Sydney Internationalist Discussion Group

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N. Rossi
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Apr 19 2009 00:51
Sydney Internationalist Discussion Group

Currently I and the libcom user “Anarcho_and_peace” are attempting to form a discussion circle in Sydney. This is a statement of our aims and intentions and an invitation for comments as well as to all who wish to participate.

In the present world situation with economic chaos engulfing the world the working class is slowly regaining its consciousness and sense of combatively so heavily dampened by the “collapse of communism” and the “end of history”. At this time it is important to try and actively contribute to this development given that class consciousness is not something that develops in a purely spontaneous or linear and mechanistic way.

Discussion circles and groups as an essential part of the proletariat's effort to develop its class consciousness through trying to understand the meaning and implications of the crises of capitalism by/aswell as analysing and reconnecting with the history and positions of the workers movement. The work of discussion circles is thus of real importance to the future development of the proletariat's understanding of its historical role, reappropriating the lessons of history and breaking down the barriers of the political isolation of individuals.

"A [discussion] circle is an open coming together of workers, who meet because they want to discuss and clarify political questions. They are places which the proletariat creates in order to push forwards its consciousness ... They express the consciousness of the class, showing that it is not willing to accept the crisis and the bankruptcy of capitalism without resistance; that it wants to defend itself against the attacks of the capitalist system. Also, they express an attempt to search for ways to fight back and to develop a revolutionary perspective...

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"The goal of a discussion circle is the political clarification of the individual participants ...

"What's proletarian about a discussion circle is not a common 'local' programme but the common will to discuss and clarify. Thus, a discussion circle isn't the same as a political group with a fixed programme. Rather it is a place, a meeting place for political clarification." (ICC, WR n° 207, 'Discussion circles in the working class: a world-wide phenomenon').

It is on this basis that we are currently attempting to organise a discussion group open to all workers and students willing to participate, to come together, not on common political positions but rather on the basis of a common desire to address the challenges facing the working class and humanity as a whole today through discussion, debate and mutual clarification. Of course this task cannot fall to one or two individuals alone; it must be the collective effort of a group of individuals, albeit small, in searching for concrete solutions to the challenges faced by the working class and the whole of humanity today.

I have posted this here to ask for thoughts, comments, criticisms and/or the interest of any users willing to take part. Please reply by sending a private message to this libcom account (N. Rossi).

Fraternally,

Nic.

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Apr 29 2009 10:04

This sounds great. Is this the ICC returning to our fair shores once more?

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Apr 30 2009 21:55

Myself and Blackdwarf have expressed interest in setting a group up in East London, possibly not as heavy, but intergrating a few people new to politics and fleshing out a few of us who have been politically active for awhile.

Good luck with your proposal

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May 1 2009 06:07
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Is this the ICC returning to our fair shores once more?

The discussion group will be independant of all political parties and organisations, despite the oppurtunity for delegates representing one or another to participate. I am not a representative of the ICC and this is not the return of a section here in Australia.

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Good luck with your proposal

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