Ecosocialist School 2012

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The ecosocialist school is organised by the IIRE in collaboration with progressive organisations from different countries.
All participants must be proposed by those organisations.

Country reports


Arrivals, introduction
Saturday 24/11

The systemic crisis of capitalism, consequences for the exploited and the oppressed

Introduction to our critical Marxism - Alex Merlo
Sunday 25/11

  • Marx's materialism: The Theses on Feuerbach
  • Introduction to historical materialism: The image of base and superstructure.
  • Introduction to the Marxist critique of political economy: use value, exchange value, surplus value, exploitation.

Women and the crisis of the capitalist system - Marijke Colle
Monday 26/11

  • A Marxist analysis of the place of women in capitalist society
  • Women and ecology, ecofeminism
  • The need for an autonomous women’s movement :some examples past and present

Imperialism today – Alex de Jong
Tuesday 27/11

  • The classic theory of imperialism (origins, Lenin’s analysis, first world war)
  • Imperialism under US hegemony (post Second World War)
  • Geopolitics today, emerging imperialist powers and declining imperialist powers

The new working class - Dan La Botz
Wednesday 28/11

  • The working class as a revolutionary class
  • The transformations in the structure of production worldwide and in the composition of the working class (“postfordism”, delocalisation, rise of the service sector, precariousness, migrants, youth, women, etc.)
  • The current situation of the labour movement and class consciousness,challenges.

A Marxist-feminist view on gender - Nadia De Mond
Thursday 29/11

  • Origins and different aspects of women’s oppression
  • Patriarchal attitudes and mechanisms that influence our way of looking at the family, reproduction and gender in society at large.
  • Sexual identities, the LGBT movement, homophobia and heterosexism

Marxism and the national question - Jaime Pastor
Friday 30/11

  • An historic and theoretical perspective on nations
  • Struggles for national liberation and socialist revolution: strategic debates
  • Current examples of national conflicts and struggles

The global economic crisis - Nacho Álvarez
Saturday 1/12

  • The neoliberal answer to the crisis since the 1980’s
  • Marxist analysis of the current crisis
  • The responses of the bourgeoisie to the current crisis and their solutions

Day off
Sunday 2/12

The crisis of civilisation and our ecosocialist alternative

Ecosocialism - Daniel Tanuro
Monday 3/12

  • An ecological reconstruction of Marxism
  • The stages of development of the capitalist ecological crisis
  • The foundations of an ecosocialist stratégy

Food crisis - Jamie M
Tuesday 4/12

  • The origins of the current food crisis and a Marxist explanation
  • The concept of food sovereignty as opposed to agribusiness and to ‘food safety’
  • New peasants and indigenous peoples struggles, the fight against global agribusiness and capitalist agriculture

Climate crisis - Marijke Colle
Wednesday 5/12

  • Technical explanation of global warming and its consequences
  • The impossible green capitalist solutions
  • Climate change and social justice

Our socialist project - Catherine Samary
Thursday 6/12

  • The problem of bureaucracy before and after the overthrow of capitalism
  • Democracy and political representation; democracy and the Law; importance of self organisation before and after the revolution
  • Socialist democracy and political pluralism

Revolutionary strategy in the 21st century - Pierre Rousset
Friday 7/12

  • Balance sheet of the 20th Century experiences
  • Rebuilding class consciousness and rebuilding mass organisations
  • Mass mobilisation and united fronts, new movements
  • The conquest of power in the 21st century.

Day off
Saturday 8/12

Struggles and political challenges throughout the world

Dynamics of the left forces in Asia - Pierre Rousset
Sunday 9/12

  • The economies of the emerging countries, the role of China
  • Ongoing conflicts: workers movements, peasant movements, indigenous peoples movements
  • The dynamics of the left, new parties.

The revolutionnary processes in the Arab region - Christian Varin
Monday 10/12

  • Socio-economic roots of the Arab spring;
  • Dynamics of the processes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria;
  • The fight for dignity and democracy; role of Islamic forces; religion; women’s liberation.

Perspectives of the left in Latin America - Franck Gaudichaud
Tuesday 11/12

  • The left governments in Latin America: Where are they going?
  • The role of the Indigenous movements in different countries
  • Lessons from the Brazilian experience; new broad parties, Mexico?

The crisis in Europe - Alan Thornett
Wednesday 12/12

  • The political/class character of the EU
  • The EU and the world crisis
  • An action programme for the crisis

The current transformations in Africa - Paul Martial
Thursday 13/12

  • An economic overview
  • The political genesis of the Continent
  • Overview of the social and political situation

Internationalism and the Fourth International - Penny Duggan
Friday 14/12

  • Our concept of a revolutionary party
  • The recent history of the Fourth International
  • Current challenges in the different regions

Balance sheet, Cleaning up
Saturday 15/12

Structure of the day

  • 9.00-9.40: Lecture part 1
  • 9.40-9.50: Break
  • 9.50-10.30: Lecture Part 2
  • 10.30-10.40: Break
  • 10.40-11:20: Lecture Part 3
  • 11.20-11.30: Break
  • 11.30-12.00: Questions and answers
  • 12.00-15.00: Lunch and time for individual reading
  • 15.00-17.00: Discussion in language groups
  • 17.00-18.30: Final discussion starting with reports from the group
  • 18.30-20.30: Reading time
  • 20.30: Evening meal