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Introduction to Marxism

This set of sessions will work through all of the most critical, fundamental questions. It’s the perfect place to start for those new to Marxism.

Liberalism vs Marxism

Liberalism is the ultimate captialist ideology. Behind its supposed values of individual liberty and free speech is a defence of private property, class inequality and the capitalist market. And yet liberalism presents itself as an oppositional ideology to the status quo and the only alternative to right-wing conservatism. These sessions will provide a Marxist critique of liberalism and explore how liberal values from pacifism to charity work and academia are ultimately rooted in a worldview that fails to provide an understanding of the world we live in and what we need to do to change it for the better.

World in Crisis

Covid-19. The biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression. Rising inequality. Imperialist tensions. Climate change. The world captialist system has entered into a period of intense and drawn-out crisis. Across the globe governments are trying to preserve the status quo in the face of political polarisation, social fragmentation, hardening discontent and economic pressures. These sessions will unpack the turbulent changes of 21st capitalism. Understanding the world we live in is vital for developing strategies to overcome this crisis-ridden system.

Imperialism Today

Imperialist rivalries are reshaping the world in which we live and the threat this poses to human life couldn't be more serious. The US and China are engaged in an escalating dispute over the future of the hierarchy of nations, while slow burn issues of contention in the Mediterran, the Middle East, Africa and Asia are emerging from the shadows of the past. Understanding these inter-imperialist dynamics is vital for working out how the socialist left can respond to a tension filled world of rival nationalisms. These sessions will put forward provocative and insightful analysis of these dynamics and explain why building an internationalist working-class movement is more important than ever.

Rebel History

Insurgent movements for social change, rebellions and revolutions have shaped our world in uncountable ways. This history is not just the past. It's our history that deserves to be remembered, discussed and debated. These sessions will look at the heroism, politics and determination that motivated rebels and ask important questions about how people strove to change the world.. and how we can change it in the present.

Fighting the Right

These sessions are not just about understanding the far-right in history, but are curated to inspire and educate activists for the movement against the far-right today.

Art and Culture

These sessions will explore some of the great artists of history from a Marxist perspective, given by people with a wide knowledge and a passion for the subject.

World in Struggle

The last 12 months have seen a spectacular wave of protests and rebellions around the world. Enormous numbers of people came out on the streets for the first time. These sessions celebrate and study this wonderful explosion of popular resistance. Featuring special international guests, commentary from Marxist experts, these sessions provide an insight that you can't find anywhere eles.

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