Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"State and Revolution" study series

The Boston branch of the International Socialist Organization will be holding a series of study groups on the book, State and Revolution, by V.I. Lenin (being held  on March 13, 15, 17, 30 and 31).

In the preface to this work, Lenin writes,
The question of the state is now acquiring particular importance both in theory and in practical politics. The imperialist war has immensely accelerated and intensified the process of transformation of monopoly capitalism into state-monopoly capitalism. The monstrous oppression of the working people by the state, which is merging more and more with the all-powerful capitalist associations, is becoming increasingly unbearable.
With the U.S. government currently lavishing trillions of dollars on Wall Street and spreading its military forces over ever more of the Earth's surface, the question of the 'State' continues to have "particular importance." What is the state?  Who controls it?  Where did it come from?  Must we always have it?  What would replace it?

Join us in discussing this important socialist work.


To participate in these discussions, email us at contact@bostonsocialism.org or come to one of our weekly branch meetings, 7pm on Thursdays, at 42 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain (see Branch Calendar). 

State and Revolution is available online at Marxists.org or can be purchased at Haymarket Books. You can also read a short synopsis of State and Revolution published at SocialistWorker.org.

Download study questions for discussion here.

Clockwise from top left: Students protesting school budget cuts clash with police in California this past winter; workers at the Republic Windows & Doors factory occupied their workplace last year and demanded help from the banks that had received government bailout money; workers and soldiers in Russia formed their own councils, or soviets, (here in session) during the revolution in 1917 to contest for state power; Lenin, here addressing a workers' rally, was one of the key leaders in the revolution that would introduce the world's first workers' state.