Politicisation & the crisis are driving students to search for a fundamental understanding of the system. This week around 50-60 students attended a launch meeting for a Capital reading movement at King's College London. It was organised by a group of students in association with the International Socialism Journal (http://www.isj.org.uk/). Alex Callinicos (Professor, European Studies) introduced a discussion on 'Why read Capital? - Marx in the 21st Century'.
Students from many different departments (War Studies, Law, European Studies, etc.) raised serious issues ranging from the nature of intellectual labour, Marx & ecology, Utopian vs. Scientific Marxism, to questions about exploitation and the origin of surplus-value.
The group has translated introductory essays used by students from the group SDS.Die Linke, who have launched a Capital reading movement in Germany in over 30 universities. Many students have also been watching David Harvey's (CUNY New York) reading group lectures online at http://www.davidharvey.org/.
Joseph Choonara, deputy editor of ISJ, will speak at the next session on 'Commodities & Values' (Feb 24th 6pm Ground Floor Room 1, Stand Campus), after which the group will begin introducing topics itself.