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Marx’s Grave

CRISIS AT HOME AND ABROAD: FROM FERGUSON, MISSOURI TO THE MIDDLE EAST AND UKRAINE

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2014

6:00-8:00 PM

Westside Peace Center

3916 Sepulveda Blvd., near Venice Blvd. (free parking in rear)

Suite 101-102, press #22 at door to get into building

Culver City (LA area)

 

SPEAKERS:

Michael Pugliese, longtime Left Observer

Mansoor M., Iranian cultural worker

Hamid A., youth activist

 

We live in an age when the local and the global are intertwined as never before.  This is true not only of the groups that dominate the capitalist economic system and the state, but also of emancipatory social movements at home and abroad.

The racist police murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has touched off the deepest and most sustained protests among African-Americans in years, garnering world attention.  At the same time, Israel’s attack on Gaza has given birth to a large international protest movement.  These two emancipatory movements are occurring during a global era of upheaval and revolution that is also marked by the most sustained economic crisis since the 1930s.

The year 2014 has also seen the emergence of a democratic movement in Ukraine, which has come under pressure from Russia, but also from the US-EU. We have witnessed as well the emergence of ISIS as a deeply counterrevolutionary force within the Arab uprisings, which has in turn touched off new forms of democratic resistance by the Kurds and other minorities in Iraq.

Suggested readings, mostly very short, from INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST webzine:

  1. Beltaigne, “Ferguson: Where to Now?”

“Stop the Israeli Invasion of Gaza!  Stop the Endless War Against the Palestinians!” Statement of the IMHO

“Tragedy in Iraq and Syria: Will It Swallow Up the Arab Revolutions?” Statement of the IMHO

Kevin Anderson, “Popular Movements and Their Contradictions: From the Arab Revolutions to Today”

 

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Crisis in Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine

STOP THE WAR PUBLIC MEETING ON UKRAINE

Ukraine:  What is Behind the Crisis?

6.30pm, Tuesday 15 April

The Wesley Hotel, Euston Street, London, NW1 2EZ
The crisis in the Ukraine continues, with tensions between the big powers growing day by day. There are several factors militating against war in the immediate future, including Russia’s nuclear arsenal and trade links with EU countries. But as the establishment think-tank Stratfor has argued, it would be naive to rule out a conflagration.

Already NATO air drills are taking place over the Baltics, and the UK and US are sending extra jets to patrol the skies. Poland has requested 10,000 NATO troops to be stationed on its territory and MPs in Kiev have voted to hold joint military exercises with NATO. In the medium to long term, NATO is looking at establishing permanent military bases in Ukraine.

Read Stop the War’s statement on the crisis in Ukraine

Stop the War Coalition | office@stopwar.org.uk | 020 7561 4830

 

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Heather Brown

Heather Brown

RECENT ARTICLES AND FEATURES IN THE INTERNATIONAL MARXIST-HUMANIST WEBZINE (March 2014)
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MARX AND THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM: A REVIEW SYMPOSIUM – by Karel Ludenhoff, Marija Krtolica, and Dale Parsons
Three reviews of Peter Hudis’s new book, MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE 
ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM.

[DISCUSSION ARTICLE] UKRAINE, COUP OR REVOLUTION? — by Richard Greeman
The Ukrainian uprising raises questions concerning different kinds of democracy, nationalism and internationalism, types of imperialism and capitalism, and the dangers of ethnic conflict and neoliberal 
capitalism.

MARXISM AND HUMANISM: SELECTIONS FROM A SINO-BRITISH FORUM — by Wang Jie, Zhu Liyuan, David Alderson, Mike Sanders, and Kevin Anderson
These articles are selected from the proceedings of the Second Sino-British Marxist Aesthetics Forum, held at the University of Manchester, April 2012, which was dedicated to the topic, “Marxism and Humanism.” They offer a window into contemporary philosophical discussions on humanism in China and internationally.

