Comrade: A 3-part PSL course

Apr 26, 2020

Jodi Dean speaking at ‎Birzeit University. Photo: The Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Regional Office Palestine & Jordan

There are times when solidarity appears more important than ever. When things are tough, we need comrades who will have our backs. This three-part course examines political solidarity by focusing on comradeship as the relation between those on the same side of a political struggle. Taught by political theorist and organizer Jodi Dean, this course draws on ideas developed in her recent book, Comrade: An essay on political belonging (Verso, 2019), and discusses what it means to be a comrade, the difference between comrades and allies, the importance of comrades for political struggle, and how to maintain comradeship.

Each class is facilitated by Nino Brown, and begins with a lecture by Dean, which is followed by a moderated question and answer period. They were originally held and recorded in April 2020.

Click on the links below to access the videos and readings for each class.

Class 1: From allies to comrades

Class 2: Four theses on the comrade

Class 3: We need comrades

The life and legacy of Harry Haywood

The life and legacy of Harry Haywood

The following article was originally published on Liberation News in 2011 and accompanies this Liberation School article on Haywood's contributions to the "Black Belt" thesis. Introduction There is an old saying that “history is written by the victors.” While subject...