The first of a series of communist discussion meetings in Sheffield. From 7pm on Tuesday 19th January at The Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street, Sheffield S1 2BS.
Recommended reading for the meeting includes: William Morris – News From Nowhere chapters xii, xv and xvii; Cornelius Castoriadis – On the content of socialism; Karl Marx – Critique of the Gotha Programme parts iii and iv, as well as The Paris Commune from Civil War in France.
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8 thoughts on “what would our alternative society look like?”
7pm on Tuesday 19th
Can I add to the reading list: Marx, critique of the Gotha programme in vol 24 collected works, on Marxist internet archive.
Critque 8 might be difficult to find outside a university. so it can be replaced with the section on proletarians and communists in the Communist manifesto. and the section of the civil war in france where marx writes about the commune as a form of workers self emancipation.
There is a Pluto press communist manifesto 2008 with an introduction by David Harvey which bring in the credit crunch or the current recession.
Just a note to say that the recommended reading has been updated in line with various comments/suggestions…
Would it be worth adding The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin to the reading list? I’ve not read it myself, but I understand that it’s meant to be not unlike News From Nowhere in terms of being a fictional attempt to describe how such a society might actually function.
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin is similar to News From Nowhere, in that it describes how people try to run an anarchist/communist society. However, it differs from Morris’ work in that life is still very difficult for people on Anarres, because the planet is very resource-poor, and they are trying to build it up. I’d say that Le Guin’s novel is more relevant in terms of how we might build a future society in spite of the environmental destruction wrought by the profit system,
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