Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

 

Completed Sunday Morning Forums Since January 2017

 

NOTE: Many of our programs have been recorded and placed on YouTube. To see a list, go to the "icss marxist" channel on YouTube” https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=icss+marxist+

NOTE; Here’s our schedule of completed programs since 2017. These are listed in reverse chronological order. We have a fairly complete record going back through 2012, plus selections going back to 2006. We hope to post everything as soon as we figure out the best format. ALSO:  This list does NOT include non-Sunday Morning programs at NPML or nearby which we sometimes include in our weekly announcements.

Sun, Jul 7, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital

We have had a monthly continuing reading of Capital for 18 months, but many believe it is time to change the time and place. We are now on Chapter 3, there are 33 Chapters in Capital. It took a year to finish Chapter One and six more months to get through Chapters Two and Three. At this rate, we might not finish before 2025. We will discuss how best to continue this project.

Sun, Jun 30, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It.
"Fascism: What It Is and How To Fight It" - a two part talk including a historical overview of the events leading up to the rise of fascism in Europe leading up to WWII, and a political analysis of the failures of the communist movement at the time in preventing it. This all in light of the current rise of white supremacy and fascist movements in the U.S., Europe and Latin America and the lack of a united left movement to fight it. Supplemental handouts will be available, including a timeline. Presented by Peoples Alliance members Bill Bowers and Tova Fry (both former WWP): Bill leading with the historical overview and Tova Fry following with the political analysis, largely based on Trotsky's work of the same name. Questions and comments will follow the presentations with time limits as needed to ensure that as many people as possible can express their views or ask their questions.

Sun, Jun 23, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Tiananmen Massacre or Battle of Beijing?
What really happened at Tiananmen Square on June 3-4, 1989? Speakers invited to address this question include: Richard Becker, Party for Socialism and Liberation; David Ewing, U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association; Gerald Smith, Liberated Lens; Eugene Ruyle, ICSS member. Questions and comments will follow the presentations with time limits as needed to ensure that as many people as possible can express their views or ask their questions.
Suggested Readings: "Tiananmen: The Massacre that Wasn’t." By Brian Becker.
https://liberationschool.org/tiananmen-the-massacre-that-wasnt/
U.S. Role in Hong Kong Protests: International Action Center Statement:
https://iacenter.org/2019/06/20/international-action-center-statement-u-s-role-in-hong-kong-protests/

Sun, Jun 16, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cuba’s Democracy
Constitutional Referendum and grassroots political processes.
Cuba is always described as a "dictatorship" by the mainstream media and the U.S. government, thus providing a pretext for the economic blockade and talk about regime change. But Sharat G. Lin found a remarkable democratic process in the recent Constitutional Referendum in Cuba and months of nationwide discussions involving millions of voters. ICSS member Raj Sahai will facilitate.

Sun, June 9, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee
  
After 24 years in the USA, 38 years in the (East) German Democratic Republic as a McCarthy-era exile, then nearly 30 years in unified Germany, Victor Grossman, the ex-pat journalist and author examines the rise and fall of a socialist experiment as he observed and participated in it. He tries to clear through a fog of misinformation and distortion regarding it, describing its achievements, its successes as well as its blunders and negative aspects. Its position regarding Nazis and fascism is compared with that in West Germany. Its school system, women’s rights, both models in many ways, cultural questions and other matters are examined from a personal, anecdotal and sometimes humorous perspective. 
  
The book then turns to a broader examination of possible lessons to be learned when searching for solutions to present-day problems: the growing gap between rich and poor, alarmingly malevolent dangers for a crippled environment, the menace of racism and new fascist movements, the almost ignored danger of atomic annihilation - and who is to blame for them. But the book also looks at newly invigorated hopes for a better, a socialist future despite the many barriers to its realization – seen through the prism of a veteran of the “old Left” in the USA, Communist rule and the Cold War in the shadow of the Berlin Wall, and expresses his views on current fears and hopes on both sides of the Atlantic – and the Pacific. 
(Copies of Victor’s book will be available for purchase, cash or checks only, NO CREDIT CARDS.

Sun, Jun 2, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital

This is part of a continuing discussion of Capital, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We’ve finished Chapter One (after one year) and are now working our way through Chapter 2: The Process of Exchange, p. 178.

Sun, June 2, 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. NOTE: This is an important meeting, since decisions affecting the future of our Sunday Morning Program.

 

Sun, May 26, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Report from Venezuela Delegation
Venezuela is in the cross hairs of imperialism.  It has the largest oil reserves in the world, but more than that, Venezuela is determined to use its resources for the benefit of its own people instead of handing them over to transnational corporations or imperialist rulers.  In the age of imperialism, these trends are enough to make any country the target of imperialist plunderers.  We are under a media barrage of lies, misinformation, and open US propaganda about Venezuela. With this intense muddying of waters it becomes very hard to know and understand the events happening around this Latin American, Bolivarian, country. 
  
In order to observe what is really going on there, recently Bay Area residents Mehmet Bayram, ICSS member and journalist, and Laura Wells, Green Party Congressional Candidate, visited Venezuela with the “End Venezuela Sanctions” delegation.  They will present their experience and lead the discussion afterwards.  Sun, May 19, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

¡VIVA MEXICO! s

   Mexican President Díaz (1876-1880 and 1884-1911) famously commented: “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States.”

   Diaz got it at least half right. Mexico has suffered in the shadow of the Colossus of the North, but Mexico is not poor. Mexico is rich in many ways, yet it also has been impoverished. And Mexico has been greatly underappreciated by North Americans. This presentation will emphasize the many poorly known accomplishments of Mexico, while uncovering the role of US imperialism.

   Roger Harris will present a PowerPoint-illustrated cautionary history of this trice conquered land. A longtime activist with the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, Roger is on the board of the Task Force on the Americas (http://taskforceamericas.org/), a 33-year-old human rights organization, and is active with the Campaign to End US-Canadian Sanctions Against Venezuela. He last visited Mexico in March.

   Mexico is bucking an international right-wing tide, shifting its government from right to left-of-center with the recent presidential inauguration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Speaking for international capital, The Economist is worried. The other 99% of humanity is hopeful.

    Ted Lewis, Human Rights Director at Global Exchange (https://globalexchange.org/), will comment on the current situation where AMLO recently announced a massive regional development plan and an end of the “Merida Initiative,” the US-funded counter narcotics program. This seems to be good news, but the devil remains in the details.  Global Exchange will also be having a webinar on the current situation in Mexico on May 23. For further information: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UjXJWFZwSvakC2dffIIRYA.

Co-sponsored by the Task Force on the Americas.

Sun, May 12, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Turkey at the cross roads of imperialism
Turkey is struggling to find a new and better position in the world while fascism erodes the economy, human rights, freedom of press and all opposition.  New “elections” on March 31 is only a sham as mounting evidence of corruption piles.  Turkey has lost on Syria, a quagmire it planned on winning big with the bog guys.  As Turkey oscillates between European Union, the USA and Russia, it finds itself more and more irrelevant.  Contrary to the big plans of becoming a leader in the Middle East, Turkey has been relegated to a position where it is only trying to find who to follow.  Such is the position of those who accept imperialism instead of standing up to it. ICSS member Mehmet Bayram will present and lead our discussion.

Sun, May 5, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital
This is part of a continuing discussion of Capital, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We’ve finished Chapter One (after one year) and are now on Chapter 2: The Process of Exchange, starting on p. 178.

Sun, Apr 28, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
My favorite Marx
All participants are encouraged to bring their favorite brief quote from Marx (or another radical thinker). They will read it and be prepared to say a few words about why it is their favorite, perhaps a 5 minute presentation.
Some examples may be:
“...in the United States of North America, every independent movement of the workers was paralysed so long as slavery disfigured a part of the Republic. Labour cannot emancipate itself in the white skin when in the black it is branded.” (Capital, chapter 10, “The Working Day," p. 414)
“The direct, natural. and necessary relation of person to person is the relation of man to woman…. From this relationship one can judge man’s whole level of development.” (Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844, “Private Property and Communism”, p. 295-96 in Vol 3 of Marx Engels Collected Works)
Facilitator: ICSS Member Urszula Wislanka.

Sun, Apr 21, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Uyghurs and Communists, Two Views

Uyghurs live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China, also known as Chinese Turkistan, which. along with Tibet, has seen considerable  tension and unrest. We will have two views of the situation, from David Makofsky, long time resident in Beijing, Xinjiang, and Turkey and ICSS member Eugene Ruyle. We hope to have ample time for questions and discussion of this complex and controversial topic.
Facilitator: ICSS Member Raj Sahai
For preliminary background material, email cuyleruyle@mac.com

Sun, Apr 14, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Primary Route in 2020

  In 2015 prior to the Sanders candidacy Tom Gallagher authored a political pamphlet entitled, The Primary Route: How the 99% Take on the Military Industrial Complex. This short and engaging examination of third party efforts and primary challenges was prescient in predicting the power of Bernie Sanders candidacy in the 2016 Democratic primary. Now over two years after the election of Donald Trump and heading into 2020 Gallagher once again examines the political feasibility of the primary route in building a socialist current in America.
  Would active participation in the presidential primary race advance the development of a serious American electoral left? Before 2016, the jury was out on this question. The argument for involvement in the presidential process was that, while success might be more likely in House or Senate races (and certainly in state or local races), a presidential candidacy offered a breadth of opportunity that the lower level races simply did not. Only the presidential election process provides a political forum involving the entire nation – a debate and discussion about where the country is at and where it wants to go, whose importance far surpasses that of any other event in the normal American political cycle. And the argument for participation specifically in the primaries (and caucuses) – as opposed to a “third party” run – rests on the fact that the primaries offer a “safe” option, a situation where candidates of the left are less likely to see their message overshadowed by the perceived danger of their efforts ultimately making matters worse by inadvertently helping to elect a Republican – a debate that has continued for nearly twenty years since Ralph Nader’s 2000 run. After the Bernie Sanders campaign, the question of the value of taking the primary route would appear to be settled.
  In the process of taking some unusually “big issues” – universal health insurance, a minimum wage that is actually a living wage, the history of U.S. overthrows of democratically elected governments, etc. – right into America’s living rooms in the debates, the Sanders campaign arguably revolutionized the entire process, and certainly offered much of the country its first taste of “democratic socialism,” that is “democratic socialism” as defined by a friend rather than a foe. The national political debate now included a perspective known throughout virtually all of the free world – but previously not here.
  The question of the moment is whether this breakthrough will ultimately prove to be just a one-off historical anomaly or the beginning of a lasting sea change in American politics. Will the future include an American left consistently able to navigate the often murky challenges of real world politics? Or does it fall back to its traditional, largely non-participant critique, generally delivered from the margins?
  Tom Gallagher is a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic Convention. and current member of the Progressive Democrats of America, and the Democratic Socialists of America.

