Youth School 2014

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Final program

0. Tuesday 19/08 Arrivals, introduction. The Fourth International
- Starting at 4 pm.

Wednesday 20/08
1. Introduction to our critical Marxism - Alex Merlo
- Marx's materialism: The Theses on Feuerbach. Self-emancipation.
- Introduction to historical materialism: The notions of base and superstructure.
- Introduction to the Marxist critique of political economy: use value, exchange value, surplus value, exploitation.

Thursday 21/08
2. The global economic crisis - Henri Wilno
- 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

Friday 22/08
3. Marx and ecology , the global ecological crisis – Marijke Colle
- 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

Saturday 23/08
3. The working class today – LECTURER
- What is the working class? The notion of class in Marx and marxism
- The changes in the class composition of the working class during the late 20th Century
- The problem of class conciousness and intersecting identities

Sunday 24/08
4. Women's liberation and LGTB struggles - Nadia De Mond
- A Marxist-feminist analysis of women’s oppression and exploitation
- Gender, sexuality, intersectionality: the question of oppression in a broader framework
- Strategic necessity of an autonomous women’s movement; feminism and ecosocialism

Monday 25/08 Day off

Tuesday 26/08
5. Imperialism and new emerging powers in the 21st Century - Peter Drucker (?)
- Classic theory on imperialism
- US Imperialism since WW2
- The emergence of new powers - towards a multipolar world?

Wednesday 27/08
7. The new cycle of protests(2010-2014). Lessons and perspectives - LECTURER
- The systemic crisis as a backgrounf for the nw wave of protests - Common trends in the new movements and new challenges for trevolutionnaries - The issue of politics and power today

Thursday 28/08
6. Europe: the crisis an the rise of reactionary politics - LECTURER
- The financial institutions and the austeritarian agenda - Racism and islamophobia in Europe - The new far right and how to fight it

Friday 29/08
9. The Fourth International and strategic debates – Penny Duggan
- our strategic goal
- the role of the revolutionary party
- how can broad parties be a bridge between where we are now and what we want

Saturday 30/08
10. Evaluation and general cleaning

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
  • 15.00-16.30: Discussion in language groups
  • 16.30-18.00: Final discussion starting with reports from the group
  • 18.00-20.30: Reading time
  • 20.30: Evening meal