ON THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SOCIALIST HUMANISM – by Barbara Epstein
Socialist humanism emerged out of discussions of Marx’s 1844 MANUSCRIPTS in the late fifties and early sixties due to hopes for the  democratization of the Soviet bloc, but it lost traction within the 
left in the late sixties and early seventies due to the Vietnam War and the resulting rising influence of Maoism. There is still a great deal to be learned from the socialist humanist tradition.

CLASS IN MODERN CAPITALISM: THE BRITISH EXAMPLE — by Richard Abernethy
Class is once again in the news and political debate. While some claim that it is no longer relevant at all, the BBC’s Great British Class Survey claimed to identify no fewer than seven different classes. What does it mean to belong to a class? Is it an objective situation, or does it involve subjectivity and consciousness? How best to understand the class structure of modern capitalism?

MARX’S CAPITAL AND TODAY’S GLOBAL CRISIS – by Raya Dunayevskaya
We repost here the hard-to-find 1978 pamphlet by Raya Dunayevskaya, which has been uploaded onto the Internet by unknown parties.  We call attention to the fact that it includes three items: (1) main text containing the chapters of Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom devoted to Marx’s Capital, Vols. I-III; (2) introduction critiquing Ernest Mandel, “Today’s Epigones Who Try to Truncate Marx’s Capital”; (3) appendix, “Tony Cliff Reduces Lenin’s Theory to ‘Uncanny Intuition’,” the latter particularly relevant given the recent controversies in the UK over Cliff’s organizational legacy.

See our LANGUAGES PAGES for recent Marxist-Humanist articles and books in Spanish, Persian, French, Romanian, Turkish, and other languages.

*** RECENT BOOKS OF INTEREST:

THE PHILOSOPHICAL ROOTS OF ANTI-CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON HISTORY, CULTURE AND DIALECTICAL THOUGHT — by David Black, Studies in Marxism Humanism Series, Lexington Books, hardcover, with subsequent paperback

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF ROSA LUXEMBURG, VOL. I: ECONOMIC WRITINGS 1 — edited by Peter Hudis, Verso Books, paperback

MARX’S CONCEPT OF THE ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITALISM – by Peter Hudis, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

MARX ON GENDER AND THE FAMILY: A CRITICAL STUDY – by Heather Brown, Historical Materialism Series, now in paperback with Haymarket Books

THE DUNAYEVSKAYA-MARCUSE-FROMM CORRESPONDENCE, 1954-1978: DIALOGUES ON 
HEGEL, MARX, AND CRITICAL THEORY — edited by Kevin B. Anderson and Russell Rockwell, Lexington Books

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Crisis in Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine

CRISIS IN UKRAINE

Forum hosted by John McDonnell MP

Revolution or Reaction? Crisis in Ukraine

‘Eyewitness Report by Ukrainian Socialist

VOLODYMYR ISHCHENKO

COMMONS: Journal of Social Criticism

MONDAY 10th MARCH

6:00 PM Committee Room 12,

House of Commons

Via main St Stephens entrance,

Westminster tube

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UKRAINE: THE LABOUR MOVEMENT, THE LEFT AND THE ECONOMY ON THE EVE OF ELECTIONS

CONFERENCE

Saturday, 27 October, 2012, 11.00 to 5.00

The Institute for Conflict, Security and Development Studies,  Richmond University, 17 Young Street, High Street Kensington, London

 

Speakers:

Marko Bojcun, London Metropolitan University: Any Sign of Class Politics in Ukraine’s Parliamentary Elections?

