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Lenin

WHAT IS TO BE DONE? LARS T. LIH AS READER OF LENIN

Conference: What Is to be Done? Lars T. Lih as Reader of Lenin

Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, The Netherlands
After 1968
8th November 2010 
10:00-12:00

Lenin’s Scenario of Class Leadership: The Unifying Theme of his Political Career   

– Lecture by Lars T. Lih
– Introduced by Sara Farris + Peter Thomas
– Auditorium
08.11.2010 
13:30-15:30

What Is to be Done? and Bolshevism: Lars T. Lih as Reader of Lenin 
– Workshop with Sara Farris, Lars. T. Lih, Peter Thomas + Katja Diefenbach
– Auditorium

Lenin wrote What Is to Be Done? at top-speed in late 1901 and early 1902—years filled with dramatic events that foreshadowed the great Russian revolution of 1905. Beneath the polemics, Lenin’s book reflects this drama and offers an enthusiastic, indeed romantic view of the galvanizing effect of the workers’ struggle against the Tsar on all of Russian society. Lenin assigned the Social Democratic underground a heroic mission in leading this struggle against the Tsar. His vision of the underground was opposed in spirit to the conspiratorial underground of an earlier generation of Russian revolutionaries. Indeed, his concrete proposals arose from the collective experience of his own generation of underground activists, and as such were accepted by all factions in the Social Democratic party.

These features of What Is to Be Done? force us to look critically at the accepted story that Lenin’s book was the major cause of the split in 1903-4 between Bolsheviks and Mensheviks.

For further information, please contact: Katja Diefenbach: katja@bbooksz.de or Sara Farris: sara.farris@gmail.com
or Peter Thomas: thomas_p_au@yahoo.com.au

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Socialism and Hope

SOCIALISM IN THE 21st CENTURY AND THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

Dear friends,

Please find a new article I’ve written, Socialism in the 21st Century and the Russian Revolution, here http://www.isj.org.uk//?id=687 and some additional notes here http://www.revolutioninretreat.com/isjreply.pdf .

Please pass this on to others who might be interested. 

Best wishes

Simon Pirani

 

END

 ‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

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Leon Trotsky

SEVENTY YEARS SINCE TROTSKY’S DEATH

70 year since Trotsky’s death
A meeting to celebrate Trotsky’s revolutionary life

7-9pm Tuesday 21 September
2nd floor, ULU, Malet Street, Euston, London

Speakers:

John McDonnell MP

Kim Moody (American activist and author) 

Farook Tariq (Labour Party Pakistan)

Yvan Lemaitre (New Anti-capitalist Party, France)

Sean Matgamna (AWL)

Organised by Alliance for Workers Liberty: http://www.workersliberty.org

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The Swan

LA BRECHE

A new issue of the radical Swiss journal, La Breché, is now out.

http://www.labreche.ch/lb/RevLB06.htm

Message

Etat espagnol

Présentation
Le chômage explose, les logements nouveaux, vides, se comptent par centaines de milliers. Le gouvernement de José Luis Zapatero a décidé un brutal plan d’austérité. Quelle sera la riposte des salariés? (cau)

La crise d’une économie européenne subalterne La crise de l’économie espagnole entre la tyrannie des marchés
financiers, le déficit budgétaire, l’explosion du chômage et des coupes massives dans les dépenses sociales.
Daniel Albarracin

Crise

Capitalisme du troisième âge: Quo vadis?
A partir de questions portant sur la théorie des ondes longues et de son adéquation à la situation présente de l’économie mondiale, passage en revue de diverses approches.
Daniel Albarracin

Une crise à ricochet
«Le G20 renonce à taxer les banques», l’oligarchie de l’UE promet des «années de souffrance» aux salarié·e·s.
Charles-André Udry

Dossier eaux et pouvoirs

Présentation
«Lorsque le terme eau apparaît dans la presse ces temps-ci, la crise
est rarement loin derrière.» The Economist

Problèmes de l’eau en espagne
Sur la base d’une étude minutieuse des désastreuses politiques de
l’eau de l’Etat espagnol, l’auteur dessine les lignes de force
d’une «nouvelle culture de l’eau».
José Manuel Naredo

Les obstacles à une gestion intégrée de l’eau et des écosystèmes
En partant des spécificités hydrauliques
de l’Espagne, J. M. Naredo éclaire les conflits à l’œuvre et
définit les points forts de la construction d’une écologie et
d’une économie politique de l’eau.
Entretien avec José Manuel Naredo

