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Sunday, July 25, 2021 – What Is the Crisis of Soviet History of the Stalin Period, and What Should We Do About It? – Grover Furr

Sunday, July 25, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific What Is the Crisis of Soviet History of the Stalin Period, and What Should We Do About It? Professor Grover Furr The history of the first workers’ state, the USSR, during its heroic period, when it was led by Joseph Stalin – that history is withheld from us. It is somothered by lies from influential, dishonest sources. In my talk, I will discuss the following topics: How do we know this is so? What is the situation? Who are the liars? How important is this? And most important: What should ...

Sunday, June 13 – The communist party and the auto workers union – Roger Keeran

ICSS 20210613 The communist party and the United auto workers union - Roger Keeran Sun, June 13, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific At the urging of union organizers today, International Publishers recently republished The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions, by Roger Keeran, a book originally published in 1980 and long out of print.  The author will discuss the circumstances around the book's original publication, the significance of the struggles it describes, and its relevance for our times.Resources: https://www.intpubnyc.com/product/the-communist-party-and-the-auto-workers-union/ ...

Talking Socialism – Tom Gallagher – Sunday, October 10, 2021 10:30 AM PT

American public discussion of socialism arguably hit a new level when Wally, the coffee-drinking, do-nothing character in Dilbert, the daily comic strip send-up of office politics, declared his conversion to that point of view. Unfortunately, as Wally's case reminds us, much of this increased socialism talk comes from people who don't like and/or understand the idea. That more of it needs to come from the actual left is clear. Less clear is exactly what we should say when we talk the talk. Simultaneously, a series of recent foreign elections -- most notably Germany's -- have prompted talk of a global ...

The Abolition of War: Anthropological Perspectives – Eugene Ruyle May 1, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Beginning with the recognition that war is not so much between individuals as between states, we therefore examine Engels: "The society which organizes production anew on the basis of free and equal association of the producers will put the whole state machinery where it will then belong - into the museum of antiquities, next to the spinning wheel and the bronze ax" (Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State). Eugene E Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Cal State Long Beach, and President of the East Bay Chapter of Veterans For Peace (Berkeley/Oakland) ...

The Biggest Academic Workers Strike in California History! – Dave Welsh – Sunday, November 27, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

A huge, unprecedented strike of academic workers started on November 14th, hitting all ten University of California campuses like a ton of bricks. The 48,000 striking workers perform the majority of the teaching and research at UC, yet the pay and benefits for these workers, members of the United Auto Workers union, is way too low especially for high-cost-of-living areas like Berkeley, California. The UC Regents, who run the university and represent the most powerful business interests in the state, have so far refused to bargain over wages. Come to a special session of Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library ...

The Challenge of Aleksandr Dugin: The Fourth Political Theory – Sunday, November 13, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

 Professor Aleksandr Dugin of Russia has a wide sweep in scholarship, from Philosophy, Sociology to Geopolitics. He is 60 years of age. He has written 60 books. His book 'The Fourth Political Theory' has been translated into English by Michael Millerman, a Canadian, with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Dugin is an idealist conservative philosopher. Liberalism, according to Dugin, is the theory of Capitalism, which has defeated its two challengers in the 20th century: Communism on the Left and Fascism on the Right. These cannot now pose an effective challenge to it. Further, that Liberalism has turned into "Postliberalism" after 1991, ...

The Class Nature of the Chinese State – Wadi’h Halbi – Sunday, May 15, 2022, 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Dr. Halbi will present on the class character of the Chinese state. touching on changes in the conditions of the working class in China, why we cannot call China socialist but also why the Chinese state is such an important advance for the international working class. He will also cover the nature of US imperialism's antagonism towards China. Speaker will be Wadi'h Halbi , Communist Party, USA ...

The Comprehensive Crisis in the U.S. and the Revolutionary Way Forward – Carlos Garrido – Sunday, Nov 20, 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Carlos L. Garrido- “The Comprehensive Crisis in the U.S. and the Revolutionary Way Forward” In line with the tradition of Marxism-Leninism, this presentation argues that the elements constitutive of objectively revolutionary conditions are all present in the U.S.; what is missing for a successful revolutionary movement is the subjective factor. The presenter will argue that the purity fetish which predominates the outlook of modern American communism has presented a fundamental fetter for the development of the subjective factor in the American working masses; the development of a consistent dialectical materialist worldview, it will be argued, is the precondition for the ...

