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Proletarian internationalism: Learning from socialist responses to war, yesterday and today
September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
An event every 2 weeks that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until October 5, 2022
Eight-session study circle
As the war in the Ukraine dominates the nightly news, many people are asking, “Why is this happening?” “What will it take to end to such devastating conflicts?” In the Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels called for workers of the world to unite, putting the idea of international solidarity at the very heart of socialism. This study circle will examine socialist responses to war, from tragic failures to foundational concepts that are central to the struggle today.
We’ll read and discuss the resolutions of the Second International on war and militarism as well as the ideas of Lenin, Trotsky, Karl Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg, Eugene Debs, James P Cannon, Clara Fraser and contemporary writers such as Andrea Bauer, Megan Cornish and Left Radical of Afghanistan.
Commences Wednesday 29 June and then every second Wednesday until 5 October.
Hosted by the Freedom Socialist Party
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or a copy of the study guide
Session #1 — Wednesday 29 June 2022, 7 pm
The Second International, war and militarism
Session #2 – Wednesday 13 July 2022, 7 pm
Rebuilding internationalism from an opportunist collapse — Zimmerwald Left
Session #3 – Wednesday 27 July 2022, 7 pm
Rebuilding internationalism after an opportunist collapse — Luxemburg and Debs
Session #4 – Wednesday 10 August 2022, 7 pm
Trotsky’s balance sheet on the eve of World War 2
Session #5 – Wednesday 24 August 2022, 7 pm
The U.S. SWP during World War 2
Session #6 – Wednesday 7 September 2022, 7 pm
Making the connections
Korea and Vietnam — war, race and women’s liberation
Session #7 – Wednesday 21 September 2022, 7 pm
Imperialism from Lenin’s time to ours
Session #8 – Wednesday 5 October 2022, 7 pm
Building on Marxist and anti-imperialist foundations
Fast forward to war in the Ukraine