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NYU Primary Platypus Marxist Reading Group Winter–Spring 2017

Mondays 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Eastern Time

NYU Global Center, Room 265, 238 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012


Recommended winter break preliminary readings:

+ Leszek Kolakowski, “The concept of the Left” (1968)
+ Richard Appignanesi and Oscar Zarate / A&Z, Introducing Lenin and the Russian Revolution / Lenin for Beginners (1977)
+ Sebastian Haffner, Failure of a Revolution: Germany 1918–19 (1968)
+ Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism / Trotsky for Beginners (1980)
+ James Joll, The Second International 1889–1914 (1966)
+ Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station: A Study in the Writing and Acting of History (1940), Part II. Ch. (1–4,) 5–10, 12–16; Part III. Ch. 1–6


Film screenings: January 2017


Week 13. Revolutionary leadership | Jan. 30, 2017


Week 14. Reform or revolution? | Feb. 6, 2017


Week 15. Lenin and the vanguard party | Feb. 13, 2017


Week 16. What is to be done? | Feb. 20, 2017


Week 17. Mass strike and social democracy | Feb. 27, 2017


Week 18. Permanent revolution | Mar. 6, 2017

  • Leon TrotskyResults and Prospects(1906)
  • + Tariq Ali and Phil Evans, Introducing Trotsky and Marxism /Trotsky for Beginners (1980)

Week 19. State and revolution | Mar. 13, 2017


Week 20. Imperialism | Mar. 20, 2017


Week 21. Mar. 27, 2017 (spring break)


Week 22. Failure of the revolution | Apr. 3, 2017


Week 23. Apr. 10, 2017 [Platypus international convention]


Week 24. Retreat after revolution | Apr. 17, 2017


Week 25. Dialectic of reification | Apr. 24, 2017


Week 26. Lessons of October | Apr. 29, 2017


Week 27. Trotskyism | May 1, 2017


Week 28. The authoritarian state | May 8, 2017


Week 29. On the concept of history | May 15, 2017


Week 30. Reflections on Marxism | May 22, 2017


Week 31. Theory and practice | Jun. 29, 2017

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