List of our past programs

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The Militarization of the Police – Steve Martinot – Sunday, Jan 29, 2023 10:30am Pacific Time

Our speaker, Steve Martinot, will describe how police militarization rests on the foundation of the militarist ethic by which the police operate. The government has seen fit to supply the police with military equipment, which has consequences both for the people subjected to the presence of such weaponry and for government intentions. The second half of the presentation will be on the relation of police militarization to the structures of racialization in the US. Lifelong social justice activist Steve Martinot has worked as a machinist and organized a number of shops. Steve organized a trucking company in New York City, ...
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Nuclear Weapons and the Ukraine Crisis – Mark Albertson – Sunday, Jan 22, 202310:30am Pacific Time

The Nuclear Option: The nuclear option was exercised twice: At Hiroshima, August 6, 1945, followed three days later at Nagasaki, August 9. Both by the United States against the same targeted nation, Japan. Japan, as well. was working on the Bomb, with the Army and Navy each having programs. Yet it was Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman who split the atom in 1938, providing Germany with the inside track towards the Bomb. The advent of the Bomb will effect foreign relations, war, societies, and cultures. Indeed, the Bomb will hasten the use of the helicopter among armies as a way ...
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8 Years Before Donbas Documentary Filmmaker – Don Courter – January 15, 2023 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

8 Years Before is an independently-funded documentary film directed by international journalist Donald Courter and produced collaboratively with international heavyweight fighting champion Jeff Monson. The film portrays in stark detail the long saga of suffering that the Donbass people endured at the hands of the Ukrainian military, following the 2014 Euromaidan coup d'etat. Through primary source accounts and interviews with ordinary citizens of Donbass, human stories with a perspective never before seen in the mainstream media are brought to light. Speaker: Don Courter Moscow-based journalist, filmmaker, and activist.  He is the director of 8 Years Before ...
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Report Back from Russia and Donetsk – Dan Kovalik – January 8, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Report Back from Russia and Donetsk - Dan Kovalik - January 8, 2023 10:30 AM Pacific Time ...
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The Volatility of US Hegemony in Latin America – Roger Harris – Sunday Dec 18, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Latin America and the Caribbean have taken on a becoming pink complexion, all the more sowith historic left victories this year in Colombia and Brazil. These electoral rejections of therightwing followed left victories last year in Peru, Honduras, and Chile. And those, in turn, cameafter similar routs in Bolivia in 2020, Argentina in 2019, and Mexico in 2018.This surging “Pink Tide” protests the neoliberal model imposed by the US and its collaborators.Neoliberalism has failed to meet the needs of the peoples of the region and is losing itslegitimacy as a prototype for development. However, the countries of the region must ...
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Iran’s Role in the Anti-imperialist Struggle – Bahman Azad – Sunday, Dec 11, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Our program will address current events in Iran and the international reaction to them. US-led forces are exploiting events in Iran to push for violent regime change. Unilateral and illegal economic sanctions imposed by the US are killing Iranians. These sanctions are responsible for much of the Iranian people’s suffering and anger. They have served as a background for the outburst of different protests and are intentionally aimed at destabilizing the Iranian society through instigating a “velvet revolution.” Iran is targeted by the imperialists because of its key role in an emerging multipolar world through strategic alliances with countries and ...
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Racism, Anti-Communsim and the CPUSA’s Struggle Against Both in U.S. History – Norman Markowitz – Sunday, December 4, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

“Every Liberal is a Socialist. Every Socialist is a Communist. Every Communist is Moscow’s Spy.” So went a poster used in an anti-May Day “Loyalty Day” march in the high cold war period after WWII. But anti-Communism went far beyond traditional conservative and reactionary groups and became the foundation of a “cold war consensus” for U.S. domestic and foreign policy in the post WWII period. In my presentation I will examine the relationship between color racism as the model for anti-radicalism at home and in U.S. imperialism abroad, and the role of the Communist Party USA in its struggle against ...
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The Biggest Academic Workers Strike in California History! – Dave Welsh – Sunday, November 27, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

A huge, unprecedented strike of academic workers started on November 14th, hitting all ten University of California campuses like a ton of bricks. The 48,000 striking workers perform the majority of the teaching and research at UC, yet the pay and benefits for these workers, members of the United Auto Workers union, is way too low especially for high-cost-of-living areas like Berkeley, California. The UC Regents, who run the university and represent the most powerful business interests in the state, have so far refused to bargain over wages. Come to a special session of Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library ...
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The Comprehensive Crisis in the U.S. and the Revolutionary Way Forward – Carlos Garrido – Sunday, Nov 20, 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Carlos L. Garrido- “The Comprehensive Crisis in the U.S. and the Revolutionary Way Forward” In line with the tradition of Marxism-Leninism, this presentation argues that the elements constitutive of objectively revolutionary conditions are all present in the U.S.; what is missing for a successful revolutionary movement is the subjective factor. The presenter will argue that the purity fetish which predominates the outlook of modern American communism has presented a fundamental fetter for the development of the subjective factor in the American working masses; the development of a consistent dialectical materialist worldview, it will be argued, is the precondition for the ...
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The Challenge of Aleksandr Dugin: The Fourth Political Theory – Sunday, November 13, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