L ’eau privatisée. L’eau, l’argent et le pouvoir
La pénurie de l’eau ne relève pas d’un processus naturel, elle
est socialement construite.
Erik Swyngedouw

Culture

Culture et socialisme
A contre-courant, l’auteur discute l’intrication culture-nature
avec la volonté d’éclairer la nécessité de redéfinir leurs
relations dans une un perspective subversive.
Terry Eagleton

A lire

Gilbert Achcar
Les arabes et la shoah
Entretien avec le journal israélien Yedioth Ahronoth

John Bellamy Foster
The ecological revolution: making peace with the planet
Erik Wallenberg

Dir. Michel Biard
La révolution française, une histoire toujours vivante
Nicole Perron

Débat

Alexander Rabinowtch
The Bolsheviks in power
Une analyse de Sarah Badcock

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INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM 126

http://www.isj.org.uk

Issue 126

Analysis
The radical left and the crisis

Venezuela at the crossroads: Voices from inside the revolution
Luke Stobart

Crisis and conflict in Pakistan
Sartaj Khan & Yuri Prasad

Climate politics after Copenhagen
Jonathan Neale

The changing face of racism
Richard Seymour

CLR James and the Black Jacobins
Christian Høgsbjerg

25 years after the Great Miners’ Strike
Jack Robertson

Tony Cliff: Deflected permanent revolution in Africa
Leo Zeilig

Rethinking imperialism: past, present and future
Gilbert Achcar

Conceding the Russian Revolution to liberals
Kevin Murphy

Book Reviews

Getting the “Change We Need”
Brian Richardson

Fighting for women’s liberation today
Siân Ruddick

Socialism through devolution?
Tim Evans

Refusing to be pessimistic
Dan Swain

Resisting revisionism
Matthew Cookson

Apologising for the Chilean coup
Nathaniel Mehr

Vote for Prisoner 9653
John Newsinger

Finance and capitalism in Europe
Christakis Georgiou

A true reflection of the system
Ken Olende

Pick of the quarter
This quarter’s selection

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Chinese Revolution

THE TRAGEDY OF THE CHINESE REVOLUTION

New from Haymarket Books:

The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution
By Harold R. Isaacs

Introduction by Leon Trotsky

MOST ACCOUNTS OF the modern Chinese state begin with Mao’s 1949 Revolution; but to understand how the contest for power in one of the world’s most controversial nations began, it is necessary to look further back. In The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution, Isaac’s classic work of Marxist scholarship, the story of a promising struggle of workers and peasants for genuine self-government in 1925-27 is masterfully reclaimed. The defeat of their fight for socialism from below profoundly shaped the course of China’s development thereafter, in which the crude and illegitimate formulation of socialism from above became the order of the day. Originally published in 1938, The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution makes an important contribution to discussions of the developing clash between China and other international powers, as well as to the country’s enigmatic internal conflicts.

HAROLD R. ISAACS was a Marxist historian who identified closely with Trotsky’s critique of the Soviet Union’s degeneration under the control of an authoritarian Stalinist bureaucracy.

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The Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution
By Harold R. Isaacs
March 2009
ISBN: 9781931859844
Paperback
$24.00
RELATED TITLES
History of The Russian Revolution
By Leon Trotsky

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Karl Marx

CONFERENCE IN PARIS ON COMMUNISM, 22-23 JANUARY 2010

Collloque: Puissances du communisme
22-23 janvier 2010
Programme (pour tout renseignement : societelouisemichel@free.fr)
Université Paris 8
2, rue de la Liberté 93526 Saint-Denis
métro : Saint-Denis Université

Vendredi 22

Matin, 09.00
Table ronde n° 1 : Un communisme sans Marx ?

Participants : Isabelle Garo, Rastko Mocnik, Massimiliano Tomba, Pierre Dardot, Stéphane Rozès

