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Marxists Behaving Badly
Date Sunday March 08
Time 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Event Type Speaker
Organizer/AuthorEugene E Ruyle
Emailcuyleruyle [at]
Location Details
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)
Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

Marxists Behaving Badly
Grover Furr, Montclair State University

Why don’t Marxists study the Soviet experience in order to learn what these pioneers of the communist movement did, and what we can learn from them?

For Marx, as for all materialists, practice was – is -- primary. Theory must be tested through practice. To base theory on the basis of a false understanding of reality is as fatal to knowledge as it would be to base theory, as idealists do, on ideas alone, without regard to material reality.

The Stalin era was the heroic era of the worldwide communist movement. Indeed, the 20th century may be fairly described as the “Soviet century,” since all the important political and social events and upheavals took place with reference to the Soviet Union.

If, following Marx, we want to build an egalitarian, communist society, we must study the practice of those who came before us in this endeavor. That means studying the Soviet Union after the Bolshevik Revolution, especially the period when Joseph Stalin was in the leadership of the Bolshevik Party and the Soviet state.

Why don’t today’s Marxists do this? My talk will explore the reasons for this fatal neglect and urge a corrective.

Grover Furr, Montclair State University

Sunday, March 8, 2020 – 11:30am-1:30pm
NOTE: Time change and Spring Forward for DST
6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland (just North of Alcatraz Ave.)
FREE — but we will pass the hat to support ICSS — FREE

About Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library

A weekly discussion series inspired by our respect for the work of Karl Marx and our belief that his work will remain as important for the class struggles of the future as they have been for the past.

NOTE: Gene is no longer able to provide hot coffee and pastries, but will continue to provide hot water for tea or instant coffee until someone else is willing to assume this responsibility. Bring you own cups. Also, there are two excellent coffee shops within a block of the NPML.

For info or to subscribe to our weekly announcements,
Call Gene Ruyle at 510-332-3865 or email: cuyleruyle [at]
For our full schedule, go to

Labor donated by ICSS volunteers

Added to the calendar on Tuesday Mar 3rd, 2020 8:42 PM

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by Charlie
Wednesday Mar 4th, 2020 4:53 PM
Do you have a vision of socialism? Is it definite or is it pleasant generalities? Is it a vision of a definite successor to capitalism, or is it basically humanized capitalism? Furr's analysis and your discussion promise to help answer these questions. Don't miss it.
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