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Marxism 2023: Resistance in an age of crisis

Marxism 2023: Resistance in an age of crisis

Saturday October 21, 2023

9:00 am Pacific time, 12:00 pm Eastern time.

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Every day we are confronted by multiple and deepening crises. Unprecedented forest fires, floods and famine devastate swathes of the planet, yet our rulers double-down on fossil fuel production. The COVID pandemic has left 24 million dead around the world, but the conditions which produced it are daily being replicated. The war in Ukraine and growing tensions between the US and China threaten global war.

But these crises are producing resistance. We have seen the cost of living crisis propel people into struggle, with a rise in strikes by workers fed up with bosses making record profits while their pay and conditions are eroded. Join us for a day of discussion on how we can organize to challenge the system that is producing these crises.

The conference will take place online and in-person at local hubs. Register below for zoom link and locations of the in-person hub nearest you.

In Toronto, the in-person meeting will be at the Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil St.

In Vancouver, the in-person meeting will be at snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓ Langara College, 100 W. 49th Ave, room T228.

Suggested donation: $5-$10 low wage/student, $25-$50 waged


Opening Session: Resistance in an age of crisis
12:00 pm EDT | 9:00 am PDT
Plenary: Fires, floods, famine: Planetary survival, Indigenous sovereignty and the working class
1:15 pm EDT | 10:15 am PDT

Breakout session 1 – 2:15 pm EDT | 11:15 am PDT
• War, imperialism and the State – The war in Ukraine and threats of war between the US and China have brought the question of Imperialism to the forefront. How should socialists respond? What does Marxism teach us about the nature of the state and the rivalry between countries? This session will look at those questions and at Canadas role in the global order. 
• Marxism, oppression and the fight for liberation – Racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia are used by the right to divide us. Have these oppressions always existed? How can we fight oppression and win a world free of hate?
Breakout session 2 – 3:45 pm EDT | 12:45 am PDT
• Revolutionary socialism vs reformist socialism: Strikes, elections and resistance – In all social movements – from workers' strikes over pay, to the fight for climate justice, and the struggle for Indigenous sovereignty – there is a tension between the immediate goal of a given reform, and the need for revolutionary change to tackle oppression and exploitation at their roots. How do revolutionaries relate to struggles for reforms?
• Is human nature a barrier to socialism? – It suits the capitalist system's defenders to promote the idea of an unchanging "human nature" marked by greed and selfishness. But human societies has changed over millenia. What is the relationship between how society is organized and what is seen as characteristic of humans?
Closing session: Working class resistance in an era of catastrophe
5:15 pm EDT | 2:15 pm PDT


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