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200th Anniversary of the Monroe Doctrine – Mark Albertson – November 19, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The 200-year history of the Monroe Doctrine is a history of US imperialism. Among Washington’s recent junior partners, Israel stands out as an accomplice to the US imperial project not only in the old world but in this hemisphere as well.

Beginning with the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the course of what is labeled Manifest Destiny (term was applied in 1845) will be charted through the 19th century. The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 is a continuation of the planned expansion across the North American continent. As the 19th century proceeded apace, the North defeated the South during the 1861-1865 Revolt of the Planters. Industrialization of the United States together with the eventual linking of Chesapeake Bay with the Golden Gate instilled a dynamic America, an allure to become a willing participant in what President Monroe’s document urged the Europeans not to repeat here, Imperialism. Historical parallels will be made with such efforts as the Catholic Church and Spanish Army in the Philippines, the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement, and the present situation in Gaza.

Our speaker, Mark Albertson, is a frequent presenter at the Library. In fact, according to his blog, in each of the last three years, he has logged 200-plus appearances. Mark is a military historian with a commanding knowledge of geo-politics. He is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is the historian for the Army Aviation Association of America. He has authored several books: USS Connecticut: Constitution State Battleship; They’ll Have to Follow You! The Triumph of the Great White Fleet; On History: A Treatise. He is at work on a two-volume history on the saga of Army aviation. Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Suggested background reading:

Elier Ramírez Cañedo, 200 Years of the Monroe Doctrine: History and Present,

Or check out this informative video:

Ben Norton, Israel’s destruction of Gaza is West’s fascistic plan for Global South, warns Colombia’s president,

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Is the US headed for a Low-Intensity Civil War? – Al Sargis – Nov 12, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

This talk will cover from the late 1970s to present, with main focus on the past few years. Two aspects: far rightwing direct action (e.g., direct attacks on racial, religious, gender, communist and other political attacks) and legislative rollbacks on the same groups (e.g., Moms for Liberty attempts to promote reactionary education policies).
Also, it will cover various groups and their ideologies, chief social traits and international interconnections among them. Finally, some proposals to counter them.

Our speaker, Al Sargis, is the founder of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis.

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Genocide Is Israel’s Strategy – Paul Larudee – December 10, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Recently back from a humanitarian mission to besieged Gaza, which was denied entry by Egyptian authorities, our speaker will explain how the ongoing genocide against the Palestinians is a natural outcome of Zionism. The social dynamics of domination inevitably lead to genocide given sufficient time. This is the logical consequence of exceptionalism.

The resistance forces of the Palestinians and their allies have planned for a confrontation of unlimited duration, while Israel plans only short, massive attacks designed for a quick, decisive victory, which in this case is illusive. This is the main reason they have chosen genocide as a tactic. They reason that massive, horrible deaths of vulnerable civil Palestinians, mainly women and children, will force Hamas, Hezbollah, and their allies to take risks and expose themselves. But genocide is not working. And when it doesn’t, Israel’s answer is to use more genocide.

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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 plunder their considerable resources.

Thus we can see that the third world war will be primarily characterized by a confrontation between the camps of imperialism (NATO) and anti-imperialism.

And that the workers of the world have everything to gain by ensuring the victory of the anti-imperialist camp and the defeat of the imperialists, which will be a hammer blow to the entire edifice of monopoly capitalism on the planet and thus a giant step towards socialist revolution in all corners of the world

Joti Brar is an anti-imperialist and leading member of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist). Brar has been involved in the communist movement since an early age, working as a trade union organizer and writer on topics such as imperialism, socialism, and the working class. She also actively participates in the World Anti Imperialist Platform (

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