Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thurs, 1/13, "Is Class Struggle Possible in the U.S.?" - Book discussion of SUBTERRANEAN FIRE

7pm, First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, JP (map)

Is class struggle possible in the United States....?
Why aren't working people fighting back....?
How can we win radical social and economic change....?

Subterranean Fire: A History of Working Class Radicalism in the United States

Ch 1: Are American Workers Different?
Ch 2: The Peculiarities of American Capitalism

Schools closings, wide spread lay-offs, and severe budget cuts are the new normal for working class people. Austerity has become the new agenda of ruling political parties and the Corporate Elite around the world. Life has become a living hell for most working people. At the same time, in France workers have erupted in general strike after government efforts raise the retirement age. In England students rose up in a fiery resistance in response to tuition hikes. Yet in the end, the government succeeded.

But here in the United States, as budget cuts and unemployment worsen, many people are asking when will people fight back here? What makes American capitalism and society similar and different from other countries? Are American workers bought off? Is class struggle possible here? To help answer these questions uncovering the rich but extremely hidden history of class struggle here in this country is long over due.

Come join the Boston Branch of the ISO in a discussion of Sharon Smith's, Subterranean Fire. All are welcome, even if you have not had an opportunity to do the reading.