|Sunday, January 5, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Class Struggle in 2014 and Beyond
Time to get together, talk about the future of ICSS, discuss our mission, and plan the schedule for our Sunday Morning at the Marxist Library forums. Please come with suggestions and concrete plans. Newcomers and Old Timers welcome.
Sunday, January 5, 2013 – about 12:30 to 1 pm
Planning Collective Meeting
The Planning Collective meets following the talk on the first Sunday of every month. This is an open meeting. Everyone is welcome to help plan our future sessions.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
What Do We Mean, Socialism?
We have invited three panelists to introduce this important topic: Charles Andrews, author ofFrom Capitalism to Equality and No Rich, No Poor. Gary Hicks, researcher at the Niebyl Proctor Marxist Library, and Eugene Ruyle, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, CSULB. We will have an open discussion following their presentations.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 – 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Syria, Iran, Iraq, WMDs, and U.S. Imperialism
WMDs in Syria and Iran today, and formerly in Iraq, have been pretexts for U.S. military intervention, not the motivation for intervention. Uranium enrichment has thresholds that play into those pretexts. The seemingly implacable opposition between the U.S. versus Syria and Iran, and formerly Libya as well, is not the result of any fundamental anti-imperialism in these Middle Eastern states, but rather the U.S. policy obsession for financial and military compliance. Were it not for this U.S. obsession, the rulers of Syria and Iran would welcome foreign investment with open arms, though with protective limits, while they obliterate opposition of the left or right. Nevertheless, U.S.-led military intervention must be unconditionally opposed, while support is given towards building a secular democratic socialist alternative in presently authoritarian states.
Dr. Sharat G. Lin writes on global political economy, the Middle East, South Asia, labor migration, and public health. He is a contributing author to the book Studies in Inequality and Social Justice. He spent two months in Tahrir Square during 2009-2012, including during the initial uprising that overthrew President Mubarak. He is a research fellow at the San José Peace and Justice Center.