In May this year Alan Woods of the IMT spoke to a meeting of the Socialist Appeal in London on the question of Marxism and Art.
Why should socialists be interested in culture in general? At first
sight these things might appear secondary with millions of people
around the world living in miserable conditions under capitalism. But
If you can imagine a world without art, without music, without colour,
rythmn and harmony – then you can imagine that life would be near
intolerable, when the lives of workers are hard enough as it is. Alan
also traces the development of art and class society from the origins
of human society, where art, science and religion were all one, and
prized much more than they are today.