Syllabus and Course Outlines
IF EVERY AFRICAN AMERICAN, OR EVEN EVERY WORKER, READ THIS BOOK, CAPITALISM WOULD BE SHAKEN TO THE CORE. This remarkable book on US slavery and the American economy, ‘The Half Has Never Been Told,’ by Edward E. Baptist, tells the story of how we became who we are, and how capitalism here is shaped the way it is.
STUDY GUIDES, ARTICLES AND A VIDEO FOR 2016 ELECTION ORGANIZERS
These are designed for training and education the broad left on how best to defeat Trump and strengthen grassroots democracy in the current electoral arena. Each Module comes with a Facilitator’s Guide, and there is a Supplementary Resource Guide listing additional materials. These can be downloaded here: If you have any questions about these, or want to offer feedback or engage in a dialogue about them, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For peace with justice, Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Harmony Goldberg, Jason Negron-Gonzales, Tarso Ramos, Bob Wing. Additional materials are added by Carl Davidson.
CCDS YOUTH SCHOOL
Study Materials for preparing for the sessions leading up to the convention, and at the Pittsburgh July 18-21 sessions themselves. Video on the Communist Manifesto and Video on Civil Rights Trade Unionism. Also a PDF file of the school schedule. For the online preparatory session, check our ‘Lives Classes’ section.
In this Booklet, Marta Harnecker studies the fundamental mechanism that explains why, under capitalism, you have a small group of people who possess a lot of wealth and enjoy an easy life, while a significant portion of workers find themselves in a very difficult situation. In was written in Chine during the Allende period, and now updated.
Related to Die Linke, Germany’s Left Party, with a center in New York City, there are dozens of pamplets here on a wide range of topics about the US, many of which are excellent for starting off discussion groups. They also have many videoes, including this one on Rosa Luxemburg by Nancy Fraser.
A site with a variety of multimedia resources–films, slideshow, photos, text–for teaching American history.
Goes through the new 2nd Edition Chapter by Chapter
(Can’t afford Schweickart’s new 2nd edition at the moment? While its worth every bit of the price, the First Edition of ‘After Capitalism’ can now be downloaded HERE for free!)
DEMAND EVERYTHING: Lessons of the Transformative Organizing Model A 24-page pamphlet by Steve Williams for study groups on organization building.
Combines popular folk songs, video and great narrative by Zach Robinson
Designed for study groups on Carl Davidson’s essay on the topic
LibCom’s comprehensive gathering of articles, videos, books and other course materials.
Getting Past Capitalism: For Studying both Critique and Strategy
This new book by Cynthia Kaufman of Deanza College’s Philosophy in Cupertino, CA begins with a critique of the impacts of capitalism on society and the environment. It looks in new ways at what capitalism is and at how it is reproduced. . Kaufman then looks at some fundamental questions about how capitalism comes to look like a system that is unbeatable, and how people come to have desires that work to reinforce capitalism. She argues that rather than looking for the fulcrum point in a system that will make it able to be overthrown, we should try to understand what kinds of practices open more spaces for stopping the reproduction of capitalist processes, and what kinds of structures need to be developed to make capitalism a less important part of our world. ‘Getting Past Capitalism’ includes both a critique of capitalism and presentation of strategy and alternatives to capitalism, many of which already are being developed. A PDF file of the full text is available HERE
Occupy Socialism: Alternatives to Economic Inequality, Imperialist War and Ecological Destruction. video talk by Ingo Schmidt, the Coordinator of the Labour Studies Program at Athabasca University, BC, Canada and author of ‘Social Democracy After the Cold War’
A debate has been raging in the UK for some years now over a fascinating book by a leader of the Communist Party Great Britain, which calls for, among other things, a re-examination of Kautsky, the ‘Bolshevik Model’ and the splits creating the Third and Fourth Internationals. some accuse him of rightism and reformism in accepting some of Kautsky’s ‘strategy of patience’ majoritarian ideas, while others think him too ‘left’ for opposing notions of coalitions and the popular front. In any case, it’s a useful survey of all these ideas. The link above is to a 75-minute lecture by MacNair introducing the main ideas in his book. A pdf file of the entire book itself is included HERE.
Designed to start discussions on how grassroots groups should approach voting–A powerpoint by Carl Davidson
Linda Martin Alcoff of Hunter University/CUNY prepared this course, which explores the development of feminist thought from the publication of Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex to the present. It considers feminist attempts to reveal, unravel, and remedy the conceptual, psychological, and economic dimensions of the oppression of women. The suggested readings will explore the major feminist positions on the nature and scope of women’s oppression, how it gets perpetuated, and possible solutions.
Carl Davidson’s 8-session powerpoint for a class on the evolution of government and the U.S. Constitution.
Carl Davidson’s powerpoint, in pdf format, giving an in-depth analysis of the MCC Coops and their history in Spain’s Basque Country
Covers the period 1765-1800
Many resources on anti-slavery texts and how to present them
A good listing compiled by the Teamster Union
Treats each work or book separately, with study questions for groups, From the CPUSA’s Political Affairs
Nine courses from the Revolution to the Civil War with a Marxist Critique
Course outlines, video links and other teaching resources on the topic
State capitalism, Council communism, Paul Mattick, the Johnson-Forrest Tendency
This 11-lecture course explores the accumulation of capital from three interrelated perspectives: conceptual, historical and empirical. PDFs and outline provided. By Jonathan Nitzen, York University, Toronto
Overview of Key Works of Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky and Gramsci