CRITIQUE is an independent scholarly journal, founded in 1973. It attempts to analyse contemporary society, both East and West, from a critical Marxist perspective. Rejecting the concept of socialism in one country, and the possibility that a country could be both socialist and undemocratic, it seeks to show that the problems of our time are governed by the necessity for democratic control over all aspects of society. The absence of democratic control leads to an inefficient, wasteful and hierarchically structured economy, though in different ways according to the particular society.

Critique attempts to analyse the forms, laws, tendencies and relations existing in different countries in the broader perspective of the epoch. It attempts to document the development of socialist opposition movements in Eastern Europe but its fundamental endeavour is to develop Marxist method and political economy both in principle and through application.

Hillel Ticktin speaking on World War I this August

Critique editor Hillel Ticktin is introducing three sessions at Communist University 2014, the annual school hosted by the CPGB. These are linked by the theme of WWI, its causes and effects.

Monday August 18, 4.45pm: WWI: Marx and Engels predicted it, but would they have taken sides?

Tuesday August 19, 4.45pm: WWI: a symptom of capitalist decline.

Thursday August 21, 2.00pm: WWI: the successes, failure and significance of the Russian Revolution.

More information on the CPGB's page for CU2014.

Critique Notes updated

Editor Hillel Ticktin introduces every issue of the journal with an overview of the global economic situation. The Critique Notes archive here on the site is now up-to-date with the latest issue of the journal.

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