to middle class and upper castes, who are already dependent on jobs for their livelihood think that the “dalits” and backward castes are now even robbing them off their remaining opportunities of employment with the aid of the crutches of reservation. On the other hand, youth belonging to “dalit” and backward castes fail to realize that if the percentage of reservation is raised a little more and if it is implemented in an honest and effective manner, even then not even fifty percent of unemployed youth from “dalit” and the backward castes will obtain employment. Whatever meagre opportunities for employment will be available to them, even their benefits will primarily be reaped by an exceedingly small population of “dalits” who have joined middle class and people belonging to economically, socially and politically influential backward castes; and the vast majority of population living their lives as proletariat-semi proletariat will obtain almost nothing from it.
This booklet sees the question of reservation within a broad revolutionary perspective of thinking about the caste-problem and will be useful to all interested in the subject.
Serve the People
To know about Maoist China is to know about the historic days when power was in the hands of the people and they were the masters of their destiny. This was the time when phenomenal achievements were being made everywhere from the sphere of production to culture, education and healthcare. Particularly, during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), on one hand there was an upsurge of mass movement against the capitalist roaders trying to capture the party and state machinery and an intense two line struggle was raging throughout the society including the factories, collective farms, communes and all fields of education, healthcare and culture, while on the other hand this revolutionary zeal of the masses was creating new socialist institutions, relations and values in every walk of life and new landmarks of social justice, equality and material progress were being created.
Visiting observers from the West wrote extensively about the experiments and achievements in the field of health and medicine during revolutionary China. Victor W. Sidel and Ruth Sidel’s book ‘Serve the People’ was published in 1974 from Boston and was much talked about.
The authors of this book are not Marxists. They are humanitarian intellectuals. Both of them were part of the first US medical delegation to visit China. That was the time when the second phase of the GPCR was at its peak in China. Victor and Ruth Sidel made an objective study of the healthcare system, medical education and health services management and presented their observations in this book. Even today, this book remains an extremely useful source material to know and understand the achievements of Maoist China in the field of healthcare.
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