Communist Corresponding Society

About us

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.

Online talks

Talks are posted on our audio page and remain up for a week.

Public meetings in Oxford

Elections and socialist strategy
7:30pm, Thursday 28 April
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

Wonders of the visible world: the politics of the Salem witch trials
7:30pm, Thursday 5 May
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

Sanctions and other forms of collective punishment: a brief history of failure
7:30pm, Thursday 12 May
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

State and revolution: Louis XIV
7:30pm, Thursday 19 May
Cancelled due to illness

Revolution principles and the Revolution bench
7:30pm, Thursday 26 May
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

That sober liberty: Andrew Marvell in the Cromwellian republic
7:30pm, Thursday 2 June
The Library, Quaker Meeting House (St Giles)

Isaac Newton’s occult properties
7:30pm, Thursday 9 June
The Library, Quaker Meeting House (St Giles)

Seventeenth-century calculating machines
7:30pm, Thursday 16 June
Town Hall (St Aldates)

CCS contacts

@CCSoc on Twitter

Oxford CCS on Facebook

Email the CCS

External links

The Marxists Internet Archive