Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

The Selfish Gene: dialectics of conflict and cooperation

Many of those on "the left" have denounced "selfish gene theory" as if it demonstrated that human beings were necessarily selfish and therefore unable to create a supposedly selfless communist society.

As this talk delivered by Dr Camilla Power shows, selfish gene theory on the contrary provides the basis for understanding how the blind process of evolution by natural selection, led to the emergence of a species - man - whose survival depends on its capacity for solidarity.

Marxism and Darwinism, by Anton Pannekoek (i)

Throughout the world, the bicentenary of Darwin's birth (12th February 1809), and the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication (24th November 1859) of his first fundamental work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, has been declared "Darwin Year" by both scientific institutions and media and publishing houses...

“Days of Discussion” -- ICC Readers’ Conference Debates Class Struggle

Readers of our press are by now well aware that the ICC has gone to great lengths in the last few years to open its internal discussions to the growing numbers of young – and not so young – militants emerging from the working class these days. The emergence of new militants searching for political clarity and the means to contribute to the revolutionary struggle is itself a reflection of the global process of maturation of class consciousness...

On Patrick Tort’s The Darwin Effect

On the occasion of the bicentenary of Darwin's birth and of the 150 years since the publication of The Origin of Species, a multitude of books, each one with titles more mouth-watering than the other, has filled the bookshops. Numerous more or less scientific authors have suddenly discovered an attraction for Darwin. For the ‘public at large', it is thus rather difficult to find one's bearings among all these books on science. For our part, we have chosen the book by Patrick Tort, The Darwin Effect, Natural Selection and the Birth of Civilisation, which offers a very enlightening explanation of the materialist conception of morals and of civilisation in Darwin's thought. 

Darwin and the Workers Movement

This year sees the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth (and the passing of 150 years since the publication of Origin of Species). The marxist wing of the workers' movement has always saluted Darwin's outstanding contributions to humanity's understanding of itself and nature.

TV Review: Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life

David Attenborough's contribution to the BBC's Darwin bi-centenary season (‘Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life', 1/2/9) was a masterly defence of the theory of evolution, delivered with Attenborough's customary ability to convey complex scientific ideas using straightforward language and copious, beautifully filmed illustrations, and with his usual infectious enthusiasm and respect for the natural world.

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