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

Hard choices for the left
7:30pm, Thursday 13 October
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

Vee, vee, black sheep: knowing how to pronounce ancient languages
7:30pm, Thursday 20 October
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

State trials and the rule of law after the 1688 revolution
7:30pm, Thursday 27 October
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

Victorian seances and Marx’s law of value
7:30pm, Thursday 3 November
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

Guy Debord (1931–1994) and the society of the spectacle
7:30pm, Thursday 10 November
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

State and revolution: Louis XIV
7:30pm, Thursday 17 November
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

The rise of the Hollywood studio system
7:30pm, Thursday 24 November
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)

Argument for a bourgeois recreation (10)
7:30pm, Thursday 1 December
Wesley Memorial Church (New Inn Hall St)


CCS contacts

@CCSoc on Twitter

Oxford CCS on Facebook

Email the CCS


External links

The Marxists Internet Archive