Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thurs, 8/4, "Meaning of Marxism" discussion

Join the International Socialist Organization to discuss...

THE MEANING OF MARXISM by Paul D'Amato

Chapter 6: Democracy, Reform, and Revolution
Chapter 7: The Need for Socialist Organization 

Thursday  August 4th 5:00-6:30 pm
Same Old Place Pizza Shoppe
662 Centre St
Jamaica Plain MA

    People around the world are standing up and fighting back against the attacks on poor and working class people.  From revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia to occupations of the Wisconsin State House to millions on General Strike in Greece.  There has never been a more urgent time to discuss the the ideas of Marxism and what we can do to put them into practice.

     This book is a perfect introduction into Marxism and Socialist politics, with insightful contemporary applications of Marxist ideas. Come join us for the first of several regular group discussions.  Some study guide questions are also attached below, but please come with more questions and thoughts!

From the book jacket:

It is fashionable for pundits to declare every so often that Marxism is dead. As the late socialist author Daniel Singer aptly put it, their aim “is to doom as impossible a radical, fundamental transformation of existing society.” But you can’t keep a good theory down. The poverty, class inequality, war and environmental degradation that today’s globalized capitalist system creates on an ever-expanding scale raises questions for which Marxism still offers fresh and relevant answers. This book is a lively and accessible introduction to the ideas of Karl Marx, as well as other key Marxists, with historical and contemporary examples. The Meaning of Marxism shows that a “radical, fundamental transformation of existing society” is indeed not only possible, but urgently necessary.

“Marx’s ideas remain crucial for comprehending the modern world, and no one does a better job of explaining them and showing how to apply them to contemporary issues than Paul D’Amato. This book is a treasury of powerful arguments illustrating the continuing relevance of class politics. A superb introduction to the Marxist method.”
--Phil Gasper, editor of The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History’s Most Important Political Document

To pick up a copy of the book and R.S.V.P, contact keeganxobrien@yahoo.com

Chapter 6: Democracy, Reform, and Revolution
  1.     We learn in school that the state balances between competing interests. What is the role of the state under capitalism?
  2.     How democratic is democracy under capitalism?
  3.     The left calls the Democratic Party the “graveyard of social movements.” What does this mean?
  4.     Can elections bring socialism?
  5.     What is the difference between a coup and a revolution?

Chapter 7: The Need for Socialist Organization
  1.     What kind of organization was the German SPD? How did organize?
  2.     What did Lenin mean by a “vanguard” party?