ICC forums on Greece, London and Birmingham, 24 January and 14 February

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ICC forums on Greece, London and Birmingham, 24 January and 14 February

A new generation of proletarians in revolt across Europe

The newspapers and news broadcasts are full of the atrocious events in Gaza, which highlight the future that capitalism has in store for us if it is allowed to follow the dictates of its own destructive logic, not only in Gaza, not only in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Congo, but all over the planet – a descent into barbarism and war.
But there is another future indicated by events which are less well-publicised, but no less important: the future mapped out by the class struggle and a growing challenge to capitalist society.
Forty years after May 68 in France, which was the beginning of an international resurgence of workers’ struggles, the class struggle in 2008 has been expressed in particular by a ‘new May 68’ – by the revolt of young proletarians, school pupils, university students, casual and unemployed workers, in France, Italy, Germany, and above all Greece in the last few weeks. These movements, often presented by the media as mere ‘riots’, outbreaks of aimless vandalism, are the product of a profound discontent in the face of the economic crisis of world capitalism, and are giving rise to new forms of organisation and very widespread discussion about the aims and methods of the struggle. They have called into question the official parliamentary and trade union ‘channels’ and have opened themselves out to wider sectors of the working class.
It is vitally important for all those who are opposed to the present order of society to discuss these movements and reflect on what we can learn from them. Such discussion needs to take place in face to face meetings as well as online. The ICC is organising a series of public forums on these movements in a number of European cities in the coming month and we hope these meetings can serve as a focus for such a debate; at the same time we are very open to proposals for other meetings and conferences on the same theme.

In Britain, the following meetings are planned:

London, 24 January, 2pm,
Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1

Birmingham, 14 February, 2pm
Friends of the Earth Warehouse, 54a Allison Street, Digbeth

(This subject replaces those previously advertised)

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Jan 6 2009 15:41

Looks inevitable we will discuss the situation in the Middle East as well at this meeting.

But it is really important to draw out what happened in Greece and what we can learn from it. We encourage any comrades who have direct links or experience of what has been going on to come to this meeting - we will allot plenty of time to present your information and opinions. But the same goes for anyone who ses the need to come along and discuss these events.

I also think it would be a good idea for the libcom collective itself, or others around this forum, to consider calling a wider conference/day of study about the revolt in Greece and related movements in the not too distant future.

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Jan 19 2009 13:32

A reminder - this is still happening and the events in Greece still need to be discussed!

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Jan 19 2009 21:53

What's actually happening at this meeting then? Is it just a chance for anarchists to get together and chinwag about what's on their minds, or is it an opportunity to organise some form of protest action?

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Jan 20 2009 12:59

The ICC are not anarchists, they are in what they would call the left communist tradition. And the meeting will be about how the events in Greece and Gaza prove their theory of decadence to be correct and that we need to all go out and spread the good news. grin

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Jan 20 2009 13:19

Part of the discussion will be no doubt be about what class solidarity with such movements really means. But that's because the focus of the meeting is first and foremost to understand what happened.

Jason, some people on these boards are way more obsessed with decadence than we are.

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Jan 20 2009 17:57

Jason Cortez wrote:

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The ICC are not anarchists, they are in what they would call the left communist tradition. And the meeting will be about how the events in Greece and Gaza prove their theory of decadence to be correct and that we need to all go out and spread the good news.

Hmm. Well, it's true: the ICC are not anarchists (clue: International Communist Current).

It's their party and they'll decry if they want to, but it seems events in Gaza and Greece strike a chord in the 'socialism or barbarism' songbook and that's a theme worth harmonising with.

Enough. This is serious stuff and worth talking about, no? With respect to the Four Tops,: 'I'll Be There'.

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Jan 20 2009 19:53

Will there be humour?

ernie
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Jan 20 2009 23:37

Of course, there always is!

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Jan 21 2009 06:45
october_lost wrote:
Will there be humour?

Well the ICC suggested we using dancing girls to us. I thought that was quite funny.

Devrim

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Jan 21 2009 08:56
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Will there be humour?

I'm going to bring my joke book.

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Well the ICC suggested we using dancing girls to us. I thought that was quite funny

That's been cancelled for this meeting due to a billing dispute I believe. Fortunately, all is not lost, I'm digging out the pink tutu from my club days. It's time for Demogorgana Montanna to ride again!

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Feb 14 2009 08:14

Bump. Birmingham forum is this afternoon. All welcome smile B.