Olga Bryukhovetska, National University of Kiev: The Dominant Conservative Consensus and Contradictions on the Ukrainian Left

Mihai Varga, European University Institute, Florence: Working Class Heresies; Ideology in Protests of Ukrainian Workers During the World Economic Crisis 2007-2011

Anastasia Riabchuk, National University of Kiev: Labour and the Labour Movement in Ukraine

Vlad Mykhnenko, University of Birmingham: From Boom to Bust – Ukraine’s Economic Trajectory after 2008

 

Admission: free

Conference organised by Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and East European Studies

http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/CDEB

 

First published at: http://www.historicalmaterialism.org/news/distributed/ukraine-the-labour-movement-the-left-and-the-economy-on-the-eve-of-elections-london-27-october

 

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Russian Capitalism

ECONOMICS, POLITICS, ECOLOGY: POST-SOVIET CAPITALISM IN HISTORICAL AND GLOBAL CONTEXT

An International Conference

Moscow, 4-5 September 2010
Sponsors: Praxis Research and Education Center, Moscow; “Ecopolis” and “Alternativy,” Moscow

The purposes of the Conference are: 1) to establish the context of global tendencies in capitalism 2) within this context to discuss the problems of the genesis, nature, contradictions and prospects of the social system in contemporary Russia and other post-Soviet countries 3) to search for alternative paths of social and environmental development.  Contributions to the conference are invited on the following basic themes:

ECONOMY: World economic crisis: cyclical phenomenon or manifestation of system’s decline? Post-Soviet and global capitalism, common and specific features. Place and role of Russia, Ukraine and other ex-Soviet countries in the world capitalist economy under conditions of globalization. Origins of the post-Soviet social system. Transformation of the “really existing socialism”: restoration or change of models of capitalism? Nature and contradictions of post-Soviet capitalism. Historical dynamics of social contradictions and class structure of post-Soviet societies. Conceptual alternatives to the dominating economic order.

POLITICS: Fate of democracy in contemporary world. The international left today: theoretical thought and political practice. Factors of establishment of authoritarian bureaucratic regimes in most of post-Soviet states. Rise of reactionary forces across the world (religious fundamentalism, nationalism etc) and ways of countering them. Is there a danger of (neo)totalitarianism now? Condition of global civil society and problems of social self-organization in ex-Soviet countries. Nature of contemporary military conflicts and post-Soviet states’ participation in them. Reasons for weakness of the left and democratic forces in ex-Soviet countries. Perspectives for anti-totalitarian socialism.

ECOLOGY: The problem of global climate change and climate politics. Socio-political dimension of the ecological crisis. Ecological situation in the present-day world and on post-Soviet space. A search for strategies and tactics of struggle to solve ecological problems. Could sustainable development be possible under capitalism? Condition and prospects of Green movements. Possibilities for a dialogue and cooperation between Green and non-authoritarian left political forces.

The working languages of the conference will be Russian, English and French. Conference fee (for organizational expenses): 40 Euros. Proposals for papers should include brief summary and authors’ CV.

Deadline for submitting proposals is 1 July, 2010. Inexpensive housing available in Moscow apartments.

Contact with the organizing committee: praxiscenter@gmail.com

Website: http://www.praxiscenter.ru

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Imperialism

Imperialism

IMPERIALISM AND THE WORLD TODAY

 

‘Uncaptive Minds’ Public Meeting hosted by The Commune

The next of our London forums will be looking at modern imperialism. The coming to power of the Obama administration in the United States has led many people to believe that there will be a change in American foreign policy: yet the western military presence in Central Asia and Latin America is set to increase; the Eastern European nuclear defence shield has been abandoned with the aim of securing Russian support against Iran; and the war in Afghanistan continues unabated.

What is the strategy of imperialist domination today? With the rise of China and India, are there one, two or many imperialisms? What forces really challenge imperialism? Join the debate with speakers:

Andy Higginbottom
Latin America solidarity activist

Marko Bojcun
Ukrainian Marxist and writer on Eastern Europe

From 7pm on Monday 19th October at the Lucas Arms, Grays Inn Road, near King’s Cross station

Details:

http://thecommune.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/imperialism-and-the-world-today-19th-october-london-forum/

Email uncaptiveminds@gmail.com  

http://www.thecommune.co.uk/

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