The Counter Revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of U.S. Fascism – Professor Gerald Horne – Sunday, August 21, 2022 10:30am Pacific Time

Our speaker will be Professor Gerald Horne, Moores Professor of History at the University of Houston has published dozens of books. Hear his presentation on his latest: 'The Counter-Revolution of 1836: Texas Slavery & Jim Crow and the Roots of U.S. Fascism', 2022, which has implications for California and Indigenous History--and the prospects for a unique form of fascism ...

The Crisis in Haiti and the Popular Movement – Pierre Labossiere – Sunday, November 6, 2022, 10:30 AM Pacific Time

 Pleading with arsonists to put out the fire they’ve ignited is what it is like to turn to the UNSecurity Council, OAS, and United States government to “stabilize” the crisis in Haiti.Haiti has been under US/ UN occupation for more than 18 years, ever since the US-backed coupd’état in 2004 against the democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Thisoccupation has perpetrated gross human rights abuses including rape and other forms of sexualabuse. The occupation has brought cholera to Haiti and has systematically destroyed Haiti’sinstitutions while increasing hunger and misery.Courageously facing police and paramilitary attacks, the population of Haiti has taken to ...

The Destruction of a Working Class College: City College of San Francisco (CCSF) – Rick Baum – May 8, 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The administration at City College of San Francisco is planning to lay off over 50 full-time tenured faculty and to replace few, if any, retiring faculty. Even before the pandemic, despite expecting increases in funding, they planned and acted to lay off 250 part-time faculty for the Fall 2020 term. The number of faculty at CCSF have been reduced by over 40% in the last ten years. These actions have come at the expense of CCSF’s predominantly working class and lower middle-class students of color. Their education opportunities have been greatly reduced. Rick Baum has been teaching American Government part-time ...

the imperative need to develop a Leninist United Front to combat the menace of Fascist and White Supremacist attacks in today’s US

The imperative need to develop a Leninist United Front to combat the menace of Fascist and White Supremacist attacks in today’s US Sunday, August 8, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific time Speaker: Elazar Friedman The presentation will use two models as diagnostic tools. 1.) The Ernst Meyer led KPD’s model of United WC Front and the lessons of abandoning this powerful model in the third period and then zig zagging to class collaborationist coalition People’s Fronts-betraying Proletarian class independence 2.) The 1984 United Front like action at SF Pier 80 led by Howard Keylor Longshore of the Trotskyist ...

THE KILLER’S HENCHMAN, Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster – Stephen Gowans – Sunday, Feb 6 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

THE KILLER’S HENCHMAN, Capitalism and the Covid-19 Disaster - Sunday, Feb 6, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time Stephen Gowans investigates why, when all the tools to avert a catastrophe were available, the world failed to prevent the Covid-19 disaster. He examines the business opportunities and pressures that helped shape the world’s failed response. His conclusion: the novel coronavirus, a killer, had a helper in bringing about the calamity: capitalism, the killer’s henchman.Resources: Stephen Gowans' blog https://gowans.blog/ ...

The London Revolution 1640-1643 – Michael Sturza – Sunday, Oct 30, 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The London Revolution 1640-1643 refutes the attacks of revisionist historians who would write the concept of revolution out of history. A defense and restatement of the Marxist view of the English Revolution and Civil War. Chronicles England’s history through the revolution in 1641 – 1642, which toppled the feudal political system, and its aftermath. It explores how London’s growing capitalist economy fundamentally conflicted with its decaying feudal society, causing tensions and dislocations that affected all classes in the early modern period. In contrast with most other works, this book posits that the fundamental driving force of the revolution was the ...

The México Solidarity Project, SINTTIA, and the continuing importance of international working class solidarity – Anne Lewis – Sunday, August 21 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

'The presentation will include clips from a documentary film and current footage from Labor Notes 2022 Conference with commentary. Not pedantic or dogmatic -- more observational with moments of humor (sorely needed). Anne Lewis is an independent documentary-maker and professor of practice at UT-Austin. Her work reveals working class people fighting for social change. Anne was associate director/assistant camera for HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. After the strike, she moved to the east Kentucky coalfields where she lived for 25 years. Documentaries she produced, directed, and edited include: ANNE BRADEN: SOUTHERN PATRIOT; MORRISTOWN: IN THE AIR AND SUN, a working class critique ...

The Militarization of the Police – Steve Martinot – Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 10:30am Pacific Time

Our speaker, Steve Martinot, will describe how police militarization rests on the foundation of the militarist ethic by which the police operate. The government has seen fit to supply the police with military equipment, which has consequences both for the people subjected to the presence of such weaponry and for government intentions. The second half of the presentation will be on the relation of police militarization to the structures of racialization in the US. Lifelong social justice activist Steve Martinot has worked as a machinist and organized a number of shops. Steve organized a trucking company in New York City, ...