A total of 7,333 people registered – an increase of more than 1,000 since our last IMU in 2020.
From Bolivia to Belgium; from Vietnam to Venezuela; and from Pakistan to Peru: revolutionary workers and youth flocked to the biggest Marxist school the International Marxist Tendency (IMT) has ever hosted.
Not only did attendees and viewers listen to discussions of the highest political level, but comrades also donated an incredible €825,000 to our financial collection, which will now go towards purchasing a new international office in London.
Hundreds of comrades took part in watch parties all over the world. Some comrades even scaled literal mountains in the peaks of Balochistan in order to get a strong enough signal to take part!
Comrades from #Zhob climbed the mountains to catch signals in order to attend Day 3 of International Marxist University (#IMU22) and listen to the session on “Marxism, Money, and Inflation.”— Progressive Youth Alliance (@PYA1917) July 25, 2022
The commitment of revolutionaries around the world to learn Marxist ideas is invincible. pic.twitter.com/JBiLvEwBDH
In Britain, comrades attended watch parties across the country – from London to Edinburgh; and from Bristol to Norwich – and were treated to live talks and contributions for a number of sessions.
Our comrades in London have organised a watch party for the International Marxist University, a four-day event focussing on Marxist ideas which is kicking off RIGHT NOW!— Socialist Appeal (@socialist_app) July 23, 2022
Send in your photographs using the hashtag #IMU22! pic.twitter.com/hikGc9UVsg
This weekend comrades have been hosting watch parties for the International Marxist University with talks on topics ranging from Marxism and the family, inflation and historical materialism. Join the IMT, join the fight for revolution! #IMU22 pic.twitter.com/HsXb2kLH6e— Sheffield Marxist Society (@SheffMarxSoc) July 26, 2022
‘In a revolution the working class suddenly become aware they have been kept in ignorance & develop a burning desire to know. This is the essence of revolution’— Alex Falconer (@AlexFalconer17) July 24, 2022
Day 2 of #IMU2022
Comrades have gathered from Wales, Bristol, Reading, Devon & Cornwall. 🚩🚩🚩 pic.twitter.com/VpzuBOc9Mx
North West Watch Party for the first day of International Marxist University 2022!— Manchester Marxists (@MCRMarxists) July 23, 2022
We are currently watching Alan Woods give a talk on 'World Perspectives: War, Crisis and Revolution - The New Normal'. #IMU22 pic.twitter.com/NnzNyD19sI
And there was plenty of time before, after, and in the breaks for informal discussions, socialising, and sales of the latest issue of Socialist Appeal.
Theory and internationalism
The IMU was a beacon for Marxist theory and revolutionary optimism, and will doubtlessly be a watershed event in the struggle to build the forces of Marxism worldwide.
By the closing session, there were attendees from 144 countries, making #IMU22 an internationalist gathering like no other.
Countries where comrades were watching included:
Afghanistan, Aland Islands, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, the Palestinian occupied territories, Panama, Papua new Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen and Zambia.
See below for reports from all four days of the IMU. These include recordings of all of the sessions, which covered a broad range of theoretical topics, including philosophy, economics, history, science, art, and current events.
Join the Marxists!
Everyone left this year’s IMU with a stronger grasp of Marxist ideas. But as Trotsky once said, ideas without organisation are like a knife without a blade.
The task before us is not simply to master theory, but to build a revolutionary leadership capable of leading the working class to victory.
With that in mind, we appeal to all attendees who have not yet joined the IMT: if you were inspired by the IMU, join us in this urgent task, and help win a socialist future for humanity!
Including the discussion on world perspectives and our amazing financial collection.
Including discussions on art; the Enlightenment; historical materialism; and the labour theory of value.
Including discussions on the conquest of the Americas; money and inflation; the theory of knowledge; the 1848 revolutions; Rosa Luxemburg; free market vs socialist planning.
Including discussions on the origins of the family; the US civil war; dialectics and science; and building the revolutionary party.