List of our past programs

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The National Security State and the Biden Administration Lawfare Against Trump – Stansfield Smith – Oct 15, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

According to our speaker, the Biden administration’s lawfare against Trump issupported by the left because of their own McCarthyism. The national security state,through the Biden administration, is engaging in lawfare to eliminate Biden’s onlyserious challenger and fix the 2024 election. Much of the progressive movement, ratherthan protest and stop police state interference, is supportive of it, even though thislawfare will be used against them in the future. The cause for the silence among liberalsand leftists is their own McCarthyism: people are baited, and fear being baited – not asReds, but as Trump supporters. This left McCarthyism pushes people towards voting ...

The Part played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man, by Frederick Engels – Eugene Ruyle – Sunday, Mar 12, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

In 1876, Engels complained about “that idealistic world outlook which, especially since the fall of the world of antiquity, has dominated men’s minds. It still rules them to such a degree that even the most materialistic natural scientists of the Darwinian school are still unable to form any clear idea of the origin of man, because under this ideological influence they do not recognise the part that has been played therein by labour.” This situation remains true today, nearly a century and a half later, as prominent bourgeois institutions entertain us with vivid videos of the latest fossil finds in ...

The Political-Military Strategic Outlook for Russia in Ukraine – Sunday March 13, 2022 – Mark Albertson

The presentation will be a combination: the overall political-strategic outlook and, of course, the military aspect of the campaign. References will be made to such Soviet era theorists as Mikhail Tuchachevsky, Mikhail Frunze, Alexander Svechen an artillery specialist and Leon Trotsky, and such generals as Georgi Zhukov, Vasili Chuikov, defender at Stalingrad and armored theorist, Pavel Rotmistrov. And, of course, the importance of airpower will be included, with a comparison to the United States. Speaker: Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine in Monroe, Connecticut; and, the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. He ...

THE POLITICS OF ANTI-TRUMPISM AND THE THREAT OF FASCISM – Roger Harris – Sunday September 11, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The midterm congressional elections will soon be upon us. We will again be told, as we are every two years, that the most important election of our lifetimes is impending.  Meanwhile the super-rich take recreational flights into outer space, and neoliberalism – the contemporary form of capitalism – is not meeting working people’s needs.  Was Biden’s primetime lecture from Liberty Hall on September 1 a democracy speech or a demonization speech against half of our fellow citizens?  Was it a needed prop to “our democracy” or another slide down the path of a heightened security state lurching in the direction ...

The Purity Fetish and the Crisis of Western Marxism – Carlos Garrido – Sunday June 11, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

In The Purity Fetish and the Crisis of Western Marxism, Carlos L. Garrido provides a comprehensive development of his concept of the purity fetish, tracing the outlook to the Eleatic school of Ancient Greek philosophy, and showing how it has appeared in 20th century Western Marxism and in contemporary U.S. socialism. In every form the purity fetish takes in Western Marxism's politics, Carlos argues that one finds not only the failure to obtain truth, but also the inability to create a revolutionary movement. Our speaker is Carlos Garrido is a Cuban-American PhD student and instructor in philosophy at Southern Illinois ...

The Role of China in the Anti-imperialist Struggle – Sara Flounders – September 10, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

President Obama famously announced the US foreign policy pivot to Asia: “To preserveUS hegemony, we have to make sure that America writes the rules of the global economyor China will." The US ruling class has pushed this topic of China to the top of ouragenda. US imperialism’s hostility to China is increasing with military threats, new rounds ofsanctions, and increasingly wild fabrications. The media have been saturated withallegations of human rights abuses, forced labor, religious persecution and “genocide.”Addressing these topics from an anti-imperialist perspective will be Sara Flounders.She will comment on the recent BRICS summit, flashpoints Xinjiang and Taiwan, andthe ...

The struggle for housing in rural and urban California – David Bacon – Sunday, May 7, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

 For background, see David's latest Photoessay, Wood Street Commons Final Stand. Wood Street Commons’ Final Stand ...

The Theory of the Imperialist Pyramid – Joti Brar – Nov 5, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

In the face of a renewed global crisis of overproduction, the imperialists have determined that, in the present conditions, their best chance of saving themselves and their system remains in huddling together under the military and economic leadership of the USA and aiming their combined force at the destruction of the primary centers of independence and sovereignty in the world – Russia and China. In doing so, they hope to bring about a repeat of the carnival of pillaging they enjoyed after the collapse of the USSR. They want to break Russia and China into pieces, subdue their peoples, and ...

