Official Status: Nongovernmental organization registered at the Czech Ministry of Interior
under the Nr.. VS/1-1/56425/04-R
Chairman:Mgr. Petr Kužel, Ph.D.
Vice-chairman: Phdr. Stanislav Holubec, Ph.D.
Phdr. Václav Vondráček
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Members of honour
Gáspár M. Tamás
According to its statute the Socialist Circle is a nongovernmental
organization attempting to develop the theory and praxis of socialism as an
instrument for progress, democracy, humanity and freedom.
Our statute issued on 4. July 2004 states: “We
consider the capitalist form of society as unjust and irrational. We are
persuaded that it could be replaced by a true socialist alternative fundamentally
different from hitherto existing numerous attempts to realize it. (...) We are
conscious of the fact that traditional leftist politics had failed under
contemporary difficult circumstances and the contemporary left possesses no
clear and convincing vision and strategy. Therefore we strive to contribute to
the creation of a viable leftist theory, which will help to develop a new
political praxis. We also attempt to inform the Czech public about western
leftist thought and art, which is almost unknown in our country.”
·Regular workshops (fortnightly)
with presentations, discussions and activity planning.
·Translation of leftist
literature as material for our workshops/presentations/discussions. In the last
five years our translations include for example: W. P. Cockshott and
A.Cottrell, “Towards the New Socialism”, I. Mesárosz “Socialism or Barbarism:
Alternative To Capital's Social Order”, Immanuel
Wallerstein: “European Universalism:
The Rhetoric of Power” ibid. “Decline
of American Power: The U.S. in a Chaotic World.” ibid. “Utopistics: Or, Historical Choices of the
Twenty-first Century.” S. Žižek “The Ticklish Subject.”, Tony Meyers
“Slavoj Žižek”, David Harvey "Mystery of Capital", Jacques Ranciere "La Mésentente", Ellen Meiksin Wood "The Origin of Capitalism", etc.
·Essays on politics, academic
articles and newspaper articles published by SOK members. Two collective
volumes, “The Welfare State and Capitalism” (2007) and “War, Peace and
Political Power.” (2009)
conferences with political and theoretical topics.
·Cooperation with other
leftist groups in the Czech Republic and abroad.
·The house seminars
organized by Michael Hauser in the year 2001 were the beginning of the
existence of SOK. At this time leftist thinking was almost non-existent in the
Czech universities. The beginnings were inspired by the tradition of Czech
political dissent before 1989 as well as the tradition of “small, often disrespected
but important work.” According to these traditions SOK was established as a
voluntary group of active and qualified people, who demand much from themselves
and at the same time attempt to gain public support for their activities. SOK cooperates regularly with German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation since the year 2007.
According to its statute, the activities of SOK are financed by subscriptions
and membership fees, grants, gifts, and earnings from publishing activities.