Institute for the Critical Study of Society
at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library
Morning at the Marxist Library
OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE
(NOTE: These are all tentative and may be changed. Please check
back the week before, or sign up for our weekly reminders/updates at
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
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
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PLANNED FUTURE PROGRAMS
following programs are in various stages of planning.
Sun, Oct 4, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30
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
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
Sun, Oct 18, 2020: 10:30 am to
TENTATIVE; Marx on Ecology
ICSS Member Raj Sahai will provide a revised title and blurb soon.
Sun, Oct 25, 2020: 10:30 am to
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.”
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
TENTATIVE – WHAT NOW?
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
PLANNING: Rick Sterling on Syria.
Sun, Nov 22, 2020: 10:30 am to
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
Open (Thanksgiving weekend)
Sun, Dec 6, 2020: 10:30 am to
Sun, Dec 13, 2020: 10:30 am to
Sun, Dec 20, 2020: 10:30 am to
Sun, Dec 27, 2020: 10:30 am to
Sun, Jan 3, 2021: 10:30 am to
Sun, Jan 10, 2021: 10:30 am to
Sun, Jan 17, 2021: 10:30 am to
Sun, Jan xx, 2021: 10:30 am to
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!