Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

At NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Info: contact Gene Ruyle: Ph: 510-332-3865. 



(NOTE: These are all tentative and may be changed.
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NOTE: Many of our programs are being recorded and placed on the "icss marxist" channel on YouTube:

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 including as many voices as practical.

Sun, Sep 8, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Climate change and renewable energy revolution

The Renewable industry has experienced exponential growth in the past decade. Both Wind and Solar power are cheaper than conventional sources of energy now and their cost will continue to decline in the coming decades. Despite their intermittent nature, most studies indicate that it should be relatively easy to achieve 80% - 90% decarbonization of electric grid without use of nuclear power or any other innovation. Likewise, Electric vehicles are fast achieving range, performance, and cost that will make them superior to fossil fuel based transportation. A similar exponential growth is expected in Electric vehicle adoption. 
   Meanwhile Global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are also continuing to increase, driven primarily by industrialization of China and rest of emerging economies. While the Renewable revolution will mitigate worst case global warming scenarios, the world is heading towards pretty bleak climate situation. This talk will present the nature of Renewable revolution and policies and technologies needed to prevent a climate catastrophe. 
   Sandeep Agarwal has worked in the Renewable industry for the past eight years. Prior to moving to the U.S., he worked for a textile trade union in India which helped organize contract workers in the city of Kanpur.

Sun, Sep 15, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Gloria Steinem was a CIA Agent!
She proudly admits it, so does the CIA. After a brief introduction from ICSS member Eugene Ruyle, we will have a roundtable discussion of two readings:
1. The feminist was a spook, By Markos Kounalakis
2. The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America

Sun, Sep 22, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Our speaker will be Karen Spring, the Honduras-based Coordinator of the Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN), a group of over 30 organizations from Canada and the United States. She has lived and worked in Honduras since 2009 and works closely with community-based organizations affected by US and Canadian foreign policy and investments. Karen has written or contributed to several reports about mining, militarization, and human rights issues and blogs at:

Sun, Sep 29, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Why Chelsea and Julian Are Our Working Class Heros.
in planning stage but GG will provide a blurb

Sun, Oct 6, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Jim Smith on Gentrifying Paradise

Sun, Oct 13, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Hands off Venezuela, defense committee –jeff mackler  - }
We need to confirm this with Jeff Mackler and expect to do so soon.

Sun, Oct 20, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Kashmir Question
Our man in India, Raj Sahai, is organizing this and will more info soon.

Sun, Oct 27, 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, Nov 3, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open  **FALL BACK, DST***

Sun, Nov 10, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Nov 17, 2019: 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, Nov 24, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open (Before Thanksgiving)

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

Sun, Dec 15, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Dec 22, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Pro-Democracy Movement Isn’t
n Hong Kong and elsewhere, are we letting our enemies define our terms? What did Marx, Engels, and Lenin have to say about democracy? Invite participants to bring quotes from Marx, Engels, and Lenin and have a round-table discussion. TENTATIVE This will be held as a “filler,” in case we have empty places in our schedule.

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 (Arter New Year’s Day)

Sun, Jan 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Sun, Jan 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm