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POLITICAL WEEKEND: HOSTED BY REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALISM IN THE 21st CENTURY

Political weekend: hosted by rs21

Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 11:00 – Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 17:00 (GMT)

GoldsmithsCollege, University of London

New Cross, London, SE14 6NW, United Kingdom

Book online: http://bit.ly/rs21weekend

Timetable: http://rs21.org.uk/timetable/

A weekend of discussion and debate on what it means to be a revolutionary socialist today: organised around three key panel discussions and a number of workshops. The weekend is organised by rs21, a new grouping of revolutionary socialists in Britain. This is our first major public event and we welcome participation from anyone who is interested in similar issues and has been asking similar questions.

The Panel sessions:

• Neoliberal capitalism and the state of struggle

• Marxist approaches to racism, sexism and oppression

• Revolutionary organisation and the working class

We will also be hosting a Question Time with figures from the movement including Mark Steel, Sara Bennett and Mike Gonzalez titled “How do we organise to transform the world?”

Workshops include:

• Social reproduction: what it is and why it matters

• Protest movements and united fronts today

• Shifts in reformism and reformist consciousness

• What is revolutionary leadership?

• Marxism at the margins: intersectionality and identity

• Anti-politics: responses to austerity from Occupy to Russell Brand

• How should revolutionaries organise?

• Racism, new and old

• Neoliberalism’s impact on the working class

Speakers include:

• Mark Steel Independent columnist and comedian

• Nina Power author of One Dimensional Woman

• Mike Gonzalez author of upcoming book on Venezuela

• Mireia Gargallo from the Spanish squares movement

• Neil Davidson author of How Revolutionary Were the Bourgeois Revolutions?

• Lucia Pradella from the Historical Materialism journal

• Ian Birchall biographer of Tony Cliff

• Estelle Cooch former deputy editor of the Socialist Review

• Dan Swain author of Alienation: An Introduction to Marx’s Theory

• Sara Bennett from Unite the Union executive (pc)

• Jonny Jones former deputy editor International Socialism journal

• Amy Gilligan from the National Union of Students executive

• Colin Barker author of Marxism and Social Movements

 

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Aesthetics

INTERNATONAL SOCIALISM 136 – AND FORTHCOMING EVENTS

International Socialism: A quarterly journal of socialist theory

1) International Socialism 136 out now!

The new issue of International Socialism is now available. With Alex Callinicos on the US presidential election, Esme Choonara and Yuri Prasad on the crisis of black leadership, Donny Gluckstein on democracy: fact and fetish, Alex Anievas, Adam Fabry and Robert Knox on Obama’s foreign policy, Paul Blackledge on the politics of John Holloway, Nicola Ginsburgh reviews Owen Jones’s Chavs, Guglielmo Carchedi asks “Could Keynes end the slump?”, Sebastian Zehetmair and John Rose on Paul Levi, Amy Leather reviews a book on responses to the Bradford Riots, Laura Cooke on the impact of the recession on workers in Britain, Joseph Choonara rounds-up recent papers on political economy, Richard Seymour and Panos Garganas offer differing takes on the situation in Greece, and Jeffery R. Webber responds in the debate on Bolivia. Plus reviews and pick of the quarter. The journal is online at http://www.isj.org.uk and can be ordered from the website or from the office (contact details below).

2) Videos from ISJ weekend school on Marxism and Revolution Today.

International Socialism hosted a successful weekend school on revolution last month. Around 125 people attended over the course of the weekend. Videos of all the speakers and discussions can be found online here: www.isj.org.uk/?id„2

3) Workshop on State Capitalism in East Asia.

A number of ISJ contributors have been involved in organising a workshop on State Capitalism in East Asia at the School of Oriantal and African Studies (SOAS). The workshop seeks to investigate the role of state capitalism in East Asian economic development, looking at commonalities across the conventional boundaries of ‘capitalist’ and ‘communist’ countries. It brings together scholars from South Korea and the UK who are working on this topic for the first time. The event will be held on 6 November in the Brunei Gallery at the Russell Squarecampus of SOAS. For more details, go to goo.gl/dyuiQ

4) Historical Materialism London Conference 2012

The eighth annual London conference hosted by the Historical Materialism journal will take place at SOAS on the weekend of 8-11 November. With the theme “Weighs Like A Nightmare”, this year’s conference “focuses on the returns and the persistence of political forms and theoretical problems, on the uses and abuses of the history of Marxism…and on the ways and forms in which an inheritance of various Marxist traditions can help us to organise and to act in this turbulent present”. A number of regular ISJ contributors will be giving papers at the conference. A provisional timetable, registration details and more are available at the website: http://bit.ly/Qrm13w

International Socialism

http://www.isj.org.uk

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(44) 020 7819 1177

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Anarchism

BLACK FLAME: REVOLUTIONARY CLASS POLITICS OF ANARCHISM AND SYNDICALISM

South African author @ London book event, 10th December: BLACK FLAME: revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Lucien van der Walt, of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, will speak on “Black Flame: the revolutionary class politics of anarchism and syndicalism

Co-authored with Michael Schmidt, also of Johannesburg, ‘Black Flame’ examines the anti-authoritarian class politics of the anarchist/syndicalist movement, and its 150 years of popular struggle on five continents.

An  indispensable conceptual and historical roadmap, with close attention to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Latin America, looking at its:
·   Opposition to hierarchy, capitalism and the state
·   Strategy: building revolutionary counter-power
·   History: labour, community, anti-imperialism
·   Agenda: participatory, cooperative economics
·   Revolutions: Mexico, Spain, Ukraine, Korea
·   Revival: today’s struggles

DATE: 2pm, Saturday 10th of December
PLACE: Freedom Bookshop
Angel Alley
84b Whitechapel High Street
London E1 7QX
Directions:
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This groundbreaking volume has been praised by reviewers as “deeply impressive”, “fascinating, revealing and often startling”, “a grand work of synthesis”, “remarkable” “outstanding”, “inspired” and “a welcome antidote to Eurocentric  accounts”.
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REVIEWERS SAY:

·   “one of its distinctive contributions is its global scope… their book is brilliant and thought-provoking … a valuable study for activists, students and academics alike…” (Mandisi Majavu, Africa Project for Participatory Society, ‘ZNET’)

·   “deserves to be read by all those on the Left seeking to understand anarchism’s diverse contributions to democratic socialist thinking and practice …” (Devan Pillay, ‘Amandla’)

·   “illustrates the universality of anarchism, which until now, other literature has not done … countless examples of  large movements globally from Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and the United States, to South Africa, Egypt, Korea and Japan … Spain, Italy, Russia, the UK and Ireland …” (Mandy Moussouris, ‘South African Labour Bulletin’)

” extraordinary …  succeeds in bringing anarchist ideas into vivid relief in their historical contexts … shows the increasing relevance of an anarchist critique for our own time” (Martin Miller, Duke University, author of ‘The Russian Revolution’, ‘Kropotkin’) 

·   “a fascinating account of the often obscured history of anarchists, their organisations and history. There is much to commend in the book …” (Leo Zeilig, ‘International Socialism’)

·   “the depth and breadth of the research  are impressive, the arguments sophisticated, and the call to organize timely …” (Mark Leier, ‘Labour/Le Travail’)

·   “If you have a passing interest in radical politics, get this book. If you have an interest in anarchism, get this book …” (Deric Shannon, ‘Interface: a journal for and about social movements’)

·   “fascinating, revealing and often startling …” (Alan Lipman, anti-apartheid exile, author of ‘On the Outside Looking In: colliding with apartheid and other authorities’)

·   “useful and insightful …  a  grand work of synthesis  … an excellent starting point…” (Greg Hall, ‘WorkingUSA’)

·   “Brilliant  … outstanding … Do yourself a favour and buy it now!” (Iain McKay, author of ‘The Anarchist FAQ’, volume 1)

·  “considerable scholarship and deep reflection  … remarkable … powerful and lucidly written  …” (Jon Hyslop, University of Witwatersrand, author of ‘The Notorious Syndicalist: JT Bain, a Scottish rebel in colonial South Africa’)

·   “an outstanding contribution   …  unique in examining anarchism from a worldwide perspective instead of only a west European angle …” (Wayne Price, author of ‘The Abolition of the State: anarchist and Marxist perspectives’)

·   “a must for everybody interested in nonauthoritarian social movements … ”  (Bert Altena, Rotterdam University, author of ‘Piet Honig, Herinneringen van een Rotterdamse revolutionair’)
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Michael  Schmidt is a Johannesburg-based investigative journalist/ journalism trainer and activist, with experience in Chiapas, civil war Guatemala, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Rwanda, Darfur, and Lebanon.

