Come on down and discuss 2 pieces with us on 2/22/22 at 7 PM PST.
The first piece is Critique of the Gotha Program by Marx – A letter from the late Marx where he critiques in fine detail the program of the Social Democratic Workers’ Party of Germany, a forerunner to the still extant SDP. In it, Marx gives us some clues into how he thought a post-revolutionary society could develop out of a capitalist one.
He gives his position on the party of the working class, the dictatorship of the proletariat, what the phases of communist society will be, protelarian internationalism, and (naturally) production. All of them topics that are still debated.
The second piece we’ll be discussing is The Historic Accomplishment of Karl Marx, the printed form of a lecture Karl Kautsky gave in 1907. Recently translated by Alexander Gallus of Cosmonaut Magazine, Kautsky’s lecture summarizes what Marx and Engels brought to socialist thought, and gives us an idea of how they influenced the Orthodox Marxists.
Since the writing style in the 19th century was weird we’ll be reading from a collaborative Google doc where we can ask questions, clarify points, and post takes. Please RSVP for access to the doc and Zoom Connection info.
We will also be voting on the contents of the next module, Latin American Socialism, at 9:30. Got some recommendations? Tell us about it! RSVP here!
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