International Communist Current
Come to a day of discussion
Following the very successful meeting we had last year, the ICC invites you to another day of discussion in London, on 22 June 2013.
The main focus of the day will be a discussion around the theme
Capitalism is in deep trouble – why is it so hard to fight against it?
In this session, we will consider questions such as: is it accurate to say that capitalism is in terminal decline? What is really at stake in the struggle of the working class to defend itself? What are the main obstacles to the development of the struggle?
We have published a great deal about the crisis in our press but we recommend the following one to give a general overview of the situation confronting capitalism:
Regarding the problem of responding to the crisis, we think the following article, and the discussion on our internet forum that it stimulated, provide a good starting point:
In the afternoon we are planning to organise a discussion around a more general topic. We are looking at various possible themes but are open to further suggestions, and to offers from all directions to make the initial presentations. Last year all the discussions were presented by comrades who are not ICC members, and we would like to do the same this year. So far we have considered:
- How do we get from capitalism to communism? What does a revolution look like? What is the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat’? How can capitalist relations of production be overturned?
- The threat to the global environment: what do Marxists say about the causes of the problem, and its solutions?
- The origins of the oppression of women. When did it all begin? Can revolutionaries look to the findings of anthropology to come up with any answers?
- Marxism and science: what is their relationship? Is there a ‘proletarian’ science opposed to ‘bourgeois’ science?
We encourage comrades to give us their proposals about the topic they want to discuss, and to volunteer to do a presentation. We ask that they let us know their opinion by the end of April so that there is ample time for everyone to prepare. We think that there will only be time for one topic to be discussed, but whatever the final decision, this doesn’t preclude any of the remaining questions being taken up in future meetings.
We hope that these discussions will be of interest to comrades in or around revolutionary political organisations, to people who have been actively involved in the class struggle, and to anyone asking questions about the nature and future of present-day society – and about the feasibility of getting rid of it.
If you are interested in attending, please let us know in advance, especially if you have any accommodation, transport or other problems that might make it difficult for you to come along.
The venue is upstairs at the Lucas Arms, 245a Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8QZ. The first session will go from 11-2 and the afternoon session from 3-6. We will arrange for food at lunch time but we are also planning to go to a nearby restaurant after the meeting.
Contact us by email, by post at BM Box 869, London, WC1N 3XX, or via a PM on this forum