Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library
At NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609
Info: contact Gene Ruyle: Ph: 510-332-3865.
These are all tentative and may be changed.
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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 including as many voices as
Sun, Oct 20, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Marxism and the National Question - the Case of Kashmir
On August 5, 2019, the
government of India, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of Hindu
Nationalist BJP put Kashmir in a security lockdown and then moved in the Lok Sabha (“Peoples Assembly” – i.e. the Parliament, to
revoke Articles 370 and 35A, which granted political autonomy to the Indian
State of Jammu and Kashmir and barred outsiders to purchase property in the
state respectively. The upper house, known as Rajya
Sabha (“States Assembly” - where representatives are elected from each state
of India) ratified the new law. Mr. Modi’s Party has clear majority in the
Parliament but not in the Rajya Sabha.
Kashmir has been a dispute
between India and Pakistan ever since British colony of India was split into
two sovereign politically independent countries on August 15-16, 1947. India
and Pakistan have fought three wars over Kashmir, all three initiated by
Pakistan, the first one of which in 1947-48 ended in a truce brokered by the
UN, and which divided Kashmir ‘temporarily” between the two countries . The latest move of India has angered Pakistan,
while India considers it as an internal matter.
will present a historical outline and his analysis based on ‘Marxism and the
National and Colonial Question’ developed by Joseph Stalin that helped
successfully integrate the oppressed nationalities under the Tsarist rule in
the socialist state of the USSR as partners and which success helped develop
the backward nations and in turn also the USSR very rapidly and which helped
vanquish the Nazi German invaders in 1945.
has been associated with ICSS for the past 13 years and is a student of
Marx’s ‘Capital’ as well as anti-war activist starting with the Vietnam War
in 1968 to more recent wars imposed on small countries by developed
Sun, Oct 27, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Impeachment Now? Or Never?
This is being planned as a “Town Hall” style meeting, with full
participation, with comments limited to 2-3 minutes. We may watch a short
video to start discussion, like “ To Impeach or Not
to Impeach? Chris Hedges & John Bonifaz Debate
What Congress Should Do Next,” on Democracy Now, Oct 1, 2019, at
Sun, Nov 3, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
**FALL BACK, DST***
What Do We Mean, “Democracy?”
What did Marx, Engels, and Lenin have to
say about democracy? We will invite participants to bring quotes from Marx,
Engels, and Lenin and have a round-table discussion. TENTATIVE This is a “filler,” in case no one else suggests a
Sun, Nov 10, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Black Lives Matter, All Lives Mater.
Representitves of the Oscar Grant Committee Against
Police Brutality and State Repression have been invited to discuss their
position on this matter.
TENTATIVE. Awaiting confirmation.
Sun, Nov 17, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Turkey, Syria, and the Kurds.
TENTATIVE. We are hoping to line up a speaker or two to discuss this
Sun, Nov 24, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Women and War
This is seen as a world historical
presentation, starting from the tribal era up to the present, covering
all continents. The focus would not be on women as victims, or
supporters of men, but as fighters themselves. I may provide some
feminist perspectives as a context, but concentrate on
examples...especially socialist ones when I get to the 1900s. Al Sargis
will provide a full description by early November.
Sun, Dec 1, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (After Thanksgiving)
Sun, Dec 8, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
What Is Socialism and What Good Is It.
ICSS member, Professor Eugene
E Ruyle, will discuss his forthcoming book, Socialism for Americans: A scientific
Introduction to the Global Struggle for Socialism.
Sun, Dec 15, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun, Dec 22, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun, Dec 29, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (after Christmas)
Sun, Jan 5, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (After New Year’s Day)
Sun, Jan 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Beyond Vietnam: MLK’s Finest Speech
TENTATIVE. This is the greatest speech of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s life. It was also the one that signed his death
warrant. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. - April 4, 1967 - Beyond
Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence [Full Speech]
Sun, Jan 26, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun, Feb 2, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun, Feb 9, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun, Feb 16, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Storm Before the Conflagration.
A Marxist view of the United States in the 1850s, and applicable
lessons for today’s political struggles, with ICSS Member Gary Hicks. NOTE:
This may be moved to a later date.
Sun, Jan 23, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun, Mar 1, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sun, Mar 8, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
In the Spirit of Alexandra Kollentai. TENTATIVE. A repeat
of a slide presentation previously given at the Starry Plough Pub.
Sun, Mar 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm