For this meeting, we'll be reading excerpts from the writings of Friedrich Engels. Though "Marxism" is often associated with Karl Marx, Engels' influence is equally central to that tradition. Engels also continued to develop their project following the death of his friend and collaborator. In so doing, he shaped political theory, gender studies, strategic debates, and more.
07/14 - Marxism & Politics
07/28 - Socialism: Utopian & Scientific
08/11 - Reform or Revolution
08/25 - The Road To Power
09/08 - What Is To Be Done?
09/22 - Marxism and Gender
This summer, the Marxism Reading Group will meet via Zoom on alternating Wednesdays to discuss the earliest years of Marxism.
Over the course of eight sessions, we’ll revisit some of the major pioneers of Marxist history, from Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels to Vladimir Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg.
Along the way, we’ll explore the basics of Marx’s economic ideas; examine debates within Marxism about political strategy; read through early discussions of gender and social equality; and consider attempts to translate Marxist ideas into political practice.
If you've ever wondered what the word "Marxism" actually means–or, if you've struggled to make inroads into Marx's daunting Capital–now is the perfect chance to get involved. Whether you’re a longtime reader of Marx or someone just looking to understand the roots of our current socialist movement, the Marxism Reading Group is for you!
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