In this group, we will work through the history of revolutionary theory in the twentieth century, focusing on the history of European socialism and communism (in future groups, we may look at anarchism, feminism, anti-colonialism and anti-racism, and so on). We will use a reader, which has been designed for this reading group by the Communist Research Cluster. Readings are 50-60 pages per session, split between primary sources and chapters from a history book. This group will hopefully allow us to think more deeply about some of the big questions of social change—how it happens, and towards what end—which have been raised by recent struggles here and globally. A simultaneous reading group will take place in NYC, using the same material. This group offers participants a chance to read texts with members of the Endnotes collective. The reader is here : http://communistresearchcluster.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/communist-interventions-volume-i-european-socialism-and-communism-reader-now-available/
For the first week, that is, February 27, please read the week one readings (so pgs. 1-37 in the reader) plus chapter 3 of the Eley, which has been posted here :
You will notice that Kautsky says some very disagreeable things. A lot of the readings from the rest of the reader consist of debates and arguments with Kautsky and his legacy. That's why we begin with him. Happy reading. Note: this will be an open seminar, not a class with a teacher. We can talk about how all that will be organized at the first meeting.