CU2021 summer – videos going up on CPGB YouTube channel

Session 1 – The Chatham House rule, safe spaces, noplatforming, and other such self-imposed barriers to socialism

Speaker: Mike Macnair

Mike Macnair is a member of the Provisional Central Committee of the CPGB and writes on a wide range of issues in the Weekly Worker. He is the author of the book Revolutionary Strategy (2008), you can find Mike’s books here

Session 2 – Trans rights orthodoxy and its discontents

Speaker: Amanda MacLean

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Amanda has written a number of articles for the Weekly Worker from a ‘gender critical’ perspective.

Session 3 – Free speech: unrestricted or restricted?

Debate between Norman Finkelstein and Tony Greenstein

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Norman Finkelstein is an American political scientist, activist, former professor, and author of the controversial book The Holocaust Industry (2000).

Tony Greenstein has been a political activist for all his adult life, mainly focusing on Palestine, anti-racist and anti-fascist activities. Tony is a founding member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain and Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods. You can find Tony’s articles in the Weekly Worker here

Session 4 – A damning phrase? “The communists do not form a separate party opposed to other working class parties”

Speaker: Lawrence Parker

Lawrence Parker is a Marxist historian of the (old) CPGB. He has written for the Weekly Worker and is author of The Kick Inside – Revolutionary Opposition in the CPGB, 1945-1991 (2012) and Communists and Labour — The National Left-Wing Movement 1925–1929 (2018).

Session 5 – Without a hegemonic Communist Party the Labour Party can never be transformed into a vehicle for socialism

Speaker: Kevin Bean

Kevin Bean is a member of the Labour Party Marxist steering group.

Session 6 – The poisonous logic of seeking, normalising, and joining coalitions with bourgeois politicians

Speaker: Gus Ootjers (Communistisch Platform)

Communistisch Platform is a Dutch organisation that strives for the revolutionary self-emancipation of the working class to free itself from the shackles of class society. You can find their website here

Session 7 – Amadeo Bordiga and ‘Left wing communism’: a long-established disorder?

Speaker: David Broder

David Broder is a Marxist historian of French and Italian communism, translator and Europe editor of Jacobin magazine. He has also written for the Weekly Worker

Session 8 – Yeomen and the English Revolution: The Missing Bourgeoisie?

Speaker: Dr Marc Mulholland

Marc is a Tutor in Modern History at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. You can find his articles in the Weekly Worker here

Session 9 – Iran-Israel’s new hot cold war

Speakers: Yassamine Mather and Moshé Machover

Yassamine is a regular author for the Weekly Worker and is an expert on Iranian and Middle Eastern politics, you can find her articles here

Moshé Machover is a mathematician and socialist activist who has been active in and written extensively on Middle-Eastern politics. In 1962 he co-founded the Israeli socialist organisation Matzpen. He is a member of Hands Off the People of Iran (HOPI). A collection of his essays on the Middle East, Israelis and Palestinians – Conflict and Resolution, is published by Haymarket Books

Session 10 – Capitalism as robbery: Time and revolution

Speaker: Camilla Power

Camilla Power is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Dept of Anthropology at UCL, and was Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of East London. Camilla has published many articles on the evolutionary origins of ritual, gender and the use of cosmetics in African initiation, and did fieldwork with Hadzabe hunter-gatherer women. She is also a leading member of the Radical Anthropology Group

Session 11 – The first human revolution: red ochre, the red flag of prehistory

Speaker: Ian Watts

Ian Watts is a founding member of the Radical Anthropology Group

Session 12 – Being human: what chimpanzees can teach us

Speaker: Chris Knight

Chris Knight is a British anthropologist, high-profile political activist and a founding member of the Radical Anthropology Group

Knight published his first book, Blood Relations: Menstruation and the origins of culture in 1991. Since then, he has been a major figure in debates on the origins of human symbolic culture and especially the origin of language. He is best-known for the theory that human language, religion and culture emerged in our species not simply by gradual Darwinian evolution, but in a process culminating in revolutionary social change – what is often termed “the first human revolution”.

Chris has also written extensively for the Weekly Worker, you can find his articles here

Session 13 – Israel-Palestine: does the solution still rely on a working class Arab revolution?

Speaker: Moshé Machover

Moshé Machover is a mathematician and socialist activist who has been active in and written extensively on Middle-Eastern politics. In 1962 he co-founded the Israeli socialist organisation Matzpen. He is a member of Hands Off the People of Iran (HOPI). A collection of his essays on the Middle East, Israelis and Palestinians – Conflict and Resolution, is published by Haymarket Books

Session 14 – Indyref 2: what position should Marxists take?

Speaker: Sandy McBurney

Session 15 – Border poll politics in Ireland: referenda and the British-Irish

Speakers: Kevin Bean and Anne McShane

Anne McShane has a long history of involvement in the workers movement, both in Britain and Ireland. She stood in a number of elections in Britain, for the CPGB and the Socialist Alliance. Anne has always been a dedicated advocate of women’s rights and has written and campaigned on abortion rights both in Britain and Ireland. She works as a lawyer and has recently commenced a PhD on the women’s section of the CPSU (Zhenotdel) at Glasgow University. You can find a selection of Anne’s articles for the Weekly Worker here

Session 16 – Do machines create value?

Speaker: Ian Wright

Session 17 – Do machines create communism? Accelerationism, AI, robots, and the working class

Speaker: Yassamine Mather

Session 18 – Marx’s so-called transformation problem in Capital

Speaker: Michael Roberts

Michael Roberts worked in the City of London as an economist for over 40 years. He has closely observed the machinations of global capitalism from within the dragon’s den. At the same time, he was a political activist in the labour movement for decades. Since retiring, he has written several books. The Great Recession – a Marxist view (2009); The Long Depression (2016); Marx 200: a review of Marx’s economics (2018). You can read his articles in the Weekly Worker here

Session 19 – Was the collapse of ‘really existing socialism’ inevitable?

Speaker: Hillel Ticktin

Hillel Ticktin was born in South Africa in 1937, and left the country to avoid arrest for political activism. He wrote his PhD thesis whilst living in the Soviet Union. Due to his critical approach towards the official Communist parties of the time, his work was rejected. In 1965 he began teaching at the University of Glasgow, and in 1973 he co-founded the journal Critique. He continues to lecture and also to write for Critique and other publications.

You can find his articles in the Weekly Worker here

Session 20 – China: the unexpected political economy

Speaker: Alan Hudson

Alan Hudson is Director of Programmes in Leadership and Public Policy at the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, Shanghai Jiaotong University and the Chinese Executive Leadership Academy Pudong. The work on Shanghai has led to the establishment of a joint Oxford University/CELAP Centre for Urban Studies, of which he is the Oxford Director.