The United-Front: History, Application, Prospects – Ahmed Shakur April 24, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The economic depression ongoing since 2008 has put the dangers of fascism and imperialist world war, but also popular revolts and revolutions, back on the agenda. While the working class and oppressed communities around the world have been rising in revolt for more than a decade, no revolutionary organization adequate to face up to the task of bringing down the bourgeois order has crystallized. Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic and the danger of fascism have been ravaging humanity. In this presentation, we will consider the tactic of Workers’ United Front as a way out of the dilemma facing the revolutionaries today ...

The US Covid Catastrophe: Pathology of a Failed System

Sun, Feb 27, 2022: 10:30am-12:30pm PT The US Covid Catastrophe: Pathology of a Failed System On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic. Almost two years have passed, and we in the US are now approaching 80,000,000 cases and close to 1,000,000 Covid deaths - the largest number of any country in the world - with no clear end in sight. The pandemic has swept through US society, leaving a path of disease, suffering, death, political and social upheaval, and economic destruction in its wake. The response by the US  government and capitalist politicians has been ...

The Volatility of US Hegemony in Latin America – Roger Harris – Sunday Dec 18, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Latin America and the Caribbean have taken on a becoming pink complexion, all the more sowith historic left victories this year in Colombia and Brazil. These electoral rejections of therightwing followed left victories last year in Peru, Honduras, and Chile. And those, in turn, cameafter similar routs in Bolivia in 2020, Argentina in 2019, and Mexico in 2018.This surging “Pink Tide” protests the neoliberal model imposed by the US and its collaborators.Neoliberalism has failed to meet the needs of the peoples of the region and is losing itslegitimacy as a prototype for development. However, the countries of the region must ...

The Weaponization of Anti-Semitism – Group Discussion – December 3, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

This Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library session covers the attacks on the pro-Palestine, anti-genocide movement being made in the name of "fighting antisemitism," A group discussion  follows several short presentations on the subject ...

The Wilmington Ten, State Repression, and African American Politics in the 1970s – Kenneth Janken – Sunday, Feb 26, 2023 10:30am Pacific Time

In February 1971, racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, North Carolina, culminated in four days of violence and skirmishes between white vigilantes and black residents. The turmoil resulted in two deaths, six injuries, more than $500,000 in property damage, and the firebombing of a white-owned corner grocery store, before the National Guard restored an uneasy peace. Despite glaring irregularities in the subsequent trial, ten young persons were convicted of arson and conspiracy and then sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison. They became known internationally as the Wilmington Ten. This lecture addresses three general questions: What occurred ...

The World Working Class – Steve Zeltzer – Sunday, April 30 2023 10:30 am Pacific Time

The world working class and unions of the world are facing a major global struggle as the crisis of capitalism drives towards dictatorship and world war. Steve Zeltzer will look at the declining US imperialist empire and the intensifying inter-imperialist rivalry and the growing move towards a world war that threaten workers and people of the world. He will also look at the increasing attacks on the unions and the escalation of attacks on the working class to pay for the crisis.This also takes place in the midst of the frenzied development of AI and the likely loss of hundreds ...

Turkey, NATO, Russia, and Ukraine Under Imperialism – Comrade Burak – Sunday, May 29 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

As the imperialist warmongering by the US, NATO and the EU against Russia has recently escalated into a proxy war in Ukraine, a revolutionary party, "The Revolutionary Workers’ Party (DIP, Devrimci İşçi Partisi in Turkish), has taken an unflinching anti-imperialist stance that distinguished it from most organizations and groupings on the Left. In this session, we will discuss the role of Turkey as a NATO ally in this war, and the strategy revolutionaries in the NATO countries should take towards the war. We will talk about Turkey’s involvement not only in Ukraine as a NATO country but also its involvement ...

Turkiye 2023: The Collapse – Sun, Feb 19, 2023 10:30 am Pacific Time

Turkiye (the new and improved name replacing Turkey) is in a nosedive toward a total collapse.  This is an expected route of all neo-colonial countries dependent on imperialism.   A new section of capitalists is using the NATO Gladio criminals to implement a narco-state to keep the economy alive in Turkiye.  Privatization and marketization of every aspect of life have come to a total failure. Unprecedented Corruption at every level, bribery, theft, eco-destruction, gang rule, and the rise of deadly attacks, especially on women, shows the limits of a market economy in a dependent, neo-colonial country.   Turkiye is in dire need ...