Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

At NPML, 6501 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94609

Info: contact Gene Ruyle: Ph: 510-332-3865. 
Email: cuyleruyle@mac.com

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

(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)

 

NOTE: Many of our programs are being recorded and placed on the "icss marxist" channel on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=icss+marxist+

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 so that we include as many voices as practical

Sun, Feb 16, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Rabelais: Renaissance Humanist, Bacchic Christian, and Proto-Utopian Socialist.
A look at a giant of literature.
Recommended reading: Rabelais and His World by Mikhail Bakhtin
Rabelaisian Dialectic and the Platonic Hermetic Tradition by Mallary Masters
ICSS Member Lew Finzel will lead our discussion

 

Sun, Feb 23, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Harriet Tubman as a Woman Warrior
by Al Sargis, Director, Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War & Military Analysis
The recent (2019) film, Harriet, left many aspects of Harriet Tubman’s life and work unexplored.  Tubman's military exploits include being head of military intelligence of the Department of the Potomac and her planning, organizing and leading the only amphibious assault by a woman in US history.  Also, little known is both her co-planning of John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry and furnishing many of John Brown's troops.  Additionally, she was an army hospital nurse.  This perspective on Tubman is described in one book as "America's most unsung Civil War general."  It is why General Grant regarded Harriet Tubman as "worth many regiments in the Northern forces" and John Brown called her "General".  While known for her work in the Underground Railroad, little is mentioned about how this prepared her for her later activities with John Brown and during the Civil War. This lecture will cover how each phase of her life groomed her for the next one: from before and during the Underground Railroad, her relationship with John Brown and, finally, her little known Civil War exploits. Tubman's turn to armed revolutionary struggle to abolish slavery in contrast to many, if not most, abolitionists, and its political, moral and religious basis, will be an underlying theme.

Gerald Smith may join us to say a few words from a Black HISTORICAL context.

 

Sun, Mar 1, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE: China as Number One
John Walsh has
developed a PP Presentation on China as the world's number one economic power and related matters based on his article that appeared in DissidentVoice: >>> https://dissidentvoice.org/2020/01/china-number-one-economic-power-for-half-decade-dashes-on/

Sun, Mar 1, 2019: 12:45-1:45 Pm
Planning Session
We get together after the morning session on the first Sunday of every month to discuss things in general and plan the schedule for our Sunday morning at the Marxist Library forums. This is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to help plan our future sessions. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Also, please review our web site to familiarize yourself with our current proposals. Newcomers and old timers welcome.

Sun, Mar 8, 2020: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - DST SPRING FORWARD
‘Marxists Behaving Badly.’
  
Why don’t Marxists study the Soviet experience in order to learn what these pioneers of the communist movement did, and what we can learn from them?
   For Marx, as for all materialists, practice was – is -- primary. Theory must be tested through practice. To base theory on the basis of a false understanding of reality is as fatal to knowledge as it would be to base theory, as idealists do, on ideas alone, without regard to material reality.
   The Stalin era was the heroic era of the worldwide communist movement. Indeed, the 20th century may be fairly described as the “Soviet century,” since all the important political and social events and upheavals took place with reference to the Soviet Union.
   If, following Marx, we want to build an egalitarian, communist society, we must study the practice of those who came before us in this endeavor. That means studying the Soviet Union after the Bolshevik Revolution, especially the period when Joseph Stalin was in the leadership of the Bolshevik Party and the Soviet state.
   Why don’t today’s Marxists do this? My talk will explore the reasons for this fatal neglect and urge a corrective. — Grover Furr, Montclair State University

Sun, Mar 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cold War ChinatownDave Ewing suggests a program on the long battle -- 1930s till now -- between Communist and KMT supporters in Chinatown.  Reds were hunted and deported.  It involved intelligence operations by the CIA and Taiwan CIA.  There are several unsung heroes of the Chinatown Wars.  Pro-PRC forces are dominant today.  But Taiwan agents remain active.  The American intelligence focus today is on recruiting PRC students and local business people to spy inside China.  Lotus might want to help.

Sun, Mar 22, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Group Reading of the Communist Manifesto
As Albert Einstein noted, “Clarity about the aims and problems of socialism is of greatest significance in our age of transition.” Einstein’s comment remains as the growing interest in socialism is matched by a growing confusion about socialism. This week, we will continue with our annual reading of the Communist Manifesto.  In preparation, participants are urged to read, or re-read, this important document.

Sun, Mar 29, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
TENTATIVE: Trump and the Disaster of Occupational Health
ICSS Member Nina Was is preparing a talk on this.

Sun, Apr 5, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open, TBA.

Sun, Apr 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open

Sun, Apr 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open

Sun, Apr 26, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 3, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 10, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 17, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 24, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, May 31, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
ELAZAR ON THE SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF STALINISM
(Elazar 87th Birthday celebration after:12:35-2:45)

Sun, Jun 7, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 14, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 21, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jun 28, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jul 5, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jul 12, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jul 19, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Jul 26, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 2, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 9, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 16, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 23, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Aug 30, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Sep 6, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Sep 13, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Sep 20, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Sep 27, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Oct 4, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Oct 11, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Oct 18, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Oct 25, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 1, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Open  DST FALL BACK

Sun, Nov 8, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 15, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 22, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Nov 29, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Dec 6, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Sun, Dec 13, 2020: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
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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
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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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