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


Frederick Engels, Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

Karl Marx, The German Ideology, chapter 1

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


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


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


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


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


Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

Friedrich Nietzsche Open source of Works

China: Revolution and contradiction


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

John Riddell

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

Paul LeBlanc

The Revolutions of 1917:


Campaigns and Issues Stream

A Marxist understanding of racism


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:

Charting a path through the identity politics debate

Race, class and socialist strategy

The Trouble With Anti-Antiracism

Background articles

Letter to Borgius [on capitalism and race]

Frederick Engels

Marxism and Class, Gender and Race: Rethinking the Trilogy

By Martha Gimenez

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

(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

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

Confronting racism is key to realising working class unity and power

Mike Treen

21st Century Socialist-Feminism

Johanna Brenner

Socialist Studies, 10 (1) Summer 2014

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

Amy McQuire

Sam Grey

The Combahee River Collective Statement

Combahee River Collective, 1974

Capitalism, sexual violence and sexism

Kavita Krishnan

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

Kimberle Crenshaw



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


Broder, David. “The Left Should Welcome Mélenchon.” Jacobin. Sept 24, 2018.

Martelli, Roger. “After the Elections.” Jacobin. July 2, 2017.

Mélenchon, Jean-Luc. “A Future in Common.” Jacobin. Sept 27, 2018.

Sewell, David. “Interview: The Meaning of Macron.” International Socialism. June 19, 2017.

Crémieux, Léon. "The yellow jackets movement destabilizes Macron." Socialist Resistance. Dec 13, 2018.

Crémieux, Léon. "France: What is at stake in the yellow jacket mobilisation."Socialist Resistance. Dec 3, 2018.

Hamburger, Jacob. "Can there be a left populism?" Jacobin. Mar 29, 2018.


Rojava revolution and US intervention in Syria

Turkey: Erdogan threatens full-scale invasion of Rojava

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

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

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

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

Meghan Bodette, 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

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

Peter Boyle, Create two, three many Rojava revolutions

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

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

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



A left-wing case against the EU:

The question of the customs union and Jeremy Crobyn's position on it:

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:

The article on the media smear campaign against Corbyn over the anti-Semitism affair:

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