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

 

Sunday 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 cuyleruyle@mac.com)

Sun, Apr  18, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Law and People’s Rights in  India
Synopsis of the talk from Mihir Desai: I will be speaking about legislative and policy changes during the Modi Government affecting rights of people. This will include the new labour codes, farmers laws, laws concerning citizenship, love jihad laws, education policy, AADHAR act, changes in laws affecting NGOs, Environmental laws, laws concerning elections, demonetisation, etc. This will include the erosion of parliamentary democracy and  federal structure. The talk will also include the use of existing and new draconian laws. It will be in the overall context of the present context of the Establishments efforts to suppress all dissent and to hollow out all institutions of accountability.           Speaker’s Profile: Mihir Desai is a designated Senior Advocate practising in Bombay High Court and Supreme Court of India. He mainly practises human rights law. He is a cofounder of Human Rights Law Network and was Director of India Centre of Human Rights and Law for 10 years. He was also the Editor of Combat Law- a human rights law magazine for the same period. He is presently the National Vice President of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). He has done litigation on various human rights issues including the Gujarat carnage of 2002, challenging the CAA and NRC in Supreme Court and various issues arising out of NRC in Gawhati High Court, litigation concerning the tool kit concerning farmers movement, issues concerning hate speech, representing number of accused in the Bhima Koregaon ‘urban naxal’ case, challenging the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution concerning Kashmir. He has also been involved in a number of other cases concerning environment, women’s rights, child rights, police brutality and freedom of speech and expression and right to protest. He has been member of number of independent peoples tribunals concerning human rights issues. He was the Legal Counsel for International Tribunal on Kashmir.

LOGIN INFORMATION
We Intend to start the presentation as close to 10:30 am as possible, but the Zoom room 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.. The program (and recording) will end at 12:30, but the Waiting Room will remain open until about 1 pm for informal discussion.

 

ICSS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Login info wil be posted on Friday April 16, 2021

 

 

PLANNED FUTURE PROGRAMS

The following programs are in various stages of planning.

 

Sun, Apr  25, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Grover Furr on Issues in Soviet History
Grover writes that he will discuss two subject in his talk. First, he will talk about his new book Trotsky and the Military Conspiracy, available from Amazon.com. Second, he will discuss the issues concerning evidence:  what evidence is; how to analyze it; what logical fallacies and false arguments are employed to avoid facing the evidence.

Sun, May  2, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
CONFIRMED: Socialism: Scientific and Utopian
Just as Darwin discovered the law of motion of biological evolution, so Marx and Engels discovered the law of motion of human history and with it, placed the science of human society on a firm, working class basis. In 1880, Engels published Socialism: Utopian and Scientific, explaining how socialism had been transformed from a utopia into a science. This science was further developed by Lenin who led the world historic October Revolution and is continuing to develop in other world historic revolutions in China, Vietnam, and Cuba, and well as revolutionary movements throughout Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Unfortunately, some comrades have chosen to reject science and revert to utopianism. We will examine this question in Group Discussion in which everyone may participate fully.
Organizer:
Eugene E Ruyle is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at CSU, Long Beach; President  of Veterans For Peace, East Bay Chapter 162 (Berkeley/Oakland); and active in a variety of working class organizations, including the ICSS.

Sun, May  9, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
CONFIRMED: Mehmet Bayram on Revolutionary Theory.
More info soon!

Sun, May  16, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
TENTATIVE  The Significance of the Alabama Amazon Strike,
with Judy Greenspan, member of the Peace and Freedom Party, the Bay Area Chapter of Workers World Party, and the San Francisco Bay Area local organizing committee to support Alabama Amazon workers, on Building Solidarity for the Amazon Union Struggle.

 

TENTATIVE: Roger Harris on Biden’s Foreign Policy: Hope or Horror
More info soon!

Sun, May  23 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, May  30, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jun 6, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
POSSIBLY: Open discussion on the Global Counter Revolution of 1989.
Two things happened on June 4, 1989: First, the counter-revolutionary Solidarity won an important election in Poland, part of the movement that led to the overthrow of the Soviet Union and the banning of the Communist Party. Second, the counter-revolutionary demonstrators in Beijing were defeated allowing the continued development of socialism led by the Communist Party of China (CPC). Proposal from ICSS member Eugene E Ruyle.)

Sun, Jun 13, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jun 20: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jun 27, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jul 4, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jul 11, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jul 18, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jul 25, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Aug 1, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Aug 8, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Aug 15, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Aug 22, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Aug 29, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Sep 5, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Sep 12, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Sep 19, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Sep 26, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Oct 3, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Oct 10, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Oct 17, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Oct 24, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Oct 31, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Nov 7, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
FALL BACK: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS
POSSIBLY: Open discussion on the October Revolution

Sun, Nov 14, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Nov 21, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Nov 25, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Dec 5, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Dec 12 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Dec 19, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Dec 26, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jan 2, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jan 9, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jan 16, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jan 23, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

Sun, Jan 30, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Pacific
Open

UNDER CONSIDERATION

Sun, Jan xx, 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!

Sun, Jan xx, 20XX: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
PERHAPS: Is Facebook Rewiring Our Brains? "If you are not paying for the product, you are the product."
Open discussion of Netflix film. The Social Dilemma. Gene might organize.

Sun, Jan xx, 20XX: 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 talk will be part of a larger project,  “The Evolution of Human Energetic Systems”

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 
Possible: 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.

 

 

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