TODAY IT MIGHT FORM THE BASIS OF A UNIVERSITY DEGREE
8th June 2018
8th June 2018
WHETHER THIS WAS INTENDED FOR THE INTELLIGENTIA
OR ENTHUSIASTIC UNEDUCATED BUT WORKING CLASS …..IS UNCLEAR
IT IS DEEP AND INVOLVED …. HOW MANY WOULD IT ATTRACT TO-DAY
I GIVE YOU JANUARY AND WILL SAY MORE ON FEB – JUNE
WOULD IT APPEAL TODAY ?
FOLLOWING :- I GIVE YOU THE REPEAT OF :-
THE RADICALS POLITICAL ECONOMY
~by John Eaton in precis form
One section a day
Introduction to Marxism
(1 penny and a half penny)
A Six Month Reading and Study Programme
The Study Programme is based on the Introduction to Marxism by Emile Burns
Other reading is advisable
The Course aims to provide a general introduction to nthe study of Marxism-Leninism
A number of questions are put for discussion after each months reading.
Discussion of these and other questions should take place,as far as possible with the help of a consultant.
NOTE TO STUDENTS AND CONSULTANTS
The Central Education Dept would like to be informed of any special issues and difficulties that arise in the course of the study and discussion of this programme
LAWS OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Introduction to Marxism
(Chapters 1 & 2 )
Marx and Engels: Communist Manifesto
Section 1 Bourgeois and Proletarians
Engels : Preface to the English Edition
Questions for Discussion :
1. What is Class ?
2 How does Marx explain social development ?
3 What role do ideas play in the development of society ?
CAPITALISM AND IMPERIALISM
THE CLASS STRUGGLE AND THE STATE
THE MARXIST WORLD OUTLOOK
THE FIGHT FOR SOCIALISM
HOW AND WHY SOCIETY CHANGES
5th March 2018
With reference to “Political Economy” by John Eaton
A MARXIST TEXTBOOK – CONTINUED NEXT SUNDAY
COMMODITY PRODUCTION- THE MAIN FEATURES THAT GIVE CAPITALISM ITS ESSENTIAL CHARACTER
THE HISTORY OF MANKIND FALLS
INTO DISTINCT STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
SOME IMPORTANT INTERVENTIONS
AGRICULTURE——Predominant Social System is PRIMITIVE COMMUNISM
5550 – 4250 BC
Hoe,Sickle,Pottery,Spindle & Loom
4250 – 3750 BC
Smelting and Casting of Copper
3750 – 3250 BC
Wheeled vehicles,plough,,harness ,sail,potters wheel,balance
3250 – 2750 BC
Bronze, bellows,developed tools for many handicrafts.
1800 BC – Predominant Social System is ANCIENT SLAVERY SOCIETY
1400 -1100 BC
Smelting and Effective use of iron
700 450 BC
Many improved and more specialised tools for handicrafts and farming -pulley,sheep shears
250 100 BC
Draw Loom – China
Screw of Achimedes,cranes,heavy plough,nail-making, anvil,wire- drawing blocks, more general use of animal power
100- 0 BC
Carpenter’s plane,watermill,screw press,shears with block and tackle (Chinese harness)
Overshot water wheel (Block Printing and Stirrups in China AD 550 – 650
AD 850 – 950 – Predominant Social System – FEUDALISM
Modern saddle harness in Europe,Horseshoe,Modern draft Harness
( Persian windmill AD 950)
( Movable type,China AD 1041)
AD 1050 -1225
European Windmill,woodcuts for letters,water – power for fulling,crushing,sawing and tilt hammer. Magnetic compass.Completed evolution of harness ; generalised use of animal- power.
AD 1225 – 1400
Mechanised clock,modern plough,modern rudder,block printing in Europe ,lathe,wire drawing ,machine, cast iron.
Spring – Clock railways at mines.knitting machine,
(pendulum clock 1641)
Predominant Social System – CAPITALISM
AD 1650 and after
Newcomen Engine (1712)
Smelting with coke,flying shuttle (1733)
carding machine (1748)
Spinning Jenny ( 1768)
Crompton’s Mule (1779)
Watts rotative Engine)(1781)
Maudsley’s improved lathe (1794)
Stephenson’s first locomotive (1814)
water turbine (1827)
electric bell ( 1831)
turret lathe (1845)
Bessemer steel (1856)
Steam turbine (1884)
Why is the history of society so clearly marked off into distinct and definite stages ?
Why does the form of society change abruptly and violently rather than smoothly and gradually?
In short, what is the reason and cause of social revolution ?
Marx’s answer provides a key to the scientific understanding of history; as the forces of production change ,he says,they are restricted and come into conflict with the social relations, within which they are developing, the old society holds back the new, the class that is rising to power comes into conflict with the class that holds that power.
After ? violence, only by revolution (peaceful or otherwise),
and the new social relations that it brings into being,
can new forces be freed.
Socialism will not be handed on a plate, but must be struggled for.
Britain can achieve independence from the EU to run ALL its own affairs.
Who would have it any other way ?
“The ideals we cherish,our fondest dreams and fervent hopes may not be realised in our lifetime. But that is beside the point.The knowledge that in your day you did your duty,and lived up to expectations of your fellow men is in itself a rewarding experience and magnificent achievement” Nelson Mandela
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