We’re starting a new series of discussion meetings – both online and face-to-face in some towns. Below you can find the texts and dates for the online reading group. We meet at 7pm UK time on Zoom. If you are interested, please drop us a line!
If you are based in Bradford, London or Bristol – we will have additional face-to-face group meetings reading the same texts. Please contact us if you want to participate!
Reading group 2022/23
July 27th – ‘Revolutionary strategy in a warming world’ by Andreas Malm
September 1st – ‘Introduction: Mapping Social Reproduction Theory’ by Tithi Bhattacharya
Comrades, friends and fellow readers – Due to a clash of commitments we have reversed the October and November sessions. The revised schedule is below.
October 19th – ‘Tyranny of structurelessness’ by Jo Freeman and ‘The Tyranny of Tyranny’ by Cathy Levine
November 30th – What Abolitionists Do and ‘Every fire needs a little bit of help’ by Jarrod Shanahan
January 11th: The moment in Great Britain – Winter of discontent or Seasons of struggle?
The working class in Britain is facing its biggest challenges in many decades. Angry Workers met at the end of November and considered the nature of this phase of the systemic crisis and the class’s ongoing responses.
The first text from that discussion is now at https://www.angryworkers.org/2022/12/31/the-current-moment-background-to-the-current-strikes-in-the-uk/ . That will be the core text at our discussion although comrades might want to check our site for other relevant documents as they are posted.
February 23rd: ‘Class composition and the theory of the party at the origins of the workers’ council movement’ by Sergio Bologna and ‘Mass worker and social worker: reflections on the “new class composition”‘ by Alberto Battaggia
April 5th: Theories of Crisis – Scratching the Surface
Since it first appeared industrial capitalism was incapable of developing at a steady pace. The reality was that periodic crises were an obvious, and apparently inherent, feature of the system.
Since the power of capital has spread to dominate the entire planet its crises have also escalated causing world wide dislocations and catastrophes.
At this session, we will take an introductory look at approaches that analyse the causes of why this particular “Shit happens”.
The core text will be Simon Clarke’s ‘Marx’s Theory of Crisis’. That is a long book so comrades might want to prioritise –
Pp. 1-12 – which is a very basic overview of the concept at stake in crisis theory
Pp. 98-116 – giving more detail about the theories of ‘Disproportionality’ the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’
Pp 140-156 – where Clarke deals with these concepts more critically.
A different perspective is offered in an article by Ron Rothbart where he critiques the methodological framework that is characteristic of the ‘Crisis Theory’ school of Marxist thought.
May 17th: Capital and Crisis Part 2
Where are we? How and why did we get here?
This session will allow us to delve further into the causes and features of the current phase of crisis. We will have the opportunity to both revisit the theoretical frameworks and to examine the nature of the existential challenges that are now being posed.
Phil Sutton is one of the joint authors of the recently published E-book, Capitalism’s Endgame – The Catastrophe of Accumulation. He will introduce the book with a focus on the first chapter – “Historical Materialism and Capitalism in Decline”.
June 28th: This session was originally scheduled for May 17th
‘The capitalist use of machinery: Marx versus the objectivists’ by Raniero Panzieri
August 10th: ‘A party of autonomy?’ by Steve Wright
Reading group 2021/22
January – Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of German Classical Philosophy, Engels
February – Rethinking Women’s Oppression, J Brenner and M Ramas
March 10th – ‘Feminism Interrupted’ by Lola Olufemi
April 14th – Truth and Revolution, Staudenmaier
May 12th – Wage Labour and Capital, Marx
June 9th – Notes on Anarchism, Noam Chomsky
July 14th – The State and Revolution, Lenin
No meeting in August
September 8th – Memoirs of a Revolutionary, Victor Serge
October 13th – Means and Ends: The Anarchist Critique of Seizing State Power, Zoe Baker
November 10th – Marx at the Millennium, Cyril Smith
December 8th – The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes, Jonathan Rose
January 12th – Chav Solidarity, D. Hunter