Youth School 2012

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0. Arrivals, introduction Monday 20/08

1. Introduction to our critical Marxism – Alex Merlo
Tuesday 21/08

  • Historical presentation of Marx and historical materialism
  • Basic concepts: labour value theory, surplus value, exploitation, profit…
  • The revolutionary Marxist currents. Mass strike and self-emancipation.

2. The global economic crisis – Catherine Samary
Wednesday 22/08

  • Historical origin of the crisis: the neoliberal era
  • Marxist analysis of the crisis : falling rate of profit, over accumulation, etc.
  • Nature and possible outcomes of the current crisis

3. The global ecological crisis – Marijke Colle
Thursday 23/08

  • Climate crisis, biodiversity crisis, energy crisis and link with the capitalist mode of production.
  • The notion of progress put into question, struggle of indigenous peoples, land grabbing etc.
  • Our ecosocialist answers

4. Women’s oppression, autonomous women’s movement – Marijke Colle
Friday 24/08

  • A Marxist-feminist analysis of women’s oppression and exploitation under capitalism
  • Gender, sexuality, intersectionality: the question of oppression in a broader framework
  • The economic and ecological crisis and their specific consequences for women
  • Strategic necessity of an autonomous women’s movement; feminism and ecosocialism

Day off
Saturday 25/08

5. Imperialism and permanent revolution in the 21st Century – Gilbert Achcar
Sunday 26/08

  • Classic theory on imperialism, imperialism today
  • Uneven and combined development
  • The example of the Arab region revolutions and the dynamics of “permanent revolution”

6. The crisis in Europe, far right movements – Miguel Urban
Monday 27/08

  • The Marxist analysis of fascism
  • Economic and political crisis in Europe
  • Racism and the extreme right in Europe, how to fight it.

7. New movements of resistance, USA – Michael Marchman
Tuesday 28/08

  • The crisis in the USA
  • Indignados/Occupy : a new type of movement and its impact
  • Their relationship with the workers movement

8. The crisis in Asia – Alex de Jong
Wednesday 29/08

  • The economic changes in the region
  • National and religious conflicts
  • Party building experiences and the relations to social movements

9. Building broad parties and the Fourth International – Penny Duggan
Thursday 30/08

  • What is our strategic project as revolutionary Marxists today?
  • The building of broad parties today
  • The current orientation and forces of the Fourth International

10. Evaluation and general cleaning
Friday 31/08