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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.

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Reading Karl Marx’s Capital
We continue to make our way through Capital! This time the reading is Capital Volume 1, Part IV: Production of Relative Surplus Value.

This part comprises chapters 12 through 15. Chapter Twelve presents the concept of relative surplus value. Chapter Thirteen is on co-operation. Chapter Fourteen explores the division of labor and manufacture, and Chapter Fifteen brings us machinery and modern, for Marx’s time, industry.

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 be discussing this part on Saturday, June 18 at 11:00 am. The meeting will be hybrid: you can attend in person (at the Appalachian Liberation Library, 419 W Market St, JC, parking in front & rear) or over Zoom (register here).


We read William Z. Foster’s pamphlet, “Organizing Methods in the Steel Industry” in April 2022.

In March 2022, we discussed the No Jobs, No Rent report from Metro DC DSA’s Stomp Out Slumlords project.

In December 2021, we continued Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume 1, this time with Part III.

For our September 2021 discussion, we read Miriame Kaba’s We Do This Till We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice.

For our August 2021 discussion, we continued Karl Marx’s Capital, Volume 1, with Part II: The Transformation of Money into Capital.

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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