COMMUNISM. It is often thrown around rhetorically, barely touched upon in the mainstream, and disabused by much of the nominal left. Its history is one of the most misunderstood, and its theoretical and practical leaders the most mis-characterized and demonized.
In an era when social convention is unraveling at the seams, when conflict is re-emerging as a central force propelling history forward, and the contradictions of capitalism are increasingly laid bare, we must re-discover what the established order tries so hard to obscure and discredit.
Join the Denver branches of the Party for the Socialism and Liberation and the Revolutionary Anti-Imperialist Movement in October and November for a study and discussion group on Communist theory and practice. What distinguishes Anarchism from Communism? What did Stalin have to say about bureaucracy and self-criticism? How did Communist Party of China under Mao wrestle power from both the Japanese and Kuomintang? What were the ultimate aims and methods of Communism in Cuba and elsewhere? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we delve into Communism, its ideas, history, and practical relevance for the future.
When: Sundays at 5:00pm in October 6, 13, 20 and November 3, 10, 17, 24
Details and location contact PSLdenver@gmail.com
Week 1 (Oct 6)
State and Revolution- Preface and Chapter 1. V.I. Lenin (1917)
Week 2 (Oct 13)
Anarchy and Scientific Communism. Nikolai Bukharin (1924ish)
Against the Vulgarization of the Theory of Self-Criticism. J. Stalin. (1928)
Week 3 (Oct 20)
Imperialism and the Split in Socialism. V. I. Lenin (1916)
The Political Task of the University of the Peoples of the East. J. Stalin (1925)
Week 4 (Nov 3)
On Guerrilla Warfare. Mao Zedong (1937)
Week 5 (Nov 10)
On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People. Mao Zedong (1957)
Week 6 (Nov 17)
Socialism and Man in Cuba. Che Guevara (1965)