Interesting reads from elsewhere

February 19, 2014 in News by Thomas Chefsky

Under this heading we publish interesting reads and longreads from elsewhere. Currently: on the democratic legacy of pre-1917 Russian Marxism, the problems of monopolies of political ideas, and the revolutionary tactics of Engels. The articles presented do not form our opinion on the matter discussed. We present them for the purpose of discussion and education. Read the rest of this entry →

Communist University: Learning to talk to each other

September 4, 2013 in News by Geary Middleton

Danny Hammill reports on the CPGB’s summer school where also a Marxist Center editorial board member was present.

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We can work it out

For this year’s Communist University, the CPGB returned to the same pleasant south London venue – aviary and all.

Of course, we call our pedagogical event a university quite deliberately. Not in order to be pretentious or elitist, but simply to denote a certain seriousness about our attitude to education. Despite our obvious limitations as a small group, we aim to raise the bar high when it comes to political education and culture in general. Unfortunately, this is not something that can be said about most of the left in Britain – which at best tends to treat its membership as mere sheep to be trained rather than educated as self-confident cadre. Read the rest of this entry →

Where is the class struggle in Egypt?

August 13, 2013 in News by AlexWCOP

Alex analyses the developments in Egypt of the last period and gives his vision on the way forward.

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood presidential candidate Mohamed Morsie

President Morsi – History

As the world’s largest importer of wheat, Egypt under Mubarak was in no unlikely position to experience unrest when the global market price of this vital resource and over-speculated commodity exploded from $157 p.mT in June 2010 to $354 p.mT by May 2011. The rising inequality of income and living between the majority of Egyptian working people and the propertied and privileged classes of the country, “all continue to overtax resources and stress society,” as the CIA World Factbook warningly noted in 2010. Read the rest of this entry →