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, Nov 29, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (Thanksgiving weekend)
Socialism in the Twenty First Century:
A Scientific Analysis of Our Global Struggle
This presentation will be based on the Marxian principle that socialism is not an ideal to which reality will have to conform but an actual movement which is transforming the world and contributing to human progress and well-being. Over the past two centuries, socialism has developed a variety of forms, most of which have survived the defeats of the late 20th Century. Of these, we will examine the two most promising forms: the Socialism with Chinese Characteristics of Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, and Xi Jinping, and the Socialism in the Belly of the Beast, of Eugene Debs, the New Deal, Bernie Sanders, and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr..
Scientific socialism began with Marx and Engels, was further developed by Lenin, and continues to evolve as a science. It did not end there, but has continued to develop with the leadership of Stalin, Mao, Deng, and Xi as well as a host of others, including Fidel, Che, Ho Chi Minh.
(Not to be confused with the Socialism FOR the Twenty First Century espoused by many on the left, which will not be considered due to time constraints.)
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This talk will be based on the final chapters of Ruyle's book-in-progress, a working draft is availible in his Dropbox:
 
https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fi/7l7ln7nbygk018skpdw1s/SOC-4-AMER-LATEST.pdf?dl=0&oref=e&r=ABTlo3mS2_GKwtTzFIu4SJbf2ix7iJS_dZK_VisJ39-IKPQgu5go_KfJTtYd6lHqeSkuR3KtKTXmOAH0SBeZyirkIdD9oFo-FiI5j0LQHRkc2FFtMHPSr5U2hL6C9zgfCNyWTU9sFYdX-swshooCImjou1pq1Gh4j7yj6u4o9RxHx9pTSvaLTuYDgGJaf1FVNlI&sm=1

Eugene E Ruyle is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Cal State Long Beach, currently with the ICSS in Oakland.

LOGIN INFORMATION
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. The program (and recording) will end at 12:30, but the Waiting Room will remain open for informal discussion.

 

Raj Sahai's Zoom Meeting.

Sun Nov 29 2020 10:15am – 1:15pm Pacific Time

 

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PLANNED FUTURE PROGRAMS

The following programs are in various stages of planning.

Sun, Dec 6, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Logic of Capitalist Production and Marx’s Ecology
Even many Marxists are convinced that Marx believed in production without limitations, and thus Marx was oblivious to the question of ecology of the planet. Today the world is caught in a double jeopardy: on one hand capitalism is reducing workers’ organized bargaining power by production shifted to lowest wage countries pitting workers of one country against another and on the other capitalist production is consuming the resources of the planet provided by Nature rapidly while massively polluting land, water, and air. Since the fall of the USSR, China has been touted as the successful model of socialism using the capitalist market, or what is termed as “Market-Socialism”. This leads workers in US with no hope unlike in 1930s when they saw hope after the revolution in the USSR and workers had state power and were constructing socialism. A section of the US workers were drawn to a demagogue, namely Trump in the US and in India a majority of workers followed another demagogue: Modi in India. This trend is also developing in other countries. Raj Sahai will analyze this situation in the first hour and then in the second invite comments from the audience. 

Sun, Dec 13, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Grover Furr speaks: Trotsky Was a Collaborator and Terrorist, and What This Means For Us Today

My talk will center on my most recent book, New Evidence of Trotsky's Conspiracy
https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578649764
I will briefly review my procedure in this book, and the results of my research.
I will also discuss
* How our understanding of the Stalin years in the Soviet Union, roughly 1928-1953, has been revolutionized during the past decade by evidence from the Soviet Archives;
* The resistance of academic authorities and of many others, including many on the anti-capitalist left, to the truth about the Stalin period.
* How the emerging truth about Stalin and the Stalin period in the USSR -- the most heroic period of the world communist movement of the 20th century -- changes our understanding of both Soviet and world history in the 20th century.
* What the truth about the Stalin period has to teach socialists and communists today and in the future.

Sun, Dec 20, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Dec 27, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 3, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open Planning Meeting
Group Discussion: 2020-2021 The Year in Review and Preview.
Time to get together, talk about what happened in 2020, and discuss our hopes, fears, and tasks for 2021. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion. Concrete proposals welcomed and will be  considered by the Program Committee.

Sun, Jan 10, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 17, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 24, 2021: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 23, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jan 30, 2022: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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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, 2021: 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, 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 tslk 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 
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.

 

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