Research

The Institute aims to interpret current research from the point of view of the working class, and it aims to use this information critically. In this way the institute aims to deepen class consciousness, assist in building working class organisation, and build capacity of worker leaders to engage and present feasible alternatives to the current accumulation regime dictated by the capitalist system of exploitation.  Of equal importance is the need for the institute to develop a layer of intellectual representatives of the working class grounded in critical analytical theory.

The Institute aims to interpret current research from the point of view of the working class, and it aims to use this

information critically.  In this way the institute aims to deepen class consciousness, assist in building working class organisation, and build capacity of worker leaders and activists to engage and present feasible alternatives to the current accumulation regime dictated by the capitalist system of exploitation.  Of equal importance is the need for the institute to develop a layer of intellectual representatives of the working class grounded in critical analytical theory. The key themes around which research would be conducted on an ongoing basis are:

  • Changing nature of capitalism and new mechanisms for reproducing new labour power and extraction of surplus value at a national and global level. This will be directed to understanding the changes in the nature and form of capitalism, the role of the state and of class forces; and the geopolitical power balance
  • Working class struggles to challenge neo-liberalism, fight for alternatives and build socialism. The underlying logic is to understand working class and other struggles that constitute a counter movement against capitalist domination.  This would include an enquiry into environmental struggles and other forms of struggles. Another important dimension is to critically examine the strategy of both the SACP and COSATU to confront the current epoch.

Comparative studies to draw lessons in the past and present national democratic and socialist projects. The objective is to study socialist, post-colonial and other experiments to challenge the hegemony of capital and to build socialist alternatives

Themes

  • To revive and encourage the culture of rigorous Marxist debate
  • Develop creative linkages between research, analysis, education and popular struggles.
  • To study the changing nature of capitalism.
  • To analyse and study working class struggles to challenge capitalism
  • To conduct comparative studies.
  • Social cohesion and culture

Strategic Studies and Engagement from a working class standpoint to inform engagement in and with society from a consistently socialist perspectives.

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