Study courses

Study courses

Published on: Thu, 19/08/2004 - 08:36

Here you can find a wealth of resources to learn or teach about Workers' Liberty and socialist ideas.

Workers' Liberty 101
Guidance on training in practical skills
Resources to supplement reading
Capitalism: how it works
Historical materialism
Workplace and trade union organising
The revolutionary socialist party and the working class
Workers' government and transitional demands
Democracy, state, and revolution
Women's liberation
Racism
Fascism
The Russian Revolution and its fate
Stalinism, and the fight against Stalinism
Europe
Israel/ Palestine
Ireland
Capitalism as a world system; imperialism
Consistent democracy on national conflicts
Anarchism
Socialists and war
British labour history and the Labour Party
History of the AWL
Marx and Engels
Lenin
Trotsky
Luxemburg
Gramsci
More resources from Workers' Liberty week schools


Workers' Liberty 101

We have a new introductory study course (2017) for all interested in Workers' Liberty and all new members. This is based on the books Can Socialism Make Sense?, Democracy, direct action, and socialism, and Why is the left in disarray?.

Two texts for new readers on what we mean by workers' rule and by socialism: America under the workers' rule

What a Socialist America will look like, by James P Cannon

Old first education programme (2011) based on the AWL pamphlet "We Stand For Workers' Liberty" (12 sessions)

The Bolshevik-Trotskyist Tradition

AWL's short "first six months" reading list for activists

Communist Manifesto: study notes

Six-session course on socialism, the working class, the revolutionary party, democracy, revolution, and the AWL

Old AWL first political education course (34 sessions).

Six Marxist texts study course (6 sessions)


Guidance on training in practical skills

AWL training sessions: contact work, public speaking, how to do educationals, arguing, debates, mentoring, paper sales


Resources to supplement reading

Socialist cartoons

Films with a socialist political dimension: some of these can be viewed online (check with Google)

Socialist political cartoons of the mid-20th century, dealing with class struggle, Stalinism, war, racism, imperialism, and more.



Capitalism: how it works

Study course on Marx's Capital (11 sessions) plus supplementary notes on the 11-session course (pdf)

As reworked with additional material for week school 2018

19 part video series on Capital Volume 1.

Further notes and resources on all three volumes of Capital, including notes on David Harvey's lectures on volume 1

Karl Marx's Capital, volume 1, abridged by Otto Ruhle: or click here to buy that as a booklet

"150 years of Capital": Powerpoint presentation

Workers' Liberty 3/59: pull-out on "150 years of Capital"

Wage-labour and profit: PowerPoint presentation

Notes on Marx's Wages, Price, and Profit

Wage Labour and Capital: discussion points

AWL day school 2007: Marx's Capital

Note on the word "valorize" in Fernbach's translation of Capital

Marx on capitalist crises - Brisbane Workers' Liberty study course, 2000

Marx's Grundrisse - Brisbane Workers' Liberty study course, 2006-7

Capital tutors' school, for people leading sessions in the course on Capital


Historical materialism

Historical materialism: what is it? Short explanations by Marx and Engels

Anti-Dühring (Engels): discussion points

The Poverty of Philosophy: notes for study sessions

Theses on Feuerbach: background notes. See also this summary of who Feuerbach was and what his ideas were and Engels' "Ludwig Feuerbach": notes and talking points.


Workplace and trade union organising

Marxism and Trade Unions (6 sessions)

AWL day school 2005: Marxists and the trade unions

Working class and trade unions: Marx and today - Brisbane Workers' Liberty study course, 2005-6

Trade unions, socialism, and working-class sectionalism (excerpts from Marx, Engels, Connolly, and Gramsci)

Working class and trade unions: Marx and today - Brisbane Workers' Liberty study course, 2005-6

Notes and discussion points on Beverly Silver's Forces of Labor - Brisbane Workers' Liberty study course, 2005

The working class in globalised capitalism - Brisbane Workers' Liberty study course, 2003

Study guide to "Teamster Rebellion", by Farrell Dobbs

The book Plundering London Underground, by Janine Booth, includes material to prompt educational discussion on political representation, the Labour Party, capitalism/profit/etc, transitional demands, trade unions.

Reading pack on "New unionism: how workers can fight back", from a 2012 dayschool


Democracy, state, and revolution

Socialism and Democracy: a debate with Michael Foot (AWL pamphlet)

State and Revolution, by Lenin: tutor notes for a study course


Women's liberation

Women's Oppression, Feminism and the Left (collection of readings)


Racism

AWL day school 2006: racism


Fascism

Trotsky on the united front against fascism in Germany: discussion points


The Russian Revolution and its fate

The Russian Revolution: when workers took power

A book published by Workers' Liberty in 2017. Buy online here.

