The following readings are supposed to give you an idea of the perspective that our caucus is united around as well as some brief notes on strategy, structure, and procedure.
- + Highly recommended
- – Recommended
- + Barbara Fields: Racecraft, Chapter 4
A summary of the history of American slavery and the racism that slavery produced.
- + Adolph Reed Jr: Race, Class, Crisis: The Discourse of Racial Disparity and Its Analytical Discontents
A discussion of how racism is an incomplete explanation for racial disparity in America.
- + Barbara Fields: Whiteness, Racism, and Identity
On the important difference between racism and race.
- – Cedric Johnson: The Panthers Can’t Save Us Now. Page 59.
On the inadequacy of 70’s black power politics.
- Karl Kautsky: Class Struggle
+ Chapters 1-3
– Chapters 4-5
A plainly written and straightforward overview of Marxism’s political and economic aspects.
- + Karl Marx: Critique of the Gotha Programme.
A brief tour of the differences between Marxism and state socialism.
- – E.P. Thompson: Preface to The Making of the English Working Class
A brief explanation of how class is a relationship, not a thing.
- + Dustin Guastella & Jared Abbott: A Socialist Party in Our Time? Page 7.
An in-depth look at one of CU’s central positions: the need for a party surrogate.
- – Marcie Smith: Change Agent: Gene Sharp’s Neoliberal Nonviolence (Part 1)
Critically evaluates a central theorist of the protest left.
- + Marcie Smith: Change Agent: Gene Sharp’s Neoliberal Nonviolence (Part 2)
On the dangers of horizontalism, consensus decision making, and avoiding power.
- + Dustin Guastella: Caucuses, Conflicts and Convention
An explanation of the importance of organization for factions.
- + Introduction to Robert’s Rules