Wednesday, May 29, 2013

May 30, 2013 Organizing Meeting and June 1, 2013 Monthly Marxism Series

Early bird registration for Socialism 2013 ends today! Click here to register now and take advantage of the discounted rate. Come to our next ISO meeting to connect with Boston activists, union militants, and socialists mobilizing for the conference and strategizing for the summer around the theory, history, and to build the struggles for women's liberation, for black liberation, in response to an increasing islamophobic backlash, to build the kind of unions we want today, and more.
ISO Organizing Meeting
7:00pm
Thursday, May 30th
1353 Dorchester Ave
Dorchester, Mass


if you miss us on Thursday, join us this Saturday for our Marxism Series

Saturday, June 1st, 11am
Codman Square Public Library
690 Washington Street, Dorchester

Monthly Marxism Series
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism

 
This year's Socialism Conference (June 28-30th) will feature six sessions devoted to capitalism and crisis and seven session on imperialism. From How Neoliberalism Survived the Crisis to Obama's New Militarism, this year's conference will place marxist theory at the center of today's struggles. The goal of this month's Marxism Series is to provide the basis for developing strategy and organizing a way out of the global mess capitalism has created.
Lenin's Imperialism was written in the midst of World War I and the heated debates among socialists internationally who often sided with their individual governments in the conflict, weakening the international workers struggle against capitalism. By framing the concept of imperialism that emerged in the late 19th and early 20th century as a brutal stage of capitalism with both an economic and military wing, Lenin provides a framework to understand the ongoing conflicts and rivalries since his time. As the US faces economic competition from China, Brazil, and India, international economic policies and military interventions will continue to unfold with the "logic" of imperialism. Movements that expose the destruction of such rivalries are better equipped to end war and violence and put forward solutions for economic justice. Join us as we discuss Lenin's Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism.
Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism
http://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1916/imp-hsc/index.htm

Additional Readings:
http://www.isreview.org/issues/44/imperialism.shtml -- Overview of Lenin's Imperialism and the anti-imperialism argument against the Iraq War
http://www.isreview.org/issues/17/state_and_imperialism.shtml - Imperialism and the State, and political shortcomings of Global Justice Movement
http://www.isreview.org/issues/26/imperialism.shtml - Bush Doctrine Turning Point for US Capitalism

Video resources:

Phil Gasper, “Lenin and Bukharin on Imperialism”


Ashley Smith, “Lenin’s Theory of Imperialism and its Rivals”

http://wearemany.org/a/2012/06/leninstheoryofimperialismanditsrivals