About Us

Discontent is mounting. Every day people in Britain are more repelled by the present political, economic, and social order. The old claims about the virtues of capitalism don't convince any more; in fact, they're not really even made. Instead we're offered the grim assertion that, however bad this might be, there's no alternative. And that, it seems, does convince. So people relapse into cynicism and disillusionment: no point joining a party, no point voting, no point demonstrating, don't worry about the unemployed, don't worry about Afghanistan, just try to keep your own head above water.

But there are alternatives. A social order isn't something natural, like a weather pattern; an economic crisis isn't something natural, like a hurricane. The current system is a set of relationships between people. It has historical origins, and it can be replaced. In fact, it's crying out to be replaced. The generalized discontent we all feel is on some level a recognition that the basic institutions of our society have run out of steam. For the first time in generations, we're not being sold even the imaginary vision of a better, but still capitalist, future. The ideologists of the ruling class are obsessed with visions of degradation and decline. People on the left inevitably spend a lot of their time talking about single issues, and perhaps the core point doesn't come across clearly enough: capitalism has outlived its usefulness, but it won't just fade away of its own accord. It needs to be abolished.

The goal is communism—a society with no private property, no class system, and no state.

The Communist Corresponding Society is a group of people who have come together to take part in the difficult work of developing and publicizing a communist programme that will resonate with what people are feeling today. We aren't a political party, and we don't claim to be; we know others are also working in the same direction, and we don't pretend to have all the answers ourselves; we participate, in good faith, in the organizations and campaigns of the working-class, anti-imperialist, and popular movements.

People interested in the C.C.S. are invited to contact us.

C.C.S. public meetings

A selection of topics our public meetings have covered.

The difficulty of imagining a free society
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Why communism might not work
A progress report on our inevitable victory
Classical Marxism, Dark Ages Marxism, Renaissance Marxism
Orthodox Marxism today
The continuing contemporary irrelevance of the Communist Manifesto
The strange stability of capitalism in the West
If people don’t learn from experience, what do they learn from?
Beyond common sense: communist strategy today
The project for a new Soviet century
Psychiatric care and social cooperation
No way to say goodbye: the state of the Left today
Taoism as a guide to action
Be realistic: demand the inevitable
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Class consciousness and participatory democracy
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Everyday life and class consciousness
Is there a revolutionary proletariat in the West?
Free labour versus alienated labour
Hegelian dialectics: necessary for communism?
Karl Marx and the philosophers: a contemporary view
Anarchism and Marxism
Healing the First International
Early British socialists
Sweden: social-democratic supermodel?
The state and class society
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Progressive trends in Upper Palaeolithic cave art
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Class struggle in the Stone Age
Class struggle in the Bronze Age
Class struggle in the Iron Age
Fire and the sword: human progress in prehistory
Social origins of Greek tragedy
The economic basis of Greek philosophy
From republic to empire: historical progress in ancient Rome
Carthage and the struggle for power
Why slave revolts mostly fail
‘Woe unto you that are rich’: class struggle in the Bible
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De revolutionibus: a Marxist history of astronomy
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Socialist science and scientific socialism
Economics: the meaning of life
A beginner's guide to economic planning
The social roles of science and anti-science
The interpretation of dreams: a Marxist introduction to Freud
Physics, free will, and Marxism
So over the moon: the Apollo missions in retrospect
I for one welcome our new robot overlords
Physics and bourgeois ideology: a report from the Large Hadron Collider
Game theory: a Marxist critique
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‘Those deep Origins’: the Kalevala and Finnish national myth
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Social origins of Norse mythology
Base and superstructure in pyramid-age Egypt
Palaeolithic burial: the dawn of human ideology
Mausolea of the Neolithic Revolution
Religion and class struggle
Religious ideas in the English Revolution
Religion and rationalism today
The end of the world: prophecy and entertainment
Surviving the Rapture: a beginner's guide to the end of the world
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‘High art’ vs ‘mass culture’: the aesthetics of late capitalism
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Genre as form: an introduction to mass culture
The class politics of the fashion industry
Pylons and the Popular Front: Left poetry in the Thirties
Three poems about working conditions
Digital technology and the art of the cinema
The Renaissance: the cultural logic of early capitalism
Waste paper: comic books and mass culture
Argument for a bourgeois recreation (10)
Stockhausen serves imperialism!: Marxism and new music
Doing violence to oneself and then imagining what one would like: the antipoetry of Nicanor Parra
Some horror and some relief: the aesthetics of the ghost story
Fan fiction: art, democratized?
Socialist realism: art, democratized?
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‘Progressive’ education, ‘traditional’ education, and contempt for the masses
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Culture: a weapon in the fight for socialism
Socialism: a weapon in the fight for culture
Writing: bureaucracy's gift to the ages
The future of minority languages
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Louis Althusser (1918—1990) and ‘ideological state apparatuses’
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V. N. Voloshinov (1894—1936) and the philosophy of language
Christopher Caudwell (1907—1937) and ‘the sources of poetry’
William Morris (1834—1896) and ‘useful work versus useless toil’
Guy Debord (1931—1994) and the society of the spectacle
Georg Lukács (1885—1971) and the historical novel
Max Raphael (1889—1952) and ‘an empirical science of art’
Henri Lefebvre (1901—1991) and the critique of everyday life
Antonio Gramsci (1891—1937) and ‘the intellectuals’
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The doublespeak of bourgeois political economy
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Imperialism and white supremacy
Imperial frontiers of Britain and Pakistan
A materialist understanding of the American Civil War
The Boer War: a case study of British imperialism
The structure and function of the European far right
Soldiers of Fortuyn: the far Right in the Netherlands
Liberty’s soldiers: the passion and intensity of the U.S. right
The politics of nationality
The political economy of Islamism
The political economy of the Gulf States
Pirates! The new anti-imperialism in the Horn of Africa?
Fighting the cuts...
Communism and parliamentary democracy
Are you thinking what we're thinking?: elections and the Left
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Flying saucers: a bourgeois illusion?
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No saviour from on high: the search for extraterrestrial intelligence
Take me to your leader: alien encounters and social hierarchy
From jetpacks to climate catastrophe: what's happened to the future?
Milton Keynes: paradise lost
The national lottery and the alienation of hope
'New Age spirituality': a study in commodity fetishism
Signs of the times: astrology in the modern world
The Green movement: a new kind of anti-capitalism?
Animal rights: a human perspective
Class society and the idea of evil
I have a meme: Dawkins on ideology and the ideology of Dawkinsism
Understanding other people: a science of belief systems
What the conspiracy theories aren't telling you
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What they say about us

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