The Communist Corresponding Society is a Marxist discussion group. We host regular public meetings in Oxford, and we have members in a few other places too. The topics we discuss are not confined to the narrow and artificial limits of ‘politics’ as the bourgeoisie understands it: we seek to develop Marxist approaches to questions ranging from economic theory to prehistoric burial practices, from genre fiction to law, from democratic ways of organizing to the reasons why people believe in flying saucers. We draw on multiple strands of Marxist and leftist thinking, and we aren’t always in a rush to nail down definitive answers. At a time when the perspectives for socialist change seem unclear and debatable, the CCS seeks to encourage discussion, analysis, self-education, and self-clarification.
We see ourselves as part of a plural socialist movement, within which no individual person and no organization can claim to carry out all the different kinds of work that socialists and communists could usefully be engaging in. Other people and other groups are making other contributions, and we salute them for it; this is the contribution we feel able to make. Anyone who would like to join in is invited to contact us.
CCS public meetings are currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the talks will be posted on our audio page on the evening of each meeting and will remain up for a week. For further updates, email us to be added to our mailing list or follow us on social media.
‘Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian’: class struggle in the early Roman Republic
7:30pm, Thursday 21 January
René Magritte: false mirrors
7:30pm, Thursday 28 January
Valentin Voloshinov (1895–1936) and the Marxist critique of Freudianism
7:30pm, Thursday 4 February
7:30pm, Thursday 11 February
Past regrets and future fears: stories about time travel
7:30pm, Thursday 18 February
Marx’s irrational irrational commodity
7:30pm, Thursday 25 February
Virtuous Fabians and vicious Engelsians
7:30pm, Thursday 4 March
Why are goblins scared of iron?
7:30pm, Thursday 11 March
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