Welcome to our online center for Marxist and progressive learning!

In addition to courses you can take for free in your own time, alone or with a group, we also offer live courses via video conferencing.  Contact:  carld717@gmail.com.

Top Video Courses

        •  Karl Marx - Smashing Documentary Learn a lot about Marx in 30 minutes.
        •  King in The Wilderness (2018) This feature film, nearly two hours, chronicles the final chapters of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, revealing a conflicted leader who faced an onslaught of criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. While the Black Power movement saw his nonviolence as weakness, and President Lyndon B. Johnson saw his anti-Vietnam War speeches as irresponsible, Dr. King’s unyielding belief in peaceful protest became a testing point for a nation on the brink of chaos.
        • Miliband, Poulantzas and Laclau; Discussion and debate  on governing power in the advanced capitalist state. 30 minute introduction.
        • The Real Story of the Black Panther Party. Dr. Curtis Austin tells his story of being labeled a 'felon' as a result of his research on the Black Panther Party. Dr. Austin details the major successes of the Black Panther Party and the key action behind those successes. 13 minutes, good discussion starter.
        • The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity An intellectual collaboration between the anthropologist David Graeber and the archaeologist David Wengrow, The Dawn of Everything challenges our assumptions about the origins of farming, property, cities, democracy and slavery and, in doing this, overturns everything we thought we knew about human behaviour. It also offers a path toward imagining new forms of freedom and new ways of organising society. A talk betwen Geaber and Brian Emo. 80 minutes.
        • What is the International Monetary Fund? Michael Manley, former P.M. of Jamaica, Briefly Explains in 7 minutes, Great discussion starter.
        • BILL FLETCHER JR: RACE AND LABOR.  Fletcher enlightens us with some little known history of how racism has been used since Europeans first came to the western world to control the working class. This analysis illuminates precisely why Capitalism cannot exist without racism. Contrary to what many may think, the concept of “white” which did not previously exist was invented for this purpose, and did not necessarily refer to skin color. The first Africans were brought over as indentured servants and became chattel slaves only later as the American caste system evolved. 80 minutes.
        • Covid, Capitalism & Ecology
              Mike Davis and Rob Wallace, each of whom has new books out on this subject, are the two leading left wing writers on the issue of the pandemic in the world. 90 minutes
      • Eric Hobsbawm: The Consolations of History  In this 80 minute video, Anthony Wilks traces the connections between the events of Eric Hobsbawm’s life and the history he told, from his teenage years in Germany and his communist membership, to the jazz clubs of 1950s Soho and the makings of New Labour, taking in Italian bandits, Peruvian peasant movements and the development of nationalism in the modern world, with help from the assiduous observations of MI5.
      • TALKIN' SOCIALISM SHOW:The Biden Harris Economic Program, and other stuff on our minds. From the Red Caboose studio in Harpers Ferry, WV Today's panel: John Case, JB Christensen, James Boyd, Tina Shannon, Carl Davidson, Scott Marshall, Doc Aldis. YouTube video, about an hour. Changes every Friday.
      • Capital, All Three Volumes? Let the best teacher today, David Harvey, take you though it, chapter by chapter.
      • 10 Documentaries for Teaching African American History since 1865. These documentaries focus on African American history since 1865. They are short (2 hours or less), accessible, emotionally powerful for viewers, and not overly specialized in their focus. Students can stream, either through Netflix, YouTube, or the educational film database Kanopy, which also includes film transcripts
      • David Schweickart: What’s Wrong with Capitalism?  One-hour video lecture. SCHWEICKART is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He holds Ph.D's in mathematics and philosophy. He is the author of  After Capitalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002). His primary focus has been on developing and defending, as both economically viable and ethically desirable, a socialist alternative to capitalism, which he calls Economic Democracy.
      • CHAVEZ EXPLAINS GRAMSCI TO THE POOR. Amazing 8-minute video with Chavez explaining crisis politics to everyone.Good discussion starter,
    • JERRY HARRIS, GLOBAL CAPITALISM AND THE CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY. 75 minute presentation of the author's new book, with Q&A, covering the history of the interconnected development of democracy with economic systems of the centuries, and the role of democracy in anti-capitalist strategy. Excellent for study groups reading the book.
    • THE PRECARIAT, THE NEW YOUNG & DANGEROUS CLASS An 11 minute discussion starter. Author Guy Standing points in this interview the emergence of a new class structure that starts when neoliberals took control over the economy and politics back in the 80s and it´s consolidated with the actual global crisis. The common element of this new class is its rejection of neo-liberalism and social democracy and is becoming aware that it is a class for itself, favoring the emergence of new political forces like Podemos, SYRIZA and Left Ecology and Freedom in Italy. Guy Standing is an economist, professor at the University of London and founder / co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network.
    • THE WORKING CLASS TODAY. David Harvey explain that organizing workers today might better be done by urban neighborhoods than factories. 20 minutes.

Top Course Outlines and Materials

        • Is Russia an imperialist power? An essay in four parts by Claudio Katz. This 30-year shift since Yeltsin has reopened debates on the relevance of using the category of empire to define that country. The concept is associated with the figure of Putin and exemplified by the recent invasion of Ukraine. This incursion is seen as strong proof of renewed Russian imperialism. The situation, however, is complex.