Preparatory reading for Summer School participants

Preparatory reading for Summer School participants

January, 2019

Jump to a stream:

Intro to Marxism

Activist Skill Share

Revolution and Counterrevolution

Issues and Campaigns

Special sessions


Introduction to Marxism Stream

Class 1 (Tuesday Jan 15): Introduction to historical materialism

Reading:

Frederick Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Karl Marx, The German Ideology, chapter 1

Class 2 (Wed Jan 16): Family, private property, class & state

Reading:

Frederick Engels,Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Lenin, State and Revolution

Pat Brewer, On the Origins of Women’s Oppression

Class 3 (Thurs Jan 17): Understanding capitalism

Reading:

Karl Marx, Wage Labour and Capital

Ernest Mandel, An Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory

Class 4 (Friday Jan 18): Revolutionary potential of the working class

Reading:

Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto

Lenin, Imperialism the Highest Stage of Capitalism

Michael Leibowitz, What Makes the Working Class a Revolutionary Subject?

Socialist Alliance, Social classes and class struggle in Australia

Socialist Alliance, Towards A Socialist Australia

Activist Skill Share stream

...resources to come

Revolution and counter-revolution stream

Counter-revolution in Germany and the rise of Fascism

Reading:

Clara Zetkin, Fascism (August 1923)

Leon Trotsky, The Rise of Hitler and the Destruction of the German Left

Trotsky’s Last Article, Bonapartism, Fascism and War

Erik Baker, Why the Alt-Right Loves Nietszche

Barry Healy, Rosa Luxemburg, Revolutionary Hero

Also:

Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

Friedrich Nietzsche Open source of Works

China: Revolution and contradiction

Reading:

Chris Slee, Capitalism and workers’ struggle in China

Michael Roberts, Xi takes full control of China's future

Zhiming Long, Rémy Herrera and Tony Andréani, On the nature of the Chinese economic system

John Ross, Learning from China

Russian Revolution

Preparatory reading:

Jonathan Strauss,

Preparatory chapter

https://socialist-alliance.org/file/russianrevolutionjstrausspdf

John Riddell

[video] "All power to the soviets" - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezbwnBgHPqg

Paul LeBlanc

The Revolutions of 1917: http://links.org.au/russian-revolutions-1917-paul-le-blanc

 

Campaigns and Issues Stream

A Marxist understanding of racism

Reading:

Iggy Kim & Peter Boyle, How the rich invented racism

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Race Class and Marxism

Ken Lawrence, Karl Marx on American slavery

Intersectionality, identity and the struggle against oppression

Recent summary articles

New collection of essays look at crucial links in class and gender theory:

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/new-collection-essays-look-crucial-links-class-and-gender-theory-0

Charting a path through the identity politics debate

https://socialistworker.org/2018/05/18/charting-a-path-in-the-identity-politics-debate

Race, class and socialist strategy

http://links.org.au/race-class-socialist-strategy

The Trouble With Anti-Antiracism

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/10/adolph-reed-blm-racism-capitalism-labor/

Background articles

Letter to Borgius [on capitalism and race]

Frederick Engels

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1894/letters/94_01_25.htm

Marxism and Class, Gender and Race: Rethinking the Trilogy

By Martha Gimenez

Race, Gender & Class, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 23-33, 2001

https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/41674970.pdf?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

(6 JSTOR articles are free if you create an account)

Capitalism and the Oppression of Women: Marx Revisited

By Martha Gimenez

Science & Society, Vol. 69, No. 1

https://www.jstor.org/stable/40404227?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

(6 JSTOR articles are free if you create an account)

Confronting racism is key to realising working class unity and power

Mike Treen

http://links.org.au/racism-class-divide-rule-capitalism

21st Century Socialist-Feminism

Johanna Brenner

Socialist Studies, 10 (1) Summer 2014

https://socialiststudies.com/index.php/sss/article/view/23486

All Feminists Are Created Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others

Amy McQuire

https://newmatilda.com/2015/03/05/all-feminists-are-created-equal-some-are-more-equal-others

Sam Grey

http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1025&context=samgrey

The Combahee River Collective Statement

Combahee River Collective, 1974

http://circuitous.org/scraps/combahee.html

Capitalism, sexual violence and sexism

Kavita Krishnan

http://links.org.au/node/3516

Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics

Kimberle Crenshaw

https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1052&context=uclf

 

SPECIAL SESSIONS

France in revolt: The yellow vest movement and the New Left

Reading:

Broder, David. “The Left Should Welcome Mélenchon.” Jacobin. Sept 24, 2018. https://jacobinmag.com/2018/09/france-insoumise-melenchon-sixth-republic-labour

Martelli, Roger. “After the Elections.” Jacobin. July 2, 2017. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/07/france-elections-communist-party-socialist-party-melenchon-macron

Mélenchon, Jean-Luc. “A Future in Common.” Jacobin. Sept 27, 2018. https://jacobinmag.com/2018/09/france-insoumise-melenchon-twt-eu-sovereignty-democracy

Sewell, David. “Interview: The Meaning of Macron.” International Socialism. June 19, 2017. http://isj.org.uk/interview-the-meaning-of-macron.