In 2015 prior to the Sanders candidacy, Tom Gallagher authored a political pamphlet entitled, The Primary Route: How the 99% Take on the Military Industrial Complex. This short and engaging examination of third party efforts and primary challenges was prescient in predicting the power of the Bernie Sanders candidacy in the 2016 Democratic primary. Now over two years after the election of Donald Trump and heading into 2020 Gallagher once again examines the political feasibility of the primary route in building a socialist current in America.
   Tom Gallagher is a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, a Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic Convention. and current member of the Progressive Democrats of America, and the Democratic Socialists of America.
Facilitator: ICSS Member Eugene Ruyle
For a preview, see
https://portside.org/2019-03-25/primary-route-pathway-democratic-socialists

 

Sun, Apr 7, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital
This is part of a continuing discussion of Capital, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We’ve finished Chapter One (after one year) and are now working our way through Chapter 2: The Process of Exchange, p. 178.

Sun, Mar 31, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Democratic Socialism: An Impossible Dream?
Is industrial civilization compatible with economic democracy, or is democratic socialism impossible in a globalized industrial society?  This presentation will examine the powerful material conditions that have frustrated every effort to replace capitalism with genuine democratic socialism.  Hopefully, this will become the starting point for a discussion about what kinds of energy sources and technologies are most conducive to democratic control.
Strongly suggested background reading:
Democratic Socialism: The Impossible Dream
https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/11/30/democratic-socialism-the-impossible-dream/
Why Did Socialism fail?
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/02/01/why-did-socialism-fail/
Craig Collins, Ph.D.
is the author of Toxic Loopholes (Cambridge University Press), which examines America’s dysfunctional system of environmental protection. He teaches political science and environmental law at California State University East Bay and was a founding member of the Green Party of California. His forthcoming books: Marx & Mother Nature and Rising From the Ruins: Catabolic Capitalism & Green Resistance reformulate Marx’s theory of history & social change and examine the emerging struggle to replace catabolic capitalism with a thriving, just, ecologically resilient society.

Sun, Mar 24, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Political-Military Ideology of The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/North Korea)
   U.S. Marxists are often unfamiliar with the reigning ideology of the DPRK, for example, believing it to be Marxism-Leninism.  The ideology, at least since the 1970s, has been Kimilsungism-Kimjungilism, or Juche (self-reliance) and Songun (military first). This presentation will cover the content of these ideologies and the historical conditions under which they arose, including the rejection of Marxism-Leninism for DPRK's socialist development. The armed liberation struggles against Japanese and US imperialism, especially from the 1930s to 1990s, are the context for DPRK ideology.  Also briefly examined is Kim Jong Un's contemporary ideological addition of byungun (parallel development of nuclear forces and economic development). 
   The Presenter, Al Sargis, founder-director of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War And Military Analysis (FEIMWAMA), has studied socialist militaries in the USSR/Russia, GDR, PRC, SRV and DPRK.  He has made presentations on these matters to military science and social science research institutes and universities in China.

Sun, Mar 17, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Stalin: Waiting For ... The Truth!
Grover Furr’s critique of Kotkin's biography of Stalin,
“Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941”

  
Our comrade Grover will fly in from New Jersey to give us a detailed and devastating critique of Stephen Kotkin's biography of Stalin, volume 2. “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941” ( 2017). Grover will Kotkin’s falsehoods on Stalin and the Soviet Union.
   Copies of Grover's new book will be available at his talk at the special price of $20 per copy.   Grover has put the Preface to his book online so that you can read it and get an idea of what his book, and his talk, will be about:
https://msuweb.montclair.edu/~furrg/research/readmefirst.html

Sun, Mar 10, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Twenty First Century Socialism:
A Framework for Scientific Analysis
No longer a utopian dream, socialism has been in existence for a century, yet there have been few attempts of understand socialism in a scientific manner. In this talk, ICSS member Eugene E Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Cal State Long Beach, will use the scientific socialism of Marx, Engels, and Lenin as a framework for understanding the first hundred years of socialism and what this means for the global future of humanity.
NOTE: While I support the Bolivarian Revolution of Hugo Chavez and other Latin American leaders, this program will NOT focus particularly on the ‘Socialism of the 21st Century” as espoused by various left intellectuals. Instead, it will follow our earlier program on Twentieth Century Socialism and look at the global situation of socialism in the Twenty First Century, focusing primarily on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and Bernie-Style Socialism in America.

Sun, Mar 3, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital
This is part of a continuing discussion of Capital, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). After one year, we’ve finished Chapter One and will now start on Chapter 2: The Process of Exchange, p. 178.

Sun, Feb 24, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Dissent, Resistance, Insurrection and Mutiny: A Survey of Military Organization and Revolt
A follow-up to the discussion on Engels' war and military thought, this will primarily cover 19-21st century struggles within the military against imperialist wars and for socialist revolution and a new military.  While the focus will be on specific instances, a key emphasis is the role of socialist organizations in these struggles.  Some historical patterns and lesson are indicated from these many, but little know instances.  Working class insurrections will also be briefly examined.  While the "big" military revolts such as during the three Russian revolutions and the Vietnam war are briefly delved into, the many more unfamiliar struggles will also be covered.  An example of the latter are the experiences of the 2nd International's organizing within the military against anti-labor repression and colonial wars.  Suggestions for socialists are made for their contemporary military work.
The Presenter, Al Sargis, founder-director of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War And Military Analysis (FEIMWAMA), served a hitch in the Marines before doing anti-war work among soldiers and sailors during the Vietnam War.

Sun, Feb 17, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
No Coup, No Sanctions, No War!
U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!

NOTE: Given the crisis over Venezuela, Mehmet has asked that we replace scheduled talk, “Turkey at the cross roads of imperialism,” which will be rescheduled for another time.
   On January 22nd Mike Pence made a phone call to opposition politician Juan Guaido, essentially offering him the presidency of Venezuela.  The next day, Guaido swore an oath in which he appointed himself "Interim President of Venezuela."  Minutes later, Donald Trump officially recognized that self-appointment, in effect instigating a coup against the elected Bolivarian government of Nicholas Maduro.  Since then, the mainstream corporate media has been supporting the coup, flooding the air waves and Internet with stories about chaos, poverty, corruption, and violence in Venezuela, exclusively covering anti-government marches, and showing clips of world leaders calling for the overthrow of the Venezuelan government.
   Yet in a poll conducted a little more than a week before, 81% of Venezuelans had never even heard of the 35-year-old Guaido!  Not mentioned in these news reports are the extremely popular education, health care, and housing programs provided by the Venezuelan government, that the U.S. government has imposed draconian economic sanctions on Venezuela, and that the U.S. has openly spent tens of millions of dollars supporting violent opposition groups.  Also not mentioned is that despite all of this, Maduro won re-election in May and thousands have been marching throughout Venezuela in support of the government since the attempted coup; almost every day.
   Donald Trump has threatened to use "all options, including military" against Venezuela, a country with the world’s largest proven oil reserves that John Bolton has openly said best belong in the hands of American oil companies.  The attack on Venezuela foreshadows forthcoming attacks on Cuba, Iran, and Nicaragua, as well as attacks on anyone here in the U.S. who dares to oppose this drive for domination and destruction of yet another country.
   Come to a presentation and discussion to find out what's really happening in Venezuela. Speakers: Alicia Jrapko, Task Force on the Americas; Mehmet Bayram, Independent Journalist, Allan Miller, Economist, Activist & Writer.

Sun, Feb 10, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Continuing Struggle at People’s Park in Berkeley

People's Park is a landmark of great civic and historic significance for the Bay Area, the State of California, and the world. Through the course of its almost 50 years of history, there have been waves of conflict including police repression, riots, martial law, and murder of activists as the University of California has pushed its plans to develop dormitories on the site. Yet activists have continued their struggle for the Park to stay a free and open space to remain in perpetuity as a haven for Free Speech activities, including the sharing of food, clothing and other services for the homeless and downtrodden. Most recently, six activists were arrested at 5am on the morning of Wednesday, Jan 16 while defending the remaining trees in a tree-sit action. We have invited members of the People's Park Committee to lead our discussion of this struggle.

Sun, Feb 3, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital
This is part of a continuing discussion of Capital, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We started at the beginning of Chapter 1: The Commodity, on p. 125, so far, we’ve reached p. 173, in The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret.

Sun, Jan 27, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Engels As Revolutionary Warrior: An Introduction to His War and Military Thought
Friedrich Engels' analysis of war and the military comprises the largest single proportion of his writings.  Despite its enormity, this body of work, its origins in his own military and revolutionary experiences and the lessons he drew, are among the least studied by U.S. Marxists.  This presentation will cover what stimulated Engels to devote so much time and effort to this task, as well as some of his major analysis and conclusions. Specifically, what led Engels to become the founder of Marxist war and military theory, some of his main ideas on war/anti-war, militarism/anti-militarism, role of the military in anti-war activities and contemporary implications of his analysis.
The Presenter is Al Sargis, founder-director of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War And Military Analysis (FEIMWAMA) and a student of Marxist-Leninist military science, particularly Engels' contribution to it.

Sun, Jan 20, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The international communist movement and the world working class, Chinese Views. 
We are hosting a delegation of comrades from the Chinese Communist Party, all faculty members of Central China Normal University in Wuhan, one of the top ten Universities in China. They visiting the Bay Area to get to know the problems of U.S. society and politics better. They will also speak at our forum. The delegation includes:
   1.  Tang Min, professor, president of School of Politics and International Studies, CCNU, a  famous Chinese expert in the research of Chinese rural governance, national problems.
   2. Zhong Detao,  executive vice president of Party School of CCNU, professor of School of Marxism, CCNU, a famous Chinese expert in the research of history of CPC and the political party system of CPC.
    3. Zhou Huaping, associate professor, Center for Marxist Parties in Foreign Countries of CCNU, specialized in the research of European communist movement and Italian Communist Parties. 
    4. Pan Guangwei, doctor, office director of School of Politics and International Studies, CCNU, specialized in the research of the construction of communist party in the universities. 
    5. Yu Weihai, professor, dean of Center for Marxist Parties in Foreign Countries of CCNU, specializing in the researches of the communist movement and the world communist parties. 
They will discuss three topics at least: history and system of CPC, communist movement, Chinese rural governance and national problem. After their talk, our guests will respond to questions and comments from the audience.
ICSS member Gary Hicks will chair the meeting.

