Summer Class Series on the History of Radical Politics, Part I: Marxism
Join David Adam on Sunday July 13th at 4:00PM for the first topic in our summer series on the history of radical politics: the politics of Marxism.
At the first of our two meetings on Marxism, we will discuss the Communist Manifesto and Marx’s theories of capitalist accumulation and revolution. We will focus in particular on how Marx thought about working class control of the state and about a future communist society. A short presentation will be followed by an open-ended discussion of the text and other questions about Marx and the communist legacy.
Read the first two chapters of the Communist Manifesto before the meeting: https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ch01.htm and https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ch02.htm .
Optional further reading: David’s 2010 essay on Marx and the state: https://libcom.org/library/karl-marx-state .
In the second meeting--tentatively scheduled for one week later--we will analyze and critique various 20th century interpretations of Marxism, looking briefly at the politics of the Second and Third Internationals, at Left Communism, Trotskyism, and Maoism.
And don't forget! The series on the history of radical politics continues all summer with topics such as anarchism, feminism, and anticolonialism. If you're also interested in any of those, follow along and like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Public-School-Los-Angeles/421687237922095