Denver: Radical Study Group – ‘Communism 210’ (Jan 11- Feb 22)

“Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, ‘Communism’ has been declared dead. However, capitalism’s ‘end of history’ has been plagued by increasing economic disparity, ecological problems, and social conflict. Combined with the ongoing failure of other left-wing tendencies to effect change, more and more people are re-exploring revolutionary communism as an alternative to the present system. 

Learn more about communist theory and practice beginning Saturday, January 11th at 7pm and join the Denver Radical Study Group for ‘Communism 210.’. 

This season will be studying recent trends within the International Communism Movement. This is a ‘second-year level’ course, so some familiarity with Marxism and radical theories is helpful but not necessary. All texts are free and available online. For more information, email nikolaibrownraim@gmail.com
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Curriculum:

Week 1, January 11th

Discussion on the distinction and debate between Maoism and Trotskyism

Reading: JMP. Maoism or Trotskyism (http://www.systemiccapital.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Maoism-or-Trotskyism.pdf)

Week 2, January 18th

Discussion on the hidden hierarchies in informal groups, the historical role of the white working class, and the blind-spots of the white-led ‘left.’2) Tyranny of Structurelessness, 

Readings: Jo Freeman. Tyranny of Structurelessnes (http://www.jofreeman.com/joreen/tyranny.htm)

J.Sakai, Settlers: the Mythology of the White Proletariat (Chap 1 Part 2) (http://www.kersplebedeb.com/mystuff/texts/alliances.html)

Week 3, January 25th

Gramsci’s War of Position

Reading: Amil K. Toward a War of Position: Gramsci in Continuity and Rupture with Marxism-Leninism (Sections 1-4) (http://ri-ir.org/2013/09/10/towards-the-war-of-position-gramsci-in-continuity-and-rupture-with-marxism-leninism/)

4) Week 4, February 1st

Proletarian Feminism

Reading: Avanti. Philosophical Trends in the Feminist Movement. (http://rsmtoronto.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/brave-new-world-philosophical-trends-in-the-feminist-movement-by-avanti.pdf)

Week 5, February 8th

Marx’s Political Economy

Reading: Otto Ruhle. Karl Marx’s Kapital (Parts 1-3), Otto Ruhle, (http://www.marxists.org/archive/ruhle/1939/capital.htm)

Week 6, February 15th

Marx’s Political Economy Continued

Reading: Part 4-8 (Cont from previous meeting)

Week 7 February 22nd

Net Exploitation, the global ‘north-south’ divide, and world-systems analysis.

Readings (in order): Nikolai Brown. Calculating the Value of Labor, What is Net-exploitation, Is Tom Cruise Exploited. (Anti.imperialism.com)

Arghiri Emmanuel. The North-South Division. (http://raimd.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/the-north-south-division/ )

Nikolai Brown. Surplus in Economic Systems. (Anti-imperialism.com)”

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