[act-ma] Thurs, 3/22: "Global Revolution: What it is & Why It's Necessary"
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Wed Mar 14 07:48:18 PDT 2012
What It Is and Why It's Necessary
March 22, 7pm
Haymarket People's Fund
42 Seaverns Avenue
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A new generation is calling out a system of power and privilege for
the few, uncertainty and hardship for the many. Revolutions in Tunisia
and Egypt, general strikes in Greece, and occupations on Wall Street
and across the United States are just a few examples from the past
year illustrating that the global capitalist crisis is not going to be
solved by gutting working people's living standards—not without
provoking a diverse, widespread, and determined struggle against it.
Leon Trotsky called a revolution "the forcible entrance of the masses
into the realm of rulership over their own destiny." This is what
socialists mean when we talk about revolution. Today a small number of
rulers make the important decisions, and the rest of us have to abide
by them or organize ourselves in opposition. But why should decisions
be left in the hands of the 1%? Isn't it fundamental to the idea of a
free society that big decisions shouldn't be in the hands of the few,
but should be the purview of the entire society? Shouldn't Chinese
workers have a say in whether they live in cramped dormitories,
working 16-hour shifts assembling iPads? Shouldn't Greek workers have
a say in whether they have access to a job or their living standards
are cut by 25%?
What if we had a society "in which the free development of each is the
condition for the free development of all"? How could we achieve that?
This talk will lay out what we mean by revolution and argue that such
a thing is possible, but only if we set our sights high.
Take the Orange Line to Green St.
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