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IYSSE Fall 2018
theoretical meeting series

There is growing interest in socialism. Millions of workers and young people, fed up with inequality, war and authoritarianism, are looking for a way to oppose capitalism. Many are asking the question: What is socialism?

This series of 5 classes held at campuses across the US will answer this question and explain how socialism can be achieved today.

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San Diego State University
All meetings held in the Presidential Suite, Aztec Student Union (3rd Floor)

  • “What is Socialism?”
    September 11th, 6:00pm
  • “Socialism and the Working Class”
    September 25th, 6:00pm
  • “Reform or Revolution: How Socialism will be Achieved”
    October 9th 6:00pm
  • “Trotskyism and the Fight Against Stalinism”
    October 23rd, 6:30pm
  • “Socialism of Today”
    November 6th, 6:00pm

Portland State University
All meetings held in this Smith Memorial Student Union Room 298 (SMSU 298)

  • What is Socialism?
    Tuesday, October 9th 7PM
  • Trotskyism and the fight against Stalinism
    Tuesday, October 23rd, 7PM

Fall Meeting Series

Eighty Years of the Fourth International (1938-2018): The class struggle, revolution, and socialism in the 21st century

About the speakers:

David North is chairperson of the Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site and the national chairman of the Socialist Equality Party (US). North is the author of many books on history and Marxist theory, including The Heritage We Defend: A Contribution to the History of the Fourth International; In Defense of Leon Trotsky; A Quarter Century of War: The U.S. Drive for Global Hegemony—19902016; The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century;and The Frankfurt School, Postmodernism, and the Politics of the Pseudo-Left: A Marxist Critique.

Joseph Kishore is the Nation Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in the US. He writes regularly regularly on American and global politics for the World Socialist Website.

There is great interest in socialism in the US, but little understanding of what the struggle for socialism entails. The capitalist media is trying to channel pro-socialist sentiment toward the Democratic Party and portray it as a mildly reformist program that involves no fundamental change in the allocation of wealth, let alone the overthrow of existing property relations. It is a “socialism” that can even attract the support of thoughtful and socially conscious investment bankers.

But socialism can only be realized by the conscious political mobilization of the American and international working class in the greatest revolutionary struggle in history. The working class must prepare itself for this struggle by learning the lessons of the 20th century, which was the scene of the greatest revolutionary upheavals of history. It must learn the history of the Fourth International, the revolutionary socialist opposition to Stalinist counter-revolution.

Either the working class carries out the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism or it will be subjected to fascistic dictatorships and catastrophic wars. The political alternative that stands before humanity is not mild reform or the status quo, but revolutionary socialism or capitalist barbarism.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Monday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.
University of Michigan
Angel Hall Auditorium C
Speaker: David North

Detroit, Michigan
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m.
Wayne State University
Bernath Auditorium in the Undergraduate Library
Speaker: David North

Gainesville, Florida
Monday, October 29, 6:00 p.m.
University of Florida
Reitz Union, Room G310
Speaker: SEP National Secretary Joseph Kishore

Tampa, Florida
Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m.
University of South Florida
Marshall Student Center, Room 3711
Speaker: Joseph Kishore

Annandale, Virginia
Thursday, November 1, 3:30 p.m.
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale
CA 303
Speaker: Joseph Kishore

Boston, Massachusetts
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 p.m.
MIT
Boynton Hall, 6-120

New York City, New York
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 p.m.
New York University
Kimmel Center, Room 405/406

Chicago, Illinois
Monday, November 12, time TBD
Location TBD
Speaker: David North

Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 298
Speaker: David North

Berkeley, California
Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m.
UC Berkeley
126 Barrows Hall

San Diego, California
Thursday, November 15, 5:00 p.m.
San Diego State University
Student Services East, 1401
Speaker: David North

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