Lucien van der Walt teaches at the University of theWitwatersrand. Winner of the 2008 international ‘Labor History’ dissertation and the 2008/2009 CODESRIA Africa thesis awards, his extensive publications include (with Steve Hirsch) ‘Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World, 1880-1940’ (Brill 2010).

 

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

 

‘Maximum levels of boredom

Disguised as maximum fun’

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM ISSUE 132

http://isj.org.uk/

Issue 132

Analysis
The crisis of our time
Alex Callinicos

The wrong future

“No one represents us”: the 15 May movement in the Spanish state
Andy Durgan and Joel Sans

August 2011: a riot of our own
Jonny Jones

Queer theory and politics
Colin Wilson

Global cities, global workers in the 21st century
Mike Haynes

Behind and beyond the crisis
Guglielmo Carchedi

Once more (with feeling) on Marxist accounts of the crisis
Joseph Choonara

Tony Cliff rediscovered
Nigel Harris and Christian Høgsbjerg

Robert Wedderburn: race, religion and revolution
Michael Morris

Book reviews

Systemic failures
Gabriele Piazza

Liberating history
Pepijn Brandon

Messianic strains
John Rose

Imperial mythologies
Ken Olende

Yours truly, Angry Mob
Andrew Stone

Pick of the quarter
This quarter’s selection

 

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Egypt

THE MYTH OF HUMANITARIAN WAR

International Socialist Review: http://isreview.org/
Issue 77: May–June

The Myth of Humanitarian War

Lance Selfa 
Libya’s revolution, U.S. intervention, and the left

Michael Corcoran and Stephen Maher 
Hypocrisy, ideology, and imperialism 
The myth of humanitarian intervention inLibya

Lee Wengraf 
Somalia’s Operation Restore Hope, 1992-1994 
How an ostensible “humanitarian” operation made things worse

Roger Annis and Kim Ives 
Haiti’s humanitarian crisis 
Haiti’s crisis is rooted in a history of military coups andU.S. occupations

Learning from Wisconsin

Phil Gasper • Critical Thinking 
Class Struggle in Wisconsin 
Signs of the end of a one-sided class war?

Lee Sustar 
Lessons of Wisconsin’s labor revolt

Other features

Mostafa Omar 
Egypt’s unfinished revolution 
The dictator is gone‹and the battle begins over how far the revolution will go

Chris Williams 
The case against nuclear power 
In the shadow of a still-unfolding nuclear crisis inJapan, an argument for why nuclear power should be dismantled everywhere

Arundhati Roy, interviewed by David Barsamian 
Rebellion and revolt in India

Duncan Hallas 
The nature of revolutions 
Speech to a socialist conference in 1998

Reviews

Lee Sustar 
What are the roots of capitalist crisis? 
Review of Chris Harman’s Zombie Capitalism

Hadas Thier 
Roots of Egypt’s revolution 
Review of Egypt: The Moment of Change

PLUS: Sharon Smith on voices of U.S. labor, Jason Farbman review’s From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia; Natalia Tylim reviews The Millenium trilogy; Elizabeth Schulte reviews The Triangle Fire; Gary Lapon reviews The History of White People

 

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The Man in Black

DEBATING ‘BLACK FLAME’

NEW: Lucien van der Walt, “Counterpower, participatory democracy, revolutionary defence: debating ‘Black Flame,’ revolutionary anarchism and historical Marxism”

Lucien van der Walt, 2011, “Counterpower, Participatory Democracy, Revolutionary Defence: debating ‘Black Flame,’ revolutionary anarchism and historical Marxism,” ‘International Socialism: a quarterly journal of socialist theory’, no. 130 (2011), pp. 193-207, online at: http://www.isj.org.uk/index.php4?id=729&issue=130

This article is, in part, a response to criticisms of the broad anarchist tradition in ‘International Socialism’ (ISJ), an International Socialist Tendency (IST) journal. However, it is also an examination of issues like the use of sources in Marxist/ anarchist debates, the historical/ current impact of anarchism/ syndicalism, anarchism and the question of defending revolutions, revolutions and pluralism, anarchism and political struggles and bodies, the Spanish anarchists’ debates on taking power, anarchism’s relationship to democracy, the historical role of Marxism, the role of Bolshevism in the fate of the Russian Revolution, Lenin and Stalin, and the tasks of the 21st century left.

