Marxist IQ: May Day celebration (answers)

April 30, 2020
Marxist IQ: May Day celebration (answers)


1. According to Marxist theory, capitalists maximize their profits by

a. forcing workers to work more hours for the same pay rates.
b. replacing workers with machines and compelling unemployed and employed workers to “compete” with each other for jobs.
c. forming trusts, holding companies, and other monopolistic entities to protect themselves by destroying competition while they resist unions, social legislation, and other policies to protect workers in the name of defending competition.
d. All of the above


2. According to Lenin’s theory of imperialism,

b. imperialism both globalizes and makes interdependent the class struggle.


3. Communist parties have formed united front alliances with social democratic and other political parties to advance democratic struggles and defeat reaction and fascism in many countries for nearly a century. Which one of these was not an example of such a united front alliance?

d. British Communists’ support for Winston Churchill’s Conservative Party in 1945 because of Churchill’s positive wartime leadership.


4. As the world’s first socialist state, the USSR

a. established the first full-employment economy in its constitution as a matter of human rights—a first for any nation in history.
b. established the first completely free system of public education open to all citizens in its constitution.
c. defined housing and health care in its constitution and in practice as a matter of human rights for the first time for any nation in history.
d. All of the above.


5. Marxist socialists have since the 19th century differentiated themselves from both anarchists and non-Marxist socialists by

a. their commitment to building working-class political power to establish a socialist state that will abolish capitalism and replace it with socialism.

6. The global pandemic and the response to it shows the following:

c. The disastrous failure of “free market” capitalism as against China, Cuba, and other socialist countries in responding to COVID-19

Score: 0 wrong: Theoretician. Write an article! Teach a class!!

1 wrong: Developed Marxist. Form a study group, join the party.

2 to 3 wrong: Class conscious worker – study harder.

4 to 6 wrong: Danger! deviations possible. study and then study some more lest you drift into the marsh of opportunism!


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