This is a response to Sheila Newman's comment Marxism is the other side of Capitalism
Few political groups and individuals who wear the label 'Marxist' (including this one) in 2011 are not working to serve the same ruling elites they claim to oppose or are not duped by those who are, but this was not always so.
Through much of 19th and 20th century history, a good many who labeled themselves 'Marxist', 'socialist', 'communist' or 'Trotskyist' were truly engaged in a struggle for a more equitable and democratic world.
Had they succeeded, the vast majority of humankind would today be in control its own destiny and not manipulated to serve the, short-sighted interests of the small selfish global elite.
If humankind were in control of its own destiny, as it could have been, there is no way that it would have allowed its population to grow to levels so much higher than the carrying capacity of this planet.
However, the elites of Europe and America and elsewhere prevented their people from emulating the example of the 1917 Russian Revolution in their own countries, notably in Germany in 1919, 1920 and 1923 and Great Britain in 1926 (as shown in the last episode of "Days of Hope" of 1975).
The isolation of the Russian Revolution led to its corruption by Stalin and in turn to the corruption of the whole international Communist movement.
In 2011, it's evident that this corruption has spread even to socialist groups which originated from the fight against that original corruption of the Communist movement. Not one of these groups in the US the UK or Australia even attempted to organise opposition to NATO's criminal war against Libya, See for yourself. Try to find any mention of Libya on any of these web sites: Green Left #fn1_7378" id="fn1_7378_text">, Direct Action #fn2_7378" id="fn2_7378_text">, the Socialist Alliance. #fn3_7378" id="fn3_7378_text">In the UK, one group, Workers' Liberty has actually supported NATO's war against Libya(!!?).
Would those, who have so miserably failed to act to prevent NATO's destruction of Libya and mass murder of Libyans, have us truly believe that they give a damn about people from other countries?
If they appear to care for a tiny fraction of people from those countries, that is, those seeking to immigrate to First World countries, it is only because high immigration suits the interests of the very elites they claim to be against.
#fn2_7378" id="fn2_7378">2.[#fn2_7378_text">back] One mention ostensibly opposed to the war dated 26 September, six months after the war began?! No other mention in its whole 'anti-war' section. No mention of silence of other 'Trotskyist' groups about Libya, nor of support for bombing of Libya by UK Workers' Liberty group with an Australian affiliate. If they truly oppose NATO's bombing of Libya, why cover up the shameful behaviour of other supposedly 'socialist' groups?