What Is To Be Done? 1903 and 2013
“Denied was the possibility of putting socialism on a scientific basis and of demonstrating its necessity and inevitability from the point of view of the materialist conception of history. Denied was the fact of growing impoverishment, the process of proletarisation, and the intensification of capitalist contradictions; the very concept, “ultimate aim”, was declared to be unsound, and the idea of the dictatorship of the proletariat was completely rejected. Denied was the antithesis in principle between liberalism and socialism.” -- Is this the US in 2013? No, this is Europe in 1890s, as described by Lenin in 'What Is To Be Done'? What did it mean for the events to follow and the culmination of the great struggle that overthrew not only the Tsar but capitalism in Russia and gave birth to the first great Socialist State?
Is this relevant in our times after the fall of the 20th century socialism?
We are living in a world where capitalism has brought us to near ecological instability, along with social, economic and political instability, as 90% of this planets inhabitants experience it, whether or not they express it in so many words. They know something is not right. The 1% who are wrecking this world of the 99% have in their hands all the levers of power, so it seems today
What is to be done about this situation?.
Raj Sahai will lead our discussion, let us see what we can learn from each other.
Sunday Oct 6, 2013 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library
6501 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Added to the calendar on Friday Oct 4th, 2013 6:32 PM