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In addition to courses you can take for free in your own time, alone or with a group, we also offer live courses via video conferencing.  Contact:  carld717@gmail.com.

Top Video Courses

  • THE WORKING UNDERCLASS. A short video, 26 minutes, that exposes the nature of work and low wages in de-industrialized New Jersey, but typical across the U.S. Excellent as a discussion starter for campaigns around the minimum wage and/or a deeper look at capitalism today.
  • SLAVE TRADE FROM COLONIALISM TO LIBERATION. 2:30 hr film on the origins of capitalism. Europeans offered African chiefs what they had in exchange for their slaves. America and Europe needed people who could do hard labor and rigorous tasks. Slave traders came along the African coast, which was the sub-region (South of the Sahara) to acquire slaves. They would get them in large numbers and pack them inside the ships they came with. Millions dies in the 'Middle Passage'.
  • IS RECOVERY POSSIBLE? OR IS IT TOO COSTLY? AND FOR WHOM? For mainstream economists, the key question is how to bring about such a recovery. For Marxist and heterodox critics, the main issue is whether sustained growth is possible to start with. But there is a prior question that neither seems to ask: can capitalists afford recovery in the first place? This TWO-HOUR VIDEO presentation, by Jonathan Nitzan, is the first in a four-part Speaker Series on the Capitalist Mode of Power.
  • DEBTOCRACY: MARXISM ON FILM. For the first time in Greece, here's a 75 minute documentary produced by the audience. 'Debtocracy' seeks the causes of the debt crisis across Europe and proposes solutions, hidden by the government and the dominant media.
  • SELLING CIGARETTES, BACON AND EGGS,AND WARS:  Edward Bernays: Part 1 and Part 2, Cigarettes and Sufferettes, and the Selling of Wars. The nephew of Freud, Bernays invented public relations as a tool for capitalism, not only to sell its goods, but also its wars and other policies. The key the all other media studies. Less than 20 minutes. Great discussion starter on how hegemony is manufactured.
  • Naomi Klein on Capitalism and Climate Change.In a 30 minute video with Bill Moyers, Klein, author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, says the tragic destruction of Hurricane Sandy can also be the catalyst for the transformation of politics and our economy. Good discussion group starter.
  • The Mexican-American War. A 90-minute video documentary on one of the most controversial conflicts in U.S. history, this unjust war  erupted as President James K. Polk sought to extend the borders of the nation to the Pacific, taking by force whatever territory stood in the way.
  • From Capitalism's Crises to a New Order: 11 minute David Harvey animation video. Great discussion starter
  • Reading Marx's Capital. 13 Video Lectures with David Harvey, author of 'The Enigma of Capital'. Powerful and effective, but be prepared to workk at it!
  • Ollie Stone's 'Untold History' All 10 parts of Stone's series on birth of the American Empire. Chapter 1: World War II Chapter 2: Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace Chapter 3: The Bomb Chapter 4: The Cold War: 1945–1950 Chapter 5: The 50s: Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World. Chapter 6: JFK: To the Brink Chapter 7: Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune Chapter 8: Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World: Revival of Fortune Chapter 9: Bush & Clinton: Squandered Peace - New World Order Chapter 10: Bush & Obama: Age of Terror
  • Discussion Starter:  Automated Green Energy Production.  This seven-minute video hightlighting Conergy, a fully automated factory producing solar cells in Germany, should open a variety of topics--the new working class, the labor theory of value, the falling rate of profit, the ability to shift to a solar-powered world, and much more.
  • Democracy, Human Rights and 21st Century Socialism.  20-minute video of Carl Davidson on the topic in 2010. Davidson is co-chair of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, a national board member of the Solidarity Economy Network, and a member of Steelworker Associates. This talk, useful for discussion groups on socialism and democracy, was on a panel with four others at the 2010 USSF in Detroit, co-sponsored by Democratic Socialist of America

Top Course Outlines and Materials

    • KEY ISSUES FOR A NEW ORDER. Position papers on various features of 21st Century Socialism, in theory and practice on the web site, Envisioning a Post-Capitalist Order: A Collaborative Project. Any one article can start a discussion. Also valuable links to other site.
    • PHILOSOPHY OF ABOLITIONISM by Wendell Phillips, with commentary by NOEL IGNATIEV. The essay is part of a larger group, edited for Charles H. Kerr by Ignatiev, The Lesson of the Hour: Wendell Phillips on Abolition and Strategy. The book is available from AK Press. Phillips'radicalism continued after the Civil War to the Paris Commune.  Excellent for discussion groups.
    • UNITED FRONT, POPULAR FRONT & ELECTIONS. William Z foster in this 1939 132-page booklet, 'Your Questions Answered,' gives insight of the 1930s CP on Politics, Peace, Economics, Fascism, Anti-Semitism, Race Prejudice, Religion, Trade Unionism, Americanism, Democracy, Socialism, Communism.
    • ORGANIC INTELLECTUALS. Slide Show on  Teaching and Organizing--Gramsci, Arizmendi and Ella Baker. By Carl Davidson.
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