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Autumn 2014

Symbolic culture emerged in Africa over 100,000 years ago, in a revolution whose echoes can still be heard in myths and rituals around the world. These talks are a general introduction to anthropology, including the latest findings from genetics, biology, primatology, cave painting research and archaeology. There is plenty of time for questions, discussion and socialising.


Sep 23: What does it mean to be human? An introduction to anthropologyChris Knight

Sep 30: Claude Lévi-Strauss: The science of myths and fairy tales – Chris Knight

Oct 7: Africa, hunger and big business: How ‘development’ aids the corporate takeover of food – Chris Walker

Oct 14: Did women once rule the world? A new look at the myth of matriarchyChris Knight

Oct 21: The stars and the stones: An introduction to archaeoastronomy – Fabio Silva

Oct 28: Out of Africa or Multiregional Evolution for modern humans – why is there still a debate? – Chris Stringer

Nov 4: The problem of economics. Homo economicus and human science – William Dixon

Nov 11: The Golden Bough: Yesterday and today Robert Fraser

Nov 18: British Pakistani women and the menopause – Mwenza Blell

Nov 25: ‘Woman’s Biggest Husband Is the Moon’: How hunter-gatherers maintain social equalityJerome Lewis

Dec 2: How language evolved from singingJerome Lewis

Dec 9: Spirits of the Forest: a workshop on African polyphonic singing – Ingrid Lewis

Dec 16: A Christmas fairy tale: ‘The shoes that were danced to pieces’ – Chris Knight


All events held at the Cock Tavern, 23 Phoenix Rd., NW1 1HB (Euston).

Talks are free but small donations welcome.

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Hillel Ticktin


For the next meeting of the Marx, Individuals & Society Seminar we have Hillel Ticktin talking on: ‘The rise and fall of the law of value’

Room MAL 354, Friday 25th February, 7-30 – 9.00pm, Malet Street, London
That should be interesting; I’m looking forward to it. Hope to see you there.

Best wishes

William Dixon

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Critique Seminar

Saturday 27 February, 12-5pm. London School of Economics, Columbia House, 2nd Floor/B212. Corner of Aldwych and Houghton Street, Holborn tube.

Mick Cox on The Decline of US Political Economic Dominance

Hillel Ticktin on The Nature of the Global Crisis- Cyclical, Strategic and Systemic

Some articles from Critique, a Journal of Socialist Theory are available at
Political Consciousness and its Conditions at the Present Time by Hillel Ticktin
Capitalist Instability and the Current Crisis by Hillel Ticktin
Decline as a Concept by Hillel Ticktin
Disintegrating Stalinism by Hillel Ticktin
Marx’s Theory of Crisis by David Kennedy
The Abolition of Labour in Marx’s Teaching by Uri Zilbersheid

Other relevant articles at include:
A review of Origins of the crisis in the USSR by Hillel Ticktin
The Leopard in the 20th Century by William Dixon

A video of the debate between Hillel Ticktin, William Dixon and Chris Knight on ‘The (Im)possibility of Revolution’ is available on youtube

There will be a further Critique Conference in London later in the year. See in a few weeks for more details.

THE COMMUNE hold regular interesting discussions London. See for further events.

HOUSMANS BOOKSHOP holds regular meetings and book launches on a wide range of political issues at 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1  e.g:

Thurs 25th Feb – 7pm No Sweat Forum – Haiti Earthquake

Sat. 6th March – 5pm ‘Feminism Today’ with Nina Power and Lindsey German

Weds 24th March – 7pm ‘Women and Activism’ with Maya Evans and Tamsin Omond

See for future events.



Tuesdays, 6.45-9pm St. Martin’s Community Centre, 43 Carol St., NW1 (2 mins from Camden tube).

It is now known that symbolic culture began emerging in Africa some 100,000 years ago, in a social revolution whose echoes can still be heard in mythic narratives and ritual traditions from around the world. This course is a general introduction to anthropology including the latest findings from palaeogenetics, evolutionary biology, primatology, rock art research and archaeology.

The course should also be enjoyable: there are good local pubs, and there is always time for discussion and socialising.