Modératrice : Cinzia Arruzza
Le mot de communisme est né avant Marx et il continue aujourd’hui d’être employé, en des sens très divers. Pourtant, peut-on penser le communisme sans le référer d’une façon ou d’une autre à Marx, c’est-à-dire sans le relier à une critique du capitalisme qui en analyse les contradictions profondes et l’abolition nécessaire ? C’est le poids politique de la référence à Marx aujourd’hui, poids problématique, qu’il s’agit de discuter, en s’interrogeant sur la persistance, voire la remontée d’une telle référence après l’effondrement des pays dits socialistes. Le récent anniversaire de la chute du Mur, salué à grands fracas médiatiques, s’est voulu l’enterrement de toute perspective communiste. Pourtant, ce tohu-bohu de circonstance prouve lui aussi le retour de la radicalité politique et pose à nouveau le problème de son rapport contemporain à Marx et à ses approches marquées par une diversité de plus en plus affirmée. Question multiple bien  évidemment ! Ainsi, elle inclut la question de savoir en quoi le communisme a été ou non pensé et défini par Marx dans son oeuvre. Plus largement, le retour de la question communiste n’implique-t-elle pas le retour de ces questions politiques que sont les problèmes de transition et de médiation ? Loin de faire du communisme une visée qui les néglige ou les dénonce, n’est-ce pas le propre de la référence à Marx que de réfléchir à la place des luttes sociales, mais aussi à la nature et à la structure des organisations politiques, des formes politiques d’intervention ? Parler de communisme aujourd’hui oblige à aborder de front la question de la « vraie démocratie », pour citer le jeune Marx, et à rouvrir enfin le dossier central de la propriété. De ce point de vue, la question communiste oblige aussi à reposer la question du socialisme qui lui est parfois opposé après lui avoir été assimilé. Bref, la question ouverte d’un rapport contemporain et vivant à Marx pourrait bien être au cœur de la discussion si celle-ci doit se poursuivre et parvenir à réassocier les dimensions théorique et stratégique. On pourrait alors envisager que le communisme n’est ni un pur concept ni le nom d’une défaite.

Après-midi
Table ronde n° 2 : Un communisme sans histoire ?

Participants : Alex Callinicos, Alberto Toscano, Etienne Balibar, Catherine Samary, André Tosel

Modérateur : Nicolas Vieillescazes

« J’étais, je suis, je serai » écrivait Rosa Luxemburg juste avant son assassinat, en parlant de la révolution et de l’idée du communisme qu’elle faisait remonter, au moins, à la révolte de Spartakus. Ainsi le communisme s’inscrirait comme une idée de portée presque anthropologique, reflétant la part humaine qui pousse à l’égalité et à la liberté. En ce sens, elle serait, pour ainsi dire, insensible à l’histoire, même si sa puissance dépend des périodes. Sans ontredire directement cette approche, avec Marx et la généralisation du salariat, naît un point de vue matérialiste qui ancre dans les contradictions du capitalisme la possibilité effective de la réalisation du rêve. Un communisme en puissance autrement dit, au sens de la physique, dont les conditions historiques de réalisation prennent un aspect concret, mais dont la mise en énergie dépend des évènements, du tour que prend une conjonction particulière de rapports de force économiques, idéologiques, sociaux et politiques et des évènements qui en découlent. Approches opposées, disjointes ou complémentaires ?

Samedi 23

Matin, 09.00
Table ronde n° 3 : A la recherche du sujet perdu

Participants : Thomas Coutrot, Christian Laval, Elsa Dorlin, Samuel Johsua

Modérateur : François Cusset

Autrefois incarné par une classe ouvrière consciente d’elle-même et de son rôle historique, le sujet de la révolution communiste semble avoir aujourd’hui disparu sous les assauts conjugués d’une mutation du capital ayant totalement intégré la sphère culturelle à la sphère marchande, de forces politiques et idéologiques qui se sont employées à discréditer toute idée d’alternative politique et ont promu le mythe d’une classe moyenne universelle, ou, conséquemment, d’un relativisme généralisé qui a renvoyé aux oubliettes de l’histoire l’idée même de révolution. Comment donc, aujourd’hui, reformuler la question du sujet d’un possible renversement du capitalisme ? Pour Toni Negri, le communisme est appelé à naître spontanément d’un bouleversement des rapports de production qui permettrait à la « multitude » du general intellect de se « libérer » ; et il ne manque pas d’auteurs qui considèrent que la question est mal posée, soit qu’il faille chercher une issue dans les luttes micropolitiques en s’inspirant des travaux de Michel Foucault ou de Félix Guattari et Gilles Deleuze, soit qu’elle ne puisse se trouver que dans un « peuple » non assignable à quelque coordonnée sociologique que ce soit. Dans ce contexte, alors que les inégalités sont pourtant plus criantes qu’elles ne l’ont jamais été et que sembleraient pouvoir se dessiner les conditions d’une solidarité politique minimale, la question même d’un sujet communiste révolutionnaire a-t-elle encore un sens ? Le problème, finalement, n’est peut-être pas tant celui du sujet perdu que celui, plus général, de la construction d’une alternative crédible au capitalisme.