Sun, Jan 13, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
With Both Marx And Jesus: Liberation Psychology and The Refugee Question – Reflections by Adrianne Aron
Derived from Liberation Theology and developed by a Jesuit priest in El Salvador, liberation psychology became the most effective of all methodologies for helping Central American refugees fleeing from state terrorism wrought by U.S. imperialism. The Catholic bishops’ “preferential option for the poor” that guided the radical religious movement of the 1970s and ‘80s in Latin America paved the way for psychology to break its attachments to the elites and bourgeois elements it had always served in places like El Salvador and Honduras (and the United States), and begin for the first time to try to understand the psychological effects of oppression. (Martín-Baró, the founder of liberation psychology, asks: What does “motivation” look like from the point of view of a woman who sells fruit in the marketplace?)
   As people began fleeing the extreme violence in Central America and were seeking political asylum in the United States, liberation psychology provided a way for North American psychologists to put a political and historical context around the “disorders” of the traumatized refugees, and to interpret their psychological conditions to both the judges of immigration court who were hearing their asylum cases, and to the suffering individuals themselves, who felt they were losing their minds. In North American psychology this was a significant departure from the dominant paradigms of behaviorism (which unabashedly holds conformity to the mean as the desirable achievement of “normal”), and Freudian psychology, which attributes pathology to personal and interpersonal conditions but does not consider structural conditions such as capitalist social organization as contributors to breakdowns in mental health. (Fanon is not widely known in the U.S.) With liberation psychology, North American psychologists could use their professional interviewing skills to win the trust of traumatized clients, and their credentials and academic skills to win the respect of doubting judges. Most significantly, they could use their own sense of justice—and a wish to promote justice—to inform their psychological work, whether their basis for this commitment was in religion, Marxism, or any ethical standard whatsoever. 
Suggested reading: Writings for a Liberation Psychology: Essays of Ignacio Martín-Baró (Aron and Corne, Eds., Harvard University Press, 1994, 1996)
Human Rights and Wrongs (by Adrianne Aron, Sunshot Press, 2018)
   Adrianne Aron is a bilingual liberation psychologist in Berkeley. Her psychological evaluation of a persecuted Salvadoran student leader in 1985 opened the possibility for Central Americans to win asylum in the U.S. (at a time when 98% of all Salvadoran applications, and 99% of Guatemalan applications, were being denied). Human Rights and Wrongs, winner of the Sunshot Nonfiction Prize, is being nominated for the PEN/Galbraith Award
Info:  www.adriannearon.com

Sun, Jan 6, 2019: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital
This is part of a continuing discussion of Capital, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We started at the beginning of Chapter 1: The Commodity, on p. 125, so far, we’ve reached p. 171, in The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret.

Sun, Jan 6, 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, Dec 30, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Year End Retreat on How to Advance Our Struggle.
Time to get together and discuss how to advance our struggle to build socialism. Gene will begin by telling the story of how the samurai of Choshu in Japan, after waiting 250 years, overthrew the hated rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1868 which laid the basis for Japan's own imperialist exploits which assured it an independent national development.

Sun, Dec 23, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Seasonal Holiday Break
WE WILL NOT MEET ON THE SUNDAY BEFORE THE HOLIDAY.

Sun, Dec 16, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Rolling Catastrophe of the American Body Politic
   What have things come to when arch racist Jeff Sessions and deep state spooks are canonized as by self-identified liberals and leftists as bulwarks against fascism? When all mainstream "opposition" politics can be summarized in a single word: Trump. And when the midterm elections ignored deepening impoverishment at home, endless wars abroad, and climate catastrophe – let alone the tax cut for the superrich – instead focusing on the "threat" posed by (take your pick) immigrant workers and the Russians.
  
The majority of eligible voters sat out the midterm spectacle, simply not bothering with politicians awash in ever more obscene tsunamis of corporate cash. Meanwhile, both the economy and the polity have become more concentrated and less democratic with an ever-wealthier elite perched atop of an ever-growing surveillance state, mass incarceration, and censored media on the internet.
   E
conomist Allan Miller, Green Party congressional candidate Laura Wells, and Peace and Freedom Party central committee member Roger Harris will try to inject reason to the rant, followed by robust questions and commentary. ICSS member Raj Sahai will facilitate.

Sun, Dec 9, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
AN HOBGOBLIN HAUNTS THE GLOBE, THE HOBGOBLIN OF KOMMUNISM!
                                                or
                                   GOTHICK MARXISM
We'll watch a video of radical sci/fi author China Mieville explicate Gothic Marxism. Margaret Cohen (Author of PROFANE ILLUMINATION)  and David Mcnally (Author of MONSTERS OF THE MARKET) are fellow travelers ...also, courtesy of JACOBIN MAGAZINE, an inspiring story and new battle-cry: " When the children seized power, they all agreed: MORE BATS!"

Sun, Dec 2, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Chapter One
This is part of a continuing discussion of Chapter One, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We started at the beginning of Chapter 1: The Commodity, on p. 125, so far, we’ve reached p. p. 165, in (4) The Fetishism of the Commodity and Its Secret

Sun, Dec 2, 2018: 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome

Sun, Nov 25, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Thanksgiving Break – OPEN,
Gene will be out of town, but someone can still speak In our slot.

Sun, Nov 18, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
After the 2018 Midterm: What’s changed, what hasn’t.
We are inviting some knowledgeable comrades to lead our discussion of whether and how the recent elections have impacted our struggles in various areas, including foreign policy, immigration, gender relations, jobs, education, human rights, and more. Probable speakers include Tom Gallagher, Progressive Democrats of America, Gary Hicks, CP-USA and CCDS, Gerald Smith, Oscar Grant Committee, Urzsula Wislanka and Ron Kelch, News & Letters, Gloria LaRiva or another member of PSL. ICSS member Gene Ruyle will faciltate.

Sun, Nov 11, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Volume One
This is part of a continuing discussion of volume One, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We started at the beginning of Chapter 1: The Commodity, on p. 125, so far, we’ve reached p. 163 (4) The Fetishism of the Commodity and Its Secret

Sun, Nov 4, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
How the US Left Can Resist the New Forms of US Imperialism
What is common to LBJ’s “Falling Dominoes,” Carter’s “Humanitarian intervention,” Reagan’s “Shining City,” G. H. W. Bush’s “What We Say Goes,” G. W. Bush’s “God’s Mission,” Obama’s “Indispensable Country,” and Trump’s contradictory statements? It is imperialism in different garbs, adopted to the decaying capitalism over the past 40 years.
Raj Sahai has studied Marx and Lenin for 25 years, written on Soviet history, and has been an anti-war activist since the 1960s. He will use Leninist critique of imperialism to show that those on the left who seek ouster of progressive states in weaker countries, to reach their goal of liberation of the masses of these countries so as they could move towards some form of libertarian communism, are grievously mistaken.
Rick Sterling
is a member of Syrian Solidarity Movement, has been to Syria twice, and has written and spoken extensively on the war and politics in Syria and the Middle East. He will explain what is really happening in Syria over the past seven years.
Roger Harris
is member of the anti-imperialist human rights group, The Task Force on the Americas. His recent essays appear in Counter-Punch and other sites. He will present a solidarity model for supporting social movements, while focusing on the need to resist US imperialism.
ICSS Member Charles Andrews will be our moderator.

Sun, Nov 4, 2018: 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome

Sun, Oct 28, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Hardships imposed on the Venezuelan people by US-Canadian Sanctions.
As part of a campaign to educate the public and organize a stronger movement against ongoing – and ever increasing – US and Canadian sanctions and intervention on the Venezuelan people, the Alliance for Global Justice is organizing a national speaking tour by Dr. Steve Ellner, who has taught at several U.S. and Latin American Universities. 

Sun, Oct 21, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kavanaugh
Our planning committee suggested that we schedule time for folks to express their thoughts and feelings about the Kaganaugh hearings and confirmation, especially utilizing Marxist and feminist perspectives. Earlier this year, we decided to leave some open space in our schedule to allow time to discuss current issues as they develop. Folks who want to make a brief (5-15 minute) presentation on the topic, please send a brief proposal (title only) to Gene (cuyleruyle at mac dot com) by Thursday, Oct 18.

Sun, Oct 14, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism.

Part of a book tour by Victor Wallis (PhD in Political Science, Columbia, 1970, teaches at Berklee College of Music
“Finally, we have the definitive work on ecosocialism with Red-Green Revolution. Victor Wallis brings his brilliant editorial skills to writing a highly readable, compelling, and essential book, a must read for everyone who cares about the fate of the earth in this era of capitalist implosion with socialism no longer a possible alternative, but rather a requirement for survival.” -- Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz (author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States)

Sun, Oct 7, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The analysis and fight against Fascism.

Our comrade, Elazar Friedman, visiting from Idaho, will apply Leninist theory to the understanding and methods of defense to defeat Fascism before it takes State power. The United Front method will be applied to the US antifascist actions from the 1939 Madison Square Garden mobilization against the German Bund and the 1946 Minneapolis Teamster fight against the Silver Shirts. to the 1979 Greensboro Massacre of the CWP organizers by a United Racist Front of Nazis and Klan and more contemporary actions in Charlottesville and the Bay Area. We will also discuss questions of free speech for fascists, of debating fascists, of attempting to have the police stop the fascists through the capitalist state. We will contrast mass union based antifascist United Front mobilization with small group adventuristic and dangerous undisciplined confrontations that expect the police to be neutral.

NOTE: Following Elazar’s talk, our regular monthly Planning Session (12:45-1:45pm) will include a discussion of anti-fascist security at the Library and elsewhere.

Sun, Oct 7, 2018: 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome

Sun, Sep 30, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Chapter One
This is part of a continuing discussion of Chapter One, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We started at the beginning of Chapter 1: The Commodity, on p. 125, so far, we’ve reached p. 160 [Chap. I. 3.(c) (3) The development of the relative and equivalent forms of value: their interdependence.

Sun, Sep 23, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Attack On Julian Assange, Democratic Rights, Labor & Imperialist War
The effort by the US government to continue to attempt to arrest whistleblower and journalist Julian Assange is a threat to all labor and free speech rights. He has exposed the criminal activities of government and corporate crooks  as well as the corrupt Democratic party who manipulated the results of the last election. They want to shut him up to silence all whistleblowers and journalists.
Moderator:
Steve Zeltzer KPFA WorkWeek Radio KPFA
Speakers:
Nozomi Hayase, Journalist and Author
Anne Garrison, San Francisco Bayview and Black Agenda Report
Randy Credico, WBAI Radio Host and Journalist

Sun, Sep 16, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Sailing for a Nuclear Free World
Come learn about The Golden Rule, the 30 ft wooden ketch that tried to sail into the nuclear test zone in the Pacific to prevent atmospheric nuclear weapons testing in 1958. The Coast Guard intervened and arrested the crew, but their courage ignited a movement that led to the nuclear test ban treaty. Now fully restored by Veterans for Peace, The Golden Rule is making waves again as it sails to Hawaii, Guam, Okinawa, Korea, and Japan with its message of a world free of nuclear weapons

See:
http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org
https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150619-golden-rule-ketch-restoration-nuclear-weapons/

Sun, Sep 9, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Say it ain't so Nicaragua
To read some of the “analysis” of the left one would think that the recent uprisings in Nicaragua are all a part of a well-orchestrated campaign from the same old enemies that the Frente Sandinista had during the 1980’s and the ones that the Left has in the region since way before that.  Those right-wing actors sure are still busy and it is easy to look at their fingerprints on other Latin American internal affairs, especially in Venezuela.
Are events in Nicaragua another CIA plot?
NO, but the CIA is trying to shape events and always has.
Understanding Nicaragua today is sort of like being involved in a family break up that involves a lot of denial.  Just as one’s ex will downplay that part where a fist was slammed on the table and a door was slammed during a stomp off, many on the left are looking for all kinds of reasons not to believe that the government of Daniel Ortega is the source of its own problems.  Don Macleay, who fought with the Sandinistas in the Contra War of the 80’s, will be our featured speaker. NOTE: This will be run as a Town Forum, with over half of the time reserved for a respectful discussion including as many voices as possible. ICSS member Gene Ruyle will moderate. Readings: Don Macleay, https://progressive.org/dispatches/nicaraguan-protests-are-genuine-issues-diverse-180512/  Roger Harris, https://mltoday.com/regime-change-in-nicaragua/

Sun, Sep 2, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Chapter One
This will be our seventh session. We are continuing our discussion of Chapter One, reading, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). We started at the beginning of Chapter 1: The Commodity, on p. 125, so far, we’ve reached p. 154. [Chap. I. 3.(b) The Total or Expanded Form of Value.

