Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson once remarked that a week is a long time in politics. Lenin put it similarly when he wrote that: “There are decades where nothing happens, and weeks where decades happen.”
The last few weeks in Britain, and internationally, have felt like a decade in terms of the pace of events. The period we have entered is marked by instability and crisis; by sharp twists and turns. The sudden – albeit belated – resignation of Boris Johnson is a reflection of this.
Elsewhere in the world, such as Sri Lanka, this same process has been reflected in seismic movements of the masses, as ordinary people fight to defend themselves against collapsing living standards.
Increasingly, workers and youth across the world are pointing the finger not just at this or that government, but at the whole bankrupt system.
It is clear that we have entered an epoch of war and revolution. What is missing, however, is a revolutionary leadership capable of channelling these struggles towards the overthrow of capitalism.
To build such a leadership, we need to arm ourselves with the necessary ideas. To change the world, we must first understand it. As Lenin noted, “without revolutionary theory, there can be no revolutionary movement”.
There has never been a more urgent task. Explosive events are taking place all around us. We must educate ourselves and get organised.
This is the purpose of the International Marxist University: a four-day event, hosted by the International Marxist Tendency, which begins in just one week’s time.
Already, over 5,000 people – spread across 127 countries – have signed up for this incredible international event, which takes place from 23-26 July. And it’s not too late to join in, by booking your ticket today!
#IMU2022 will deliver the highest level of Marxist theory on offer internationally, with contributions and analysis from comrades active in struggles all over the world.
We will hear from comrades in Latin America about the mass movements in Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile. Comrades in Russia will discuss their fight against the Putin regime and the war in Ukraine. And comrades in Pakistan will talk about the turbulent political events rocking the whole Indian subcontinent.
Nowhere else will you find such internationalism on display; such a thorough explanation of the revolutionary events occurring across the world; and such a profound depth of Marxist ideas and theory on offer – on topics from art and science, to philosophy and economics. (See below for a full timetable of talks.)
On top of this, comrades from all corners of the globe will be attending in-person watch-parties to enjoy #IMU2022 alongside other comrades.
Not only will these weekend watch-parties provide a space to see all the talks on offer at this year’s IMU, but they will also be a great opportunity to meet fellow Marxists and revolutionary activists in your area, with political discussions carrying on informally into the evening at socials.
In Britain, we have watch-parties organised in:
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As Marx prophetically noted, capitalism produces its own gravediggers. In all countries, the working class is waking up and flexing its muscles. Revolutionary developments are on the order of the day.
There has never been a better time to get involved and join the Marxists. So grab your ticket now to this unmissable event!
Saturday 23 July
13:00 - 21:00 - World perspectives: War, crisis, and revolution - The new normal
Sunday 24 July
13:00 - 16:30 - Marxism and art: Unshackling culture from capitalism
17:30 - 21:00 - The labour theory of value: the origins of Marxist economics
17:30 - 21:00 - The enlightenment and the struggle for rational thought
17:30 - 21:00 - How Marx made history: The development of historical materialism
Monday 25 July
13:00 - 16:30 - Blood and gold: The Spanish conquest of the Americas
13:00 - 16:30 - Marxism, money, and inflation
13:00 - 16:30 - The Marxist theory of knowledge: How do we know things?
17:30 - 21:00 - The permanent revolution in Europe: 1848
17:30 - 21:00 - The revolutionary legacy of Rosa Luxemburg
17:30 - 21:00 - Competition, monopoly, and planning: the market vs socialism
Tuesday 26 July
13:00 - 16:30 - Oppression, inheritance and private property: Marxism and the family
13:00 - 16:30 - The US civil war: The second American revolution
13:00 - 16:30 - Dialectics of nature: Marxism and modern science
17:30 - 21:00 - Building the revolutionary party