Après-midi
Table ronde n° 4 : Des communistes sans communisme ?

Participants : Jacques Rancière, Slavoj Zizek, Daniel Bensaid, Michel Surya, Gaspar Tamas

Modérateur : à signaler

Selon une célèbre phrase de Lénine, il n’est de mouvement révolutionnaire sans théorie révolutionnaire. La théorie est à la fois ce qui permet de s’orienter dans un réel tumultueux, de conférer une «identité » au collectif révolutionnaire, et de doter ce dernier d’un programme, c’est-à-dire d’un objectif à atteindre via une période de transition. Pendant plus d’un siècle, le marxisme a fourni l’ossature de cette théorie, même si d’autres courants y ont bien entendu également contribué. Parmi les éléments dont les mouvements anti-systémiques (y compris les parties révolutionnaires) se trouvent dépossédés avec la clôture du cycle historique initié en Octobre 1917, et la fin de l’expérience du communisme « réel », on compte cette dimension « doctrinale » de l’activité révolutionnaire. Il existe actuellement des personnes et des collectifs qui se déclarent «communistes » mais, comme théorie (relativement) cohérente et unifiée, le communisme semble introuvable. Faut-il se réjouir de ce fait, l’absence de doctrine hégémonique permettant aux micro-pratiques et micro-théories correspondantes de proliférer (hypothèse des « mille marxismes ») ? Faut-il au contraire le déplorer, et s’atteler à la reconstruction de long terme d’une théorie révolutionnaire ?

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Strategies of Resistance

STRATEGIES OF RESISTANCE AND ‘WHO ARE THE TROTSKYISTS?’ – BY DANIEL BENSAID

A new book by Daniel Bensaid:

http://www.iire.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=186%3Astrategies-of-resistance-a-who-are-the-trotskyists&catid=18%3Anotebooks-for-study-and-research&lang=en

Strategies of Resistance & ‘Who Are the Trotskyists?’

IIRE/Socialist Resistance, Notebook for Study and Research no. 41/42 (182 pp.)

With shipping to: Europe €13,50 Rest of World €20,00 Pick up in Amsterdam €8,00

The IIRE has just published Strategies of Resistance & ‘Who Are the Trotskyists?’, a collection of works by IIRE Fellow Daniel Bensaïd, including his history of Trotskyism, newly translated into English by Nathan Rao. This 182-page book has been published in cooperation with Resistance Books. The introduction by Paul Le Blanc gives a flavour of the contents:

Daniel Bensaïd’s challenging survey comes at an appropriate moment. It is a gift to activists reaching for some historical perspective that may provide hints as to where we might go from here. Embracing and sharing the revolutionary socialist political tradition associated with Leon Trotsky, Bensaïd is not simply a thoughtful radical academic or perceptive left-wing intellectual – though he is certainly both – but also one of the foremost leaders of an impressive network of activists, many of them seasoned by innumerable struggles.

Daniel Bensaïd emerged decades ago as a leader of the French section of the Fourth International, the Ligue Communiste Révolutionnaire (LCR). Coming from the ‘generation of ‘68′ – the layer of young revolutionary activists of the 1960s – he blends an impressive intellectual sophistication with a refreshing inclination for revolutionary audacity, and with activist commitments which have not faded over the decades. In the tradition of Ernest Mandel, Bensaïd has reached for the continuing relevance of revolutionary Marxism not only in the battlegrounds of academe (as a professor of philosophy and author of such works as Marx for Our Times), but even more in the battlegrounds of social and political struggles against the oppressive and lethal realities of capitalist ‘globalization.’

In this particular work – succinct, crackling with insights and fruitful provocations – Bensaïd surveys the history of his own political tradition. We are not presented with a catechism, but with a set of informative and critical-minded reflections and notes. We don’t have to agree with all he says. I certainly question his taking issue with Trotsky over whether or not Lenin was essential for the triumph of the Russian Revolution (Trotsky says definitely yes, Bensaïd suggests maybe not). Nor am I satisfied when he gives more serious consideration to the dissident current in US Trotskyism of Max Shachtman and James Burnham (both of whom ended up supporting US imperialism in Vietnam) than to the tradition connected with James P. Cannon (which played a role in building a powerful movement that helped end the Vietnam war). On the other hand, Bensaïd makes no pretension of providing a rounded historical account of world Trotskyism, or even a scholarly account of the more limited issues that he does take up.