Study guide

Power point on the events of 1917

Power point reviewing the key issues in the revolution

The fate of the Russian Revolution

Buy the book online in paper and ebook formats here.

Study guide to The Fate of the Russian Revolution volume 1

The Fate of the Russian Revolution volume 2: The two Trotskyisms confront Stalinism

Buy the book online in paper and ebook formats here.

Download a study guide here.


History of the AWL

History, traditions, and ideas of the AWL: London AWL study course, 2008-9. See also chronology and texts from an AWL week school on AWL history, 2009.


Stalinism and the fight against Stalinism

Socialism, Revolution, and Stalinism: Nottingham study course

AWL day school 2007: "Socialism vs Stalinism: twelve debates"

Stalinism study course (10 sessions: partial notes)

Revolution Betrayed: discussion points

What Now?, from The Third International After Lenin (Trotsky): discussion points

Powerpoint: chronology of 1989


Workers' government and transitional demands

"Workers' government": what it means

Capitalist crisis and workers' plan: London AWL study course, 2008-9


Europe

Socialists and Europe: N E London AWL study course, 2012


Israel and Palestine

AWL day school 2006: Israel-Palestine

AWL day schools 2008: globalisation, imperialism, political Islam, Israel-Palestine


Ireland

AWL day school 2006: Ireland

Discussion/study notes on Workers' Liberty 3/45 ("Trotskyists debate Ireland"


Capitalism as a world system, imperialism, globalisation

AWL day school 2005: globalisation and imperialism

Marxism and Imperialism study course (7 sessions)

AWL day schools 2008: globalisation, imperialism, political Islam, Israel-Palestine

AWL four-day school 2014: Marxism and imperialism


Consistent democracy on national conflicts

Marxism, national questions, and nationalisms: Agenda and reading for day schools, 2018


Socialists and war

The War and the International (Trotsky): discussion points


The revolutionary socialist party and the working class

AWL day school 2006: revolutionary party

Additional reading: Trotsky from the 2nd Congress of the Comintern and from Lessons of October; Max Shachtman from Five Years of the Workers' Party; James P Cannon from Theses on the American Revolution; Sean Matgamna from "What is it that a Marxist revolutionary party does?" and "Socialism in disarray"

"Apparatus Marxism: impoverished twin of academic Marxism

Lessons of October (Trotsky): discussion points

Rosa Luxemburg's "The Mass Strike": discussion points

Notes on James P Cannon's three "party" books

What Is To Be Done?, by Lenin: study guide. See also:

Gramsci study course (six sessions)

Notes on the "Selections from the Prison Notebooks" (Gramsci)

Gramsci's Prison Notebooks - notes from Brisbane study course initiated by Workers' Liberty, 2008

Notes on Pierre Broué, "The German Revolution 1917-1923"


British labour history and the Labour Party

Reading pack and agenda for 2018 day schools on Marxists and the Labour Party (includes the material from the 2007 schools, and more)

AWL day school 2007: Labour Party

British working-class history from 1832 to today (8 sessions)


Anarchism

Marxism, anarchism, and syndicalism (from AWL week schools December/January 2007/8)

Workers' Liberty and the politics of anarchism (articles and debates)


Marx

Study course on Marx's Capital (10 sessions); and more extensive notes for an eleven-session version.

Further notes and resources on all three volumes of Capital, including notes on David Harvey's lectures on volume 1

Karl Marx's Capital, volume 1, abridged by Otto Ruhle

Capital tutors' school, for people leading sessions in the course on Capital

Notes on Marx's Wages, Price, and Profit

Wage Labour and Capital: discussion points

AWL day school 2007: Marx's Capital

Note on the word "valorize" in Fernbach's translation of Capital

Historical materialism: what is it? Short explanations by Marx and Engels

Anti-Dühring (Engels): discussion points

Socialism: Utopian and Scientific (Engles)

Marx's "18th Brumaire": background notes

The Poverty of Philosophy: notes for study sessions

Communist Manifesto: study notes

Marx's Grundrisse - Brisbane Workers' Liberty study course, 2006-7


Lenin

State and Revolution, by Lenin: tutor notes for a study course

What Is To Be Done?, by Lenin: study guide. See also:

Lenin (4 sessions)


Trotsky

Trotsky: outline for discussion session (by Paul Hampton, from AWL winter school November 2009)

