Volume 1 Reading Group in Chicago

A study group is beginning a regular reading and discussion of Communist Interventions Volume 1: European Socialism and Communism on Chicago’s Northside. Their first meeting is this Thursday, May 26 at 5 PM at Cuneen’s Bar in Rogers Park. They will be covering Chapter 1 of the reader the following week, on Thursday, June 2, same time and place. They can be contacted through northside-capital@googlegroups.com.

Second Edition of Revolutionary Feminism Released

We offer the second edition of Revolutionary Feminism, the third volume of our Communist Interventions series. The new edition is available as a PDF, ePub or Mobi on our reader page at https://communistresearchcluster.wordpress.com/readers/

The new edition includes several new texts, extensive typo corrections, and a new epilogue.

Revolutionary Feminism, Communist Interventions vol. 3, Second Edition

Table of Contents


1 The Origins of an Orthodoxy
1.1 Frederich Engels, Origins of the Family, Private Property, and the State (1884)

2  Second International
2.1 August Bebel, Woman and Socialism (1879/1910)
2.2  Eleanor Marx and Edward Aveling, The Woman Question (1886)
2.3  Clara Zetkin, Only in Conjunction With the Proletarian Women Will Socialism Be Victorious (1896)
2.4  Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Suffrage and the Class Struggle (1912)
2.5  Rosa Luxemburg, The Proletarian Woman (1914)

3  Anarchism
3.1  Lucy Parsons, Woman: Her Evolutionary Development (1905)
3.2  Voltaire de Cleyre, The Woman Question (1897)
3.3  Emma Goldman, The Tragedy of Woman’s Emancipation (1906)
3.4  Emma Goldman, Woman Suffrage (1910)
3.5 Milly Witkop-Rocker, The Need for Women’s Unions (1925)

4  Russian Revolution
4.1  V.I. Lenin, Speech at the First All-Russia Congress of Working Women (1918)
4.2  V.I. Lenin, Soviet Power and the Status of Women (1919)
4.3  Clara Zetkin, Lenin on the Woman Question (1920)
4.4  Alexandra Kollontai, Communism and the Family (1920)
4.5  Leon Trotsky, Thermidor in the Family (1937)

5  American Communist Party
5.1  Margaret Cowl, Women and Equality (1935)
5.2  Mary Inman, In Woman’s Defense (1940)
5.3  Claudia Jones, We Seek Full Equality for Women (1949)
5.4  Claudia Jones, An End to the Neglect of the Problems of Negro Women (1949)

6  Women’s Liberation
6.1  Casey Hayden and Mary King, Sex and Caste (1965)
6.2  Shulamith Firestone and Anne Koedt, Redstockings Manifesto (1968)
6.3  Anne Koedt, The Politics of the Ego: A Manifesto for N.Y. Radical Feminists (1969)
6.4  Roxanne Dunbar, Female Liberation as the Basis for Social Revolution (1969)
6.5  Jo Freeman, The Tyranny of Structurelessness (1971)
6.6  Women of the Weather Underground, A Collective Letter to the Women’s Movement

7  Gay Liberation Front
7.1  Radicalesbians, The Woman Identified Woman Manifesto (1970)
7.2  Carl Wittman, A Gay Manifesto (1970)
7.3  Radicalqueens, Radicalqueens Manifestos (1973)
7.4  Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries, Street Transvestites for Gay Power Statement (1970)
7.5  Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, Transvestite-Transsexual Action Organization and Fems Against Sexism, Transvestite and Transsexual Liberation (1970)
7.6  Charlotte Bunch, Lesbians in Revolt (1972)

8  Socialist Feminism
8.1 Barbara Ehrenreich, What is Socialist Feminism? (1976)
8.2 Chicago Women’s Liberation Union, Socialist Feminism (1972)
8.3 Marlene Dixon, The Rise and Demise of Women’s Liberation (1977)

9  Sexual Violence
9.1  Susan Brownmiller, Against Our Will (1975)
9.2  Alison Edwards, Rape, Racism, and the White Women’s Movement (1976)
9.3  Lilia Melani and Linda Fodaski, The Psychology of the Rapist and His Victim (1974)
9.4  Combahee River Collective, Why Did They Die? A Document of Black Feminism (1979)

10 Black Feminism
10.1  Mary Ann Weathers, An Argument for Black Women’s Liberation as a Revolutionary (1969)
10.2  Third World Women’s Alliance, Women in the Struggle (1971)
10.3  Frances Beal, Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female (1976)
10.4  Combahee River Collective, A Black Feminist Statement (1977)
10.5 Audre Lorde, Age, Race, Class and Sex (1980)

11 Wages for Housework
11.1 Mariarosa Dalla Costa, Women and the Subversion of the Community (1972)
11.2 Selma James, Sex, Race and Class (1975)
11.3 Angela Davis, The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework (1981)

12 Materialist Feminism
12.1 Christine Delphy, The Main Enemy (1970)
12.2 Monique Witting, The Category of Sex (1976)
12.3 Monique Wittig, One is Not Born a Woman (1981)
12.4 Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of Sex (1979)

13 Sexuality

13.1 Andrea Dworkin, Our Blood (1975)
13.2 Silvia Federici, Why Sexuality Is Work (1975)
13.3 Audre Lorde, Uses of the Erotic (1978)
13.4 Patrick Califia, Feminism and Sadomasochism (1981)

14 Dual Systems
14.1 Heidi Hartmann, The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism (1979)
14.2 Iris Marion Young, Beyond the Unhappy Marriage (1981)

15 Social Reproduction

15.1 Lise Vogel, Marxism and the Oppression of Women (1983)

Epilogue to the Second Edition

Revolutionary Feminism study group beginning in Queens, NY

Queens Revolutionary Feminist Reading Group

The first organizational meeting of the Queens Revolutionary Feminist reading group will take place on Tuesday February 9th at 8:30 pm in Jackson Heights.

Meeting location and time:

-Tuesday February 9th at 8:30.

-Kabab King. 7301 37th Rd, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

If you are interested in joining please email ma.garcia@rutgers.edu

Release of reader (vol. 2) on Black Revolutionaries in the United States

Communist Research Cluster announces the release of the latest volume of our Communist Interventions reader series: Black Revolutionaries in the United States. Featuring a wide range of revolutionary thought and theoretical debates from the early 20th century to the late 1970s, Black Revolutionaries in the United States offers a foundation for thinking through capitalism and race today. 

A PDF (and other formats) of the full reader is available for download on the Readers page.

This document differs from previous ones we have released in that we plan to give this volume a major overhaul and regard this version as provisional.  We have versioned the release as 0.1 to indicate its interim status; a version 1.0 will follow at some point in the future.  Some more discussion of this plan and process can be found in the reader introduction.

Table of contents:

1. Slavery And Capitalism
2. Socialism, Communism and the Negro Question
3. The Black Belt
4. Domestic Work
5. Independent Struggles
6. Nationalism, Internal Colonialism and the Black Bourgeoisie
7. Automation and the Outsiders
8. Black Power
9. Frantz Fanon
10. Black Panther Party
11. White-Skin Privilege
12. The League of Revolutionary Black Workers
13. Black Feminism
14. Reinvention and Critique of the Black Nation Thesis
15. The Nation Thesis Spreads

Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all. Communism—the effort to give all men what they need and to ask of each the best they can contribute—this is the only way of human life… In the end communism will triumph. I want to help bring that day. 

– W.E.B. Du Bois