Dictionary of Revolutionary Marxism

An encyclopedic dictionary of philosophy, politics and political
economy, all from the point of view of Revolutionary Marxism

Select the first letter (or letters) of the word or phrase you are interested in:

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      This is an encyclopedic dictionary of terms, phrases and concepts which are used in the discussion of topics in philosophy, politics and political economy (economics). Many of these terms and phrases are commonly used by revolutionary Marxists, though others are mostly used only by bourgeois ideologists. However, unless otherwise stated, all the definitions given in this dictionary are from the point of view of revolutionary Marxism (or Marxism-Leninism-Maoism). Also included are many definitions of terms and phrases used in the discussions of the Russian, Chinese and other revolutions. There are also a number of terms used in the physical sciences, especially where these sciences relate in some way to Marxist philosophy or politics. And, finally, there are numerous capsule biographies of people, revolutionaries or otherwise.

      The purpose of this dictionary is to help people read and understand serious writing on philosophy, politics and political economy, regardless of its source. The primary intended audience of this dictionary (unlike some academic dictionaries of Marxism) consists of workers, students, active revolutionaries and ordinary people.

      There are far more extensive dictionaries of politics, economics or philosophy available, usually separate ones for each major sphere. But the differences here are that these definitions are generally:

      While we have tried to be careful in preparing these definitions, they should not be considered as all-sided and completely authoritative as one would expect to find in formal academic dictionaries. We have, however, consulted various philosophical, economic and political dictionaries (Marxist and non-Marxist) in preparing this Dictionary, as well as many works by Marx, Engels, Lenin, Mao and other Marxists. Many of the definitions given here are very brief and are simply an introduction to the concept for the general reader. Many definitions are—in full or in part—taken directly from Marx or other Marxists, and the source for these quotations is provided. Where two sources are given for the same quotation, as with different editions of Marx’s Capital where the translations may differ slightly, the precise form of the quotation given comes from the first source. The longer quotations included have been put in a smaller font, but all the emphasis (italics, bold, etc.) is as in the original source. To expedite the initial construction of this dictionary, many of the quoted commentaries are also taken from the explanatory footnotes from editions of the works of Marx, Lenin, Mao and other prominent Marxists.

      There are a great many cross links in this dictionary; so many, in fact, that (except on this index page) we have changed the color of such links to the same as the rest of the text (black) so that they are not too distracting. But links can always still be identified because they are underlined.

      This dictionary is continually being revised and added to, and we hope to make it much more inclusive in the future.

      Some abbreviations, conventions, and editions referred to:

      If you disagree with any definition given here, or think it should be changed or expanded, or have any other criticisms of this dictionary, please contact us at: Suggested new entries, with or without their suggested definitions, are very welcome and will be carefully considered.

      Anyone can add their own links to definitions in this dictionary from their own web pages or emails. Here is how to go about doing so. Suppose in your document you mention the Paris Commune and want to have that term link to the definition in this dictionary as it does in this sentence. The code used here is:

   ... mention the <a href="">Paris Commune</a> and ... 
The “PA.htm” part says which dictionary page to go to (in this case for terms starting with the letters “PA”). You can determine the name to use after the # sign (“Paris_Commune” in this case) by going to the appropriate dictionary page, right clicking on it, and selecting “View Source”. Then scroll down to the name tag just before the entry you want to link to. The tag that specifices the name of the entry for “Paris Commune” looks like this:
   <a name="Paris_Commune"> 

      —Scott H.