Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer study series on the fundamentals of Marxism

For Marxists, there is an indissoluble interrelation between ideas and what we do: theory and practice. The theory of Marxism draws upon the historical experience of the working-class movement; and that theory in turn informs our practice. Practice without theory is rudderless; theory without practice is academics.

The purpose of this study group is to provide a grounding in some of the basic tenets of Marx and Engels's thought on historical materialism (Marx’s view of history and social change); on the economic structures of capitalism; and on the political and social dynamics of class struggle. Anyone can participate, but these are not introductory texts, so it is recommended that people familiarize themselves with some basics (listed in each section) before moving on to the main texts.


Thurs, July 15, 7pm: Historical Materialism Study Meeting

Recommended prerequisites:

Paul D’Amato, Meaning of Marxism, Chapter 2 and 3

Phil Gasper, The German Ideology

Main reading:

Marx and Engels, Preface and First chapter of The German Ideology

Marx and Engels, Theses on Feuerbach

Engel’s: Letter to J. Bloch

Thurs, Aug 5, 7pm: Political Economy Study Meeting - Part One

Recommended prerequisites:

Phil Gasper, Marx’s Capital

Main Reading:

Marx, Capital, Part VIII: Primitive Accumulation (chapters 26, 27, 28, 30, 31,and 32)

Sun, Aug. 29, 12pm: The Politics of Social Classes Study Day School

Recommended prerequisites:

Trotsky on 1848 (From Results and Prospects):

Main Reading:

Engel’s Introduction to Class Struggles in France

Marx’s Class Struggles in France

Engels’ Preface to Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Marx, Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

Thurs, Sept 30, 7pm: Paris Commune Study Meeting

Elizabeth Lalasz, The Civil War in France

Marx, Civil War in France

Thurs, Nov 11, 7pm: Political Economy Study Meeting - Part Two

Recommended prerequisites:

Paul D’Amato, Meaning of Marxism: chapter 4, “How Marxism Works and How it Doesn’t”

Main Reading:

Marx, Value, Price and Profit


* All discussions to be held at the Haymarket People's Fund (42 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain), unless otherwise noted.