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 24 hours. For further updates, email us to be added to our mailing list or follow us on social media.
Proletarian democracy in theory and practice
7:30pm, Thursday 30 April
7:30pm, Thursday 7 May
Karl Kautsky (1854–1938) and ‘the history of Christ’s passion’
7:30pm, Thursday 14 May
The perceived spookiness of modern physics
7:30pm, Thursday 21 May
Vehicular homicide in the early eighteenth century
7:30pm, Thursday 28 May
Slave-owning democracy in theory and practice
7:30pm, Thursday 4 June
What is abstract labour, and who does the abstracting?
7:30pm, Thursday 11 June
No saviour from on high: the search for extraterrestrial intelligence
7:30pm, Thursday 18 June
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