Anti-Dühring is to Engels what Capital is to Marx. As Engels wrote to Marx, it was an attempt “to produce an encyclopaedic survey of our conception of the philosophical, natural-science and historical problems.” Aside from being the book that contains the most sarcastic insults that Herr Eugen Dühring perhaps had to endure in his life, it is also a wonderful exposition of Marxism. The following excerpt is Engels discussing “eternal truths,” which Dühring had claimed existed in “the world of morals” as they existed “just as much” in the world of general knowledge:
Any analysis of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) that doesn’t take into account the colonialism and imperialist domination of the US in the southern part of the peninsula is bound to give the wrong conclusions. It must first be understood that the Korean people of both the north and south meet all the features of a nation. Korea in its entirety constitutes a single nation according to the definition given in Marxism and the Nation Question.
Joseph Stalin was elected as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU in April 1922 during the 11th Congress of the Party. Between then and until his death, he asked to be relieved of his duties as General Secretary a total of four times — all of which were rejected.
… [W]hat is most important, that which constitutes the very gist, the living soul, of Marxism—is a concrete analysis of a concrete situation
— Vladimir Lenin
Holodomor is the term given to the early 1930’s famines in the Soviet Union. The popular anti-Soviet propaganda states that the famine was man-made, especially to orchestrate a genocide of the Ukrainian people. The supposed millions of deaths from the “famine-genocide” are usually counted in the deaths under communism. It is not only a popular anti-communist myth that is circulated around in capitalist circles but also one that is believed by a large sector of the socialist left.
Socialism, as was developed by Marx and Engels in its scientific form after the break from the utopian socialists and Proudhon’s petty-bourgeois mutualism, was never defined as “workers controlling the means of production” but rather as the lower phase of communist society, the transitional stage between capitalist and communist society.