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Marxist School of Sacramento

Point of View Speaker Series, Fall/Winter 2016:

Challenging Perspectives on Current Issues

Our lectures are held generally on the third Thursday of the month (see exceptions below) at the Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, ROOM 12, Sacramento, CA (between Castro Way and 4th Ave.) Room 12 is back at the south end of the building, opposite end from the restrooms. We apologize for that inconvenience.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: Can Corporations be People?  Thanks to a last minute cancellation, we are showing this video produced by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy.  It is video of a one-hour workshop given June 2, 2003 at a meeting of the Minnesota Metro branch of WILPF.  If 2003 seems a long time ago, consider please consider that since then, things have only gotten worse, with new Supreme Court decisions allowing corporations ever more financial influence in elections, and trade agreements allowing corporations, foreign or domestic, to sue US governments over environmental and other laws that are deemed to negatively impact corporate profits.  Imagine if it were illegal to require auto manufacturers to replace defective airbags, or forbidding dumping of toxic waste. This short video shows how we got to this point, a long story going back even before the founding of our country. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20:   Andrej Grubacic presents his new book, Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid (University of California Press, 2016).As capitalism developed, from the very beginning people have tried to escape capitalist constraints connected with state control. This powerful book gives voice to three communities living at the edges of capitalism: Cossacks on the Don River in Russia; Zapatistas in Chiapas, Mexico; and prisoners in long-term isolation since the 1970s. Inspired by their experiences visiting Cossacks, living with the Zapatistas, and developing connections and relationships with prisoners and ex-prisoners, Andrej Grubacic and Denis O’Hearn present a uniquely sweeping, historical, and systematic study of exilic communities engaged in mutual aid. 
This book examines the historical and contemporary possibilities for establishing self-governing communities at the edges of the capitalist world-system, considering the historical forces that often militate against those who try to practice mutual aid in the face of state power and capitalist incursion.

Andrej Grubacic spoke for the Marxist School in 2010 on “The Haymarket and Libertarian Socialism in the US”.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17:   Terry Bisson (great sci-fi author) and Carter Scholz (another great sci-fi author) will interview each other on the significance of their genre, which if you didn’t know it, provides a useful way of looking at our own reality from a different perspective. And of course their books will be available!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1:  Peter Linebaugh talking about his new book The Incomplete, True, Authentic, and Wonderful History of May Day.  Peter Linebaugh spoke for the Marxist School in March 2014, presenting his book Stop, Thief!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, Mat Callahan will present his new book The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965-1975. As the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love floods the media with debates and celebrations of music, political movements, “flower power,” “acid rock,” and “hippies”; The Explosion of Deferred Dreams offers a critical re-examination of the interwoven political and musical happenings in San Francisco in the Sixties. Author, musician, and native San Franciscan Mat Callahan explores the dynamic links between the Black Panthers and Sly and the Family Stone, the United Farm Workers and Santana, the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, and the New Left and the counterculture.

Mat Callahan, with Yvonne Moore, has appeared twice for the Marxist School with their commemoration of the 1916 Easter Uprising in Ireland, and celebration of the life of James Connolly.  

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