We invite our readers to the 3rd annual Marxist summer school, this year hosted by the UCLU Marxists in London. This year's school - entitled "The Unbroken Thread of Marxism" - will explore the contributions made by Ted Grant, founder of Socialist Appeal and the Militant Tendency, towards developing the ideas of Marxism after the death of Trotsky; ideas that are more relevant today than ever before.
A world in crisis: unrest and revolution in the Arab world; protests and strikes in Greece, Cyprus, Spain and beyond; here in Britain, a double-dip recession, brutal attacks on public services, rising unemployment and a mounting mood of anger on the part of millions. Everywhere people are asking two questions: “What is going on?”; and “What can we do about it?”. Capitalism seems to have no solution other than that we should pay for their mess.
This June, Socialist Appeal and the UCLU Marxist Society are hosting a weekend summer school on the ideas of Marxism and the solution to the crisis. Come along and participate in the debates and discussions. Here you can find out more about Marxism and how to get involved in the fightback against the attacks of a capitalist system in crisis.
This year, to mark his centenary, the school will give particular focus to the contributions made by Ted Grant, the founder and leading theoretician of the Miltiant Tendency, towards developing Marxist ideas. See below for a timetable of the sessions, along with links to recommended reading.
In addition, this year's school will also include a meeting on Saturday evening to discuss the launch of a national federation of Marxist societies, to unite and strengthen the work of the Marxists in the universities.
£10 waged / £5 unwaged for the entire weekend.
Accommodation is available for those coming from outside of London. Please get in touch to enquire about availability.
See below for a timetable of the sessions, along with links to recommended reading.
Friday 28th June
17:00 - Registration (Wilkins Old Refectory)
19:00 - Prospects for the World Revolution - Fred Weston, editor of www.marxist.com
21:00 - Social
Saturday 29th June
- Marxism, Keynesianism, and the Postwar boom - Adam Booth, editor of www.socialist.net (Pearson, G22 LT)
- The Rise and Fall of the Communist International - Marie Frederiksen, editor of the Danish paper Socialistisk Standpunkt (Chadwick, B05 LT)
12:15 - Lunch (bookstall and food available for purchase in Chadwick, B05 LT)
- Trotskyism and the Second World War - Rob Sewell, author of "In the cause of Labour: a history of British trade unionism" (Pearson, G22 LT)
- Stalinism and the Marxist theory of the state - Jorge Martin, editor of the Spanish language paper America Socialista (Chadwick, B05 LT)
- The rise and fall of the Militant Tendency - Rob Sewell, editor of Socialist Appeal (Pearson, G22 LT)
- The Colonial Revolutions - John Pickard, former editor of the Militant (Chadwick, B05 LT)
17:00-19:00 - Lenin and Trotsky: What they really stood for (plenary) - Alan Woods, author of "Bolshevism: the road to revolution" (Chadwick, B05 LT)
19:30 - Founding meeting of the national federation of Marxist societies (Wilkins Lower Refectory)
20:30 - The Communist Party: revolutionary social (Wilkins Lower Refectory)
Sunday 30th June
1. Marxism and the Labour Party - Rob Sewell, editor of Socialist Appeal (Pearson, G22 LT)
2. Reason in Revolt: Marxism and modern science - Daniel Morley, editorial board of Socialist Appeal (Wilkins Old Refectory)
12:30 - Lunch
2. Russia: From revolution to counter-revolution - Alan Woods, author of "Reformism or Revolution" (Wilkins Old Refectory)
15:00 - The Legacy of Ted Grant (closing plenary) - Alan Woods, author of the biography "Ted Grant: the permanent revolutionary" (Wilkins Old Refectory)