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Northeast TN DSA’s Political Education Committee started a reading group in 2021. Members and non-members are alike are welcome to participate. On this page you’ll find what we’ve read, are reading, and plan to read.


Reading Karl Marx’s Capital
We continue to make our way through Capital. This time the reading is Capital Volume 1, Part II: The Transformation of Money into Capital. Part II comprises chapters 4 through 6. Chapter 4 explains the general formula for capital, Chapter 5 explains the contradictions of the general formula, and Chapter 6 describes the sale and purchase of labor power within the general formula. Some of our participants find David Harvey’s A Companion to Marx’s Capital helpful as they make their way through the readings.

We will meet to discuss the reading on Saturday, August 28th at 1:00 pm at the Appalachian Liberation Library (419 W Market St, Johnson City, TN).


We Do This Till We Free Us
After Part II of Capital, Volume 1, we’re taking a short break for Miriame Kaba’s We Do This Till We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice.

What if social transformation and liberation isn’t about waiting for someone else to come along and save us? What if ordinary people have the power to collectively free ourselves? In this timely collection of essays and interviews, Mariame Kaba reflects on the deep work of abolition and transformative political struggle.

The book discussion will take place September 25th at 1:00 pm over Zoom. Register at

Reading Karl Marx’s Capital
After the Kaba book, we get back to Capital, Volume 1. We are considering covering Part III in full. More info to come.


For our June 2021 discussion, we read Palestine: A Socialist Introduction, edited by Sumaya Awar and Brian Bean.

For May 2021, we read Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume 1, Part I: Commodities and Money.

For April 2021, we read excerpts from The Communist Part and How It Works: A Handbook, using the study guide put together by Collective Power Network (CPN).

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