Sun, Sep 2, 2018: 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, Aug 26, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Against Assad: Anarchist and Marxist-Humanist Voices
As Anarchists, it is our job to organize independent of the self-appointed anti-war leadership, and to work to build an alternative. An anarchist alternative would be ruthlessly single-standard in is opposition to war—which means sayng no to Assad and Putin as well as Trump, and offering solidarity to the anti-authoritarian currents in the Syrian Revolution. Not betraying them by acquiescing with their oppressors. ICSS members Lew Finzel and Ron Kelch, will make the case.

Sun, Aug 19, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Zapatistas

Since their dramatic entry onto the world stage in 1994, the Zapatistas have continued to inspire Marxists and anarchists alike. Two members of the Chiapas Support Committee, MaryAnn Tenuto-Sanchez  and Arnoldo Garcia, will discuss 3 aspects of Zapatismo: its origins, structure and current project.

Sun, Aug 12, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Memorial Session in honor of John Murcko
We will get together to remember the life and achievements of our valued comrade. John Murcko devoted his life to the struggle against imperialism and for the working class and socialism. Raj Sahai will be organizing this and leading our discussion.

Sun, Aug 5, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
What’s Happening in Nicaragua

   For over two decades, Nicaragua was the safest country in Latin America. Its President Daniel Ortega had the highest approval rating of any chief of state in the entire hemisphere. Social indices were on the rise, with literacy, small businesses promotion, free public education, poverty reduction, and economic growth among the highest in the Americas.
   Then on April 18 things suddenly changed dramatically. Triggered by a minor adjustment to the social security program, rightwing elements provoked violence, which has escalated with a death toll of over 200. The extreme opposition is intent on escalating the conflict to paralyze and overthrow the elected government
   This is within the larger context of the US targeting independent and progressive governments. The US has poured millions into Nicaraguan private non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in what is called “democracy promotion” but may be better understood as regime change training. Even sources hostile to the Ortega government admit US involvement in the current unrest.
   To explain the latest developments in Nicaragua, our speaker is Camilo Mejía, who has flown out from Miami to join us. Camilo is a Nicaraguan and a peace hero. After serving a combat tour in the US Army in Iraq in 2004, he became a war resistor and was sent to prison. He is the author of Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejía.
   Camilo Mejía was recognized by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience and was awarded by Refuse and Resist with its Courageous Resister Award. He was also the recipient of the Peace Abbey Courage of Conscience Award and received Global Exchange’s Young Leader Award. He is a peace activist and speaker who has written about what is happening in his native Nicaragua (https://tinyurl.com/yd6ugxg2).

Sun, Aug 5, 2018: 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome

Sun, Jul 29, 2018: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
The Mystery of the Katyn Massacre: The Evidence, The Solution.
Our comrade, Grover Furr, will discuss this book, his latest, to be published around June 1.  Grover writes, “I have studied all the evidence, all the books and reports since 1943 that deal with the Katyn Massacre, and all the authoritative works by anticommunist authors that are now accepted as definitive. And I solve "the mystery of the Katyn Massacre" by the evidence. This is a fascinating journey through 75 years of historical lying, falsification, and forgery. Katyn is far and away the best documented "crime of Stalin." So a study of it should be of interest to everyone: anticommunists as well as communists, Trotskyists as well as "Stalinists" (I do not recognize this term), Polish nationalists as well as proletarian internationalists.”

Sun, Jul 22,  2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Chapter One
This will be our fifth session. We are continuing our discussion of Chapter One. We will read, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). In our last session, we started at p. 147. [ Chap. I. 3.(a) (2) (iii) The equivalent form.
NOTE: The session on
Twentieth First Century Socialism, by Eugene Ruyle, orginally scheduled for this date, has been postponed.

Sun, Jul 15, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Chapter One
This will be our fifth session. We are continuing our discussion of Chapter One. We will read, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). In our last session, we got to p. 147. [ Chap. I. 3.(a) (2) (iii) The equivalent form.

Sun, Jul 8, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Venezuela Resists US Empire
The Venezuelan people reelected Nicolás Maduro for a second presidential term. A US-backed political tide of reaction had been bucked, which had swept away previously left-leaning Latin American governments – often by extra-parliamentary means – in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, Honduras, and even Ecuador. The US and the rightwing opposition in Venezuela had demanded an election boycott and Maduro’s resignation. Defying them, the popular classes voted as a form of resistance in what they proudly told us was a “celebration of democracy.” Hugo Chávez’s Bolivarian Revolution was again affirmed as was Chávez’s successor, Nicolás Maduro. 
Our speaker, Roger Harris, was in Venezuela as an election observer for both of Maduro's election. He will be showing a PPT of his recent visit to Venezuela.  Roger is on the board of the anti-imperialist human rights organization, the Task Force on the Americas.

Sun, Jul 1, 2018: 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome

Sun, Jul 1, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
How to celebrate July 4th: William Blake, the American Revolution and the Idea of Freedom

The great English poet William Blake's creative imagination addressed both the greatness and limits of the 1776 American Revolution. Karl Marx singled it out in Capital as the precursor to the great French Revolution, though more recently its importance is diminished by some to a mere counterrevolutionary institutionalization of slavery. Yet the enlightenment ideals that helped to shape 1776 not only animated the French Revolution of 1789 but also the Black Jacobins of the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804. The latter have been singled out as the inspiration for Hegel's foundational Master/Slave dialectic. The Master/Slave paradigm has been a critical take off point for liberatory thought from Kojeve and Sartre to Fanon and DeBeauvoir. We want to revisit how and if Blake, who was forever breaking "mind forged manacles," anticipated and deepened in the Idea of freedom in Hegel and Marx.    
Discussion by Lew Finzel and Ron Kelch

Sun, Jun 24, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Chapter One
This will be our fourth session. We are continuing our reading and discussion of Chapter One. Last time, we got into Section 3· The Value-Form, or Exchange-Value, about page 138 of the Penguin edition (1967).

Sun, Jun 17, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Abolition of War
An Anthropological Perspective
   Two centuries ago, those who sought to abolish slavery were subjected to ridicule and scorn. Slavery had always existed and was part of human nature, even sanctioned by the Bible. Undeterred, the abolitionist succeeded. Slavery has been abolished, and the idea that some men can own other human beings as property is universally opposed, at least, in polite company.
   In our quest for peace, we must confront similar opposition. Haven't men always gone off to war? Aren't humans innately violent? How else can we protect our way of life and our values from those who would destroy them?
   This workshop, presented by Eugene E Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Cal State Long Beach, will address such issues by drawing upon modern anthropological fact and theory as informed by the materialist approach of Marx and Engels.  It is hoped that participants will emerge with a clearer understanding that another world is not only possible but necessary, a world in which war will be found only, to paraphrase Engels, in the museum of antiquities, next to the spinning wheel and the bronze ax.

Sun, Jun 10, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Contemporary Russia and the Struggle to Build Communism

   Russia in the 20th century was the site of enormous upheavals   the Bolshevik Revolution, the massive industrialization, the Great Patriotic War, the Cold War, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the Yeltsin era.  The Putin presidency (2000-present) poses particularly difficult political and theoretical problems for imperialists and Marxists alike.  to review imperialism’s (U.S.) incessant lying attacks on ex-USSR/Putin, see this source; https://consortiumnews.com/2018/02/06/understanding-russia-un-demonizing-putin
   For 30 years Sharon Tennison, with high marks for her work in particular by some Left-ists, talked to Soviets/Russians and U.S. Americans to try to bring them together, to prevent mutual atomic bombing. Her work took a surprising turn, one that needs examination by us. Her report is The Power of Impossible Ideas: Ordinary Citizens' Extraordinary Efforts to Avert International Crises.
   Two ICSS members will examine these factors from a Marxist perspective. Presentations by ICSS members Richard Fallenbaum, a retired tech worker, and Norma Harrison, a woman, mother, public school teacher, wife, electronics journey-one, Realtor.

Sun, Jun 3, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Tito: Yugoslavia's Mao, Giap and Che (PART TWO)
This will be a continuation of Al Sargis’s talk on Feb 18, 2018: Tito's ideas and practice of national liberation strategy, revolutionary war and guerilla warfare are not as well known among US socialists as are those of Mao, Giap and Che.   However, Tito's theory and practice are on par, and in some respects even exceed, those of his more familiar counterparts.  This presentation will focus on Tito, but, as a secondary focus, will also compare some biographical, theoretical and applied aspects of all 4 Marxists.  Their contributions to Marxist war and military theory will be highlighted, rather than discussing the respective  revolutionary societies that followed liberation. Our Presenter, Al Sargis, is founder of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis (FEIMWAMA)

Sun, Jun 3, 2018: 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome

Sun, May 27, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Trotsky’s Theory of Fascism 
Our comrade, Elazar Friedman, will be back in town to celebrate his 85th birthday and discuss Trotsky’s theory of fascism. He will cover:
1.) The contribution of Clara Zetkin in 1923 addressed to the ECCI will be an important source that strongly influenced Trotsky 
Reprising her elements of the newly evolved aspects of Fascism differing from previous right wing dictatorships will lay the foundation for Trotsky's comprehensive model. 
2.) Ernest Mandel in his intro to Trotsky's Struggle Against Fascism in Germany posits 6 dynamically inter-related elements that compose Trotsky's evolutionary model of Fascism. These will be summarized and compared to the models employed at the time by the Comintern and the KPD 
Trotsky struggled might an main to apprise the working class movements in Germany of the deadly menace of Nazi Fascism and to correct the suicidal adventurist positions devolving from the Comintern such as SPD being the principal Social Fascist enemy and the distortions of Lenin's position on United Front ( ultimatist United Front from below) trying to bypass that most of the German working Class was in SPD led unions and organizational SPD -KPD United Front against Fascism were needed. 
The Dimitrov speech in 1935 to the 7th Congress of the ECCI and his dialogue with Stalin criticizing the dictate on Social Fascism will be discussed and the flip flop to the opportunist class collaborationist Popular Fronts that paved the way to Fascist victory rather than stopping Fascism.

Sun, May 20, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Kurds in the Eye of a Storm
The Kurdish people -- divided among Turkey, Syria, Iraq, and Iran -- have found themselves on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS in the aftermath of still more intense wars that had raged around them in all four countries for decades. While being battered by the storm, emerging out of its eye are some pioneering social experiments and some surprising alliances.
   Sharat G. Lin, who has visited all of these countries, is a political economist, expert on labor migration, and the Middle East. He is a research fellow and past president at the San Jose Peace and Justice Center, and on the Board of Advisors of the Initiative for Equality (IfE).

Sun, May 13, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Chapter 1
This will be our third session. We are continuing our discussion of Chapter One. We will read, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). As I recall, last time, we got through Section 1 and into Section 2: The Two-Fold Character of the Labour Embodied in Commodities.