A selection of key writings by Trotsky, with notes and discussion points

The War and the International (Trotsky): discussion points

The New Course (Trotsky): discussion points

Lessons of October (Trotsky): discussion points

What Now?, from The Third International After Lenin (Trotsky): discussion points

Trotsky on the united front against fascism in Germany: discussion points

Revolution Betrayed: discussion points


Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg's "The Mass Strike": discussion points


Gramsci

Gramsci study course (six sessions)

Notes on the "Selections from the Prison Notebooks" (Gramsci)

Gramsci's Prison Notebooks - notes from Brisbane study course initiated by Workers' Liberty, 2008


More resources from Workers' Liberty week schools

AWL week school 2007. Sessions: 1. Skills; 2. Why the working class?/ How to do educationals; 3. Marxism and Economism; 4. Marxism, Anarchism, and Zapatism; 5. The National Question and Israel-Palestine in Particular; 6. Debating and arguing

AWL week school 2010: Sessions: 1. Practical skills; 2. Why the working class?/How to do educationals; 3. Marxists and the Labour Party; 4. The revolutionary party; 5. Marxism and anarchism.

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Publications

The Left in Disarray: study guide

Published on: Fri, 28/07/2017 - 02:48

1. Stalinist roots
Read: Introduction and first part of "Stalinism has not been buried yet", pages 8 to 73.
Background or further reading: Russian Revolution book, chapter 10. Trotsky, Revolution Betrayed.

Quotes to discuss:

"Philby stuttered... 'Whatever Stalin does - that is the left!'... It is a statement that sums up an entire epoch in the history of the world and of the left" - p.20

"In the summaries of the proper revolutionary communist approach which Trotsky wrote in the 1930s, the demand to be truthful... is always central. The fact that such a 'demand' had to be made and that it was

Workplace activist skills training from Workers' Liberty

Published on: Sat, 02/03/2013 - 20:56

Trade union activists in AWL have developed a short series of workshops to help develop workplace activist skills.

The workshops are:

- Beyond "organising": has "the organising agenda" replaced "partnership" as the orthodoxy of the trade union bureaucracy? What are the positive aspects of "the organising agenda", and what are its limits? Can socialists argue for and build a radical model of organising? Click here to download workshop notes as a PDF.

- Real life problems: how can we build collective cultures in our workplace? How can we turn what seem like individual gripes and moans into

Study notes on the "Selections from the Prison Notebooks" (Gramsci)

Published on: Mon, 04/02/2013 - 21:07

Notes for study courses on the "Selections" from Gramsci's "Prison Notebooks" edited by Hoare and Nowell-Smith


For general background, see "Antonio Gramsci: Working-class revolutionary" (AGWCR) p.1-11 (Gramsci biography); p.58-66 (reformist misuse of Gramsci); p.29-33 and 67-76 (Gramsci and Stalinism).
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Marxism and trade unions

Published on: Mon, 23/04/2012 - 13:27

This a six-part AWL education course.

Its purpose is to give all members a solid grounding in some fundamental ideas about what trade unions are, and the role of socialists in unions and workplaces. We want every member to do this course – members currently active in unions, and those who will be union activists in future, or have past experiences to share. This collective knowledge and understanding will help make AWL even more effective and help develop our ideas. By all means also invite contacts.

The six sessions are:
1. Our Fantasy Union
2. The Marxist Critique of Trade Unions
3. The

AWL week school, 31 August-4 September 2010

Published on: Fri, 23/07/2010 - 14:31

Workers’ Liberty will be running a five day long educational school in London, in the afternoons between Tuesday 31 August and Saturday 4 September (roughly 3-7.30 each day). The aim of the school is to help comrades educate themselves and encourage reading and discussion on a number of related political themes, as well as developing public speaking and arguing skills (the latter is part of each session, not just the first day).

The topics covered will be:

Day 1: Why the working class?
Day 2: Practical skills – public speaking and winning people to revolutionary activism
Day 3: Marxists and

Timeline of the 1905 Russian Revolution

Published on: Fri, 14/05/2010 - 08:50

Timeline of the 1905 revolution in Russia. Adapted with thanks from Robert Wilde.

• January 3-8: 120,000 workers strike in St. Petersburg; government warns against any organised marches.
• January 9: Bloody Sunday. 150,000 striking workers and their families march through St. Petersburg to deliver a protest to the Tsar, but are shot and ridden down on multiple occasions by the army.
• January: Reaction to the massacre spreads across neighbouring regions, especially the industrial centres where workers strike.

February
• February: The strike movement spreads down to the Caucasus.
• February:

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