Workers' Liberty week school on Marxism, religion, imperialism and anti-imperialism (16-20 December 2013)

Submitted by AWL on 10 December, 2013 - 4:28

11.30-5pm, every day 16-20 December, University of London Union

As well as discussion, we will do some speech-making and planning of articles if we have time. The reading is mostly background-reading, rather than 'comprehension', but it is important to do it! It's not very long.

16 DECEMBER: MARXISTS AND RELIGION

11.30 Why we don't think God exists
Reading:
Excerpts from Karl Marx and Bertrand Russell
1 Marxists' attitude religion in general
Reading:
Excerpt from motion on religion passed by the AWL National Committee, 1 December 2013
How socialists fight religion (1924)
The truth about Marxism and religion (2006)
Political Islam, Christian Fundamentalism and the Left Today (2006)
Atheism, secularism and Marxism (2005)
2 Break
2.30 Our attitude to Islam, Muslims, anti-Muslim racism/Islamophobia
Reading:
Real and invented differences on political Islam (2004)
Woolwich, Islamism and the racist, authoritarian backlash (2013)
When does criticism of Islam become Islamophobia? (2013)
4.15 Speech-making

17 DECEMBER: HOW THE AWL DEVELOPED ITS IDEAS ON IMPERIALISM

11.30 Big imperialism vs rising imperialism: the Falklands war of 1982
Reading:
The Falklands and the war of 1982 (1982, with a 2012 introduction)
1.20 Break
1.50 “Permanent revolution”
Reading:
Permanent revolution after Trotsky (1987)
3 When do we say no to interventions? When do we say “Troops out now?”
Kosova 1999/Libya 2011/Iraq 2003 – and Russia in Afghanistan/US in Iraq

Reading:
Kosova: who will win the peace? (1999)
Section on Libya and Iraq in The Libyan revolution: issues for Marxists (2011)
Debate on Iraq (2006)
Debate on Iraq (2007)
The Afghan tragedy: USSR troops out – the socialist case (1985)
4 Break
4.10 Continued

18 DECEMBER: NATIONAL CONFLICTS

General background: Socialists and the national question (1993)
11.30 Israel-Palestine
Israel-Palestine: unravelling the issues (2001)
Israel-Palestine: unravelling the issues, part 2 (2001)
1.30 Break
2 Ireland
Ireland: blame the British ruling class! (1993)
Ireland: lies the left tell itself (1988)
3 Speech-making
4 Article-planning

19 DECEMBER: ISLAMISM

11.30 What is Islamism?
Where does political Islam come from? (2002)
A reply to Simon Hardy (2013)
1.30 Break
2 What is Islamism? (continued)
3 The Iranian revolution
Revolution and counter-revolution in Iran (2005)
A reply to Yassamine Mather (2013)
4 Article-planning

20 DECEMBER: HISTORICAL PROGRESS; GLOBALISATION AND IMPERIALISM TODAY

11.30 Marxists and historical progress
The universality of Marx (1989)
2 Break
2.30 Globalisation and imperialism today
Marxism and imperialism (1996)
Globalisation and imperialism today (2002)
4 Speech-making

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