EXTENDED version:
Lucien van der Walt, 7 April 2011, “Detailed reply to ‘International Socialism’: debating power and revolution in anarchism, ‘Black Flame’ and historical Marxism,” 62 pp., online at
http://lucienvanderwalt.blogspot.com/2011/02/anarchism-black-flame-marxism-and-ist.html

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Socialism and Hope

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALIST REVIEW – ISSUE 76

Issue 76: March–April (2011)

ISR 76: http://isreview.org/index.shtml

CONTENTS 

Revolt in the Middle East 
Another World is Possible

Middle East in Revolution

Editorial 
The actuality of revolution

Ahmed Shawki and Mostafa Omar 
Chronicle of a revolution 
A running account of the movement that brought down Hosni Mubarak

Matt Swagler 
Tunisia: A dictator falls, but what comes next?

Phil Gasper • Critical Thinking 
Can revolution happen here? 
Mass protests are taking place around the world. Will anything similar happen in the U.S.?

Features

Deepa Kumar 
Political Islam: A Marxist analysis 
Part one of a two-part series

Ken Loach 
Between commodity and communication: Has film fulfilled its potential? 
The director of Land and Freedom speaks at the London Film Festival

Noam Chomsky 
Human intelligence and the environment 
How what is rational in capitalist terms is irrational in environmental terms

Stuart Easterling 
Mexico’s revolution, 1910-1920 
The concluding part of a three-part series on the Mexican Revolution

Bolivia today: A debate 
Jeffery Webber’s article, “Bolivia’s reconstituted neoliberalism” (International Socialist Review, September–October 2010), draws a dissenting response from Federico Fuentes, and a rejoinder from Webber

Books

Hadas Thier 
Gaza’s nightmare: the truth about Israel 
A review of two new books about Israel’s war on the Palestinian people

PLUS: Helen Redmond reviews Sabstian Junger’s War, Jim Ramey review’s Nir Rosen’s Aftermath; Chris Williams reviews The Ecological Rift: Capitalism’s War on the Earth; Jason Farbman reviews two new books on the struggle in Latin America; Dao X. Tran reviews a memoir of a Vietnamese Trotskyist

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Revolution

WITNESSES TO PERMANENT REVOLUTION: THE DOCUMENTARY RECORD

AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK FROM HAYMARKET BOOKS

Edited and translated by Richard B. Day and Daniel Gaido
http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Witnesses-to-Permanent-Revolution

Also available through Amazon.com

The theory of permanent revolution has long been associated with Leon Trotsky. Though he was the most brilliant of its proponents, these newly translated documents, most of them available in English for the first time, demonstrate that Trotsky was only one of several leading figures of international Marxism engaged in a debate, sparked by the first Russian Revolution in 1905, about the form workers’ struggle would take in less developed countries. Among the figures included in these discussions were Karl Kautsky, Rosa Luxemburg, Franz Mehring, Parvus, and David Ryazanov

Richard B. Day is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, Canada. He has published extensively on Soviet economic and political history, including Leon Trotsky and the Politics of Economic Isolation.

Daniel F. Gaido is a researcher at the National Research Council (Conicet) in Argentina. He is the author of The Formative Period of American Capitalism and is currently working on a book on the history of German social democracy

Praise for Witnesses to Permanent Revolution:

“Since the world is again in the midst of an economic crisis, the arguments here are not without contemporary relevance, even if from today’s perspective it is a polemic where everybody is right. Summing up: recommended.” —A. Ezergailis, Choice

“Sometimes reading debates between figures on the left, involving historical references readers may not be familiar with, can be a daunting or even demoralising experience. But the brilliant and precise annotating of this collection, along with a short introduction to each piece, makes every article accessible to a wide range of readers…Day and Gaido have done a fantastic service with this immense collection. Witnesses to Permanent Revolution is a fascinating and thought provoking book and one that genuinely sheds new light on past debates about socialism that can help to inform the future.” —Esme Choonara, International Socialism

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World Crisis

INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM JOURNAL – ISSUE 130

Now Out

See: http://www.isj.org.uk

Analysis

The return of the Arab revolution
Alex Callinicos

Engels on the power of nature

The return of fear
Iain Ferguson

Tunisia: the people’s revolution
Chamseddine Mnasri

Act One of the Egyptian Revolution
Philip Marfleet

Social media and social movements
Jonny Jones

The origins of the united front policy
John Riddell

The Tories, Eton and private schools
David Renton

I love the sound of breaking glass: the London crowd, 1760-2010
Keith Flett

Feedback

Facing the crisis: the strategic perplexity of the left
Stathis Kouvelakis

Sexuality, alienation and capitalism
Sheila McGregor

Counterpower, participatory democracy, revolutionary defence: debating Black Flame, revolutionary anarchism and historical Marxism
Lucien van der Walt

