Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thurs, 3/22: "Global Revolution: What it is & Why It's Necessary"

7pm, Haymarket People's Fund, 42 Seaverns Ave, Jamaica Plain (map)

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A new generation is calling out a system of power and privilege for the few, uncertainty and hardship for the many. Revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, general strikes in Greece, and occupations on Wall Street and across the United States are just a few examples from the past year illustrating that the global capitalist crisis is not going to be solved by gutting working people's living standards—not without provoking a diverse, widespread, and determined struggle against it.

The Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky called a revolution "the forcible entrance of the masses into the realm of rulership over their own destiny." This is what socialists mean when we talk about revolution. Today a small number of rulers make the important decisions, and the rest of us have to abide by them or organize ourselves in opposition. But why should decisions be left in the hands of the 1%? Isn't it fundamental to the idea of a free society that big decisions shouldn't be in the hands of the few, but should be the purview of the entire society? Shouldn't Chinese workers have a say in whether they live in cramped dormitories, working 16-hour shifts assembling iPads? Shouldn't Greek workers have a say in whether they have access to a job or their living standards
are cut by 25%?

What if we had a society "in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all"? How could we achieve that? This talk will lay out what we mean by revolution and argue that such a thing is possible, but only if we set our sights high.

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