NOTE OF CUiSL class on 20 July 2017   The CUiSL class on 20 July 2017 was attended by 11 students including 8 members of the Communist Party, four of whom were members of the Croydon Branch. The class was an examination of the ideas contained in the book Four Futures by Peter Frase, summarised here. […]

We have found that the best way of learning is not to be instructed by an ‘expert’, it is to discuss and  listen to the experience and knowledge of others. At CUiSL we welcome everyone interested in learning about Marxism and applying it to analysing real-world problems. We meet on the third Thursday of the month on the […]

Having taken an extended break, the Communist University in South London (CUiSL) is about to return. We have a new, regular date: 7 pm on the third Thursday of every month (August and December being possible exceptions); the same venue – the top floor of Ruskin House, 23 Coombe Road, Croydon CR0 1BD with the same educational philosophy: learning by […]

The BBC’s news coverage is practically indistinguishable from that of the capitalist press, and even its topical comedy output is full of jibes about Jeremy Corbyn’s supposed “unelectability” , so it is gratifying when a programme that questions, however modestly, the capitalist status quo occasionally slips through. A recent example was a 30 minute programme […]

The Communist University has been conducting a review of its activities and how best to promote Marxist Education in South London in the light of: a. the need to refresh the current approach of holding monthly student-led evening classes at Ruskin House, Croydon; b. the reinvigoration of classes in Marxism provided by the Marx Memorial Library in Clerkenwell; and c. […]

The class on 7 July, the last before our summer break, was on Credit Unions. It was introduced by  John Tooze who drew on the following note. Credit Unions: Such linked to society ORIGINS:  Rochdale pioneers.  Factory workers collaborating to move away from the strictures of their employer’s intent on wages being spent in the […]

This discussion paper by Martin Graham was discussed at the class on Tuesday, 2 June 2015. The Structure and Purpose of Education In orthodox Marxist theory, education is seen as part of the super-structure underpinned by the economic status quo.  The focus is on what is taught. In The German Ideology, Marx argued that The ideas of the […]

There is no class in May because of the proximity of the General Election. The next class will be on 2 June. Meanwhile, for students keen to keep their brains active while the intellectual mush generated by contesting parties (the Communist Party excepted!) continues to engulf us, here is a book review which I hope you will find […]

   Croydon North Communist candidate Ben Stevenson spoke to assembled national and international media at an event in Westminster today organised to promote the CPs election manifesto. Whatever government manages to be formed come may 8th 9th – whether it’s blue and purple; red and orange; green, pink, black, gold or yellow  What’s clear is that what […]

In the class in January we looked at the usual meaning attached to the ‘weakest link’ concept – where, across the range of capitalist nations, the break with capitalism will occur. In this paper, submitted by Martin Graham to the class on 3 February and intended to be a basis for discussion rather than an […]