Welcome to our online center for Marxist and progressive learning!

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

      • Capital & Crisis – Actuality of Marx’s Critique of Political Economy in 21st Century A 90-minute lecture by Michael Heinrich, Professor of Economics in Berlin, on how Marx theorized Capital as an 'idealized average' then capable of being applied in different times, places and circumstances, up to the present.
      •  LABOR HISTORY CLASSES. In six videos, raanging from 10 to 20 minutewa each. Use singly or in batches.
      • The History of Race and Labor in the USA Marc Steiner talks to Bill Fletcher about the history of race and racism in US labor from African slavery to today. In two parts, about one hour in all.
      • Capital, All Three Volumes? Let the best teacher today, David Harvey, take you though it, chapter by chapter.
      • 10 Documentaries for Teaching African American History since 1865. These documentaries focus on African American history since 1865. They are short (2 hours or less), accessible, emotionally powerful for viewers, and not overly specialized in their focus. Students can stream, either through Netflix, YouTube, or the educational film database Kanopy, which also includes film transcripts
      • Before Columbus. A film surveying the indigenous peoples and their civilizations before the European invasion and conquest. 1 hour, 37 minutes.
      • David Schweickart: What’s Wrong with Capitalism?  One-hour video lecture. SCHWEICKART is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He holds Ph.D's in mathematics and philosophy. He is the author of  After Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002). His primary focus has been on developing and defending, as both economically viable and ethically desirable, a socialist alternative to capitalism, which he calls Economic Democracy.
      • CHAVEZ EXPLAINS GRAMSCI TO THE POOR. Amazing 8-minute video with Chavez explaining crisis politics to everyone.Good discussion starter,
    • ANGELA DAVIS AND NAS DISCUSS THE PRISON-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. Good discussion starter. Nas discusses his upbringing in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and the way drugs and police surveillance effected his community and personal development.  Davis talks about her work in prison abolition, recollecting her then disbelief that over 200,00 people were in prison in the US when she was imprisoned in the 1970s. Today, the US prison population exceeds 2 million.
    • JERRY HARRIS, GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY. 75 minute presentation of the author's new book, with Q&A, covering the history of the interconnected development of democracy with economic systems of the centuries, and the role of democracy in anti-capitalist strategy. Excellent for study groups reading the book.
    • THE PRECARIAT, THE NEW YOUNG & DANGEROUS CLASS An 11 minute discussion starter. Author Guy Standing points in this interview the emergence of a new class structure that starts when neoliberals took control over the economy and politics back in the 80s and it´s consolidated with the actual global crisis. The common element of this new class is its rejection of neo-liberalism and social democracy and is becoming aware that it is a class for itself, favoring the emergence of new political forces like Podemos, SYRIZA and Left Ecology and Freedom in Italy. Guy Standing is an economist, professor at the University of London and founder / co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network.
    • THE WORKING CLASS TODAY. David Harvey explain that organizing workers today might better be done by urban neighborhoods than factories. 20 minutes.
    • FINANCIALIZATION AND THE WORLD ECONOMY. Jerry Epstein: Great discussion starter on the conflict between enterprise investment and speculation, and how the later is wrecking the economy. 15 minutes, Real News Network

Top Course Outlines and Materials

      • System Change: A Basic Primer to the Solidarity Economy Alternatives to capitalism are gaining adherents. Here we look at different systems or models of socialism, capitalism, and solidarity economy. By Emily Kawano and Julie Matthaei
        • RACIALIZED CAPITALISM DEBATE. The Hidden Stakes of the 1619 Controversy, an essay of the New York Times controversy over Black history, by David Waldstreicher in the Boston Review. Great discussion starter for many studies.
        • THE MAKING OF THE RUST BELT WORKING CLASS. From the 1700s until today, using the book 'Ramp Hollow' and the methods of Gramsci and Marx. Slide show in four parts by Carl Davidson.
        • GREEN NEW DEAL: Carl Davidson' New Slide presentation on what caused the crisis, what we need to deal with it, and how to get it. Excellent for people who are just learning about the topic. Article to go with the slides HERE.
        • How Feminism Became Capitalism's Handmaiden - And How to Reclaim It Marxist philosopher Nancy Fraser explains how s movement that started out as a critique of capitalist exploitation ended up contributing key ideas to its latest neoliberal phase
      • ORGANIZING WORKERS TODAY. 25 articles written for Labor Day 2018 on unions, workers, and how 21st century conditions present new challenges. Writers include Peter Drier, Sarah Jaffe and Bill Fletcher, Jr. among others.
      • CLARA ZEITIN ON THE RISE OF FASCISM. Written in 1923 when she as active in the Comintern.