- Friday, 27 April 2012
- Written by Militant Student/ ULU Marxists
ULU Marxists, Socialist Appeal and www.marxist.com are proud to announce the 2nd Marxist Summer School: Prospects for the World Revolution, this June 15-17. Join us for a packed weekend of discussion and debate on what relevance the theory and programme of the Marxists has in this epoch of world revolution.
Following on from our first highly successful event in June 2011, the Marxist Summer School is making it's return - Prospects for the World Revolution - Through Which Stage Are We Passing?
The capitalists are tobogganing towards disaster. They can see what is coming with the euro. In America they can see what is coming with the deficit. But they have no idea what to do about it. Everywhere we see the symptoms of decline. Such symptoms are familiar to students of history who are acquainted with the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Scandals rock the bourgeoisie in France, Italy and Britain. Instability is the predominant element in the equation at all levels: economic, financial, social and political. Political parties are in crisis. Governments and leaders rise and fall without finding any way out of the impasse. Most important of all, the working class has recovered from the initial shock of the crisis and is moving into action. The advanced elements of the workers and youth are beginning to draw revolutionary conclusions.
All these symptoms mean that we are entering the opening chapter of world revolution.
The collapse of Stalinism was a dramatic event, but it was only the prelude to something far bigger: the crisis of capitalism. This is what we are witnessing today.
£5 unwaged, £10 waged for the whole weekend.
Accomodation for those from outside London can be provided for with local comrades on the basis of need and on a first-come-fist-served basis.
Speakers include: Alan Woods, author of 'Bolshevism: The Road to Revolution';Gerry Ruddy, editor of Irish Marxist journal 'The Red Plough'; John Dunn, Justice for Mineworkers; Steve Kelly, Anti-blacklist activist, leader of the Sparks rank-and-file committee; Ken Capstick, former Vice-President, Yorkshire National Union of Miners; Fred Weston, editor of the 'In Defence of Marxism' website; Rob Sewell, author of 'In the Cause of Labour' and editor of Socialist Appeal; Harry Nielsen, author of 'Against the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics – in defence of Marxism'; John Pickard, former editor of British Marxist newspaper 'Militant', Jorge Martin, editor of Marxist magazine 'America Socialista'.
The provisional programme is as follows:
Friday June 15th:
6-630pm - Registration
7-830pm - Prospects for the World Revolution: Through which stage are we passing? (Plenary session)
Saturday June 16th:
1. What will Socialism look like?
2. Lessons of the Miners Strike 1984-85
1145-1230 - Lunch
1. Greece: On the Road to Revolution?
2. Marxism and Science
1. Marxism and Art
2. Ireland: Republicanism and Revolution
430 - 7pm
Britain on the brink of General Strike: The Working Class of '72
(Plenary session plus film screening)
7pm onwards - Revolutionary socialising...
Sunday June 17th
1. Why does Capitalism enter into crisis?
2. The part played by labour in the transition from ape to man
1145-1230 - Lunch
1. The reformist degeneration of the 2nd International 1875-1914
2. The Spanish revolution 1931-37
The Need for a Revolutionary Party (Plenary session)