 Professor Aleksandr Dugin of Russia has a wide sweep in scholarship, from Philosophy, Sociology to Geopolitics. He is 60 years of age. He has written 60 books. His book 'The Fourth Political Theory' has been translated into English by Michael Millerman, a Canadian, with a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Dugin is an idealist conservative philosopher. Liberalism, according to Dugin, is the theory of Capitalism, which has defeated its two challengers in the 20th century: Communism on the Left and Fascism on the Right. These cannot now pose an effective challenge to it. Further, that Liberalism has turned into "Postliberalism" after 1991, ...
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The Crisis in Haiti and the Popular Movement – Pierre Labossiere – Sunday, November 6, 2022, 10:30 AM Pacific Time

 Pleading with arsonists to put out the fire they’ve ignited is what it is like to turn to the UNSecurity Council, OAS, and United States government to “stabilize” the crisis in Haiti.Haiti has been under US/ UN occupation for more than 18 years, ever since the US-backed coupd’état in 2004 against the democratically elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Thisoccupation has perpetrated gross human rights abuses including rape and other forms of sexualabuse. The occupation has brought cholera to Haiti and has systematically destroyed Haiti’sinstitutions while increasing hunger and misery.Courageously facing police and paramilitary attacks, the population of Haiti has taken to ...
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The London Revolution 1640-1643 – Michael Sturza – Sunday, Oct 30, 2022 – 10:30 AM Pacific Time

The London Revolution 1640-1643 refutes the attacks of revisionist historians who would write the concept of revolution out of history. A defense and restatement of the Marxist view of the English Revolution and Civil War. Chronicles England’s history through the revolution in 1641 – 1642, which toppled the feudal political system, and its aftermath. It explores how London’s growing capitalist economy fundamentally conflicted with its decaying feudal society, causing tensions and dislocations that affected all classes in the early modern period. In contrast with most other works, this book posits that the fundamental driving force of the revolution was the ...
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Midwestern Marx comes to Northern California! – (via the Internet) Carlos Garrido and Edward Liger Smith from Midwestern Marx – Sunday, October 23 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Carlos L. Garrido- “The Comprehensive Crisis in the U.S. and the Revolutionary Way Forward” In line with the tradition of Marxism-Leninism, this presentation argues that the elements constitutive of objectively revolutionary conditions are all present in the U.S.; what is missing for a successful revolutionary movement is the subjective factor. The presenter will argue that the purity fetish which predominates the outlook of modern American communism has presented a fundamental fetter for the development of the subjective factor in the American working masses; the development of a consistent dialectical materialist worldview, it will be argued, is the precondition for the ...
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August Willich: The First and Last Communist US General – Al Sargis – Sunday October 16, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

 John Willich was a Prussian army career officer who quit after 25 years to become a carpenter. He was a German 48er who formed the proletarian army in the German Revolution with Friedrich Engels as second-in-command. He was exiled to England, where he joined Marx and Engels. Polemics between Willich and Marx-Engels led to his joining an opposing communist faction. In the 1850s he emigrated to the US where he become involved in communist clubs. He was an abolitionist who worked with free African Americans. In the Civil War, he started an innovative and highly praised German regiment. Conclusion: along ...
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We the Elites: Why the U.S. Constitution Serves the Few – Robert Ovetz – Sunday, October 9, 2022 10:30 AM Pacific Time

Written by 55 of the richest white men, and signed by only 39 of them, the US constitution is the sacred text of American nationalism. Popular perceptions of it are mired in idolatry, myth and misinformation - many Americans have opinions on the constitution but have little idea what it says. Our speaker's new book examines the constitution for what it is – a rulebook for elites to protect capitalism from democracy. Social movements have misplaced faith in the constitution as a tool for achieving justice when it actually impedes social change through the many roadblocks and obstructions we call ...
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Imperialism revisited – Greg Godels – Oct 2, 2022 10:30am Pacific Time

 The ICSS has hosted a number of Marxist intellectuals addressing imperialism and how is it manifest in the Ukraine conflict. There is a broad consensus on the left against weapons for endless war and for diplomacy to end the war in Ukraine – a conflict that risks nuclear conflagration. Progressive groups like the Peace In Ukraine Coalition (https://www.peaceinukraine.org/) oppose spending for militarism and support funds for jobs, healthcare, and housing. InPeace Talks Essential as War Rages on in Ukraine (https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/09/05/peace-talks-essential-war-rages-ukraine), Benjamin and Davies write how the US and its allies sabotaged a possible peace agreement in the early stages of the conflict and argue that one is ...
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