Johannesburg Central's Communist University: 2005 Draft Programme.*

Date
Title
Author
Opening
Jan28
Communist Manifesto (1848)
Marx, Engels
Solly Mapaila
"Development" or Class Struggle?
Feb 4
Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970) (C1-3); Use Your Head (1982)
Freire, Buzan.
Dominic Tweedie
11
Peasants’ Revolt: Chiefs in the Saddle (1964)
Mbeki
Sibusiso Mchunu
18
African Socialism Revisited (1967)
Nkrumah
Nathaniel Komano
25
The Tax in Kind (1921)
Lenin
Theresa Giorza
Mar 4
Attend RLS Seminar [+Planet of Slums (2004)]
Davis
Reading only
11
State & Market (2004); Poujadisme (1954)
Moore, Foster
Makhi Ndabeni
Apr 1
SACP and Elections, Social Forum at SATAWU
SACP
Panel
Elements of Socialism: Class Struggle under the Bourgeois State
8
The NDR & the Proletariat (1988); DOP (French Party Congress, 1977)
Slovo; Althusser
Dominic Tweedie
15
Report from 3rd Alex La Guma Brigade visit to Cuba.
FOCUS
Hope Papo
22
18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon (1852)
Marx
Maxwell Zalisile
29
Address to Com. League (1850); Bourgeois Democracy & DOP (1919)
Marx, Lenin
Zico Tamela
May 6
Twelve Years (1907)
Lenin
Makhi Ndabeni
13
Stalinism and Bolshevism (1937)
Trotsky
Phem. Kebinelang
20
China's leap into the heart of the twenty-first century
Sachs
Michael Sachs
Political Economy: Surplus Value
27
Capital V1, C1, Secs. 1, 2, & 4; Value, Price & Profit Secs. VI – X
Marx
Dominic Tweedie
Jun 3
Capital Vol. 1, C6, Buying and Selling of Labour Power (1867)
Marx
Vhush. Ramatsitsi
10
Capital Vol. 1, C7, Process of Producing Surplus Value (1867)
Marx
Zico Tamela
24
Capital Vol. 1, C8, Constant & Variable Capital (1867)
Marx
Patrick Craven
Jul 1
Capital Vol. 1, C9, The Rate of Surplus-Value (1867)
Marx
Nokw. Ntamnani
8
C11, 12, & 16, Relative Surplus-Value (1867); Tweedie v. Orr (2004)
Marx
Solly Mapaila
Sharpening the Weapon of Philosophy
15
Dialectics (1878) ; Theory of Action (Dialectical Materialism, 1976)
Engels, Dialego
Skhu. Thomo
22
Idealism & Materialism (German Ideology, 1845); Apriorism (1877)
Marx, Engels
Makhi Ndabeni
29
FOCUS Cuba Solidarity event – the Battle of Ideas
FOCUS
Reuben Ramos
Aug 5
The Paris Commune (3rd Address)
Marx
Report Back
12
Ludwig Feuerbach, 1 & 2, Hegel, Materialism (1886)
Engels
Miles Maisela
19
Ludwig Feuerbach, 4, Marx (1886); Theory of Knowledge (1976)
Engels, Dialego
Xola Ngonini
26
Freedom & Necessity (Anti-Duhring, 1877)
Engels
Mandla Radebe
Sep 2
Quantity & Quality & Negation of Negation (Anti-Duhring, 1877)
Engels
Eddie, Nathaniel
9
Critique of the Gotha Programme (1875)
Marx
Zico Tamela
16
Neo-liberalism, reformism, populism & ultra-leftism (2005)
Jeremy Cronin
Report Back
Building Socialism the Lenin Way
23
What is to be Done? (1902)
Lenin
P. Kebinelang
30
The SACP & Transition to Democracy & Socialism
Vishwas Satgar
Report Back
Oct 7
Two Tactics of Social Democracy in the Democratic Revolution (1905)
Lenin
Buti Manamela
14
April Theses (1917); State & Revolution, Chapter 1 (1917)
Lenin
Buti Manamela
21
State & Revolution, Chapters 2 & 3 (1917)
Lenin
Xola Ngonini
28
Left-Wing Communism, Infantile Disorder, Chapters 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 (1920)
Lenin
Xola Ngonini
Nov 4
The Politics of Organising
Langa Zita
Report Back
Revolutionary War and Peace
11
Ancient Class Struggle (2000)
de Ste Croix
Dominic Tweedie
18
War (1827)
Clausewitz
Bethuel
25
History of the Communist League (1885)
Engels
Bigboy Kekana
Dec 2
The Chinese Revolution and the Chinese Communist Party (1939)
Mao
Trevor Konela
9
Peoples Democratic Dictatorship; Political and Military Forces
Mao, Le Duan
Sibusiso Mchunu

* Texts and order may be changed by the study group.

Venue and Time: Lekgotla Space, Women’s Jail , Constitution Hill, Braamfontein, 17h00 – 18h30.

Openers should be on time to open the discussion for 10-15 minutes, reviewing the work and bringing out suitable talking points. The chairperson will encourage dialogue involving all participants. Please volunteer to open a discussion – all it requires is that you read the work and give your own brief account of it.

All are welcome. Contact: Dominic Tweedie, e-mail hypercube@telkomsa.net or dominic.tweedie@gmail.com.