He emphasizes that ‘this essay is based on personal experience’ and is focused on what he views as ‘the major debates’ within the movement. And one is especially struck by the excellent point he makes in his Introduction regarding the necessity of understanding the varieties of Trotskyism around the world in their distinctive cultural and national specificities. Little sense can be made of Trotskyism if it is not related to the actual social movements and class struggles of various parts of the world, and to the left-wing labour sub-cultures, in which it has meaning.

The fact remains that Bensaïd offers us a thoughtful, stimulating, valuable political intervention which leaves the reader with a sense of Trotskyism’s history and ideas and diverse manifestations – and also a sense of their relevance for the struggles of today and tomorrow. For younger activists beginning to get their bearings, and for veterans of the struggle who are thinking through the questions of where we have been and where to go from here, this is an important contribution.

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Strike

Strike

STRIKES AND SOCIAL CONFLICT IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

 

 

A message from Sjaak van der Velden: svv@iisg.nl

Call for Papers
International Conference
Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century
Lisbon, 17, 18, 19 March, 2011

The Institute of Contemporary History (New University of Lisbon), the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), The Archive Edgard Leuenroth (Unicamp/Brasil), the Centre for the Study of Spain under Franco and Democracy (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (France) start the call for papers for the International Conference on Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century that will take place in Lisbon between 17 and 19 March 2011.
The twentieth century has been confirmed as the century when the capital-labour conflict was most severe. The International Conference on Strikes and Social Conflicts in the Twentieth Century will host submissions on the strikes and social conflicts in the twentieth century and works on the theoretical discussion on the role of unions and political organizations. We also invite researchers to submit papers on methodology and the historiography of labour.

We welcome submissions on labour conflicts that occurred in factories, universities or public services, on rural and urban conflicts and also on conflicts that developed into civil wars or revolutions. National and international comparisons are also welcome.

After the Russian revolution the relative strengths of capital and labour were never again the same, with a period of revolution and counter-revolution that ended with World War II. Protagonist of the victory over fascism, the labour movement found itself neglected in the core countries under the impact of economic growth in the 1950s and the 1960s. But May 1968 quickly reversed the situation, with a following boom of labour studies during the 1970s. Nevertheless once the crisis of the 1970s was over, capital has regained the initiative, with the deterioration of labour laws, the crisis of trade unions and the subsequent despise in the academy for the study of social conflicts. The recent crisis, however, shows that workers, the ones who create value, are not obsolete. The social movements regain, in the last decade, a central role in the world.

The intensification of social conflicts in the last decade promoted a comeback to the academia of the studies on labour and the social movements. This conference aims to be part of this process: to retrieve, promote and disseminate the history of social conflicts during the twentieth century.

The Scientific Committee:
Alvaro Bianchi (AEL)
Raquel Varela (IHC)
Sjaak van der Velden (IISH)
Serge Wolikow (MSH)
Xavier Domïnech (CEDIF)

Calendar:
Papers submission:   January 2010 – 30th June 2010
Notification of acceptance:  July 30th, 2010
Papers:  December 15th, 2010
Conference: March, 17-19, 2011

Important: The deadline for delivery of completed papers/articles is 15th December 2010. For reasons of translation no papers will be accepted after this date. The paper should be no longer than 4000 words (including spaces) in times new roman, 12, line space 1,5. For Registration Form see below.

Conference Languages: Conference languages are Portuguese, English, French and Spanish (simultaneous translation Portuguese/English).

Preliminary Program: The Conference will have sessions in the mornings and afternoons. There will be conferences of invited speakers, among other, Marcel van der Linden, Fernando Rosas, Serge Wolikow, Beverly Silver, Kevin Murphy, Ricardo Antunes, Alvaro Bianchi, Dave Lyddon, Xavier Domïnech. During the conference there will be an excursion guided by Prof. Fernando Rosas (Lisbon of the Revolutions); a debate about cinema and labour movement and a debate about Crisis and Social Change.

