Meaning of Marxism & Winter Break Education Series

The last couple of months have seen heightened activity in the struggle and as a result, thousands around the world have become active participants by throwing their bodies and minds into these struggles. As organizers, we must take advantage of the free time we have from school and/or work to study the politics, traditions and history of the movements that we belong to and organize in. This is all done so that the organizer has a clearer understanding of the political, economic, historical, and social context in which the struggle is based in.

With these insights, an organizer can better understand the relationships between the different agents in the struggle and make proposals, plans and strategies that will allow the movement to overcome its contradictions and push it forward.  For this reason, The Hunter International Socialist Club invites you to a Meaning of Marxism study group starting next Monday January 2nd at 4pm in Cafe Mercato

Meaning of Marxism Study Group
Date: Monday, Jan 2nd
Time:  4pm
Location: Cafe Mercato located on Broadway and Bleecker Street downtown (4,5,6 to Bleecker or B,D,F,M to Broadway-Lafayette Street)
Study Group plan:  We will be discussing the first 2 chapters,  pages 1 – 33

That being said, for the winter, the International Socialists will be embarking on a  nationwide study series that is intended to address some of the historical, economic and political questions organizers may have encountered reflecting on their experiences over the past few months. Marxism also relates many of these questions to topics such as the question of Unions, the debate over Reform or Revolution, and identifying Oppression. This Winter study series in conjunction with the The Meaning Of Marxism study group will provide, those who participate in both study groups, a more comprehensive understanding of the state of our movement and the role we can play within it. Below are the dates for when we will be meeting with others for these collective discussions.

 

Winter Study Series Dates & Readings

SATURDAY, JAN 14TH:
Marxism & Trade Union Struggle

Reading: “Marxism, Unions and Class Struggle” by Sharon Smith (ISR 78)
http://isreview.org/issues/78/feat-marxism&unions.shtml

 

SATURDAY, JAN 21TH:
Reform or Revolution 

Reading: “Reform or Revolution” by Rosa Luxemburg
http://www.marxists.org/archive/luxemburg/1900/reform-revolution/index.htm

Background SW Article by Helen Scott
http://socialistworker.org/2008/07/08/reform-or-revolution

 

SATURDAY, JAN 28TH:
Marxism & Oppression

Reading: “Marxism and Oppression” by D’Amato
http://www.isreview.org/issues/09/marxism&oppression.pdf

 

SATURDAY, FEB 11TH:
State & Revolution 

Reading: State and Revolution by Lenin
http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/

Background SW Article by Shaun Harkin
http://socialistworker.org/2008/07/22/state-and-revolution

 

SATURDAY, FEB 18TH:
Marxism & Anarchism

Reading: “Contemporary Anarchism” by Eric Kerl (ISR 72)
http://www.isreview.org/issues/72/feat-anarchism.shtml

Bonus Reading: “On Authority” by Frederick Engels
http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1872/10/authority.htm

 

SATURDAY, FEB 25TH:
What is the Real Marxist Tradition? 

Reading: What is the Real Marxist Tradition? by John Molyneux
http://www.marxisme.dk/arkiv/molyneux/realmarx/index.htm

SATURDAY, MAR 3RD:
The Revolutionary Party

Reading: “Lenin” by Jim Higgins
http://www.marxists.org/archive/higgins/1970/04/lenin.htm

Reading: “Toward a Revolutionary Socialist Party” by Duncan Hallas (ISR 24)
http://www.isreview.org/issues/24/hallas.shtml

 

SATURDAY, MAR 10TH:
The United Front: Socialist Strategy & Tactics

Reading: Trotsky on the United Front (ISR 17)
http://isreview.org/issues/17/unitedfront.shtml

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH:
Lenin on Strategy & Tactics

Reading: Ultra-Left Communism: an Infantile Disorder by Lenin
http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1920/lwc/

Background ISR Article: “Disorders of a Left Kind” by Adam Turl (ISR 37)
http://isreview.org/issues/37/infantile.shtml

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