The Sussex Marxist Society, as part of the Marxist Student Federation, intends to create a platform for discussing the ideas of Marxism and studying the way in which the ideas of Marx and Engles, and successive Marxists, have been applied throughout history and continue to remain applicable to the modern day. We intend to educate ourselves in Marxist theory in order to strengthen the struggle for international socialism.
The Eurozone crisis has yet to be solved, politicians and economists are merely bleating the words 'growth' or 'austerity' in hope that these will provide answers, the economies of China and the USA are slowing, and general strikes and protests are erupting through Spain, Greece, Portugal, Ireland and Italy. Economic strife is forcing mainstream political parties into disarray and the rightwing are on the move, launching assaults against trade unions and the historic achievements of the working class - right to education, healthcare, housing. The Arab spring and the revolutionary ferment sweeping North Africa and the Middle-East has so far brought no decisive answers to the people of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, or Syria. What the working classes need is a drastic alternative and a sharp change from the leaderships of the past. Capitalism offers no more answers and can no longer improve the lives of ordinary people: Marxism have never been more relevant.
We meet every Tuesday: 12pm - 2pm book stall outside Falmer House
with our discussions held 6pm - 8pm, in Bramber room 257.
Outline of Autumn term events, 2013 (more to be determined):
18th Sept - join us at the Fresher's Fair! 11pm - 4pm, Library square. And from 5pm we'll be in Falmer Bar - join us for drink and discussion!
24th Sept - Alan Woods - The Relevance of Marxism Today
1st Oct - Daniel Morley - Marxism & Anarchism
8th Oct - Jo Pickard - The Sussex Occupation
15th Oct - Adam Booth - Reform or Revolution? - Marxism Vs Keynesianism
22nd Oct - Film - Ken Loach's "The Spirit of '45"
29th Oct - John Pickard - "Behind the Myths: The Foundations of Christianity, Judaism and Islam"
5th Nov - Cancellation
12th Nov - Abner Wilders - Israel & Palestine, and The Origins of Zionism
19th Nov - Ben Gliniecki - World Revolutions: From the Arab Spring to Brazil
26th Nov - Jo Pickard - From Revolution to Counter-revolution, Russia and the rise of Stalinism
3rd Dec - STRIKE ACTION - Join us with UCU, UNITE and Unison on the Sussex Campus picket lines to fight for fair wages!
Spring/Summer term 2014:
What would Socialism look like?
Marxism & Feminism
The Struggle at Sussex
The German Revolution
Egypt & Syria
The French Revolution of 1789
Thatcherism & New Labour
The Mexican Revolution
Class Struggle in the USA
Membership is free. All are welcome to attend our discussions, with or without prior knowledge about Marxism. For more information, feel free to contact us, directing any questions to our committee members at firstname.lastname@example.org
And feel free to email us and ask to be added to the email list.
For more information about the Marxist Student Federation and more concrete participation, please feel free to contact us.
Suggestions for discussion topics are more than welcome.
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