AWL basic education programme. How class struggle changes the world: A7 to B5

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How class struggle changes the world: sections A7 to B5

A7. Why capitalism produces crises and unemployment.

"A gallop of industry, commercial credit and speculation finally, after breakneck leaps, ends where it began - in the ditch of a crisis... The overwork of some becomes the condition for the idleness of others."

Socialism Utopian and Scientific section III.


B. How Class Struggle Changes the World
B1. Capitalism is only one stage in history, shaped by class struggle.

Where does capitalism come from? What other social and economic forms have there been in history? Why is capitalism only a transitory stage of development?

Communist Manifesto sections I and III.

B2. Stalinism is not a form of socialism, but the opposite of socialism.

Working-class socialism versus "state socialism".

The Lies Against Socialism Answered, from We Stand For Workers' Liberty

"What Marx and Lenin meant by socialism" by Karl Kautsky.

B3. Why must we build a revolutionary party?

What is special about the revolutionary party, as compared to other political parties?

Why must we build a revolutionary party? from We Stand For Workers' Liberty

B4. Why trade-union work is central for us.

Why does the working class organise in trade unions? Why is trade-union work central for revolutionaries, even when the trade unions are conservative? What do we do in the trade unions?

Three excerpts from Marx on trade unions

Reading from AWL dayschool on trade unions and socialism

B5. Transforming the labour movement, independent working-class political representation, and the Labour Party

Reading from AWL dayschool on Marxists and the Labour Party