Residential week school for activists and friends of Workers' Liberty
15-19 July 2017
Saturday am: How the revolution happened
Reading: Russian Revolution book, chapter 2. Background: Trotsky, History of the Russian Revolution
Saturday pm: The Bolshevik party
Reading: Russian Revolution book, chapter 3. Background: http://www.workersliberty.org/node/11340
Sunday am: Soviets
Reading: Russian Revolution book, chapter 4. Background: Marx, Civil War in France
Sunday pm: The counter-revolution
Reading: Russian Revolution book, chapter 10. Background: Trotsky, Revolution Betrayed.
Monday am: Imperialism in 1916, Lenin, and imperialism since 1945
Reading: Disarray. Background: Russian Revolution book, ch.6; Lenin, Imperialism, the highest stage.
Monday pm: Permanent revolution, for Trotsky and for Orthodox Trotskyism
Reading: Disarray. Background: Russian Revolution book, ch.5; Trotsky, Results and Prospects; FI, Dynamics of World Revolution Today
Tuesday am: The left and Israel
Reading: Disarray. Background: Russian Revolution book, ch.7; Two Nations, Two States
Tuesday pm: The left and Ireland
Reading: Disarray. Background: WL 29
Wednesday am: Socialists and war
Reading: Disarray. Background: Russian Revolution book, ch.6; Workers' Liberty 2/3
Wednesday pm: The SWP-ophobe types
Reading: Disarray. Background: debate with Nick Cohen, http://www.workersliberty.org/node/8833
The week school will be organised as a series of "seminars" about whole books, rather than snippety readings.
We'd recommend, and have available in the house, background reading for each book under discussion.
The idea would be that all students will already have read most of the basic texts being discussed at the school. They may want to re-read parts in the course of the week as they discuss the texts in more details.
Students will also read some of the background texts (varying amounts, depending on levels of confidence and previous reading) and bring material from them into the discussion.
The school will be hosted in a house in Chinley, Derbyshire (rail connections: 30-odd minutes from Manchester, 45-50 minutes from Sheffield). Communal cooking will be organised: you'll have to pay only (low) cost price for food, on top of a £5 booking fee for the school to cover copying and other expenses. The school is an opportunity to get to grips with ideas and to socialise with comrades.
Numbers are limited by the capacity of the house.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1267684210012606/
We encourage people to organise time off work, if possible, to attend the full five days, but the week will be so organised that those who come only for the weekend get value from it.