Nationalism and Self-Determination - Marxist Education Series


Join the International Socialist Organization to read and discuss classic theoretical works of Marxist literature on questions of national liberation and the right of nations to self-determination.

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Monthly topics and readings for this study group are as follows:


Session One:  Nationalism and National Liberation   Readings: Tom Lewis, Marxism and Nationalism, pt. 2   Lenin, The Right of Nations to Self-Determination (from National Liberation, Socialism and Imperialism, International Publishers, available from Haymarket Books; or   The Discussion on Self-Determination Summed Up   Rosa Luxemburg, The National Question and Autonomy    Supplemental Reading:   Lenin, Thesis on the National and Colonial Question   Jeff Bale at Socialism 2011     Session Two:  The Permanent Revolution   Readings: Trotsky, The Character of the Russian Revolution   Trotsky, The Permanent Revolution   Tony Cliff, Deflected Permanent Revolution   Supplemental Reading:   Frantz Fanon, The Pitfalls of National Consciousness   The Debate in ISR 48 on Permanent Revolution   Trotsky, The Chinese Revolution and the Thesis of Comrade Stalin   Open Letter to the Workers of India     Session Three: Black Liberation & Nationalism   Readings: CLR James, The Revolutionary Answer to the Negro Problem in the US   Ahmed SHawki, Black Liberation and Socialism Chapters 6, 7, 9   Supplemental Reading:   Malcolm X, "Black Nationalism can set us free" (speech)

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