Communist University 2016

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  1. ramonmercado

    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Communist University 2016
    Join us for our annual school, August 6-13, Westminster University, London
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    Update: Norman Finkelstein will be joining us, presenting a number of sessions, for example on "The Holocaust Industry" and "Israel and Anti-Semitism"

    Other confirmed speakers include Hillel Ticktin, Michael Roberts, Yassamine Mather, Chris Knight, Ian Birchall, Bob Arnott, Moshé Machover, Marc Mulholland, Mike Macnairand Jack Conrad.

    Timetable and more info to follow soon! To see what CU is all about, check out this video we produced a couple of years back. Videos from previous years are also available online.

    We're in a new venue this year: Westminster University, Harrow House, Watford Road, Northwick Park, Middlesex HA1 3TP. The venue is two minutes’ walk from Northwick Park tube station on the Metropolitan line, a few minutes’ walk from Kenton on the Bakerloo line and overground trains from Euston.

    • Full week, including accommodation in ensuite single rooms - £250 (£150 unwaged). Solidarity price - £300.
    • First/final weekend, including one night’s accommodation - £60 (£30).
    • Full week, no accommodation - £60 (£30)
    • Day - £10 (£5) Single session - £5 (£3).
    Accommodation limited - book now to avoid disappointment. Please note that we have also a few twin rooms available, which might be of interest to couples, friends of comrades with children.

    Reservation fee £30. You can either pay by cheque (BCM Box 928, London WC1N 3XX), by Paypal on our website or by bank transfer (email tina@cpgb.org.uk for details).

    http://cpgb.org.uk/pages/news/98/communist-university-2016/
     
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    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    It costs money to organise these events.

    CPGB don't have corporate sponsors.

    £150 covers 7 nights B&B and 8 days of discussions/debates.

    I'll post the full Timetable when its available. You might find a session of interest. Economics, Politics, History, Anthropology etc.
     
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    ramonmercado CyberPunk

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    Ah, but the CPGB aren't sociopaths.

    Have a look at some of the vids of past Summer Schools.
     
  4. Coal

    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    I've always thought this was a good idea. The problem is 'who decides' what an individual's needs are? If, in an utterly theoretical communist state, every issue was deiced by plebiscite (let's say using a secure phone app), and those who implemented governance had the same pay and conditions as their comrades and operated 100% transparently...

    ...inside a year someone would say in the honeyed tones of a buttered weasel "We all want the same thing* comrades, we don't all need to vote on this issue..."


    *Coal's Law #17: Whenever anyone says "We all want the same thing..." you can be certain the speaker wants more of it, even if it's part of your share.
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    They're new communists. You know, like capitalists.
     
  6. Xanatic*

    Xanatic* Justified & Ancient

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    Then you also got Communist Zero, that's the one without sugar.
     
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    Sweetened with honey made by worker bees.
     
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    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Drones on the other hand, or 'admin' as they're known... :)
     
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    Monstrosa Justified & Ancient

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    How about the welfare queens, constantly popping out young to justify their existence.
     
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    You asked me previously why I was so interested in British Politics. I think the CPGB have a lot to do with it. I first encountered them in solidarity work on Iran. They didn't just oppose Imperialism, they actively supported the democratic Iranian Opposition. Supporting Trade Unionists, Women's groups, Student groups and political groups who wanted to overthrow the Theocracy from within and from below. Not just another appointed elite to replace the Mullahs.

    I attended their summer school on five occasions and I can honestly say I learned a lot there. They are against the regressive left who try to censor awkward voices in universities. They are not like the old CPGB.
     
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    Coal Polymath Renaissance Man

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    Good to know actually, that some really believe in the freedom of expression.
     
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    Provisional timetable
    Subject to change - please keep an eye out for updates!

    Saturday August 6
    2.00pm: Corbyn and the Labour party
    Jack Conrad

    4.45pm: Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism
    Moshe Machover + Tony Greenstein

    Sunday August 7
    10.00am: The CPGB and the National Left-Wing Movement, 1926-29
    Lawrence Parker

    2.00pm: Media, old and new
    Paul Demarty

    4.45pm : Alfred Rosmer's Moscow and the early Comintern
    Ian Birchall

    Monday August 8
    10.00pm : The world economy after Brexit
    Hillel Ticktin

    2.00pm: The Chilcot Report and the wars in the Middle East
    Yassamine Mather

    4.45pm: The Anti-Semitism crisis in the Labour Party
    Norman Finkelstein

    Tuesday August 9
    10.00am: Plato's Republic
    Norman Finkelstein

    2.00pm : The Holocaust Industry
    Norman Finkelstein

    4.45pm: The past, present and future of the NHS
    Bob Arnott

    Wednesday August 10
    10.00am: Origins of democratic centralism
    Ben Lewis

    2.00pm: TBC
    Hillel Ticktin 2

    4.45pm: After the Brexit vote
    Mike Macnair

    Thursday August 11
    10.00am: TBC
    Chris Knight

    2.00pm: Revolution and counter-revolution in Ireland
    Kevin Bean

    4.45pm : TBC
    Marc Mullholland

    Friday August 12
    10.00pm: TBC
    Michael Roberts

    2.00pm: TBC
    Chris Knight

    4.45pm : Class power and individual liberty
    Mike Macnair

    Saturday August 13
    10.00am: Aeroplanes, space systems and the arms industry
    Yassamine Mather

    1.30 : The fate of 1917
    Jack Conrad

    4.00 pm: Assessment
     
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    Videos from Communist University 2016

    The first ten videos from this year’s CU are now available online. Our new YouTube channel is here.

    Norman Finkelstein: The New Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust Industry

    Norman Finkelstein: The future of Palestine

    Norman Finkelstein: On J S Mill's "On Liberty"

    Yassamine Mather: The Chilcot report, Iraq and Syria

    Kevin Bean: Revolution and counter revolution in Ireland

    Ben Lewis: The origins of Democratic Centralism

    Hillel Ticktin: The world economy after Brexit

    Hillel Ticktin: The transitional period

    Jack Conrad: The lessons of 1917

    Chris Knight: Noam Chomsky decoded
     

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