Feb 23 When two sisters got swallowed by the Rainbow Snake, Chris Knight
Mar 02 Native American mythology, Chris Knight
Mar 09 The Hunter Monmaneki and his Wives, Chris Knight
Mar 16 The Moon Inside You (film showing and discussion), Diana Fabionova
Mar 23 First gender, wrong sex, Camilla Power

These articles summarize some of the ideas explored at these meetings (they are available at

Solidarity and Sex: the first human revolution was led by women – Chris Knight

Stonehenge and the Neolithic counter-revolution – Lionel Sims

Sex and the human revolution – Chris Knight

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Thursday 21st January, 7.15pm, Room B102, Brunei Gallery, SOAS, University of London, Thornaugh Street. WC1 (Russell Square tube)

At the next election millions will vote for pro-capitalist political parties that offer little except cutbacks and austerity. Despite economic crisis, climate chaos and disastrous wars, people see no alternative to capitalism – and revolution seems, at best, an impossible dream.

Yet all three speakers at this debate believe this situation cannot last indefinitely. Their differing interpretations of anthropology, economics and history each show that a 21st Century global revolution is a real possibility – not just a dream.

Could they be right? Come and join the debate.

Chris Knight is an anthropology lecturer, sacked for his involvement in the G20 anti-capitalist protests, and author of Blood Relations, Menstruation and the Origins of Culture.

Hillel Ticktin is editor of Critique, a Journal of Socialist Theory.

William Dixon is a Mute magazine contributor.

(The speakers’ names link to interesting articles.)

Check the Critique and Radical Anthropology Group websites in 2010 for further meetings in London.

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Human Nature

Human Nature



Birkbeck ‘Marx, Individuals & Society’ Seminar

William Dixon will speak on: “Yes, there is a human nature”

Thursday 19th November, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1, 19:30 to 21:00, Classroom GOR B02

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The Labour Debate

The Labour Debate



1. ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR/MUTE MAGAZINE DISCUSSION, 4-6pm, Saturday 24th October, London 

Capitalism’s Present Crisis – How Will It End? 

The capitalist system is facing years of crisis and social instability. This raises two questions: 

1) What caused the crisis? Was it ‘greedy bankers’, the natural tendencies of the capitalist system, or the resistance of the working class? 

2) How will the crisis end? Will it be with more state regulation, more cuts in living standards or with working class revolution? 

The London Anarchist Bookfair and Mute Magazine have invited three speakers to debate these issues: 

Paul Mason, a presenter on BBC’s Newsnight, and author of Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed

John Holloway, author of Change The World Without Taking Power <> and Crack Capitalism (forthcoming). 

William Dixon, Mute Magazine contributor. 

The discussion will take place at the Skeel Lecture Theatre, Anarchist Bookfair, Queen Mary & Westfield college, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End tube. 

For further information on the Anarchist Bookfair, including a roster of many other talks, go to: 

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7-9pm, Monday 26th October, London 

At the height of the anti-capitalist movement, John Holloway’s book Change The World without Taking Power<>provoked an international debate*. Eight years later, after the failure of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, combined with the failure of the capitalist economy, anti-capitalism is back on the agenda. 

John Holloway will introduce his forthcoming book, Crack Capitalism, followed by a discussion on how we can change the world without repeating the tragedies of twentieth century socialism. 

Come and join the debate. 

*To read the debate around the book Change The World Without Taking Power, go to: 

VENUE: The Octagon Room*, Queen’s Building, Queen Mary & Westfield College, Mile End Road, London E1, Mile End Tube. (The event will be followed by a social at the Half Moon pub, 213-233 Mile End Road, London E1) 

*NB There is a small chance that the room in which the event is held may be altered. Check for up to date information closer to the date. 

Supported by Mute Magazine (mute AT and the Queen Mary & Westfield School of Business and Management

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On Goldner’s Theory of Crisis


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Presentation and discussion on Goldner’s Theory of Crisis

Thursday 16th April

Birkbeck College, University of London

Malet Street, London

7.30 – 9.00pm

MAL 354, Classroom 15


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The next talk in this series will be given by William Dixon on: “Capitalism on the Window Curve: A Perspective on Crisis”


7.30PM – 9.00PM

30 Russell Sqaure

RUS (30) 401 – Classroom 15

Thursday 19th February

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