Sunday, May 6, 2018
Karl Marx Bicentennial Forum Cancelled

(But another Marx Bicentennial event is scheduled for Saturday at the Starry Plough, with two ICSS members speaking, Gary Hicks and Eugene Ruyle.)
   We have decided to cancel our planned Karl Marx Forum due to threats of disruption. Instead. we will hold an expanded Planning Session from 11am to 1pm in order to discuss how to deal with such disruptions in an open, democratic manner. We will discuss, specifically, complaints about two, or possibly three, of our speakers. We will also re-visit our mission statement (on our web page, icssmarx.org), how to implement our mission, and our relationship to the broader working class struggle for socialism.

Sun, May 6, 2018: 11am-1pm
Planning Session

Normally, 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 month, however, we have an unusal situation (as described above) and will take longer than usual. Even so, this is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to help plan our future sessions. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome

Sun, Apr 29, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Friedrich Engels and Socialist Organizing In The Military
 
Both Marx and Engels advocated organizing in the military to prevent the army from participating in 3 major concerns:  crushing working-class actions, fighting in imperialist wars and siding with the capitalist state in revolutionary situations.  Engels developed concrete ideas along these lines which were carried out, to varying degrees of success, in the 2nd and 3rd Internationals and into recent times.   This presentation will cover Engels' theory and its subsequent application by the socialist movement, especially from the 1870s through the 1970s.   The introduction will include a brief summary of the Marxist theory of war and the military, followed by Engels' analysis and specific historical examples of socialist activities among the military.  Indicated will be the rich experiences of this endeavor--both positive and negative--which are little known among most U.S. socialists.  Finally, some implications for the present will be touched upon.
Our Presenter, Al Sargis, is founder of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis (FEIMWAMA).

Sun, Apr 22, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Twentieth Century Socialism:
A Framework for Scientific Analysis
No longer a utopian dream, socialism has been in existence for a century, yet there have been few attempts of understand socialism in a scientific manner. In this talk, ICSS member Eugene E Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at Cal State Long Beach, will use the scientific socialism of Marx, Engels, and Lenin as a framework for understanding the first hundred years of socialism and what this means for the global future of humanity..

Sun, Apr 15, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Ancient Dialectics

Lew Finzel and the History of dialectics presents: the case of Heraclitus: A lecture on this Pre-Socratic Philosopher.
"You can never step into the same river twice..."

Sun, Apr 8, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
International Women's Day, 2018: #MeToo world-wide and across societies, from Hollywood to prisons in the U.S.
Whether in Iran demonstrating against the compulsion to wear head scarves, or in Poland threatening the regime posed to pass the most draconian abortion law, or in the U.S. leading the largest opposition to Trump and Trumpism, women's sustained actions strive to bring about a new world. Every aspect of women's struggle is reflected and deepened in the experiences and ideas of women prisoners. Does Marx's view that the man/woman relation is the most fundamental speak to today's reality? Speaker will be Urszula Wislanka, Marxist Humanist activist with California Coalition for Women Prisoners and Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Support Coalition.

Sun, Apr 1, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Vol 1, Chapter 1
This will be our second session. We had so much fun at the first one, we decided to continue our discussion of Chapter One. We will read, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967). As I recall, last time, we got through about 3 pages, from p. 125 to about p. 128.

Sun, Apr 1, 2018: 1-2 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome

Sun, Mar 25, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Ten years (1966-76) of the great struggles of the Argentinian working class.
Subject: During the period of 1966-76 the Argentinian labor movement was organized was organized around militant leadership, free from the ties to the Peronist Party and around a big struggle against military dictators and, ultimately, against the very Peronist government.
 Workers coordinating committees were formed which disputed the leadership to the Peronist labor bureaucracy; occupation of factories spread out all over the country and general strikes took over cities for several days, beating back the repressive forces and , in turn, reversing anti-labor measures. So, what happen to it?. Come to find out.
Our speaker,
Antonio Trossero, is an Argentinian metal worker and labor organizer. In 1976 Antonio was arrested by the Peronist government and he spent five years in jail during the military dictatorship; exiled to the United States, he continued his life of a proletarian here.

Sun, Mar 18, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Capital, Vol 1, Chapter 1
Before we even start, let’s remember Marx’s warning to “those readers who zealously seek the truth. There is no royal road to science, and only those who do not dread the fatiguing climb of its steep paths have a chance of gaining its luminous summits.” Our discussion will get as for into Chapter One as possible. We will read, paragraph by paragraph from the Penguin edition (1967)

Sun, Mar 11, 2018: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Leon Trotsky
’s Collaboration with Germany and Japan.
Grover Furr
will discuss his new book, which argues: At the Moscow Trials of 1937 and 1938, some of Leon Trotsky's followers accused Trotsky of secretly conspiring with Nazi Germany and fascist Japan. Since Nikita Khrushchev's "Secret Speech" of 1956 attacking Stalin, these charges have been routinely dismissed as false by Soviet, Russian, and Western historians. But we know now that Khrushchev was lying! Grover Furr asks the question: What is the evidence that Trotsky conspired with the Germans and Japanese? How should this evidence be analyzed and interpreted? In this book, Furr conducts an expert, objective study of the evidence. He concludes that Trotsky did indeed collaborate with the Germans and Japanese. The proof that Trotsky was guilty of collaboration with the Nazis and Japanese dramatically changes our understanding of Soviet history of the 1930s and of Joseph Stalin's role.

Sun, Mar 4, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The History of Dialectics
ICSS member Lew Finzel will present the next in his series THE HISTORY OF DIALECTICS: The death of God theology of Thomas J.J. Altizer. Altizer considers many thinkers including Blake, Hegel, and Nietzsche, with a look at the Western Epic tradition from Homer to Joyce.

Sun, Mar 4, 2018: 1-2 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.

Sun, Feb 25, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Silk Road, Belt & Road Initiatives, Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, and Labor
This forum will look at the economic policies of the Chinese government in China and internationally and what this means for the world economy and the working class in China and the world.
Video with Speakers, including:
Charles Andrews, Researcher, author of The Hollow Colossus about the economic decay of U.S. imperialism, will examine the current state of the accumulation process in China;
Steve Zeltzer, KPFA WorkWeek Radio, Documentary Videographer will the Global road, Belt and Road Initiatives and the Working Class.
Professor George Wright, will speak on The Rise Of China And The International Implications For World Politics And The Crisis Of US Imperialism
Moderator: Gene Ruyle
For more information: Steve Zeltzer <lvpsf@igc.org>, (415) 282-1908.
Video available at: https://youtu.be/ePoUoWUzKBQ

Sun, Feb 18, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Tito: Yugoslavia's Mao, Giap and Che
Tito's ideas and practice of national liberation strategy, revolutionary war and guerilla warfare are not as well know among US socialists as are those of Mao, Giap and Che.   However, Tito's theory and practice are on par, and in some respects even exceed, those of his more familiar counterparts.  This presentation will focus on Tito, but, as a secondary focus, will also compare some biographical, theoretical and applied aspects of all 4 Marxists.  Their contributions to Marxist war and military theory will be highlighted, rather than discussing the respective  revolutionary societies that followed liberation. Our Presenter, Al Sargis, Presenter, is founder of the Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis (FEIMWAMA)

Sun, Feb 11, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Round Table Discussion: Building the Anti-War Movement
Remember Vietnam? Nixon wanted to end it with nuclear weapons, but he said he couldn’t because of the anti-war movement. What happened to that movement and how can we bring it back? We’ll have an open round table discussion of this topic, everyone can speak Contact Gene ASAP if you have a prepared statement to make (first come, first served).

Sun, Feb 4, 2018: 12:30-1:30 pm
Planning Session
We get together after our morning session on the first Sunday of every month to discuss the current state of class struggle 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.

Sun, Feb 4, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Remembering Stalingrad,
   The Battle of Stalingrad, August 1942-February 1943, was the battle that was to World War 2 the international Gettysburg of that conflict. That is, the outcome of the battle put the world on notice that one side of the Axis versus Soviet/"Allies" military encounter was going to win the Great Patriotic War/ World War 2. Before that six-month battle, the question of victory was highly questionable, even with the recent entry of the US into the conflagration. 
   Gary Hicks will attempt to narrate the relationship of that battle to the four struggles...at once political, theoretical, ideological, and organizational ... of that world war: between the Axis and Soviet/"Allies"; for national liberation/anticolonial/national salvation; for the liberation of Eastern Europe from fascist occupation; and for the resistance to Nazi occupation/ restoration of bourgeois democratic institutions in Western Europe.

Jan 28, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Stalin’s Ghost Haunts Capitalism: A Riposte to Stephen Kotkin’s Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941, by Raj Sahai
   Princeton University historian Stephen Kotkin is writing a monumental 3-volume biography of Joseph Stalin. Kotkinis the latest in a large number of books on Stalin, starting with Isaac Deutscher in 1949, so why yet another book on Stalin? Kotkin says Stalin represents a ҇old StandardӠin Ґersonal DictatorshipӬ and more archival documents are now accessible, so now a definitive biography of Stalin can finally be written. Published in 2015, volume-1 was titled Stalin: Paradoxes of Power 1878 - 1928ծ Volume-2, published in November 2017, is titled ԓtalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929 Р1941ծ In this Kotkin describes in great detail the three major developments in this crucial 12-year period: Collectivization of Agriculture 1929-1933; The Great Purge1936-1938; and diplomacy and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Non-Aggression Pact signed in August 1939.  Germany invaded U.S.S.R. on the early morning of June 22, 1941.
   Stalin’s ghost haunts the U.S. ruling class today, as the specter of Communism did European rulers in 1848. Over the past three decades, the lives of the majority of workers in the US have become increasingly more precarious due to automation and export of industrial jobs to low wage countries that have reduced industrial well-paid jobs and pushed the workforce towards low wage, often temporary work. Presidential election in 2016 showed a significant section of the U.S. population beginning to take a second look at socialism. The other developing trend is white-nationalism Рin another word, Fascism.
   In this talk Raj Sahai will examine Kotkin’s anti-communist theses and his conclusions on the Soviet history of this crucial period.

Sun, Jan 21, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Understanding the Chinese Cultural Revolution
The Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966-79 is one of the most misunderstood events of modern history. David Ewing of the U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association, who spent time in China during this period, will help us clarify our thinking about this important event.

Sun, Jan 14, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Pacifism and Christopher Caudwell
ICSS member Gary Hicks will discuss pacifism and the work of British Marxist writer, thinker and poet, Christopher Caudwell (1907-37). Caudwell, a member of the British Communist Party, was killed in the Battle of Jarama Valley in the anti-fascist struggle against Franco in Spain. His major works, including Studies in a Dying Culture, were published posthumously.

Sun, Jan 7, 2018: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Planning Session for 2018
Time to get together, review the past year, discuss our mission, 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.

Sun, Dec 31, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
No Forum. (HOLIDAY BREAK)

Sun, Dec 24, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS INSURRECTION!
Lew Finzel
will give us a reading of 'TIS THE SEASON, a short story by the Weird Fiction writer (and Fire-Breathing Radical) China Mieville.