Thusday-17/03/11 Friday-18/03/11

Saturday-19/03/11
9:00 – 11:00 Opening Conference Sessions
Excursion: Lisbon of the revolutions (guide by Prof. Fernando Rosas)
11:15 – 13:15 Sessions  Sessions Sessions
13:15 � 14:30  Lunch Lunch Lunch
14:30 � 16:30 Sessions Sessions Sessions
16:45 � 18:45 Sessions Sessions Sessions
19:30 Debate: Movies and Working class in the twentieth century.
Debate: “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it”. Crisis and Social Change.
21:00

Dinner (Uai)

Dinner (Portug�lia)

Dinner (Casa do Alentejo)

Conference Fees
Fees including dinners and excursion Lisbon of the Revolutions: 80 euros
Fees without dinners and excursion: free
Entrance free

Presidents/Research directors of the Institutes
Fernando Rosas (IHC)
Fernando Teixeira da Silva (AEL)
Marcel van der Linden (IISH)
Pere Y Solanes (CEDIF)
Serge Wolikow (MSH)

Registration form/Papers Submission
International Conference
Strikes and Social Conflicts around the World in the Twentieth Century
Lisbon, 17, 18, 19 March, 2011

For Registration/Papers Submission fill out this registration form and send it to ihc@fcsh.unl.pt

First Name:  Family Name:

Position: Professor/ Associate Professor/ Assistant Professor/ Lecturer/ Ph.D Candidate/ Postgraduate/ Independent Researcher etc..

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Contact information:
Instituto de Hist�ria Contempor�nea/ Faculdade de Ci�ncias Sociais e Humanas (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Av. de Berna, 26 C
1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal
E-Mail: ihc@fcsh.unl.pt

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Socialism

Socialism

NORTHEAST SOCIALIST CONFERENCE 2009

 

http://www.northeastsocialistconference.net/

Join Us!
Every year hundreds of activists and socialists gather at the Northeast Socialist Conference to debate and discuss the struggles before us. The world faces urgent problems and need a vision for a different future. With the free-market consensus in tatters and an open debate beginning about how best to organize our society, these discussions are more vital than ever. Plan now to join us the weekend of October 23-25!

Special Friday Plenary
A Woman Among Warlords: Eyewitness to Empire
Featuring Malalai Joya, a female Member of the Afghan Parliament and courageous voice against women’s oppression and US occupation. Also feature Saadia Toor and Ashley Smith.

Friday October 23
8pm
Columbia University – International Affairs Building – Altschul Auditorium (417) – entrance at 117th Street and Amsterdam

Malalai Joya rose to fame in December 2003 when, as an elected delegate to the Constitutional Loya Jirga, she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords. Since then she has survived four assassination attempts, and travels in Afghanistan under a burqa and with armed guards. Her newly published book, A Woman Among Warlords, has been widely praised; Noam Chomsky has written that it “leaves us with hope that the tormented people of Afghanistan can take their fate into their own hands if they are released from the grip of foreign powers”.

There will be a book signing following the event.

WORKSHOPS
Conference discussions will include reports and strategizing from today’s front-line battles. There will also be workshops on Marxism, the history of radical labor and socialist movements, alternatives to capitalism, US imperialism, and solidarity movements around the world.

With nearly 50 workshops to choose from, these are just some of the topics that will be featured:

*The New Movement for LGBT Equality
*The Revolt in Iran
*The Politics of Food
*Roots of the Economic Crisis
*Guantanamo at Home
*Gaza: Eyewitness to Destruction
*Poor People’s Movements
*The Fight for Single-Payer Healthcare
*The Future Socialist Society
*Social Unionism and the Future of the Labor Movement
*Hubert Harrison and Black Radicalism
*The Myth of a Post-Racial America
*Occupation Rebranded: US Imperialism in the Obama Era
*Reform and Revolution
*The Radical History of the American Working-Class
*What a Sustainable Society Could Look Like
*Racism, Sentencing and the Prison System
*The Assault on Abortion Rights
*Radical Pedagogy vs Charter Schools and Testing: The Fight for Public Education
*The Russian Revolution
*Sports and Politics
*Lenin: Myth and Reality
*Student Struggle and the Fight for Socialism
*The Communist Women’s Movement in the Comintern Era
*and dozens more!

UPDATED SPEAKERS LIST:

Anthony Arnove, Michele Bollinger, Sam Farber, Laura Flanders, Robert Gangi, Arun Gupta, Brian Jones, Fred Magdoff, Mahmood Mamdani, Manning Marable, Scott McLemee, Paul LeBlanc, Jeffrey Perry, Frances Fox Piven, John Riddell, Jennifer Roesch, Heather Rogers, Jeremy Scahill, Helen Scott, Liliana Segura, Ashley Smith, Michael Schwartz, Members of the Viva Palestina Convoy to Gaza, Dave Zirin… and more!

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

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