The social roots of “impairment”
Lee Humber

Book reviews

We want rebel music
Lee Billingham

Natural’s not in it
Martin Empson

State of the union
Chris Bambery

Forgotten famine
John Newsinger

Africa’s opening
Andy Wynne

Pick of the quarter
This quarter’s selection

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Revolt

 TORONTO’S ITALIAN IMMIGRANT WORKING CLASS HISTORY

Sunday March 6, 6-9pm
Dinner 6pm, talk 6:30pm, near Dufferin/Davenport

Join a discussion of the experiences of Italian immigrants in Toronto from 1950-70, who faced racism and exploitation but fought back through strikes and protests

Speaker: Stefano Agnoletto (Kingston University, London, UK)

$10-20, a fundraiser for Toronto-West International Socialists in collaboration with the review “Zapruder. Rivista di Storia della Conflittualità Sociale”

For info: torontowest.is@gmail.com or 416-657-8345

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Uprising

TORONTO’S ITALIAN IMMIGRANT WORKING CLASS HISTORY

 

Egyptian Future

EGYPT, TUNISIA AND REVOLUTION IN THE 21st CENTURY

International Socialism
A seminar hosted by the quarterly journal of socialist theory

Egypt, Tunisia and Revolution in the 21st Century

Revolution in the 21st century is a reality. In less than two months, two dictators have been overthrown. In both revolutions, the entrance of the working class onto the stage of history proved decisive. The myths that the Arab world is incapable of democracy and that regime change can be achieved only through foreign intervention lie in tatters.

In this seminar, Gilbert Achcar and Anne Alexander will discuss the processes that led to recent events in the Middle East, the prospects for the future, and the implications for capitalism, imperialism and 
socialism in the 21st century.

With:

Gilbert Achcar (Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, author of The Arabs and the Holocaust and The Clash of Barbarisms)

Anne Alexander (Research fellow at the University of Cambridge, author of Nasser: His Life and Times and contributor to Egypt: the Moment of Change)

Tuesday 22 February, 6.30pm
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church,
235 Shaftesbury Avenue,
London, WC2H 8EP
Near Tottenham Court Road Tube

Free entry – All welcome – Please forward

http://www.isj.org.uk  * isj@swp.org.uk * (020) 7819 1177

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World Crisis

WORLD CRISIS AND RESISTANCE

International Socialism Northern Day School
The Dance House, Oxford Road, Manchester (opposite the BBC)
Sunday 6th February 2011, 10.30-5.00

The world is now in the midst of the biggest economic crisis since the 1930s. This is a crisis brought on by the capitalist system. The response of our rulers, everywhere, is to make ordinary people pay the price—even though they didn’t cause it. Their policies are a declaration of class war.

Unevenly, but with growing strength, workers and students are developing a fightback in country after country. In Britain, the head of the Metropolitan Police says we are entering an era of mass protests.

In the past fortnight, mass protests have brought down a hated regime in Tunisia, and are now challenging Mubarak’s dictatorship in Egypt.

International Socialism journal invites you to join in a day school on the crisis, organizing in the resistance, and the possibilities for revolutionary politics.

Sessions on:

[1] Understanding the capitalist crisis;
[2] How should revolutionaries organise in the 21st century?;
[3] What do we really mean by socialist revolution?

Speakers include:
Session 1: 11.00-12.30
Jane Hardy (Professor of Politics, Hertfordshire)
Joseph Choonara (editorial board, International Socialism)

Session 2: 1.30-3.00
Esme Choonara (London ambulance worker, former Socialist Worker journalist)
Jen Wilkinson (SWP organiser, Manchester)

Session 3: 3.30-5.00
Jonny Jones (deputy editor, International Socialism)
Megan Trudell (editorial board, International Socialism)

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. And an extensive socialist bookstall.

Admission: £10 waged, £5 unwaged, £2 school and FE students.

For further information, and for advance bookings, contact ISJ Day School, PO Box 111, Manchester M21 0AA or call 0777 234 6819.

International Socialism
http://www.isj.org.uk
+44 (0)20 7819 1177

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World Crisis