Crémieux, Léon. "The yellow jackets movement destabilizes Macron." Socialist Resistance. Dec 13, 2018. http://socialistresistance.org/the-yellow-jackets-movement-destabilizes-macron/14340

Crémieux, Léon. "France: What is at stake in the yellow jacket mobilisation."Socialist Resistance. Dec 3, 2018. http://socialistresistance.org/france-what-is-at-stake-in-the-yellow-jacket-mobilisation/14089

Hamburger, Jacob. "Can there be a left populism?" Jacobin. Mar 29, 2018. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/03/left-populism-mouffe-fassin-france-insoumise

 

Rojava revolution and US intervention in Syria

Turkey: Erdogan threatens full-scale invasion of Rojava

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/turkey-erdogan-regime-threatens-full-scale-invasion-rojava

Marcel Cartier, Trump reaffirms the U.S. war on Kurdistan

https://theregion.org/article/13308-trump-reaffirms-u-s-war-on-kurdistan

Hawzhin Azeez, Freedom is Never Free, it Costs Everything!

http://hawzhin.press/2018/12/20/it-is-time-to-reaffirm-commitment-to-rojava-rather-than-wallow-in-despair/

MSD co-chair talks about the only solution to the Syrian crisis

https://anfenglishmobile.com/rojava-northern-syria/msd-co-chair-talks-about-the-only-solution-to-the-syrian-crisis-31781?fbclid=IwAR3xk1ZGv2caJteBZa0TdKKu-zQ27pOisNQf5hu78tJsgoBpCwG7FEWNcTY

Marcel Cartier, Syria: prospects for a political solution after U.S. withdrawal

https://theregion.org/article/13322-syria-prospects-for-political-solution-after-u-s-withdrawal

Meghan Bodette, US claims new guarantees for northeast Syria as regional authorities negotiate

https://theregion.org/article/13326-us-claims-new-guarantees-for-northeast-syria-as-regional-authorities-negotiate

Meghan Bodette, Report: Syria's Yezidis face 'existential threat' from Turkey, ISIS after US withdrawal

https://theregion.org/article/13330-report-syria-039-s-yezidis-face-039-existential-threat-039-from-turkey-isis-after-us-withdrawal

Rebwar Rashed, A no-fly zone for Northeast Syria is crucial

https://theregion.org/article/13327-a-no-fly-zone-for-northeast-syria-is-crucial?fbclid=IwAR0F1NYRq1Fr0VYldeld_Tys858SHX4YvxmTB59J0g1y0hkfWRQRQjV8wTE

Peter Boyle, Create two, three many Rojava revolutions

http://links.org.au/create-one-two-many-rojava-revolutions

Tony Iltis, Rojava’s autonomous cantons: What a revolution looks like

http://links.org.au/node/4129

Pete Dolack, Why Are Leftists Cheering the Potential Demise of Rojava’s Socialist Experiment?

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/04/why-are-leftists-cheering-the-potential-demise-of-rojavas-socialist-experiment/?fbclid=IwAR2P84rzwjnFPLorSKBYE7o95jdlACM4RnlkD4i1sn7w9ocsLxSDAI5yIxM

The Kurdish Freedom Struggle and (Anti)Imperialism in the 21st Century

https://komun-academy.com/2019/01/06/the-kurdish-freedom-struggle-and-antiimperialism-in-the-21st-century/?fbclid=IwAR3f5_c-_RJj-uO5-_6ubbbZl1V_07htILCMiOlv7L-6Q-wN20wB35qFxLw

 

BRITAIN POLARISED: BREXIT, CORBYN...

A left-wing case against the EU: https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/reforming-european-union-impossible-dream

The question of the customs union and Jeremy Crobyn's position on it: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/corbyn-labour-eu-single-market-economic-policy

A short summary of the origins of Corbyn and his victory in the Labour leadership election, as well as the initial right-wing strategy against him: https://www.versobooks.com/blogs/2728-they-want-their-party-back

The article on the media smear campaign against Corbyn over the anti-Semitism affair: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/04/labour-party-jeremy-corbyn-antisemitism-jewdas

This is also a highly useful interview with Costas Lapavitsas (ex- SYRIZA MP) explaining the "left case" against the EU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFnrWbo6uJA

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