“There can be no perfect Europe in which Ireland is denied even the least of its national rights.”—James Connolly  “The cause of labour is the cause of Ireland, the cause of Ireland is the cause of labour.”—James Connolly  “We still believe that the struggle of Ireland for freedom is a part of the worldwide upward movement of the toilers of the earth.”—James Connolly  “I must say the tasks confronting the youth . . . might be summed up in a single word: learn.”—V. I. Lenin  “Present unfortunate state is entirely owing to treachery, the rich always betray the poor.”—Jemmy Hope  “Our independence must be had at all hazards. If the men of property will not support us, they must fall.”—Theobald Wolfe Tone  “Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution.”  —Marx and Engels 

Working Class School of Politics


“I must say the tasks confronting the youth . . . might be summed up in a single word: learn.”—V. I. Lenin


The CYM places the greatest emphasis on education and learning. If we are to be revolutionaries we must be guided by revolutionary theory. Through study, discussion, experience and practice, socialist philosophy remains a guiding light to millions of workers and students worldwide.

Introduction to Marxism

This course is designed to give the reader and activist a basic understanding of the many parts and components of what makes up socialist philosophy.


It serves as an introduction to Marxism and as an introduction to some of the many great revolutionary socialists we can learn from. In addition to this, as the Irish struggle and conditions are particular to our island the course contains some basic Irish history and some of the issues that face Irish socialists.


Education

Pedagogy of the Oppressed Paulo Freire

Freedom

Liberty: A Study in Bourgeois Illusion—Christopher Caudwell
Inaugural Address of the International Workingmen’s Association—Marx

Political theory

Communist Manifesto–Marx and Engels
The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism—Lenin

Philosophy

Socialism, Utopian and Scientific—Engels
Socialism and Darwinism”—Daphne Liddle (February 2009)

Political economy

Introduction to Marxism—Emile Burns
Wage Labour and Capital—Marx

Imperialism

Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism—Lenin
US Imperialism, Europe and the Middle East—Samir Amin

Socialism and nationalism

Socialism and Nationalism—James Connolly
Self-Determination Summed Up—Lenin

United Irishmen, 1798

“Remember 1798”—Communist Party of Ireland
Labour in Irish History—James Connolly

Irish Freedom

The Reconquest of Ireland—James Connolly

Women and class

Women: Caste, Class or Oppressed Sex?—Evelyn Reed
Lenin on the Women’s Question—Clara Zetkin

The state

The State and Revolution—Lenin


The texts attached may be summaries or chapters and so may not contain the full text as written by the author.

The Working Class and Revolution

Course 2 is planned to give the reader a further introduction to Marxism but also to concentrate on tactical questions and issues.


It also introduces some more contemporary writers who have developed the classics from their time and place to now. This is a practice we must continually engage in.


Education

The Murder Machine—P. H. Pearse

Marxist philosophy

The Marxist Doctrine—Lenin

Class struggle

The Time for Armed Struggle—William Pomeroy
Political and Military Forces in Revolutionary War—Le Duan

Women and class

“Only in conjunction with the proletarian women will socialism be victorious”—Clara Zetkin

Socialism and nationalism

Rethinking National Marxism—David Lloyd

Imperialism

Empire of Barbarism—Foster and Clarke

The texts attached may be summaries or chapters and so may not contain the full text as written by the author.

Imperialism and anti-imperialist struggle

Class 1: Marxist analysis of imperialism

Suggested reading: Lenin, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism (1916), chap. 7.

Class 2: Connolly on imperialism and freedom

Suggested reading: Connolly, “Socialism and nationalism” (1897).

Class 3: Anti-imperialist struggle

Suggested reading: Kwame Nkrumah, “African socialism revisited” (1967).

Class 4: The nature of imperialism today

Suggested reading: Foster and Clarke, “Empire of barbarism,” from Monthly Review (2004).

Class 5: The European Union: an imperialist entity

Suggested reading: policy statements by the Communist Party of Ireland and the Communist Party of Greece.

The texts attached may be summaries or chapters and so may not contain the full text as written by the author.

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