Sun, Dec 17, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Communist China, Cultural Revolution,& China Today
The Maoist revolution in China was part of the second great wave of sustained revolution. We will take a look at the communist revolution in China in retrospect from its rise to its fall. What were China's communists achievements? What were the failures? What was the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution? Did Mao really kill millions? What about the famine? What about art and literature? What about Tibet? Who was Mao? Is China still communist today? Plus more, Including a Questions & Answers segment.
Speakers: Carlos Ximenez, Leading Tight Communist Organization

Sun, Dec 10, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
North Korea: The Land of the Soft Spoken Women
Mehmet Bayram
made his bucket list come true when he visited the mysterious land of North Korea.  His visit coincided with the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, an event not held since 1980.  He will share his experience and photographs during the time he was in the Democratic Peoples' Republic of Korea.  Daily lives, human faces, personal interactions with North Koreans will be the topic of the presentation.

Sun, Dec 3, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Russian Revolution Centennial:
            Guillermo Herrera: The Status of Minority Nations within the USSR
ABSTRACT:
The status of national minorities within the constituent republics of the USSR is a standard of human rights as compared to "Jim Crow" USA and British Empire. In 3 parts: 1) The Russian Empire; 2) The Stalin era (1927 to 1953); 3) The post-Stalin era (1954 to 1991)
            Antonio Trossero: A Trotskyist View of the Russian Revolution
ABSTRACT:
This presentation will address three issues: 1. Trotsky-Lenin: Two Projects for a Revolution, 2. How an obtuse element like Josip Stalin was able to hijack the Communist Party? 3. There's no legacy left from the Russian Revolution, just a valuable lesson for the world's proletariat.
Antonio Trossero is an Argentinian metalworker and labor organizer who participated in the "Rosariazo" of September of 1969, when the metalworkers took over the city of Rosario for three days and 56 buses and trolleys that tried to run, in spite of the strike, were burnt.

In 1975 Antonio was active in the 60 days strike of the metalworkers of Villa Constitucin, when all the leaders of his union were jailed. In 1976 Antonio was arrested by the Peronist government and he spent five years in jail during the military dictatorship; exiled to the United States, he continued his life of a proletarian here.

Sun, Nov 26, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
THANKSGIVING BREAK: NO FORUM

Sun, Nov 19, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Russian Revolution Centennial:
Round Table with all speakers.
Our panelists will lead an open discussion, giving everyone an opportunity to share their thoughts on the Russian Revolution.

Wed, Nov 15, 2017: 7-9 pm
Chinese Left Activists: China and thes Russian Revolution: Maoist Perspectives
Our comrade, Sui Hin Lee, is bringing a delegation of young Chinese activists in a tour of the United States.  They will discuss their views, mostly Maoist, of the Russian Revolution and its Centennial.
Sui Hin Lee will translate and facilitate,

Sun, Nov 12, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Russian Revolution Centennial:
          October Revolution 100 - Why does it matter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbbGUy3LU_0&feature=em-subs_digest
Gary Hicks wasnմ able to give his paper due to illness, so we substituted a selection from this video. Gary will present his paper in a later session.
          Raj Sahai: Dawn of a New Era: The Russian Revolution and the World
ABSTRACT: The presentation will argue that: The February and October 1917 Russian Revolutions together heralded a new era for humanity, not just for the multi-ethnic peoples of the Russian empire. It ended monarchy as an institution governing society all over the world, which end was heralded in the French Revolution of 1789 but which remained incomplete. It began the end of colonial ownership of the worldճ countries in Asia and Africa by the rich handful of European countries. It made the masses as active agents: makers of history on a global scale. It ushered in the era of liberationɴhe world will never be same againɓocialism is the future of the world despite the present reaction personified by Trumpism. (117 words)
Raj Sahai is a Socialist & Anti-Imperialist War Activist, and a member of ICSS.
Moderator: Lew Finzel

Sun, Nov 5, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Russian Revolution Centennial
            Lew Finzel & Urszula Wislanka: China Mievilleճ ҏctober:ӠBook Review in Two Parts

ABSTRACT: ҏctober is still ground zero for arguments about fundamental radical social change. Its degradation was not a given, was not written in any stars.Ӎ уhina Mieville, October. Science fiction writer, China Mieville, has just published October (Verso Press: London, New York, 2017), a story of the 1917 Russian Revolution from February to October. Unusually, October does not make the revolution a background for an adventure or love story. The revolution itself, contradictory as it was, is the main character of the book. As with any look at history, the point is not to re-live the past, but to see what can we learn from it. What do we learn from 1917 for today?

Lew Finzel will introduce China Mieville as a science fiction/fantasy writer.

Urszula Wislanka will take up several of the contradictions and ask where we stand on those questions now.

Moderator: Raj Sahai

 

Sun, Oct 29, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Russian Revolution Centennial
           
Richard Becker: The Bolsheviks in Power: Three Indispensable Tasks

ABSTRACT: Following the seizure of power, the Bolsheviks were confronted with three immense and immediate tasks: building the new Red Army to defend the Soviet republic against a war of annihilation by the imperialist countries and domestic counter-revolutionaries; addressing a deep economic crisis and widespread hunger; and, reorganizing the left-wing of the world working class movement on a revolutionary basis through the Communist International. How did the Revolution survive against seemingly overwhelming odds?

            Ron Kelch: A Marxist-Humanist Perspective: Lenin and Russian Revolution, especially "what happens after?"

ABSTRACT: One hundred years ago Russian workers and peasant masses shook the world as they overthrew the Tsar's regime and established a new order. What can today's movement, searching for revolutionary new beginnings in the face of the totality of the present crisis, learn from that history? Weighing heavily on today's mind is how events unfolded in the Russian Revolution and revolutions since. Indeed, the question, "What happens after the conquest of power?", preoccupied Lenin as he struggled to realize his vision of a new society, in which he sought to bring everyone "to a man, woman and child" into running the state and society. Let's examine the uniqueness and limits of Lenin's philosophic preparation for revolution and especially Lenin's struggles after the revolution from the 1920-21 Trade Union Debate to his 1922-23 Testament.

Moderator: Lew Finzel

Sun, Oct 22, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Russian Revolution Centennial
            Eugene E Ruyle: The Russian Revolution: A Scientific Approach
NOTE:
Guillermo Herrera was unable to give his talk on Ҕhe Status of Minority Nations within the USSR,Ӎ due to the North Bay fires, so we substituted a talk by Gene Ruyle.
ABSTRACT; The Russian Revolution gave birth to the Soviet Union, which remained a socialist country until it was overthrown by a counter-revolution in 1991. Unfortunately, many on the left approach this period through sectarian eyes and reject it because it does not correspond to their pre-conceptions about what they think should have happened. This paper recommends a scientific approach that is both dialectical and materialist, seeking to understand what actually happened, why it happened, and the results.
            Anthony D'Agostino: WWII as the Triumph of the Russian Revolution.
ABSTRACT:
Some reflections on historians' views about the Russian Revolution. Special reference to Stalin's 1946 speech on the causes of the victory of the USSR over fascism in world war two. The role of the Five Year Plans.  Can the capitalist states combine against the USSR?  Was Henry Wallace (and Oliver Stone) right?
Moderator: Lew Finzel

Sun, Oct 15, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Russian Revolution Centennial
Moderator: Raj Sahai
         Sharat G. Lin: Centennial Legacies of the Russian Revolution: Triumphs, Flaws, and Alternatives
ABSTRACT:
The Russian Revolution remains arguably the single most important event of the past century, casting its legacy on every revolutionary social experiment on the planet, carrying lessons for the struggle for the survival of the revolution, creating an alternative advanced socio-economic model to capitalism, providing an umbrella for national liberation movements to throw off colonialism, shaping the balance of forces to the present day, and setting a pattern of democratic centralism.  Each and every one of these aspects had its triumphs and its flaws.
  
Sharat G. Lin, PhD is a research fellow at the San Jos Peace and Justice Center and an advisor to the Initiative for Equality.  He writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, the Middle East, South Asia, and public health.
Related article:
Sharat G. Lin, "On the Ninetieth Anniversary of the Russian Revolution: Why Socialism Did Not Fail", Monthly Review, 29 October 2007
https://mronline.org/2007/10/29/on-the-ninetieth-anniversary-of-the-russian-revolution-why-socialism-did-not-fail/
         Gerald Smith: Art and the Russian Revolution
ABSTRACT:
The Russian Revolution led to a burst of artistic creativity. Gerald Smith, a member of the Creative Lens Collective, will discuss various aspects of this revolutionary period in artistic history.

Sun, Oct 8, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Russian Revolution & the Moscow Trials

What the evidence showed

   In the western world, and it includes a majority those who identify themselves as Marxists, it is an article of faith today that the three 1936, 1937 & 1938 Moscow Trials of high Party and state officials and the military court martial of Marshal Mikhail Tukhachevsky and 7 other high level commanders were ҋangaroo CourtӠaffairs; that the defendants in these three trials, a total of 68, were innocent of the charges to which most if not all themselves admitted. 

   Some of these defendants were posthumously rehabilitated by Khrushchevճ Commission and the rest by Gorbachevճ Commission, set up to examine these men, with the notable exception of Leon Trotsky. These men, it is prevailing wisdom, were eliminated so that Stalin could be the absolute dictator of the USSR or that he was a paranoid leader who damaged his own party, state and the military just as the USSR was facing a determined enemy in Hitlerճ Nazi Germany. But what does the evidence show? We will examine that in this presentation by following the development of the revolution from 1903 onwards thru these trials.

   Raj Sahai is a researcher long associated with NPML and has spent the past 26 years studying the history of the USSR, in particular the history of 1903 thru 1956.

 

Sun, Oct 1, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

The UN Treaty to Ban the Bomb

As the US Threatened North Korea, 122 Countries Voted to Ban Nuclear Weapons. Andrew Lichterman, a senior research analyst at the Oakland-based Western States Legal Foundation and an observer during the UN negotiations for the treaty, will give us a report-back and his observations on their significance in the broader context of work for peace and disarmament.

Sun, Sep 24, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Other Slavery
   ICSS member Elazar Friedman provides us his review of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America (by Andrs Resndez, 2016). As the LA Times remarked, Ҕo think about the enslavement of Indians over the last 500 years can help us think about the ways in which people are enslaved today.Ӽb style='mso-bidi-font-weight: normal'>
   Elazar writes: The received wisdom of US /Canadian scholarship on the decimation of Native Americans is as bad as the Spanish ,Portuguese and later the English were the near extermination of the indigenous peoples was caused by  diseases harbored by Europeans against which the indigenous peoples had no immunity. 
   It was no ones fault, That is a " no harm no foul" approach to colonization Those bourgeois scholars that give import to slavery cite pre-existing indigenous slavery but do not show how European slave traffic reconfigured this autochthonous slavery into the more pernicious mercantile capitalist slavery as does Resendez.
   The talk will cover a portion of his book on the Caribbean debacle, ,North America, and the interwoven Mexican slavery.
   I will not cover Central and South America except tangentially.
   Two other books will provide background for the Resendez reprise to whit ,  A merican Holocaust byDavid E  Stannard and Ward Churchill's A  Little Matter of Genocide
   My goal is to demonstrate the integral relationship between the Native American slavery and Black slavery in the US.

