Studying Lenin's What Is To Be Done?

Submitted by martin on 14 March, 2021 - 11:58
Lenin Rediscovered

We'll be studying Lenin's What Is To Be Done? in the context of Lars Lih's commentary in Lenin Rediscovered, Thursdays 8pm (UTC+1) from 15 April to 27 May inclusive.

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Zoomlink https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81679399952?pwd=WW9lRzF1M1l4VVVsWTZVOFdyTS84dz09

Study guide: click here to download as docx, and here to download as pdf. Please read the texts indicated as reading for the first session before you join the course.

Schedule

Session 1: Models and adversaries
Reading: Extracts – German SPD model, Bernstein’s revisionism and Russian socialism before WITBD. Click here to download PowerPoint

Session 2: Revolutionary theory and the class struggle
Reading: Preface and Chapter I. Click here to download PowerPoint

Session 3: Spontaneity and consciousness
Reading: Chapter II. Click here to download PowerPoint

Session 4: Propaganda and agitation
Reading: Chapter III. Click here to download PowerPoint

Session 5: Professional revolutionaries
Reading: Chapter IV. Click here to download PowerPoint

Session 6: Newspapers and party building
Reading: Chapter V and Conclusion. Click here to download PowerPoint

Session 7: What was done with WITBD
Reading: Extracts – Lenin, Martynov, Plekhanov, Trotsky, Zinoviev, Gramsci, Shachtman, Stalin, Wolfe, Draper. Click here to download PowerPoint

Background

Notes on the roots of Bolshevism, by Sean Matgamna, covering the historical background in Populism, the various strands of Russian socialism, and workers' struggles

Review by Paul Hampton of Lenin Rediscovered

Notes from Brisbane Workers' Liberty study group on Lenin Rediscovered

Timeline used by Brisbane study group

Review by Paul Hampton of Lenin

Interview with Lars Lih

The Bolsheviks as they really were, by Pierre Broué

Propaganda and agitation: what they mean. Excerpts from AWL publications, and Plekhanov's classic discussion

Zoomlink each Thursday:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81679399952?pwd=WW9lRzF1M1l4VVVsWTZVOFdyTS84dz09

Meeting ID: 816 7939 9952

Passcode: 695850

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