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Capitalism, Crisis and Imperialism

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This course led by tutor Sorcha Foster focuses on Lenin's 'Imperialism' and its relevance today.

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Each class will be built around two questions and will draw upon the life experience of those attending as well as knowledge of the texts. Required reading will be limited to two or three short pieces.

At the end of the class you should have secured:

• An understanding of Lenin’s Imperialism and its place in the development of Marxist theory

• An appreciation of Marxist theories of crisis as applied to the 1930s and the present

• An understanding of how the State sustains capitalism in our era and the implications of this for democracy

With Sorcha Foster as tutor.

Resources

Course reading: Lenin’s Imperialism can be found here: https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/pref01.htm

Maurice Dobb’s Studies in the development of capitalism (chapter 8) can be found here: http://digamo.free.fr/dobb1946.pdf

For further reading: Emile Burns, Introduction to Marxism – specially chapter 4 access here:

https://www.marxists.org/archive/burns-emile/1939/what-is-marxism/index.htm

John Eaton, Political Economy, esp. Chapters 6, 8 and 12

http://krishikosh.egranth.ac.in/bitstream/1/15590/1/2125.pdf

Jonathan White (ed), State Monopoly Capitalism Manifesto Press 2017

25th February: Imperialism Then and Now

What was new and different about Lenin’s explanation of imperialism ? Why did he attach such importance to the development of monopoly ?How far can the current world situation still be understood in terms of inter-imperialist rivalry ?

3rd March: Marxism and philosophy

Why did Marxists of the time describe this as the first crisis of ‘a new type’ How far was Maurice Dobb correct in saying that Keynesian policies could only provide medium-term mitigation of this new type of capitalist crisis – and entrench monopoly power?

10th March: Marxism and economics

Neo-Liberals say that maximising market freedom – eliminating interference in the market by the state (austerity) or by organised labour (anti-union laws) – will result in the most productive use of resources and the best outcomes for all. How can this argument be contested ?How far does finance capital (defined as the fusion of industrial monopoly and banking capital) still dominate the economy and, if so, what role has it played in the unfolding of the post 2008 crisis ?

17th March: Marxism, the state and revolution

What are the political, state-power requirements of finance capital today and how are they secured nationally and internationally ? How far is capitalism compatible with democracy in our era ?

Links and further reading:

• Sam Aaronovitch, The Political Economy of British Capitalism, 1979 +

• Ben Fine, The Elgar Companion to Marx's Economics, 2011* sixty-one short explanations of all aspects of Marx’s economics

• David Harvey, Limits to Capital, various editions+

• Jim Stanford's website contains much material on the contemporary economy

http://www.economicsforeveryone.ca/authors

* accessible + challenging

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