Friday, July 18, 2014

Build The International Working Class Front-

Events and Hours
Center for Marxist Education | 550 Mass Ave, Cambridge
All Events are free and open to the public

Saturday's presentation has been moved to 4pm to accommodate the
Stand With Gaza! Rally and Die-In
1PM - Park Street Station
The Material Basis for Revolutionary Optimism Today
A presentation and discussion led by Wadi'h Halabi

TIME CHANGE: Saturday, July 19th 4-6pm

What is the material basis for revolutionary optimism today? Indeed, is there such a basis? 

It can be easy to fall into pessimism in this period -- the just cause of socialism has suffered major setbacks with counter-revolutions in the Soviet Union and eleven other states in the 1980s and early 1990s, and we have not experienced any significant victories for workers' power since Indochina in 1975. Problems are widespread with decomposition of the working class in capitalist countries, and recomposition on unfavorable terms. 

False optimism, on the other hand, can lead to errors in action, disappointments and inaction.

The approach of this presentation is to examine the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two major class antagonists, the international working class and the world capitalist class, and their respective organizations. It concludes that there is reason for revolutionary optimism but little room for serious errors, as capitalism in crisis accelerates the destruction of both social and environmental foundations for human existence.

Based on presentations and discussions at the Institute (now Academy) of Marxism in Beijing, the Salt of the Earth Labor College in Tucson, Arizona, and elsewhere.

Readings for Radicals
Wednesdays, 23rd 7-9pm

A bi-monthly Wednesday night book discussion group, facilitated by Joe Ramsey.  Join us to discuss some of the important written works in the radical left tradition, from marxist classics to more contemporary texts, from political theory, to fiction and poetry.

For July we will continue our focus  on Black Radical Writers: examining the work of James Baldwin and Toni Cade Bambara (while continuing our discussion Richard Wright and the Black Panther Party)
Recommended texts for the month:  James Baldwin's short book "The Fire Next Time" and Toni Cade Bambara's story "The Lesson".

Sunday Film & Discussion
Hosted by Richard Pendleton
Sunday, July 27th - 6pm


Experience the American Journey through our country's visual heritage in this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United States. It includes testimony from the Senate Select Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan opposition. This historical recording from the National Archives may contain variations in audio and video quality based on the limitations of the original source material. The content summary for this DVD is adapted from an historical description provided by the government agency or donor at the time of production release. 64 minutes. 2007.

Center for Marxist Education Summer Hours
Monday – 4-8
Tuesday – 4-9
Wednesday – 4-9
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