The Institute for the Critical Study of Society
at the 
Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library


Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library




(NOTE: These are all tentative and may be changed. Please check back the week before, or sign up for our weekly reminders/updates at cuyleruyle@mac.com)

Our Sunday morning programs are scheduled pretty much on a “first come, first served” basis and confirmed at our planning sessions. The opinions expressed are those of the speakers only and do not represent a group consensus on the issues by the members of ICSS. Our general practice is to allot at least half of the time to comradely discussion of the issues so that we include as many voices as practical .

Sun, Sep 27, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
CONFIRMED: Labor and Immigration

David Bacon
will talk about the struggles of farmworkers on the West Coast to organize, and the way it's affected by their work lives and status as immigrants.  He'll include photographs and a description of his documentary work process.
Our speaker, David Bacon is a photojournalist, author, political activist, and union organizer who has focused on labor issues, particularly those related to immigrant labor. He has written several books and numerous articles on the subject. Bacon's parents were strong supporter of unionism and his early interest in labor issues began with union organizing activities. He was involved in organizing efforts for the United Farm Workers, the United Electrical Workers, the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, the Molders' Union and others.
ICSS  Member Sharon Rose, will facilitate the meeting.

The meeting will be opened up, as usual, at 10:15 for anyone to join and discuss technical matters, catch up with each other, say Hi, etc. We Intend to start the presentation as close to 10:30 am as possible
Log-in info will be post here by Friday, Sept 25, 2020.

Raj Sahai's Zoom Meeting


Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:15am – 1:15pm Pacific Time - Los Angeles


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The following programs are in various stages of planning.

Sun, Oct 4, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
CONFIRMED: The Crisis in Education:
Billionaires’ Messes and Community Solutions

Throughout the world, the billionaire class have been creating messes with their neoliberal policies in healthcare, housing, and education. Working people everywhere at fighting back to solve the mess in education created by capitalism. In this session, we look at Oakland, CA, where billionaire-funded charter school organizations have been buying our school board members, implementing school closures, and turning students and parents into vectors for billionaire profit. Meanwhile, community and union activists are fighting to keep Oakland schools public, and to keep charter schools and their billionaire supporters out of our communities. They have organized Action2020Oakland (for more information, see action2020oakland.org) We have invited Gerald Smith, a community activist with Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and former candidate for the Oakland School Board, to lead a discussion with members of the Oakland Education Association (OEA) (the teacher’s union) and Action2020Oakland. Invited discussants include: Stacy Thomas (District 1), Cherisse Gash (District 3), Mike Hutchinson. (District 5), Ben "Coach" Tapscott.( District 7), all endorsed by Action2020Oakland..
The session will be moderated by ICSS Member Raj Sahai.

Sun, Oct 11, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
CONFIRMED: Dealing with Covid 19:
A Comparison Between Cuba and the United States

   Cuba, a socialist nation with a population of about 11 million, has suffered (as of mid-September, 2020) about 100 fatalities from the Covid 19 virus pandemic. The USA, a capitalist nation with a population about 30 times as great as Cuba, has suffered (as of mid-September), almost 200,000 deaths from this virus. The U.S., with about 30 times the population of Cuba has lost about 2000 times as many lives! What are the social, political, economic, ideological, cultural, strategic and other factors relevant to each nation that explain this profound difference
   Dr. Laurence H. Shoup has taught history at a number of universities and is the author of five books, his most recent one being Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire Neoliberal Geopolitics 1976-2019 (Monthly Review Press). He has been in active solidarity with the Cuban Revolution for many decades and has visited the country over a dozen times on a variety of solidarity excursions, including two Pastors for Peace caravans, several Labor Exchange trips, as well as with the Venceremos Brigade and Global Exchange.
   ICSS Member Allan Miller will facilitate.

Sun, Oct 18, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE; Marx on Ecology

ICSS Member Raj Sahai will provide a revised title and blurb soon.

Sun, Oct 25, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Nov 1, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm DST FALL BACK
CONFIRMED -The fall of the Soviet Union: New insights into the sequence of events, starting with the victory of the Russian Revolution on November 7, 1917, and implications for Marxists today.”
Wadi'h Halabi, with the Center for Marxist Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will discuss this topic. His analysis extends to differences between the Chinese and Russian Revolutions. For example, civil war and land reform followed revolution in Russia but preceded it in China. Halabi’s discussion will touch on the 'new Cold War'. The global class struggle hardly ended with the fall of the Soviet Union, and this is the framework of the presentation. 

Sun, Nov 8, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

This will be our first meeting after the November 3, 2020 election, so we are inviting speaker(s) to lead our discussion of the political  situation and how to proceed.
Gene is organizing.

Sun, Nov 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
PLANNING: Rick Sterling on Syria.
See Roger email, 2020-09-22

Sun, Nov 22, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
PLANNING: How the US Dominates the World Economy
Stansfield Smith
has agreed to speak on how the US dominates the world economy based on his recent economic analyses (links below)
See Roger email 2020-09-26

Sun, Nov 29, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (Thanksgiving weekend)

Sun, Dec 6, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 13, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 20, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 27, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan 3, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan 10, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan 17, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan xx, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
PERHAPS?: The Social Metabolism of Imperialism  This will continue the theoretical work of ICSS member Eugene E Ruyle which applies Marx’s labor theory of value to the analysis of non-capitalist as well as capitalist systems, leading to a theoretic framework Ruyle calls social thermodynamics or social metabolism. Ruyle’s paper,  “The Evolution of Human Energetic Systems”, has been accepted for presentation at Thermodynamics 2.0 | International Conference which is being held from 22 – 24 June 2020

Sun, Jan yy, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
PERHAPS? – The October Revolution Lives: The Socialist Bloc
ICSS Member Eugene Ruyle will discuss how the overthrow of Soviet Union was defeat for the working class which transformed but did not end the global class struggle for socialism. Marx was right in the 19th Century and Lenin was right in the 20th Century, our task in the 21st Century is to do for Leninism what Lenin did for Marxism. This practical task is being confronted by the surviving socialist states of China, Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba which must be understood scientifically, not in utopian terms. In this view, the revolutionary core of socialism lies in those countries which have actually had socialist revolution: the Soviet Union,, Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe, Vietnam, Korea, China, and Cuba.

Sunday near May 3,   2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE Postponed from last  year: Elazar on the Scientific Analysis of Stalinism.
(Elazar 88th Birthday celebration after)

Sunday, Sep 5, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 
TENTATIVE (Postponed from 2020): Reclaiming the True Legacy of Labor Day
This will an updated repeat of a talk given at the San Jose Peace Center in 2017 by ICSS member Eugene E Ruyle.

Sun, Aug 27, 20XX: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
AS NEEDED: Group Reading: The Communist Manifesto

This is the foundational work of Marxism and we will go through it paragraph by paragraph, with ample opportunity for discussion. Be prepared to voice, and defend, your views!