Sun, Sep 17 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Historical Context & Experience of Soviet women soldiers in The Great Patriotic War (WWII): A talk by Al Sargis

    While this will focus on WWII, there will also be an overview of women in combat historically, Russian women combatants in WWI, the revolution and civil war, and 1930s Soviet war preparation.  This will set the context for understanding Soviet women soldiers in WWII.  Not many people know that Russian women fought in relatively large numbers, compared with other countries, in WWI and that after the revolution Soviet Russia was the first country to officially endorse and recruit women into the Red Army in both combat and support roles.  This was enthusiastically promoted by Lenin, as well as female Bolsheviks. A little known fact: women fought on BOTH sides during the storming of the Winter Palace!

   Of course women always get the short end, but among Russian revolutionaries from 1860 on they played  prominent, including leadership, roles in the various organizations--terrorist, anarchist and Marxist.  This was in contrast with other European revolutionary movements during the same period where they were sometimes prominent, but never in the numbers and consistency as in Russia.  This partially explains their capacity for participation in coming revolutions and wars.

   Our speaker will be Al Sargis, Coordinator, Friedrich Engels Institute of Marxist War and Military Analysis

Sun, Sep 10, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Plot to Scapegoat Russia
How the CIA and the Deep State Have Conspired to Vilify Russia
The CIAճ infiltration and shaping of the media, which began in the 1950s, successfully continues today, as Բealityՠis manufactured, while Լspan class=GramE>real truthՠis murdered and buried.ӠAuthor Daniel Kovalik will discuss his new book on this topic.

Sun, Sep 3, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Yes to Marxism in America, Part 2

In response to last weekճ "No to Marxism in America" rally by neo-fascists in downtown Berkeley (practically next door), we will continue our reading of  The Communist Manifesto, with special attention paid to the rising threat of fascism in Trumpճ America and how to stop it. In preparation, participants are urged to read, or re-read, this important document.

 

Sun, Aug 27, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Yes to Marxism in America

In response to a "No to Marxism in America" rally planned by neo-fascists for Sunday afternoon, Aug. 27, in downtown Berkeley (practically next door), we will continue our reading of  The Communist Manifesto, with special attention paid to the rising threat of fascism in Trumpճ America and how to stop it. In preparation, participants are urged to read, or re-read, this important document.

 

Sun, Aug 20, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lenin on the State

As Lenin observed, ҹou are not likely to find another question which has been so confused, deliberately and unwittingly, by representatives of bourgeois science, philosophy, jurisprudence, political economy and journalism, as the question of the state.ӠICSS researcher Gary Hicks will discuss Leninճ views on the State based on his lecture to students at the Sverdlov University in July 1919, as well as his classic, State and Revolution.

 

Sun, Aug 13, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Essentials of Scientific Socialism: A Continuing Series

҃larity about the aims and problems of socialism is of greatest significance in our age of transition.ӠEinsteinճ comment remains true in our age of transition, when the growing interest in socialism is matched by a growing confusion about socialism. This workshop, led by a researcher at the ICSS, Gene Ruyle, will focus on study and discussion of the classics of scientific socialism. This week, we will continue with our annual reading of the Communist Manifesto, with special attention paid to the Centennial of the Russian Revolution, 1917-2017. In preparation, participants are urged to read, or re-read, this important document.

 

Sun, Aug 6, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Pacifism and Christopher Caudwell

On this 72nd anniversary of the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima, ICSS member Gary Hicks will discuss pacifism and the work of British Marxist writer, thinker and poet, Christopher Caudwell (1907-37). Caudwell, a member of the British Communist Party, was killed in the Battle of Jarama Valley in the anti-fascist struggle against Franco in Spain. His major works, including Studies in a Dying Culture, were published posthumously.

NOTE:  This was postponed due to Garyճ illness, but we had an interesting group discussion on the topic in his absence.

 

Sun, Jul 30, 2017: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Yezhov Vs. Stalin:

The Truth About Mass Repressions and the So-Called 'Great Terror' in the USSR 

Professor Grover Furr will talk about his new book, Yezhov Vs. Stalin,  the first accurate account of the so-called ҇reat TerrorӠin the Soviet Union in 1937-1938. In this book, Grover Furr answers the central questions concerning the mass repressions known as the Ҽspan class=SpellE>EzhovshchinaӍ or, by anticommunists, the ҇reat Terror.Ӽo:p>

 

Sun, Jul 23, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

How NATO Destroyed Socialism in Yugoslavia

After viewing two 30 min videos, ҙugoslavia - the Good Old Days of Tito-style CommunismӠand ҎATO Targets,ӠICSS member Eugene Ruyle will lead a discussion the contemporary relevance of these videos.

 

Sun, Jul 16, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Marx & Mother Nature:

An Eco-Materialist Critique of Historical Materialism

For many people, the last 150 years of capitalist growth & the demise of one ҳocialistӠexperiment after another has discredited Marxism. But a reformulation of Marx & Engelsՠmaterialist method of analysis in light of this history can produce some valuable answers to vital questions that confound those who continue to work toward replacing capitalism with a more humane social order. Our speaker will be Craig Collins, who teaches Political Science at CSU East Bay.

Sun, Jul 9, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Comintern and the National Question in the US and South Africa
ICSS member Gary Hicks will discuss the role the Comintern played in developing the National/Colonial question in the development of the US and South African Communist parties.

Sun, Jul 2, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Portrait of the Soviet Union:
Part Three, The Caucasus
According to the LA Times (1988), "Portrait of the Soviet Union" may be Ted Turner's ңrowning achievement,Ӡҡ seven-hour documentary of panoramic sweep,Ӡsurely Ҵhe most beautiful and comprehensive cultural history of old Russia and the Soviet Union ever to appear on American TV.ӠThis is Part 3, covering the Caucasus region. We will show others as time permits.

Sun, Jun 25, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
1967 Assault on the U.S.S. Liberty
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the attack on the USS Liberty an unarmed U.S. naval vessel which was intercepting communications at the height of the Six-Day War when it came under direct Israeli aerial and naval assault, leaving 34 Americans dead and 174 wounded. Though this was among the worst attacks in history against a noncombatant U.S. naval vessel, the incident remains shrouded in secrecy. Don Pageler, a survivor of the attack, will speak. Co-Sponsored by Veterans for Peace, East Bay Chapter 162.  For background, read the account by Ray McGovern in Common Dreams (2014) at: https://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/06/08/leaving-uss-liberty-crew-behind
As well as the 2017 article in the Intercept, at
https://theintercept.com/2017/06/06/fifty-years-later-nsa-keeps-details-of-israels-uss-liberty-attack-secret/ 

Sun, Jun 18, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Stalin: Anarchism or Socialism?  1906-1907
ICSS member Gary Hicks will discuss this important essay from 1906-07, in which Stalin notes that Marxism and anarchism ҡre waging a fierce struggle against each other, both are trying to present themselves to the proletariat as genuinely socialist doctrines, and, of course, a study and comparison of the two will be far more interesting for the reader.ӠThe article is widely available, including on the Stalin Internet Archive at <https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/stalin/works/1906/12/x01.htm>

Sun, Jun 11, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reading Stalinճ ҆oundations of LeninismӠ(1924)
Nobody reads Stalin anymore, and thatճ a great loss for the left. This little book describes why Leninism may best be described as Marxism in the era of Imperialism and Socialist Revolution. Our discussion will be led by ICSS member Eugene E Ruyle, an independent Marxist and author of Ғethinking Marxist AnthropologyӠand other works.  The article is widely available, including on the Stalin Internet Archive at
<https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/stalin/works/1924/foundations-leninism/index.htm>

Sun, Jun 4, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Creativity and Artistic Ferment in the Early Years of the Soviet Union: The Case of Chagall.

Lew Finzel will discuss this important topic.

 

Sun, May 28, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Gene may well be gone, but someone can still present.

 

Sun, May 21, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

How to fight fascism and how not to

The recent confrontations over Ҧree speechӠin Berkeley, on campus and downtown, have attracted national and even international attention. We have invited two local activists, Gerald Smith and Frank Runninghorse, to explore this situation with us.

Sun, May 14, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Korea on the Brink?  Perspectives on the Korea Crisis.
US/Korea relations are now on the brink of open conflict, "Two trains headed for a collision." This presentation will look at the situation from a historical and global geopolitical perspective, and evaluate possibilities for both peace and war, as South Korea transitions to a new leader, North Korea persists in keeping its arsenal, and the US pendulates from "Strategic Patience" to "Tactical Impatience" and "Deadly Bluster.ӠSpeaker will be a Visiting Scholar and Journalist on Korea.

Sun, May 7, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

All the Feels: The Politics of Emotion and Social Change.

   From liberal snowflakes, to proto-fascist tyrants melting down like toddlers, to fabulous femmes with all the feels, are we witnessing the undoing of the supremacy of Cartesian reason and its suppression and derision of emotion?  Or, are we rather entering an era of new emotional scrutiny and social control?  Can honoring emotions, and the material bodies in which they are born support us to connect, achieve deeper solidarity and build movements that really move, or will increased emotionality simply be more terrain to be plundered for coercion? 

   Using Marxist theories of alienation, commodity fetishization and reification as a points of departure and integrating the work of contemporary Marxists, critical theorists and neuroscientists Рwith a critical lens to the both the liberatory and oppressive or reifying potential of science Рthis talk will address these questions and core themes. Speaker will be Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, Founder, Health Justice Commons.

Sun, Apr 30, 2017: 10:30 am to Noon
May Day: American Roots of the International WorkersՠDay
This yearճ May Day is on Monday, May 1, 2017, To prepare ourselves we will review the American origins of this international workersՠday, and show some videos of May Day celebration. We will break early, at noon, to discuss how the ICSS can contribute to the coming class struggles.

Sun, Apr 30, 2017: Noon to 12:30 pm
Planning Meeting: Building the Resistance
The Planning Group normally meets following the talk on the first Sunday of every month, but in this case, itճ the last Sunday. Time to get together, talk about the future of ICSS, discuss our mission, 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.

Sun, Apr 23, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Portrait of the Soviet Union: Part One, Mother Russia
According to the LA Times (1988), "Portrait of the Soviet Union" may be Ted Turner's ңrowning achievement,Ӡҡ seven-hour documentary of panoramic sweep,Ӡsurely Ҵhe most beautiful and comprehensive cultural history of old Russia and the Soviet Union ever to appear on American TV.ӠUnfortunately, the Times warns, ҩt also projects a view through Red-colored glasses, one that maximizes Soviet strengths and minimizes Soviet weaknesses, one that disappoints even as it dazzles.ӠWe will assume everyone has heard about the gulag and the purges from their High School Civics Teacher, and proceed to take another view. This is Part 1, we will schedule the rest when we have breaks in our schedule.

Sun, Apr 16, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Russia: Eyewitness Reports
Thereճ been a lot of discussion about Russiaճ politics and foreign relations recently, but how about the everyday lives of ordinary Russians? We are inviting two comrades to discuss their firsthand experiences in Russia: G.G. Winter who served as a tour guide in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and Paul Kangas will talk of his experiences on the Trans-Siberian railway in the 1990s.

