WHEN: Sunday, May 8, 2016, 6:30 PM
WHERE: Niebyl-Proctor Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland
News and Letters Committees invites you to a discussion on the Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2016-2017:
The need for new beginnings in thought and in action
Our perspectives are shared with all because our age is in such total crisis—facing a choice between absolute terror or absolute freedom—that a revolutionary organization can no longer allow any separation between theory and practice, philosophy and revolution, workers and intellectuals, “inside” and “outside.” We ask you to join us in the discussion of these Perspectives.
From the Introduction: The great need for new beginnings is clear from the disintegrative tendencies that world capitalism is now displaying—ecologically, economically, politically. Massive revolts continue to reach for new beginnings but remain incomplete and face counter-revolutionary onslaught on many fronts.
What has happened in the five years since the Arab Spring opened a new page of freedom? It helped unleash more revolts from West Africa to Europe to the U.S., yet its plight weighs like a nightmare on the minds of humanity. Counter-revolution is exacting a deadly toll, from Syria’s nearly half a million slaughtered under the direction of Bashar al-Assad, to the massacres and mass imprisonments in Egypt over which Abdel Fattah el-Sisi presides, to the chaotic fighting by militias in Libya and Yemen. Rape and enslavement of women are rising as weapons of war from Iraq to South Sudan.
Counter-revolution is coming not only from within each country but from without, as in the U.S.-aided Saudi bombing in Yemen, in the Russian and Iranian bombing and ground assaults in Syria, and in U.S. betrayals of the revolts…
I. Discontent, revolt and reaction in the U.S.
II. The worldwide war against women
III. Chinese labor in revolt
IV. Counter-revolution and revolution in the Middle East and North Africa
V. Toward organizational new beginnings
READ IT HERE