Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10/17, 7pm, Building a Revolutionary Socialist Party Today

Educational Meeting
Thursday October 17th, 7 PM

358 Washington Street
Dorchester, MA 02130 (directions)

(Four Corners/Geneva Stop
on Fairmount Line, Bus 23)


Required reading: 
http://www.marxists.org/archive/hallas/works/1971/xx/party.htm
Two years after Occupy and in the middle of a government shutdown, a Gallup poll reveals that more than 60 percent of the population thinks we need a third party alternative. What kind of party and built on what basis? While Gallup doesn't dig that deep, these are very real questions that face people interested in an independent political alternative to the two parties of corporate greed. Join the Dorchester Branch of the ISO for this week's meeting where we reach back to pull forward lessons from history.

In the midst of endless war, the mass radicalization of anti-colonial struggles around the globe, and the social  movements of the late 60s and early 70s in the US, Duncan Hallas wrote, Towards a Revolutionary Socialist Party with an eye toward a layer of radicalizing workers and student activists. Many were attracted to revolutionary alternatives, but were wary of traditional left organizations or took a moralistic stand that a small group of people should act on behalf of the masses.

Fast forward 40 years as capitalism recovers from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s and revolutions have broken out in several countries across the globe. The contradictions of restoring profits on the backs of workers, students, and the ever present working poor by continuing the decades long neoliberal agenda with a renewed emphasis on privatization and austerity are raising similar questions for workers, students, and the left today.

The ISO is involved in the process of re-building a revolutionary left in the US. Join us as we discuss and debate the questions related to building a revolutionary party that can play a decisive role in the revolutionary process of overthrowing capitalism and replacing it with a socialist alternative.