Sun, Apr 9 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Beilis Affair of 1913: A new Dreyfus Affair in Czarist Russia.
Lenin called The Beilis Affsir of 1913 a new Dreyfus Affair in Russia. This was the last gasp of Czarism to divert revolutionary struggle into an anti  Jewish Pogrom. When Beilis was found not guilty the  Russian working class launched a general strike condemning antisemitism. Bernard Malamud's book The Fixer about Menahem Mendel Beilis was made into a move. Speaker will be Elazar Friedman.

Sun, Apr 2, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Evil Nietzsche
A look at the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and various policies which spring from it. . . .  Could thinking with and against Nietzsche help in the battle to clip the wings of Trumpism: Vulture-Capitalism and Alt-Rich Fascism? ICSS member Lew Finzel will lead our discussion on this fascinating question.

Sun, Mar 26, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Reclaiming the History of the Russian Revolution
   The Russian Revolution proved that workers could begin to build a new society. The many lies about Stalin prevent us from critically evaluating this experience. Errors made by Stalin and the Bolsheviks were the errors of pioneers. In this sense, then, these ҥrrorsӠwere part of the process of learning how to build communism. A new and better communist movement can only be rebuilt upon a sound foundation of historical truth, not upon the sand of anticommunist lies.
 
  Grover Furr will discuss his new book Yezhov vs Stalin and other anticommunist lies about the heroic ғtalin period.Ӽo:p>

Sun, Mar 19, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
China: Understanding Society, Economic, Politics,
US-China Relations, and TPP
   Currently working in China, Lee Siu Hin, the long-time Chinese-American community activist and former Pacifica radio reporter, give us a deeper understanding about the China's views on China-US relations, globalization, the "One Belt, One Road Initiative" and the recent US deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) in South Korea against North Korea/China/Russia.
   About the speaker:  Lee Siu Hin - Born in Hong Kong, China, and loot of fifth generation Chinese migrant from Japan. Lee is the long-time international activist for over 40-years, heճ the national coordinator of National Immigrant Solidarity Network, Action LA Network, coordinating committee member of UFPJ, and long-time reporter for Pacifica Radio KPFK-Los Angeles, reporting from former Yugoslavia, former Soviet Union, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq Mexico. Currently, heճ also travel between China and U.S. to organize bi-national activism work as well as medical solidarity project.

Sun, Mar 12, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (Daylight Savings Time)
What Is to Be Done in 2017
Time to get together, talk about the future of ICSS, discuss our mission, and plan the schedule for our Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library forums. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.

Sun, Mar 5, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
In the Spirit of Alexandra Kollontai :
Socialism, International Womenճ Day,
and the February Revolution in Russia
   As Alexandra Kollontai noted, International Womenճ Day is not a special day for women alone, it is a historic and memorable day for the workers and peasants of the whole world. On this day in 1917, the Russian women raised the torch of proletarian revolution and set the world on fire. The Russian revolution marks its beginning from this day, leading to the establishment of the Soviet Union and full legal equality of women. The working women of Petrograd began this revolution; it was they who first decided to raise the banner of opposition to Tsarism. And so, working womenճ day is a double celebration for us.
   Our speaker, Eugene E Ruyle, independent Marxist and author of Rethinking Marxist Anthropology, will discuss the historical and contemporary significance of March 8, 1917 and 2017.

Sun, Feb 26, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Milo Yiannopoulos and Free Speech on the Berkeley campus: A Discussion
When campus Republicans sponsored Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos to speak Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at UC Berkeley,. a small group of people with their faces covered broke windows, hurled fireworks at police officers and threw smoke bombs, prompting UC Berkeley officials to cancel Yiannopoulos's talk, mking national news and prompting Trump to tweeted: ҉f U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view - NO FEDERAL FUNDS?ӠWe are inviting speakers to lead our discussion on this topic.

Sun, Feb 19, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Honduras & Colombia: Models of US Control; violence, poverty and displacement
   Honduras and Colombia are centers for US Control in Latin America which has been in process over many years. The Colombian elite has welcomed Plan Colombia, extensive military training and 7 US military bases in exchange for "stability", class security, money, business interests and help opposing the mass anti-government movements over the years. The US has centers for intelligence gathering, a new "School of the Americas", bases with great military capacity, ready to invade any anti-US country, such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Cuba and Bolivia. The US is not supporting the Peace Process in Colombia which is being attacked by US created paramilitary armies, Gaintanistas and Urabeos. This is not to mention the many US mining and business.  Many peasant and popular leaders are being assassinated at this very moment. We need to build opposition to the US wars around the world, be it in the Middle East, Latin America or at home.
   In Honduras, the "Alliance for Prosperity", modeled after Plan Colombia, increases militarization and privatization, and is responsible for increased displacement, and corruption, violence, and repression.
   The Presentation is sponsored by Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition (BALASC) and The Task Force on the Americas.
   Alice Loaiza: Lived in Colombia for many years and works with Marcha Patriotica. Also worked with CONAP, Coordinacion Nacional de Organizaciones Agrarias y Populares and also in international accompaniment. She has lived and worked in many parts of the country. In the Bay Area Alice works with BALASC and The Task Force on the Americas.
   Diana Bohn: Visited Honduras for third time in December, 2016, as a member of the Root Causes of Migration Pilgrimage, which visited groups affected by the policies of the Alliance for Prosperity, government corruption, and violence. Diana is a Task Force on the Americas Board member and Member of BALASC.

Sun, Feb 12, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Globalization, Trump, and Us
Donald Trump won three crucial states in the Electoral College when he denounced outsourcing and trade deficits - while Hillary Clinton defended globalization. The split opens a door for the socialist position against globalization. But what is that position? Charles Andrews, author of The Hollow Colossus and No Rich, No Poor, will discuss the political economy of globalization, how a socialist program speaks to it, and the massive, multiple currents of discontent with the Trump regime._

Sun, Feb 5, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Unequal economies, labor migration, militarization of borders, and the new protectionism
  
With Donald Trump putting the final nails in the coffin of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, what will be the future of globalization?  Free trade between unequal economies introduces structural distortions, resulting in mass social displacement, labor migration, and flight of productive and nonproductive capital.  In response, progressive and reactionary movements have gained ground around the world.  A case study of the U.S.-Mxico border provides unique insights into the military-industrial-incarceration complex and economy at a structural interface.
   Sharat G. Lin
is a research fellow at the San Jos Peace and Justice Center.  He writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, the Middle East and South Asia, and public health.  He has been following developments at the U.S.-Mxico border for a decade, and travels frequently to Asia and Europe.

Sun, Jan 29, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Risen from Ruins: the life, times and lessons of the German Democratic Republic, 1949-1990.
For four decades, the eastern "Russian" part of Germany and the eastern zone of Berlin, were the potential cutting edge of the next world conflagration... what the Rev. Jesse Jackson called " the barbecue pit of World War Three".  In the face of this military, political, cultural tension, the German Democratic Republic built a socialist order based upon anti- fascism/racism, scientific advancement, and international solidarity with peoples struggles for liberation from imperialism and colonialism. Come and hear a presentation about a country little known when it existed, and all but forgotten almost 30 years later. Presenters: Al Sargis and Gary Hicks

Sun, Jan 22, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Building the Resistance
It may seem too early to evaluate the Trump administration and the Resistance to it, but CNN will be talking about it, and we have some speakers who will do a much better job: Michelle Koerner, Labor Rising Against Trump, Tom Gallagher, Bernie Delegate to the DNC, Dick Becker, ANSWER, and perhaps more.

Sun, Jan 15, 2017: 11:30 am to 1:30 pm  *NOTE LATER TIME
Changes and Challenges in China Forty Years
After Opening Up and Adoption of Market Mechanisms
Zheng Zhifa, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
   Our comrade Wadiը Halabi helped arrange Professor Zhengճ visit  and belives it will give us a sense that the pendulum within the CPC is moving back towards the political goals of the Chinese revolution, domestically and internationally. The economy had to be developed, a high price was paid for going to capitalist school, but neither the CPC nor the Chinese state have collapsed -- an achievement in itself  and now -- Zhifa and much more.
   Earth-shaking developments have followed since China opened up and adopted market mechanisms nearly 40 years ago. But only a few deputies in the National People's Congress are real representatives of workers and peasants. Protecting the rights of ordinary people has proved difficult. In addition, the ideals of the Chinese Revolution have weakened little by little, as the market mechanisms encourage people to get rich. There is a widespread crisis of the so-called "four faiths" of the Chinese Revolution.
   Zheng Zhifa teaches in the School of Political Science at Nanchang University and is a special researcher at the World Socialism Research Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His research interests are in education in Marxist theory.

Sun, Jan 8, 2017: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Is Syria "Falling" or is it being Liberated?
This presentation by Rick Sterling, an investigative journalist and member of Syria Solidarity Movement, will include fact check and rebuttal of major falsehoods about the Syrian conflict as well as analysis of current situation and what may happen in near future.   Will the enemies of Syria, who have funded tens of thousands of terrorists, give up their campaign?   Or will they try something more desperate and spectacular in effort to prevent the Syrian government and allies winning the war against terrorism?

Sun, Jan 8, 2017: 12:30-1 pm
Planning Group Meeting
The Planning Group normally meets following the talk on the first Sunday of every month, in this case the second Sunday. Time to get together, talk about the future of ICSS, discuss our mission, 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. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.

 

2012-2016 Completed Past Programs

 

Sunday January 8th, 2012 - 10:30 am to 12:30
The Future of ICSS & Our Spring Schedule
 
Time to get together, talk about the future of ICSS, discuss our mission, and plan the schedule for our Sunday Morning Forums at the Marxist Library. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.

 

Sunday January 15th, 2012 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Lessons learned from the Occupy Oakland movement. 

Description: Occupy Oakland is a dynamic social movement that has captured the attention from the nation. It has attempted to challenge capitalism. Has it? What are the next steps? That is what shall be discussed. Speaker: Javier from Occupy Oakland.

 

Sunday January 22ed, 2012 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Bringing Marx and Keynes into the 21st Century: Implications of Finance Capital for Economic Crisis and Depressions Post 2007. 

Jack Rasmus will discuss the major insights--and limitations--of both Marx's and Keynes' explanations of the role of finance capital in contributing to economic crises (Marx) and depressions (Keynes). The talk will include an assessment of the emerging, but incomplete, role of finance capital in Marx's classical categories of rate of exploitation, organic composition of capital, falling rate of profit, and in clarifying the relationships between Marxist overproduction and realization crises. It will similarly assess the predicted--but missing explanation--of the role of finance in Keynes' and the undeveloped relationship between financial speculation, capital investment, and income inequality in Keynes' General Theory. Jack will then explain how his own theory unites both Marx's and Keynes' approach to explaining depressions and economic crisis by introducing and integrating heretofore missing financial variables into both Marx's and Keynes's theories and their key concepts and categories of analysis.

 

Sunday January 29th, 2012 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm 

Open Discussion on Marx, Keynes, and Crisis

Our regularly scheduled talk was cancelled, and so we have an opportunity for an open discussion on Marx, Keynes, and Crisis. Come prepared to debate and defend your views!

 

 

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