The Death of Comrade Camilo Cahis

Camilo CahisThe movement has lost a great fighter. Camilo Cahis succumbed to mental illness on the night of Saturday, April 25, 2015. We, his comrades, are forever in his debt. Camilo was a very gentle man, shy, unassuming, and humble. He was also fiercely intelligent and capable of pulling himself up into the role he had assumed as a leader of the Canadian section of the International Marxist Tendency. Sadly, not enough people knew his name or his role. He was sure to become an important figure in the struggles to come.

Britain: Revolutionary Optimism On Display at 2015 Socialist Appeal Supporters’ Conference

As the general election approaches, there is little enthusiasm among ordinary people for any of the main parties and the program of austerity that they share. Meanwhile, the mood among the ruling class worldwide is one of deep pessimism, as the global economy splutters and stagnates and the establishment lurches from one scandal to another.

In contrast, the mood among the Marxists is one of revolutionary optimism—optimism about the radicalization taking place in society and the mass movement breaking out across the world, as workers and youth look for an alternative to the permanent crisis of capitalism.

Fighting Fund Appeal—April 2015

NEWWILLOGO1SmallerThis year, it is our duty as Marxist internationalists to increase our financial support for the IMT’s work around the world and build our section here in the “belly of the beast.” In order to build, we need an infrastructure capable of supporting a larger organization. This means we need a national office for all of our volunteers and future paid staff and a place to house Socialist Appeal and MarxistBooks.com. We also need more travel to the various branches and comrades, especially as we have seen an increase in correspondence from around this enormous country.

In Search of a Revolutionary Party: Why I Joined

NEWWILLOGO1SmallerI became a Marxist in my sophomore year of high school. My AP European history teacher had mentioned The Communist Manifesto as part of a lecture on communism. The lesson itself didn’t amount to much, but being a curious little brat I acquired a copy of and set about reading it. I was completely bowled over by it and ended up reading it four times in a row, becoming a Marxist in a sudden, sharp leap of quantity into quality. Of course, my interest in Marx didn’t drop from thin air; at that time in my life I was rather disillusioned with the existing capitalist order and disgusted at the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, which I was baptized into, and with the inability of Christianity to answer the logical questions I was raising about the existence of god.