Workers' Liberty week school

Chinley, Derbyshire

Residential week school for activists and friends of Workers' Liberty
15-19 July 2017
Chinley, Derbyshire

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. Please book as early as you can on:

https://www.eventbrite.com/createinvite?eid=33660893639

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.

Date: 

Saturday, 15 July, 2017 - 10:00 to Wednesday, 19 July, 2017 - 16:00