Marxism is the theory and the politics derived from the work of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.


  • an attention to the material conditions of people's lives, and social relations among people
  • a belief that people's consciousness of the conditions of their lives reflects these material conditions and relations
  • an understanding of class in terms of differing relations of production, and as a particular position within such relations
  • an understanding of material conditions and social relations as historically malleable
  • a view of history according to which class struggle, the evolving conflict between classes with opposing interests, structures each historical period and drives historical change
  • a sympathy for the working class or proletariat
  • and a belief that the ultimate interests of workers best match those of humanity in general.

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