General Subject: War and Peace: a Marxist
1st day topic: Imperialism leads to
- Lenin, Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism (New
York: International Publishers, 1993, 127 pages) / (Peking:
Foreign Languages Press, 1975, 157 pages)
(Note: Read the entire book to get the most out of the topic
of the first day as well as of all the succeeding topics.
Barest minimum is to read chapters 9 and 10 amounting to 19
pages in the US edition.
- Lenin, "Imperialism and the Split in Socialism",
26 pages. [Pamphlet, Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1979].
- Workers’ Party of Belgium, 7th Congress, Imperialism
and Socialism: the 20th Century Points the Way to
Victory in the 21st Century, theses on
globalization adopted by the 7th Congress, March
- Jose Maria Sison, "The People’s Struggle Against
War", contribution to the 8th
Brussels seminar, May 1999. 14 pages a4
- Jose Maria Sison, "Contradictions in the World
Capitalist System and the Necessity of the Socialist
Revolution", contribution to the 8th
Brussels seminar, 3 May 2001 21 pages a4
- Jose Maria Sison, "Imperialist Globalization and
Terrorism", speech, 18 February 2002. 6 pages a4
2nd day topic: Social-democratic and
Trotskyite approaches to the question of war and peace
- Lenin, "The Vulgarisation of Marxism by the
Opportunists", chapter 6 of State and Revolution, pp125-146.
Peking: Foreign Languages Press, 1976.
- Lenin, "How Kautsky Transformed Marx into an Ordinary
Liberal", pp. 5-18. chapter 1 of The Proletarian
Revolution and the Renegade Kautsky. Peking: Foreign
Languages Press, 1965.
- Lenin, "Bourgeois Pacifism and Socialist
Pacifism", pp. 177-194, Collected works, vol.
23, August 1916-March 1917. Moscow: Progress Publishers,
- Stalin, "International character of the October
Revolution", pp.266-77. Problems of Leninism. Peking:
Foreign Languages Press, 1976.
- Stalin, "Two Specific Features of the October
Revolution or October and Trotsky’s Theory of ‘permanent
revolution’", chapter 2 pp. 121-39. The October
Revolution and the Tactics of the Russian Communists, from Problems
of Leninism, Peking: Foreign Languages Press, 1976
- Stalin, "The Question of ‘Permanent’
Revolution", chapter 3, pp. 165-78. Concerning
questions of Leninism, from Problems of Leninism, Peking:
Foreign Languages Press, 1976
- "Trotskyism or Leninism?", Part III, November
26, 1924,16 pages.
- Karl Kautsky, Imperialism and the War. Source:
International Socialist Review, November 1914
- Karl Kautsky, "Democracy and Dictatorship",
Marxism and Bolshevism –Democracy and Dictatorship in
Socialism, Fascism, Communism, ed. Joseph Shaplen and
David Shub. (New York: American League for Demorcratic
- Leon Trotsky, Preface to The War and the International (The
Bolsheviks and World Peace)
- Leon Trotsky, "What is the Permanent Revolution?
Basic Postulates" The Permanent Revolution &
Results and Prospects, 1931
3rd day topic: Marx & Lenin on
- Marx & Engels, Communist Manifesto. Peking:
Foreign Languages Press, 1965
Read the Manifesto and identify the passages that
indicate armed revolution and the dictatorship of the
proletariat. Also read the 1872 preface and pay attention to
the passage pertaining to the question of laying hold of the
- Marx "Summary", Chapter 7, The Eighteenth
Brumaire of Louie Bonaparte (1852), New York:
International Publishers, 1963. pp. 118-35.
- Marx, Letter to J. Weydemeyer, in The Eighteenth
Brumaire of Louie Bonaparte, Ibid., p 136-40
- Marx, "The Paris Commune", Chapter 5, The
Civil War in France
- Marx, Letter to Dr. Kugelman, appendix to The Civil War
- Marx & Engels, 1872 Preface to the German edition of The
Communist Manifesto, Peking: Foreign Languages Press,
1965, pp 4-6.
- Lenin, chapters 1-3 of State and revolution, pp.
7-66. Peking: Foreign Languages Press, 1976.
- Lenin, "The Military Programme of the Proletarian
Revolution", Collected Works, Vol. 23, pp.
77-87, Moscow: Publishers, 1977.
- Lenin, "The Question of Peace", pp. 290-294, Collected
Works, vol. 21, August 1914-December 1915. London:
Lawrence & Wishart, 1980.
- Lenin, chapter 1, "Socialism and War", pp.
- Lenin, "War and Revolution", Collected Works,
Volume 24, April-June 1917 pp. 398-41. Moscow: Progress
- Communist Party of China, "Two Different Lines on the
Question of War and Peace", 5th comment on
the open letter of the Central Committee of the CPSU
(November 19, 1963), The Polemic on the General Line of
the International Communist Movement. Peking: Foreign
Languages Press, 1965 pp. 221-58.
Jose Maria Sison, "On the Question of
Revolutionary Violence, speech prepared for the lectures on Crisis
and Revolution sponsored by the League of Filipino
Students, February, 1993.